My Mini Me

Otis here. I’m back with J for just a few short days. I was really excited to head back to work with her, but little did I know what I was in for that first day back.

J told me about this little stray pup at the shelter who looked just like me, and she said we’d get a chance to meet each other. I was, um, not thrilled because dogs that bounce and yip and move quickly are not my favorite thing – and puppies happen to be all of those in one little package. Greeaaatttttt.Turns out the little stinker had spent a lot time with my former-foster mama back at her desk snoozing the day away, so she thought she’d be a low key buddy for me too. Boy was she WRONG. She started acting a fool when I came around!ig02ig06

"Get me outta here!"

“Get me outta here!”

Although I do have to admit we were pretty cute together, dontcha think? I mean, look: our striped furs totally match! And our paws dipped in white and our big brown eyes. If I didn’t know any better I’d say we were relay-did.



This little girl is named Pixie and she’s looking for her forever home. Can one of you adopt her so she stops tormenting me? Email my former-foster mama at if you’re interested.  Thanks a million!

Otis the Rock Climber

It’s certainly no secret that we love to take our fosters hiking. It’s a great way to get us exercise, and it’s usually in a pretty neat location. Some of my favorite locations around here include the C&O Canal, Sugarloaf Mtn., and the Billy Goat Trail at Great Falls. Last weekend we went and explored somewhere new! Mark, Otis, and I headed out to Cunningham Falls State Park in Frederick. Neither of us had been there before, but I’d heard great things so we headed out for an adventure!

I already know Honey Bunches is an active dog who can keep up on a long walk. I was interested to see how he would do on a more challenging hike. Turns out, he was a rock star – no surprise there! He impressed us with his ability to scale some pretty tricky parts of the trail.

The trail was only about three miles round trip, but the inclines made it a nice workout for everyone. It felt like we went up hill on the entire trip to the falls, but when we got there we realized it was totally worth it – what a view!

It was a great afternoon. Otie was so good! He is such a polite walking partner, even on a busy trail where we passed many other dogs and people (a walk where my arms weren’t exhausted at the end?? What a concept!).

And, even with all the new surroundings, things, and people, Honey Bunches was one brave pup. He took the new experience with ease. He even demonstrated his new badass outlook on life:

I think he is ready for a Pittie Trails hike this weekend – so stay tuned for the time & location!

If you are interested in adopting Honey Bunches of Otis, click here or email

More About Otie

It’s officially been a week since Honey Bunches came back to me, and he has settled in rather flawlessly. It feels like we have literally picked up right where we left off last summer with long walks in the woods, excited home comings, and snuggles on the couch.

Otis is reminding me every day what a great dog he is. He is fine for me to leave home alone, he is housebroken and crate trained, he is literally perfect on the leash, he is super laid back – and the list goes on. He becomes very attached to his “person” and follows them all over the house, so he will be perfect for someone looking for a close companion. I am hoping to work with him to try and build his confidence so he doesn’t feel like he needs to rely so heavily on his guardian, but for now it’s clear he is most happy when he is by his human’s side.

But, despite being one incredible pooch, Otie has been rehomed twice at no fault of his own. Like I mentioned on Thursday, he does have two buttons that push him too far out of his comfort zone: kids and living with other dogs. I want to stop here for a moment and clarify that Otis’ fears do not manifest themselves in any aggressive behavior. Animals have two instincts when it comes to fear: fight or flight. The “fight” instinct is shown through what is called “dog reactive” behavior because they feel like they need to stand up to whatever is upsetting them through barking, growling, lunging, etc. In dogs like Otis, the “flight” method is preferred – hide and run for cover or cower and hope the scary thing goes away. In these situations it is clear he is miserably unhappy.

In my house, free of dogs and kids, Otis is a bubbly, outgoing, and happy-go-lucky dog.  He finds so much joy in just being with you – whether it is on the couch or on a walk. His tail seems to never stop wagging in this adorably odd circular motion, and grass rolls are his favorite thing. He is playful and energetic and all the things a well-behaved two year old dog should be. Like I’ve said before: whoever ends up adopting this dog will be one lucky duck.

I know I mentioned last week that Otis has got a lot of learning to do about being a happy dog again, but he’s already worlds past where I expected him to be so a lot of my work is done. While he is with me we are just going to enjoy the time we have together by further perfecting his manners and finding him the best family we possibly can. It’s going to be hard to give this one up!

If you are interested in adopting Honey Bunches of Otis, email