Big Ears Big Fun?

Foster Mama uses a saying for those rare exciting occasions that she goes out with her girlfriends:  “Big hair, big fun!” I think she uses it as an excuse for why her unruly locks come out looking like a lion’s mane – but don’t tell her I said that. Anyway, she was talking about that for this weekend, so I decided to try it too (since I LOVE having fun) – but I don’t have big hair, I only have ears. Big ears, big fun? You bet!!!

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Happy Friday, you party animals!

To adopt your very own “Big Ears, Big Fun!” gal, email peacelovefoster@gmail.com.


My Ears & I Are Still Single!

Can you believe it? Sinclair, the perfectly behaved Jasmine’s House adoptable, is still looking for a home! I introduced him to the blog in early December when I watched him for a bit, and I spent a whole week gushing about how awesome he is. At about three years old, he’s at the age where you know what you’re getting (something I have learned to really appreciate).  He’s easy going, up for anything and described by his foster mama as, “The laziest foster dog I’ve had!” Doesn’t get much better than that, folks.

If his dazzling personality hasn’t won you over, let me remind you of two things that might (I’m referring to that pair of large things on his head that make him ridiculously adorable):

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Sinclair’s been a bachelor his whole life, but I think he’s ready to settle down and become a family dog. I know it will just take the right person (family) to come along and make him change his bachelor ways – perhaps someone who likes to hike, play ball and share toys – but that person is out there. Could it be you? Once he meets that person (family), his life will be changed forever as he realizes he wants nothing more than to leave his bachelor pad behind to move in with them! He might even reveal how much he loves to let them cuddle with him. Whoever steals Sinclair’s heart will be quite the lucky one – this guy is a total catch! (Must be why all the ladies want him so bad.)

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If you’re interested in adding this heart throb to your family, fill out an application on the Jasmine’s House website!


What’s a Dog to Do?

Poor Sinclair is just all worked up over this crazy weather! Here in Maryland we have experienced a total identity crisis for the month of December – this week it was in the 60s! What!? Sinclair just does not understand how he is strutting his stuff in the nice weather one day, and then bundling up for frost the next. What’s a dog to do!?

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Get dressed up in cute winter gear, that’s what:

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And then sulk about it because it’s embarrassing:

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Sorry, Sinny – guess you’re just going to have to get used to it!  We’ve got a long winter ahead of us. Hopefully a family will come along, scoop you up and snuggle you all winter long so you don’t have to wear any more embarrassing scarves.

If you are interested in adding Sinclair and his sonar ears into your family, email me at peacelovefoster@gmail.com or fill out an application on the Jasmine’s House website.


Competitive Cuddling

Didn’t you hear? There’s a competition for 2012’s Best Cuddler Award. I didn’t realize he was even in the running, but it seems Sinclair has been training very hard to make himself the best cuddling competitor possible.  Check out his training regimen while he was with me last week. . .

He starts by sneaking his way onto the bed in the first place, as a warm up.

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Then he slowly works his way closer to his cuddling object – usually the human – and curls up behind the often unknowing recipient.

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When he finally feels prepared and warmed up, he goes into full blown competition mode:

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He stays there for a while, practicing and practicing, until finally the cool down phase. This is where he stretches and lets loose a little after his tough cuddling workout:

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Gosh, cuddling is just such hard work – but I think he’s on his way to Cuddling Champion!

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If you are interested in adding Sinclair and his sonar ears into your family, email me at peacelovefoster@gmail.com or fill out an application on the Jasmine’s House website.


Can’t Live Without TOYS!

Hey ladies and gents. Sinclair here. J let me take over the blog to talk about the most important thing in my small little world: toys.  You see, I have a serious love affair with toys, as she mentioned during yesterday’s introductions. All kinds of toys: squeaky, rope, plush, plastic – you name it, I play with it.

