Baxter’s Holiday Wish – Introducing Kibble for FB Comments!

Hello everyone! It’s me, CK Bax! I know I haven’t been around very much because I’ve been acquainting myself with all the best sleep spots in the house, but I’m here because I have something special to share.

With it being the holidays and all, fostermom has been taking me with her to do some pretty neat stuff. Saturday night we stood outside in the freezing cold (but I wasn’t cold, I had two coats on!) to sell baked goods to people and raise money for something she called Relay For Life! Fostermom says the fight against cancer is her other favorite cause besides rescuing little munchkins like me, and that we were doing something good. Then I went and visited someone who was feeling a little blue. I gave them kisses and helped brighten their day! Fostermom says that was something good too.

Another thing I did this weekend was visit with Santa (read on to check out how adorable I was in my pic). Because of all this good stuff I’ve been up to with fostermom, I told Santa that what I wanted for Christmas was to help my doggy friends at the Montgomery County Humane Society who are not lucky enough to be in foster homes like me.  Santa and I had a nice chat about it. He said he knew a really nice lady once that donated a whole bunch of kibble to my buddies at the shelter with the help of her interweb friends. Santa mentioned that maybe I’d like to continue the tradition since that nice lady is doing different wonderful things this holiday season. I said that it involves food helping others so yes of course I would love to do it!

I pitched my idea to fostermom and she said I was a smart little pup (I didn’t tell her it was Santa’s idea). This year, we’re doing it through Facebook. Fostermama says for every person who “Likes” Peace, Love, & Fostering’s Facebook page* and then leaves a comment (say hi! say whatever you’d like!) between now and midnight on Dec 21, she will donate 1 lb of kibble to my doggy friends at the Montgomery County Humane Society!!

The reason we are wrapping it up in ten days by December 22 is because the volunteers at MCHS have deemed that day “Holiday for the Shelter Animals”. They will be there all day handing out donations from our holiday drives and making the animals feel extra special. I told fostermom, “Mom, what a perfect day to deliver this kibble to all my friends at the shelter!”

So stop by Facebook and say hi if you would like to help my friends at MCHS! Share with your friends if you’d like. I appreciate you all going out of your way to help me help my doggy buddies! And fostermom says thank you to Love & a Six-foot Leash for passing the torch to us to continue your great idea : -)

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

*Up to 200 lbs of kibble. Multiple comments from the same contributor will only be counted once. If you already “Like” the page, just leave a comment and you will still be counted!


Tis the Season!!!

Ever since I was a kid, I have refused to fully embrace the Christmas season until December 1st. I was convinced that if I went into full blown Elf mode too soon, I would burn out and get sick of Christmas before it even came. The week from Thanksgiving to November 30th is spent avoiding Christmas music, keeping the decorations tucked away, and waiting anxiously to be “allowed” to pull out the Christmas earrings.

So, in celebration of December 1st, here is Bax in all of his festive glory!

He secretly had his tinsel ready weeks ago, and was bummed I didn’t let him whip it out sooner.

He was very happy, though, when it was time to take our family Christmas picture while the siblings were home on break for the holiday. It meant he got to wear his Santa hat!

My family gets pretty creative about our Christmas cards. Last year we all piled into my dad’s Kawasaki w650 and side car:

This year, my dad got clever again.

Yes, that is our Miata dressed as Santa Clause.

As you can see by one of our outtakes, our outfits weren’t exactly conducive to being able to see Baxter, and ultimately we decided on a picture without him in it. So Baxter and I took our own picture, and it is hands down my favorite of them all.

We hope everyone has a great beginning to the Holiday season : -)

Speaking of, for those of you in the Montgomery County, MD area – MCHS is hosting Pet Pictures with Santa this weekend and next! Even though I have to work it, I am really hoping to pull off a way to get Baxter there and have his picture taken with Santa. How cute would that be? Santa is played by our very own volunteer coordinator, Dave. He has been growing the beard out for months, no joke! I can’t wait! Here is the website with times and locations.

(Be prepared: this is not the last of my Christmas posts. I love this season too much to devote just one entry to it! And may have just a little something up my sleeve…. : -))


Giving Thanks.

This is super cliché, but I’m going to take advantage of the holidays and spend a moment giving some thanks. I think it is always important to sit back and appreciate what you have, and who makes it possible.

Being a foster is not something you can do by yourself (and if you do pull that off, I give you infinite props). I’ve generally found that the more hands on deck, the easier it is. Between exercising and feeding and supervising and tucking into bed and training and loving… fostering is a lot of work. I would not be able to help any dog without a few people who make it possible. I want to thank those in my life who have helped me along the way and who still help me day in and day out with the pups who need us.

My parents.

My parents got us a dog as a kid so that we could have a dog to grow up with. Of course, as it has probably happened with many of you, Barley ended up being taken care of almost entirely by my mom. By the time his soft little heart stopped beating, Mom was ready to take a break from the dog world for a while. Little did she know three days later I was going to walk a wobbly little blue pit bull into our house.

