Look! Adoptable Pups!

I don’t have much to say today (shocking, I know!), so I thought I would just give adoptable doggies some special attention. All of these dogs are in need of forever homes!

The below pups are currently with Wakulla Animal Shelter (If you are interested in any of the below pups, please email FriendsOfWCAC@gmail.com. This shelter is at full capacity, and therefore these dogs are at risk of being put down TODAY. Please consider opening your home to one of them, even if just as a foster!)

This is Abby. She is a lab/bulldog mix. What a great mix of breeds!
This is Abby. She is a lab/bulldog mix. What a great mix of breeds! This pretty girl is well behaved and has no known issues.
This is Bear. He is a lab mix. As you can see, he is a playful, lovable pup!
This is Bear. He is a lab mix. As you can see, he is a playful, lovable pup!
Meet Tahoe. He is a  Chihuahua, and is cute as can be!
Meet Tahoe. He is a Chihuahua, and is cute as can be!
This beautiful girl is at a major risk today, if someone doesn't step up for her. She is sweet  has no behavior issues!
This beautiful girl is at a major risk today, if someone doesn’t step up for her. She is sweet, and has no behavior issues!
This silly little girl is Tyson!
This silly little girl is Tyson!
Meet Beauty! Is there any question as to why that is her name? Her face is so sweet!
Meet Beauty! Is there any question as to why that is her name? Her face is so sweet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following pups are Last Hope Rescue dogs. They are all fully vetted & microchipped prior to adoption. Adopting one of these dogs helps LHR pull and save more shelter dogs, because it opens up a foster home.

 

This cute pup is Prince! I personally have met him, and he is SO sweet!
This cute pup is Prince! I personally have met him, and he is SO sweet!
Meet Blondie! She would love a forever home!
Meet Blondie! She is too pretty, and would just love a forever home!

This is Maggie! She is a little thing, that LOVES to cuddle. She has come so far in learning that the world is NOT so scary, and deserves a family to call her own!
This is Maggie! She is a little thing, and LOVES to cuddle. She has come so far in learning that the world is NOT so scary, and deserves a family to call her own!
Daddy is a handsome American Bulldog. This is probably my most favorite breed! They are goofy, playful, and So sweet!
Daddy is a handsome American Bulldog. This is probably my most favorite breed! They are goofy, playful, and So sweet!
This beautiful Lab is Elliot! How could you not love that face?!
This beautiful Lab is Elliot! How could you not love that face?!
This is Pi! His brothers & sisters were adopted, and now he wants his own home too!
This is Pi! His brothers & sisters were adopted, and now he wants his own home too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are MANY other dogs available within the shelter and the rescue group. There are also some kitties too, if that is more up your alley! While adopting a dog should never be a rushed decision, many of these pups are at risk of being put down due to shelters and foster homes being full. If you have been contemplating the idea, then offer to foster. It is a great way to see how a dog would affect your daily life…and you may just fall in love! If you aren’t up for adopting or fostering, then I ask that you just share this. You never know who might be up for a new pet!

I joke with my family & friends that they HAVE to follow my blog (seriously, follow me guys), but the reason I ask for people to follow and share, is so that the dogs can get as much exposure as possible. Helping with LHR events allows me to meet these dogs personally, and it breaks my heart that there are so many sweet, wonderful dogs missing out on being loved. There are MANY pure breds in shelters & rescues (especially Labs!). I promise, you can find what you are looking for in a dog, if you just visit local shelters and rescue groups. You’d be surprised at the love and loyalty rescued dogs will give!

If you are interested in any of the featured dogs, please feel free to email me or the above groups. You won’t be sorry! 🙂

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Weekend walks and such

Good morning, and happy Monday! (NOT!)

We had a great weekend, even though it rained most of the day on Sunday. Sassy and I attended our first pack walk, with Tallahassee Walkabulls, on Saturday! Pack walks are an excellent way to socialize your dog, and allow them to be part of a pack. This is especially great if your dog has any type of issues (fear-based aggression, anxiety, shyness, etc). Sassy was happy and confident as always, and enjoyed her time out on the trails!

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In other happy news, my brother & his girlfriend decided to officially adopt Petey! (Read about their meet & greet here!) They think Petey is a great dog, very laid back, and perfectly well-behaved! Here are a couple of pictures of Sam and Petey hanging out:

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I really thought Petey was going to be with me as a long timer, and I knew an adoption would be hard on my son. Petey is definitely his favorite! So, the fact that Petey has now been adopted by someone who will give him a fantastic, active life, AND it is within our family, is just amazing!

That’s all for today! Feel free to share your weekend adventures. And don’t forget to click the “Follow Me” button! 🙂

Happy New Year!

