Riding in Cars with Dogs

Since I take my fosters nearly everywhere with me, they do a lot of riding in cars. They’re usually sent to the oh-so-lonely back seat, and most have been great passengers. Baxter was the best because he would curl up and sleep for the whole ride. Honey Bunches is great in that he respects his position in the back seat, but he has yet to figure out that stability comes from sitting or lying on the seat. He’s usually playing surfer dog with his drooling face right next to my ear. But he is getting the hang of it.

Last weekend we had some gorgeous evening weather. What better way to enjoy that than to go for a ride in a convertible, right? I wanted Otis to come out with me and my brother, so we all piled in and – after multople rearrangements – found the perfect set up. Both humans sat safely buckled up, and Otis sat on the floor in front of me with his front paws in my lap. That way I was able to wrap my arms around him and make sure he didn’t go anywhere. He loved it!

We had a great time! Otie is officially a top-down lovin’ dog. Glad we can add that to the list of fun summer activities to squeeze in while looking for his forever home.

For more information on adopting Honey Bunches of Otis, go to his Adopt Me page to learn more about him and how to get in touch.

Sizzlin’ Summertime Blues

It is HOT these days. Too hot for my liking, and definitely too hot for Otie’s liking.

Photo credit to Fosterdad.

Photo credit to Fosterdad.

My general cure for excessively hot weather is to stay inside, but for a dog that’s got too much energy to just be lazy with us all day, that wasn’t an option this weekend. So we headed to the next best place to be on a hot, humid summer day: the water.

No better way to cool off, wouldn’t ya say? Honey Bunches loves the water, so this was a welcomed treat for him. I have a feeling it’s going to become a summer time ritual for Otie – but hopefully with his forever family!

For more information on adopting Honey Bunches of Otis, go to his Adopt Me page to learn more about him and how to get in touch.

How to Spend a Springtime Weekend

We were blessed with an amazingly gorgeous Mother’s Day weekend, and Otis is the perfect dog to share it with.

We went on road trips.

We played outside.

We worked on our tans.

Then we resigned ourselves to the couch to recover from all the Vitamin D and adventuring.

See? Perfect.

For more information on adopting Honey Bunches of Otis, go to his Adopt Me page to learn more about him and how to get in touch.

Now What?

So I’m sure many of you are wondering what my next fostering move is. To be honest, I don’t even know. The night I dropped Baxter off I was ready to run to the shelter and pick out another one, but after four months of being responsible for putting a dog before myself, I knew I needed to sit back and evaluate.

I am completely torn on the subject. Half of me wants to keep this momentum that I’ve built from Baxter – with the blog, the dog schedule we’ve adapted at home, the foster parent mindset I’ve got now. So many things change when you have a dog (preaching to the choir, I know). I miss so much of it, too. I really do think I was put on this planet to do this type of work. Things don’t come this easy for no reason.

Which is why, on the other hand, I know I need to take a short break. I am literally going to be doing this for the rest of my life, and right now I’m only 22 years old. I compromise (or sacrifice, depending on who you ask) a lot to have a dog at this age. My friends are all out being young and carefree and living up their 20’s in the nation’s capital. Me? I’m home by 11 to take care of Baxter. Don’t get me wrong, it was totally 100% completely absolutely worth it and I wouldn’t take back a second, but I have to look at the situation from all angles.

Now this does not mean that I’m out for a good, or even out for longer than just a little bit. I’m not putting a time limit on it because I know that my next foster will come to me the same way Baxter did. Soon enough a dog in need will come along that will be right for my situation. Until then, I’ll enjoy my freedom. This is why fostering is so great: I get the best of both worlds. I just have to make sure I’m giving both worlds – or, more importantly, the people in both worlds – equal time and energy.

World 1

World 2

So, what can you expect from this blog? I’m definitely going to have to get creative, that’s for sure. Of course I have a ton of stuff to talk about, but I don’t like being preachy so I promise to steer clear of ranting posts. I think I have some insight to share as a shelter worker, and I’ll introduce you guys to other dogs & happenings at Jasmine’s House. I’ll talk about fun pittie merchandise I find and maybe I’ll write about a book or two. Since I’m by no means an “expert” on many things dog, I’ll only talk about what I’ve experienced first hand. I have some knowledge from the mix of my Animal Sciences degree, working at a shelter, spending a lot of times around dogs, and having extra interest in animal behavior – but that’s about it.

At the very least, I will try my hardest to have a post here on your computer screen at 6:30am every morning like I have the last four months. I love this blog, and I love my followers, so I hope you’ll bear with me in this time of transition. I salute those who can entertain you with foster after foster, but I’m just not there yet.

If you have anything you’d like me to write about – please let me know! And as always… thanks for being here : -)

A Capital Adventure

With the unusually warm temperatures last weekend, we decided to take Baxter out on the town Saturday to try and get him some visibility.  My boyfriend and I love DC and haven’t been in a while, so we headed out for some sightseeing. The wind made it a little chilly, but that didn’t stop us from having a great time.

We started out at the White House, and Baxter of course looked for Bo! He was a little bummed when we didn’t catch a glimpse of him.

Then we headed down past the Washington Monument. Baxter was happy to know we would not be climbing to the top.

Our favorite route is to then walk over past the WW2 memorial to this area called Constitution Gardens – a cute little pond and island located sort of away from the main tourist hubs (during the summer at least). Now the gorgeous willow tree is just branches, but the island is still as pleasant as always! Can you tell Baxter didn’t exactly appreciate the breeze coming off the water…

We ended at the Lincoln Memorial, where Baxter and I broke the rules and ran up the steps to snap a few super quick pictures.

Baxter proved to be quite the disinterested tourist.

Although I do think he left with slightly more appreciation for such historic significance a nice long walk outside.

Maybe he’s got some city dog in him?

For more information on adopting Comeback Kid Baxter, click here or email peacelovefoster@gmail.com.