Chelsea update…shhh!

So, I have some potentially exciting news and I have been holding off on sharing because I don’t want to jinx it! Maybe I’ll share at the end of this post…keep reading!

Chelsea is doing well, and she continues to come out of her shell a little more each day. She LOVES to play outside, whether it is with the dogs or Jayden. She will chase the ball, run around after everyone, and is not phased at all by a 6 yr old screaming like a crazy lunatic OR by Princess Lucy’s ridiculous fercious-sounding play growls! It is really amazing the difference between “Inside Chelsea” vs “Outside Chelsea.”

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Chelsea still likes to spend most of her time in her crate, and that is ok with me. A crate is supposed to be their own personal safe place. While it is sad that she seems to think it is the ONLY safe place, I know that she will continue to learn. Each day she comes out to play, for about 20 min increments. I still limit the amount she gets to have toys with the other dogs, just because I don’t want it to get out of hand. When my two pups are outside, I give Chelsea time inside, where she gets to play with toys. Generally, she isn’t too interested in them though. She sniffs around, and then wants to go back to her crate.

I can tell that she is letting her guard down though, by how she acts towards me. She doesn’t flinch every time I clap my hands anymore, and she will run to me with her tail wagging. I have even gotten her to look at the camera, as long as I snap quickly!

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It’s hard to imagine what would make a dog be so afraid of the world, especially because I don’t believe she was physically abused. Her fear is more about the unknown, I think. From what I know, Chelsea was brought in as a 5 month old puppy, with no socialization whatsoever. Going from that to a hectic busy home that unfortunately didn’t have time for her, only furthered her feelings that life is safest when you trust only yourself…that’s what I think anyway. Who knows what she really feels/thinks/believes!

Thanks to Mother Nature’s wrath, it has been rainy and cold for what feels like months! So, we have not been as active as normal, and therefore Chelsea has not gotten to go on any pack walks. She has been to doggie daycare a few more times though, and seems to really love it. So much in fact, that the last time we went, she bolted out of my car, sent me flying behind her, and ran inside. The staff even said “Well good morning Chelsea! We’re happy to see you too!”

Ok, so now on to my exciting secret…and if this jinxes it, I will blame the universe….Chelsea has a potential adopter!!!!!!!!!!! This is awesome on many levels! One, of course, it is always great when someone looks to adopt an older dog (meaning, not a puppy) from a rescue/shelter. Two, this family seems to be just what Chelsea needs! This has actually been going on for a few weeks now. The lady, Kristine, has gone about it in such a perfect, strategic way. She cleared it with her boss/landlord first, who realized she didn’t have insurance to cover dogs. So, it’s been a long process, but it seems that everything is set now. Once that was cleared up, Kristine scheduled a meet & greet. She came to my house, on her own. She sat down outside on my deck, and just watched Chelsea play as we talked. She got to see how lively and fun Chelsea can be, as well as how good Chelsea is with me. Getting to see this really shows that Chelsea WILL open up & bond with you, just given the time. By the end of the meeting, Chelsea even let Kristine give her some lovin! I suggested Kristine go home, talk to her family members, and think about Chelsea & her behaviors. (I just don’t want Chelsea to be returned, again. I think it would really be devastating to her.)

Anyway, we got an email from Kristine on Monday stating she wanted to continue with the adoption process, and that her and the family are so very excited to have Chelsea in their family. Yay!!! The next step is to bring Chelsea to their house on Thursday, where she will meet the 3 kids, Kristine’s boyfriend, and their little chihuahua. We have discussed the right way to do this, a lot! Kristine has such a patient personality, and really seems to get that Chelsea just needs love, patience, and time. As long as all of this goes well, Chelsea will move in over the weekend! I am nervous yet excited for Chelsea. This family is active and fun, and so understanding of Chelsea’s needs. I can’t imagine someone more perfect coming along for her.

So please, say a prayer, send good vibes, cross your fingers…what you believe in, do it! Please! 🙂

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Adoption Update: Lovely Little Lola!

So, I recently asked my previous foster pups families for some new pictures and an update on their new furry baby. Today will be all about Lola!

For new readers, here is a little background story on Lola, as well as some pics from when she was my foster.

Lola was at the Wakulla shelter in October, and her time was up. Her picture was all over facebook from people sharing her, trying to get her saved. She was sitting, with this hopeful, longing stare, and giant ears!

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So, I begged Last Hope Rescue to let her be my next foster. She went straight from the shelter to the vet. I picked her up from there, and took her home. She took to us right away, and became Lucy’s BFF immediately! She clearly had never been in a house before, since she walked in crouched down to the floor, and kept looking around the corners to see what was there. Because she came straight from the shelter, with no information as to why she was dumped, I got to choose her name. That is how she became Lola!

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Once Lola had gotten used to being in the house, she really opened up. Especially when Lucy was around. Having another dog seemed to help her confidence, and she learned how to be a family dog. She had some issues with potty training…understandable since she most likely lived outside for the first few months of her life. Lola learned quickly and was eager to please. Food was a great motivator! She also learned that it was lovely to be hugged and cuddled. This quickly became her most favorite thing in life, I think even more than food! Maybe. I think that is why I loved her so much. She needed a mom, someone to show her life isn’t too scary, to help reassure her when she’s lacking doggie confidence, and someone to give her endless hugs. For anyone that personally knows me, you know that I am a mom, through and through. I have been known to “mother” my friends, and of course I have my own kiddo. I was born to be a mom. Apparently that includes being a doggie mom!

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I worked with Lola a lot over the couple of months that I had her. We went on lots of walks and car rides. She was terrified of cars, but she slowly started becoming a little less anxious each time. She just loved Jayden to pieces, too!

Then came along Kym & Nathaniel! They were interested & wanted to come meet her. They have another pittie named Yage, and wanted her to have a playmate. So we set up a meet & greet, and within seconds of meeting Lola, Kym was sitting on the freezing sidewalk, loving on Lola. Nathaniel, who is very tall, which could be extra scary to Lola, got right down to her level too. There wasn’t a bark or growl out of Lola. I had a good feeling about this!

We spent about an hour together that day. I let them take Lola to walk her around, and give them time alone to discuss. They filled out the application right then and there! The rest is pretty much history! Lola & her sister, Yage, are pictured below:

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Kym & Nathaniel are nice enough to keep in touch, so I get to hear of Lola stories on a regular basis! They have even had us over for a visit before, and welcomed us back any time. Here is what Kym had to say about Lola, and a couple of recent pictures.

“Lola is the perfect dog for our family. She is amazing — adorably cute, funny, very curious and alert, and completely unphased by new people, children, and other animals. (Except squirrels. I really don’t think I ever want her to meet a squirrel up close and personal.) She runs and plays and tumbles around the yard with her big sister beautifully until both of them are panting and smiling. Then they flop into the same dog bed and cuddle until they are ready to play again. We are teaching her to chase a ball (she is usually much more interested in chasing her big sister then the actual ball). She does Sit and Down perfectly. We are working with great success on Stay and Off. We are very, very happy she is in our family, and we tell her that every single day. We are incredibly thankful to the shelter volunteers for rescuing her, and for her foster mom for taking such good care of her.”

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Is there any wonder that I love them so much?! They are truly the absolute best family for Lola. I couldn’t be happier for them, and am thankful that there are people like them in the world!

Well, I hope you enjoyed this little story of Lola! Stay tuned for future updates on Toby & Petey!

Have a great day! And as always, thanks for reading! 🙂