My parents are extremely supportive of me, especially for things that make me so happy. Since my first foster Otis, they have diligently helped care for each dog I bring home, no questions asked. They alleviate the burden on me any time they can by letting the dog out while I’m at work or tucking it in at night when I stay out late or feeding it if I’m at work longer than usual or buying it extra supplies to make it comfortable. My parents go above and beyond when it comes to helping me with my fosters, and I absolutely could not help as many dogs as I do/will in the future without their help.

Daddy and his "bora bora"

Love and a Six-foot Leash.

Aleksandra from L&ASFL taught me close to everything I know about fostering so far. I could not have asked for a better person to cross paths with at MCHS. Co-fostering Zabora with Aleks taught me worlds on how to navigate through the waters of fostering, applications, and adoptions. She is always, and I mean literally at any time, willing to pick up the phone or type out an email to help me with anything I ask regarding fostering, pitties, or life. Her work is beyond inspiring, and her reach and impact on the community is something I aspire for someday.  I can 100% blame her blog for getting me interested in fostering, and her advice & words of encouragement for keeping me going.

Photo cred to Love & a Six-foot Leash. Love you guys!

My boyfriend, Mark.

I doubt Mark knew at all what he was getting into when we started dating a year and a half ago. He quickly learned about my love for animals, and watched as my entire world turned into rescue tunnel vision when I started my job in June. While he was skeptical about me fostering at first, Mark loves and has loved every dog I introduced him to. Not only is he supportive, but he has also made an effort to listen to and learn the things I come home blabbering about. He is now keen on dog behavior, is a pit bull convert, and is a rescue/adoption advocate. I adore him for how much he helps me out with my dogs, especially since so much of this was new for him.

The Montgomery County Humane Society.

Working on the inside of MCHS has opened my eyes to the incredible things this shelter does.  We are county contracted, meaning a few things: we are required by law to take in any animal that comes through our doors, the county has complete control over our building (meaning changes, repairs, etc.), and only half of our budget is provided by the county – the rest comes from private donations and special events (my job!). With all this, we (not really me, mostly “they”) do a great job at keeping our animals happy, healthy, and adoptable.

Our adoption rates are extremely high, and our team is dedicated to the well being of every single animal. We just got a little kitten surgery for a malformed sternum, we recently saved an extremely emaciated dog and he is now recovering in foster care, and we do routine grooming and hygiene maintenance for all of our animals to keep them comfy (by we I mean our great kennel staff).  The people who work there are truly amazing, something I have discovered through working there and getting to know everyone. Every single one of my coworkers inspires me to do my best every day to help the animals.

Jasmine’s House.

This appreciation is especially relevant right now; as Jasmine’s House Rescue (JHR) just lost a puppy they put many many hours, dollars, and love into helping. RIP little Mickey. The first part of this situation is standard for JHR – the love, the compassion, and the care they put into their dogs. Aleksandra said it best to me once when she said, “Catalina would do anything to help a dog.” Both Catalina and Kate, the co-founders of JHR, would do absolutely anything necessary to help a dog in need. They pulled both Zabora and Georgia from MCHS when we asked, with no question – and they do that for so many other dogs from MCHS and shelters around the area. They saved sweet Baxter from his life of fear and neglect, giving him the TLC he needed to learn how to feel comfortable in his own skin. These women, and all those who work for their rescue, are incredible in what they do.

They are also a wonderful rescue to work with, making their foster homes feel welcomed, appreciated, and supported. Without them I would not have Baxter in my life (in fact, who knows where he would be right now) and I would not have been introduced to a whole new circle of compassionate, intelligent advocates.  I am constantly moved by what they do, and look forward to working with such an extraordinary group for many years to come.

Cataline (left) and Kate (right). Photo cred http://www.jasmineshouse.org

My Fellow Bloggers.

Your comments, your posts, your advice…. what a huge help! Having so many other foster parents and rescue advocate peers right at my fingertips is one of the best results of social media these days. I can’t even begin to count the things I have learned by browsing your facebook pages, your blogs, and your comments – not to mention the laughs, the bonds, and the relief of knowing there is someone out there dealing with the same issues. And it’s all real experiences and real outlooks! You all are invaluable when it comes to learning about this world – thank you!

Baxter says "thanks!" from the bottom of his little heart.

So of course that isn’t everyone, because the world of fostering is impacted by so many. I am so grateful for who I am surrounded by – I wish I could send everyone “Thank You” carrier pigeons or something.  Gratitude is one of the things I hold closest to my heart, I wish everyone knew how much I appreciate them.

I hope everyone has a great holiday and enjoys it with family, friends, and animals.

Baxter is excited that Thanksgiving means we get to start preparing for Christmas!

And again…. THANK YOU : -)

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