What’s Black and White and Speckled All Over?

Jayla!

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She’s the one I told you about yesterday that I took to an adoption event (so, before you get all excited, no she is not my new foster). Mark says I’m just on a “falling in love” kick since I miss Johnnie. I say that Jayla is AWESOME and how can anyone not fall in love with her!? Let me tell you about her.

Dogs like Jayla are actually very refreshing to me (have I talked about this before? I feel like I’ve talked about this before… I’m sorry if I’ve talked about this before!). To be totally honest, it’s very easy when you’re working at a shelter to sort of have your eyes glaze over and stop seeing every dog individually, but rather as a whole group of animals who need help (Animal Farm Foundation addressed this in a very interesting blog post about the concept of psychic numbing). I don’t do it consciously, it just sort of happens… maybe it’s our mind’s way of sparing us a bit of the emotional torture that comes along with working in animal welfare. In any case, it’s not every day that I find a dog I really, truly fall for.

Jayla, like lots of the dogs in a shelter, gets lost in the crowd. At four-ish years old, in the sixteen seconds it takes for someone to walk past her kennel she is just another black and white dog with short fur and a big head. Even when I first took her out, she was distracted and investigating her new environment. Not that I blame her – new places are ohsointeresting when you basically live in a box – but it’s hard to bond with a dog like that. It was only after spending about thirty minutes with her did she start to warm up to me. And it turns out that she is a big sweetie!

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Point #1 for Jayla: awesome passenger in the car. Any dog who sits nicely and even falls asleep on their first ride in the car is awesome in my book. Point #2 for Jayla: calm around other dogs. After dealing with a few “over eager” pups, boy was this a nice change! Point #3 for Jayla: she’s tolerant and up for anything. Being around her while she’s got a bully stick? No big. Hanging out with kiddos who want to run and squeal and pull on her tail? It’s nothing. Taking her to new sights and sounds? Easy peesy.

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It seems pretty evident that Jayla’s wisdom and maturity comes from the fact that she’s past her teenage years (she’s about 4, remember). She’s over the partyin’ and would rather just hang out on your couch. Oh, and those belly spots? Feel free to give those a nice long rub while the both of you are enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon. Sounds perfect, doesn’t it? I tell ya, if I wasn’t moving in July this little girl would be in my house on my floor at my feet right now (whether foster dad liked it or not ;-)).

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And yes, I stole her away for a bit after the adoption event and introduced her to my parents and my yard. They fell in love with her, and she fell in love with them (okay, maybe mostly the yard). Sometimes you just have to fall for one again to remember why you do it!

05Looking for a laid back gal whose favorite thing to do is hang in your lap and make you smile? Email me at peacelovefoster@gmail.com.


Long Weekend. . . with Charlie!

I know you all remember Charlie, the adorable perma-pup from Jasmine’s House that crashed at my place over Thanksgiving weekend. It’s all coming back to you now, right? The handsome markings, the big, dreamy eyes, the pint size body. . .

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Well, he’s back at my place for a couple days over this long weekend, and we are loving it! Except there’s one thing different this time around: he’s now adopted!!!

When I introduced Charlie in November, he was looking for his forever home after finally overcoming some nasty health issues thanks to the hard work of his fabulous foster family. After going through a few applicants and having them fall through, his foster family realized Charlie wasn’t supposed to be anyone’s but theirs, and they decided to keep him.  When I saw him interact with their family – including his two six-year old human brothers – I knew all along that he was meant to be theirs, and I was beyond thrilled when I heard the news that he was home forever.

They’re enjoying the long weekend out of town, so I get the pleasure of having Charlie hang out at my house again! It’s only for about two days, which naturally means we’re going to squeeze in as many adventures as possible ;-).  Hope you’re ready for some cuteness this week!

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P.S. Yes, that bottom photo has purple in it to celebrate last night’s football win. . . GO RAVENS!!! While I’m a Skins fan at heart, I obviously love to see a Maryland team make it to the Superbowl – especially when it’s full of UMD Terps and pit bull advocates!


Meet Adoptable Charlie!

Warning: CUTENESS OVERLOAD in every post this week.

I had the pleasure of watching Charlie, an adoptable 1+ year old “pit bull” dog, while his foster family was out of town for Thanksgiving. You might recognize him from my posts about Pit Bull Awareness Day, where I was first introduced to him. I was instantly hooked by his cute round eyes, precious little ears and calm personality when I met him in October, so when he was in need of a place to crash for a few days I jumped at the chance.  I was so excited to get to know this little guy!

Not surprisingly, Charlie lived up to my expectations. He is a total doll. In my opinion he is the perfect combination of a calm, “old man” personality with bursts of total puppy behavior and antics.  He will snooze with you on the couch and then immediately romp around in the yard with you like a bunny rabbit (not an exaggeration). We spent the weekend relaxing, exercising, and laughing together (okay, maybe I was the one laughing and he was the one doing silly things).