2013 already?! I swear when I was a kid, I totally thought we’d be in flying cars and living with robots by this time! I’m not sure yet what my resolution will be, I have so many things I want to do & become! What is your resolution? Don’t have one? Let me suggest one then, foster a shelter dog!!! 🙂 Ok, keeping this short & simple today. I hope everyone has had a good start to the new year so far! Happy New Year, from my family to yours!

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Lucy (trying to hide from the headband) & Sassy

 

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All things Sassy!

Today I am going to put the word out about Sassy! I already introduced her in a previous post, but she deserves a post all to herself!

When Sassy was only about 8 weeks old, she came to Last Hope Rescue.  I was asked to watch her for a weekend while her foster mom went out of town. Well, she ended up getting VERY sick due to parvo. Due to this, she then stayed with me until she was healthy and adoptable.

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She was adopted to a family, and was with them for a couple of months. Then, next thing ya know, she was being returned. Sassy had not done any thing that a normal, untrained, 7 month old puppy would do.

Sassy is a very sweet girl, and is happy to please. A feisty, goofy pup, her name suits her well! We are actively working on “sit”, “off”, and “leave it”. She is doing very well, and will soon master these skills! She loves to play, and is fully potty and crate trained. She covers my son in kisses, and is good with the other dogs. She is even good on a leash, as I found out at the park on Saturday:

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I am hoping she will soon find a forever family, one that will give her the time and attention she deserves. Until then, I will continue working and cuddling with her! As I tell her every day, she is a good dog, but it is time to learn to be a valuable member of society! 🙂

Happy New Year everyone! Have fun, and be safe!

Exciting News!

Ok, as promised, I have some very exciting news! After driving about 300 miles, roundtrip, Petey is at a week long meet and greet!! Even better, it is with my brother, Sam, & his girlfriend, Daphne!!!!!!

Sam was in town for Christmas, and met Petey at that time. He saw what a fantastic dog Petey is, talked to Daphne about it, and then asked me about the adoption process. Now Petey is in Atlanta, staying with Sam and Daphne for the week. If all goes well, they will adopt. No hard feelings if they decide otherwise, of course. I am so happy that they are giving him a chance though, and have all fingers and toes crossed that it works out! Here are some pictures of today’s adventure!

First it was bath time!
First it was bath time!
Then we were on the road!

Finally, we got to the meeting spot! Petey wagged his tail, hopped into their car, and settled right down!

I gave them all the specifics about caring for Petey, and explained that sometimes he gets a little anxious in a new place, he may not eat much for the first couple of days, yada yada. Well Petey proved me wrong! He seems to be totally at home, ate all his dinner, and has been hanging out in the backyard: peteyatsams2peteyatsam's

So, that is the exciting news! Keep your fingers crossed that Petey has found his forever home with Sam & Daphne! And to Sam and Daphne, thank you for giving Petey a chance. I hope you love him as much as we do!

Friday Facts!

So, I think each Friday, I will give a fun fact (or two or three…). The facts will be pertaining to dogs, of course, in some way or another. If you have a fun topic you know about, or would like to know about, let me know! I will include info you give me, or I’ll research to see if I can find anything fun to share! : )

Today, I am giving some facts about fostering!

1: In most cases, the rescue group or shelter covers all expenses. So, really you are just opening your home to a dog. Food, vet bills, crate, etc are provided. Your only requirement is to provide a safe, loving home, where the dog can learn what a home life is all about! Lucy & Petey have mastered it well:
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2: Fostering a dog may seem like a lot of work, so what’s the point? But it is a very good way to make a difference! Think of the benefits: You get to enjoy the company of a dog without the financial responsibility, and the shelter gains space for a new dog. The foster dog gets to learn what being a pet is all about. Lastly, and most importantly, the new owners get a dog that is better adapted to home life, and therefore has a better chance of remaining in the new home permanently.

3: How do I keep myself from not adopting all of them? I try not to think of a foster dog as “mine.” I am just their half-way point, helping them to be in the best shape (physically or mentally speaking), before they meet their forever family. This is not to say that I don’t love them, or that I haven’t had a favorite. Some have been harder to say goodbye to than others. But in the end, the feeling that you literally helped save that dog from death, is stronger than the sadness of goodbye. You CAN do it, I promise.

4: Rescuing a dog gives you the status of a Rockstar! That’s right. You instantly become a rockstar. And you meet other fab rockstars in the process (like my friend, Morgan, follow her blog here.

Ok, so maybe it is just the rescue pup that looks at you like a rockstar, but sometimes their opinion counts more than other humans! How could you not want more of this happiness in your face?!

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So, there ya go. I have LOTS more to say about fostering & persuading you to do it, but I’ll save that for another time. We have some fun plans for this weekend, so stay tuned to hear about our adventures! Happy Friday!