Okay, I’ll have to be honest – while Baxter is head over heels for this certain pitty girl, it was me that first danced in excitement when I met her at Pet Photos with Santa. I was busy helping someone when all of a sudden I spotted out of the corner of my eye our first pit bull customer of the day. A stocky little white thing, with big brown spots. Very cute. “Hmm,” I thought as I continued doing what I was doing, “she looks familiar.” Then it clicked.
“Dave! Dave!” I immediately started squealing to our volunteer coordinator, aka Santa, who is also very good friends with Aleksandra from Love & a Six-Foot Leash. “Dave, I think LOLLIE is here!!!!”
And sure enough, Lollie Wonderdog – now Lily Fireworks – was there, in the flesh, getting her picture with Santa. I seriously felt like I was meeting a celebrity! I have read SO much about this dog – not only through Love & a Six-Foot Leash, but also in the media and all over work, too. Lily came from MCHS and has been featured many times as our story of triumph for 2010, yet I had never met her in person. And there she was, right in front of me. SO COOL!
Turns out Lily’s mom is way awesome. We chatted as they waited for their super adorable Santa picture to print. She told me all about how well Lily was doing. It was so cool to see first hand what a happy ending Lily had!
Lily’s mom ended up finding my email and we started going back and forth about possibly getting together so the pooches could meet each other! Lily has not always been 100% dog friendly – she has improved greatly and is almost there, but she still does best walking along with another dog rather than very personal meetings. Lily’s mom had the great idea of going for a little hike together with the dogs, mostly inspired by what we’d both read in L&ASFL’s entry about HikeaBull! Walking dogs together can help socialize them safely and comfortably. Plus, exercise and a good time for the humans & canines together – win win!
After weeks of holidays and other such things consuming our schedules, we were finally able to set up a date. We happened to pick a gorgeous 60 degree day to head over to Great Falls National Park and walk a few miles along the canal. The nice weather meant there ended up being a ton of people there, but both dogs behaved beautifully. We had a blast!
We really had a great time. I think we’re all pretty excited to do it again, with the dreams of one day maybe starting a little HikeaBull type crew of our own!? We just know how advantageous a group like that can be, plus we would love the opportunity to network with fellow dog people like ourselves. Who knows. For now, Baxter & I will enjoy being totally, absolutely
in love starstruck.
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