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My version of playing is as follows: total and complete destruction. Yep, you heard me. I like to rip, shred, chew, and gnaw the toys I get my paws on.  Temporary-FosterMama (TFM) gave me a lobster rope toy, and like a true Mainer I started with the claws first.

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Now you might look at these incriminating adorable photos and think, “He is so destructive!”  BUT, think again – this sort of playing with toys is very good for me! Let me explain to you why.  First of all, giving me toys to chew on means that what I’m NOT doing is chewing on your shoes. The best way to prevent me (or whatever doggy) from chewing up things they’re not supposed to is to provide them with alternatives! I was so busy ripping the limbs off Mr. Lobster that the couch didn’t even interest me (not that it normally would because I don’t chew things I’m not supposed to, but to some dogs the couch and other non-edible things are simply deeeeelicious).

While I was deep in the La La Land of Squeaky Toy Destruction, TFM kept talking about this thing called in-rich-mint. TFM says in-rich-mint is something that makes my little doggy brain work and concentrate really hard on something. That is exactly what I do when I destroy toys: I lie there for hours meticulously ripping and pulling at my toys, planning exactly which piece of string to pick apart next. I work really hard to be the best Captain Destructo I can be. You give me a strong rope toy to work on and disassemble for thirty minutes and I am straight exhausted after that.  Like seriously, give me a NAP!!!

So next time you think toy destruction is a bad thing, think again!  It might be saving your pup from serious boredom – or, better yet, it might be saving your throw pillows from an unfortunate demise ;-)

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What Large Ears You Have. . .

It’s been a revolving door of temporary fosters here at the PLF household – and we love it! Everyone, meet Sinclair:

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Sinclair is a stunning adoptable from Jasmine’s House who stayed with us for a few days last week, and let me tell you. . . he is a total doll!  At three years old, Sinclair’s got top notch manners – and not just because he is being fostered by the Jasmine’s House trainer (okay, maybe that’s helped a little bit).  He is one of those “I’ll shoot my butt to the ground in a milla-instasecond before you can even say ‘sit'” sort of dogs, and he splats into a ‘down’ the same way, with a big smile on his face.

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Basic commands aren’t his only skills. Sinclair’s got one of those easy going personalities perfect for someone with only a moderately active lifestyle – he’s good to hang out on the couch with you after a walk or a fun game of fetch.  For those of you with hyperactive dogs, you appreciate how nice this is.  What’s even better? He’s 100% crate trained! After a few dogs who weren’t fond of the crate, it was a huge relief that Sinclair loved snoozing the day away in his crate without bugging my Dad who works from home.  I knew he was staying out of trouble while I was at work, and he wasn’t upset about it!

Sinclair is what we like to call “dog selective” – meaning he’s not reactive, but he isn’t BFFs with everyone he meets (and I don’t blame him, neither am I!).  Even while he practices his manners around other dogs he is well-behaved on walks and in public.

My favorite thing about Sinclair is how much he loves toys and playing ball.  Mark has been dying for a dog to play ball with ever since I started fostering, and Sinclair was just the guy for the job.  Whether it was out in the yard or in a space I cleared out in our living room, we had a great time playing games of “I’m gonna getcha,” tug and fetch with Sinny.  Some of our toys that have been sitting dormant through all our fosters finally got great use from Sinclair, including this lobster rope toy I got from family in Maine last Christmas.

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As if we weren’t lucky enough with how awesome Charlie was, it only continued when Sinclair stopped by. We’re getting spoiled!  While we love to soak up the love and happiness these temporary fosters bring us, we’d love it even more if someone else got to experience it every day by adopting them.

This week we’ll be highlighting our time with Sinclair, including more exploration into the joy of toys and showing off his amazing cuddling skills. These ears are too cute to miss, so he’ll see you tomorrow!

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If you are interested in adding Sinclair and his sonar ears into your family, email me at peacelovefoster@gmail.com or fill out an application on the Jasmine’s House website.