Charlie is very food motivated, which made it easy for me to connect with him in just the short time I spent with him.  Whoever ends up with him will likely enjoy building a strong bond through training.  Charlie is a quick learner, is eager to please, and seems to like learning new things.

Like I mentioned, Charlie’s got a very gentle personality. The fact that he lives with and totally adores six-year old twins should be a pretty good sign to how solid his personality is. I would absolutely recommend Charlie to a home with kids – especially if they could tire each other out!

As if he hasn’t won you over yet, Charlie is almost as non-reactive as a year old puppy can be. When around other dogs he shows interest and wants to play (exhibited just by attention that direction and tail wags), but he almost immediately redirects towards you when you ask him to. This also goes for strangers – we met a large man on a walk who was wearing dark clothes, a hat and walking with a cane. Charlie thought he was just about the best person he’d ever met.

If you feel like I’m totally gushing about Charlie, you’re spot on.  This dog is AWESOME.  Even Mark, a tough critic when it comes to my fosters (as in he likes them, but doesn’t totally mind when they get adopted), fell in love and jokingly said he wouldn’t mind if I said I wanted to keep Charlie.

Charlie has only recently bounced back from some health issues, after finally being diagnosed with pemphigus foliaceus. This is an autoimmune disease he will have forever that affects his skin, but it is very easily managed and he should have a long, healthy life.   His foster home has done so much work to diagnose and treat the disease thus far, Charlie’s adopters shouldn’t have many problems at all moving forward.

I know I share a lot of adoptable dogs on this blog, but in case I hadn’t made this clear yet: Charlie is a very special catch!  He isn’t scooped up yet because he’s just now finally getting over his medical stuff, but I don’t doubt that he’ll be adopted quickly by a very lucky family (can you tell I’m a little jealous?).

Because we had three full days together and I didn’t have to work, Charlie and I went on some pretty awesome adventures. Even though he’s back at his foster home now, I’ll be writing about our time together all this week.  Stay tuned!

If you’re interested in adopting Charlie, email me at peacelovefoster@gmail.com or fill out an application with Jasmine’s House.



Winston’s Next Journey

There is an abundance of homeless pets on this planet. That is the sad, blatant reality. The saving grace for those homeless pets are the good people that work in their honor, trying to lessen the homeless population one pet at a time. Some dedicate their lives to it, and some dedicate a $10 donation to it – but each and every person makes a difference in their own way.

Good Samaritans come in all shapes, sizes, and efforts. I got a call from a good Samaritan yesterday whose Samaritan status is just about as good as they get.  I receive a lot of calls and emails for dogs that need new homes – too many to help through this blog, honestly – but this one was referred to me by Mark’s dad, and his story thus far is just too great not to share.

Andrew, a coworker of Mark’s Dad, was driving home from work one night and saw a pair of beady little eyes in the headlights. Once he realized it was a dog, he pulled over to investigate. Just as he was noticing it was a “pit bull” dog (so basically it had a big head and likely a very waggy tail), the dog hopped up into Andrew’s car like he’d been waiting for him all day.

Now many good Samaritans would have helped this dog by getting it off the streets and taking it to the local shelter.  Andrew didn’t do that though. Andrew drove directly home, and introduced the dog to his wife and his two resident dogs.  He and his family took this little black and white “pit bull” dog, named him Winston, and decided they would help him find a forever home.

Winston quickly proved to them that they made the right decision by being housetrained and very sweet.  He also gets along with their male and female rescue dogs, apparently loving the opportunity to play with them. Winston’s lucky in that he landed in this accidental foster home that appreciates his need for exercise, and is willing to give him daily walks and romps in the yard to keep him happy.

While Winston fits in well with this family, they can’t bring on another dog at this time and they want to find him a great forever home. They are doing absolutely everything they can to spread the word about this handsome guy, they even made this great video about him!

Furthermore, they just got him neutered and vaccinated (ding ding ding – jackpot, adopters!).  They’re clearly taking wonderful care of him during this stop of his journey, but he needs to find a place to crash for life. He’s in the DE/PA area, so if you know someone looking for a totally happy-go-lucky, dog-friendly pup – send them my way!

If you’re interested in adopting Winston, email me at peacelovefoster@gmail.com.


Puppy Temptation

One of the best and worst things about working at an animal shelter? PUPPIES.

Sure, they’re cute and adorable and can spend time at your desk with you. . .

. . .BUT then you’re tempted to go against all of your better judgement and take them home with you as a foster. Everyone knows though that puppies are fun to play with and snuggle until you bring them home and they destroy your house and keep you up all night. Which is why I have to avoid this face at all costs:

No puppies this time around, even though I was this close l——–l to leaving work that day with her in tow. Luckily MooMoo, as we fondly named her, was scooped up by local rescue Bully Paws and will probably find a home in no time!

Happy Friday!