Thankfully I am here with good news about Baxter’s recovery. He is home and healing up in the comfort of his own family! He was released from the hospital Tuesday evening, and his family was up all night keeping him comfortable and giving him meds. As you could have probably guessed, he has been subjected to the cone of shame.
I actually got the chance to go visit him yesterday! His hero Big Bruno was babysitting ‘the kids’ all day, so I stopped by during my lunch. Baxter was in great spirits and greeted me at the door with the rest of the welcoming committee. They are a silly bunch, those three.
He’s got a bunch of energy, which is good – but it means they have to be extra careful about keeping his activity level low. The silly guy barely acts like he almost died!
His parents are being so wonderful and taking such great care of him. I am thankful that he found them as his final place to land. Baxter has a long road of recovery ahead of him – right now he can only eat every few hours and is still on lots of medication – but he is in the best hands possible. I will surely keep you updated on him!
Yesterday we said goodbye to Joanie as she returned back to her other foster home. What a week it’s been! It was such a roller coaster of emotions: the first two days were crazy as everyone adjusted to a new situation, then we spent time coexisting, then I fell trulymadlydeeply in love, then I experienced feelings of both relief and “Wait! Don’t go!” as we prepared to send her back home.
The good news for you all is that Joanie’s foster mom also has a blog! You can keep up with Joanie’s journey at Waiting Between Trains. Thank goodness for that, right!? Heather’s got big plans for Joanie – including trips into town, CGC class, and an awesome Halloween costume – and I’m sure we’ll get to hear all about it.
Thanks for an awesome week, J! We’ll miss ya like crazy!
Now someone please scoop up this amazing dog!
For more information about adopting Joanie, email me at email@example.com or fill out an application on the Jasmine’s House website.
Joanie has settled a LOT in the short week we’ve had her, and now it’s like she fits right in. It didn’t start off so easy – in fact it was kind of rocky, but we’ve both adjusted accordingly and have found a really great place. Joanie now just hangs out at home with my Dad all day while he works and she sleeps. When I get home from work we play and go for a nice long walk, then have a relaxing evening on the couch. She’s showing her true self: the perfect house dog!
We’ve crammed a lot of fun into this week. After learning that exercise was the key to success, Joanie and I enjoyed many long walks together – both in the early mornings and in the evenings. Yesterday morning we ventured out into the woods for the first time. Joanie, as you can imagine, loved all the sniffs – although she wasn’t too pleased about the extra obstacles.
When we go out at night I am always sure to deck her out in her safety vest, especially since she is a dark colored dog. Night time walks are always our most relaxing and enjoyable because there is no pressure to get home in time for work. . . again, lots of opportunities for sniff breaks!
Joanie totally won over my parents who are thrilled to have such a sweet dog in the house again. Bax and Otis were cordial and friendly, but it hasn’t really been since Zabora that we had a dog who ran to greet them at the door with an overly-wiggly butt. Joanie’s got an awesome tail wag, which she promptly turns around and sticks in your face for a good scratch. Looks pretty much like this:
Joanie never ceases to stop making us smile. Especially when she gets her bursts of energy and wants to play. She will barge into our liriope bushes and pounce around like she is deathing a bunch of jumping beans. Cutest. Thing. Ever. She also enjoys bouncing around the living room while playing with her favorite monkey toy. Today, the monkey finally met his demise. . .
Last but not least, Joanie continually surprises us with her uncanny ability to resemble a pig. Not only does she look like one, she sounds almost identical to one. Here is a video of some serious piggy snorting. Listen closely: pig or Joanie?
I know I keep gushing about this dog, but I just can’t help it. She’s so happy-go-lucky and up for anything. We get to enjoy the weekend together, then she is back to her long term foster. I don’t want to think about her leaving just yet, so you better believe we’ll find some serious trouble fun to get into this weekend!
If you’re interested in learning more about adopting Joanie, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Petfinder runs a promotion in September called “Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet-Week.” They highlight pets who have factors that make them seem less adoptable for whatever reason: they have a disability, they’re old, they’re different, etc. According to Petfinder, Joanie should have the odds stacked against her because she is black, a pit bull dog, and a little older. The funny thing about it is that I think Joanie’s one of the most adoptable dogs I’ve ever fostered! I appreciate Petfinder’s efforts here, but labeling Joanie as “less adoptable” gives off the impression that she’s got something wrong with her, and that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Joanie would like everyone to know that her black fur might be dark and have some scars, but it’s soft and it loves a good scratch just like any other color. Joanie would also like everyone to know that her older age (only about five) gives her maturity, grace and wisdom that her puppy friends don’t have. Furthermore, Joanie would like to tell everyone that the fact that she’s got short, stubby appendages, some muscles hidden under all those curves, a big, blocky head, and cropped ears does NOT mean she is different from other dogs for any reason other than her own individual personality. She would appreciate it if you judged her by what you know about her, rather than what her looks might lead you to believe. And what you know about her (after reading this blog, at least) is that she is as sweet as honey and a total love bug!
So nobody around here is “less adoptable” than anyone else. Unique? Sure. Special? Definitely. Different? You bet. But if you ask me, those traits mixed with her stellar personality are all reasons why Joanie is SUPER adoptable.
“I am Joanie – a black, middle-aged, “pit bull” dog – and I am super adoptable.”
For more info on adopting Joanie, email me at email@example.com or fill out an application on the Jasmine’s House website.