Johnnie Cash is on a BOAT!

I have the privilege of following Johnnie’s adopters on Instagram, so I see her adorable little face every once in a while in pictures showing just how happy she is with her new family. It’s always the best surprise when she shows up in my feed, but this particular photo – as you can imagine – caught me attention and made me squeal REALLY loud.

01I haven’t chatted with J’s forever parents in a while, so I used it as an excuse to email them seeing how things are going. I got this glowing report, and some more photos!

“Yes, we are loving everyday with Johnnie!  I love that you can see her pics on Instagram, and I get to see all of the dogs you help everyday. :)  

A couple updates!  Obviously she loves the water and boats!  We’ve been taking her to Obedience Classes at Woofs! She just had her 5th class on Monday we have two more.  We did get put in a separate space because JC gets overly excited around a few of the dogs.  BUT everyday she gets a lot better with her puppy manners.  In the mornings I take her to a few busy corners with kids and people to work on sits, downs, roll over (bellyspots), and basically not jumping on people.  
 
We run her a few times a week and that helps with her energy.  We had a play date with a friends dog on July 4th (a puppy lab mix) they love each other and have very similar energy.  
 
After Obedience Training is over we will probably sign up for a one on one training session and then go onto a more advanced training… then eventually agility classes :D I know she would really like those!! BUT I definitely want her mostly trained by then.
Ty’s family absolutely love JC and her positive energy!!  I know the family took tons of pictures on the trip!!  I was so focused on making sure she was okay; I only took a couple pictures.  I’ll ask Ty’s mom to send me some pics to forward to you to share.  
 
YES, Ty and I are learning so much!!  Especially how to set JC up for success while we are at work and while we are with her.  We have gone through two remotes to date but the great thing is everything has been replaceable :) 
 
BTW She wakes me up in the mornings now (licking my face)!  Bright and early 6:30AM everyday, sometimes after a big saturday she’ll sleep in but not as often anymore.  She is still a sleepy dog though, after breakfast she’ll lounge in the living room while I get ready for work.  
I know JC misses you and sends lots of love your way!”
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I literally have no words. Okay, maybe one. Perfect. Perfect perfect perfect. HOW DID JOHNNIE FIND SUCH A PERFECT HOME!? I mean, all my fosters are in the perfect home. But Johnnie Cash’s home is just so perfect. You guys, this dog was in the shelter for eight months. EIGHT MONTHS. No one even gave her a chance! I’m sorry I’m internet yelling. I just can’t get over it. It brings tears to my eyes and gives me goosebumps and butterflys and all those fuzzy things.  I am the luckiest foster mom in the whole world for having such wonderful dogs and such wonderful people to scoop them up and call them their own!
Cheers to JC’s family and the amazingly bright future ahead of her!

Johnnie Cash UPDATE!

I know you all are anxious to hear about how Johnnie is doing in her now home. To put it simply, she’s doing absolutely fabulous! Here are bits and pieces from email updates I’ve been getting from her adopters (yes, they are awesome at keeping me updated!).

Day 1 – 3

“You were not kidding, she is a sleepy dog!  We bought her a dog bed and as soon as we brought it home she knew it was for her.  When we put it on the ground she grabbed it and started “nesting” almost immediately!

If anything she is an angel in the house.  Not too crazy at all, actually very calm.  Whenever she wants to play she grabs a toy out of the toy bin and starts playing with it.  Sometimes she’ll follow us around the condo and is always very interested about what we are doing in the kitchen!  We bought hotdogs, string cheese, plain yogurt and pumpkin to use.  We haven’t used the pumpkin yet.   Today I’m going to make pumpkin and yogurt ice treats to put in her Kong for later.”

Day 7

“We had a very good experience taking her over to the family house yesterday.  We walked her around the block, and then Stella and Max met us around the corner for a group walk.  It went very well and we ended up staying until 10:30!  There were a few moments were she got too excited, but we were able to correct it.  At the end of the night she was sleeping in my lap.  I love her cuddles.

Thank you so much for your continued help and advice.  Yes, it feels like the week has gone so well considering it’s been such a big transition for JC!!!  She is the most loving girl, and we are so ecstatic about her and her wagging butt.”

Day 14

We had quite the busy weekend with my family and JC!  We went to Shenandoah Saturday and took JC to Hazeltop and Rapidan Loop for nice day hike.  She did really well on the hike and we brought extra food and drink for her, too.  It rained a little on us and Johnnie gave us a classic Eeyore face, but as soon as the rain stopped her smile came back!  I attached a picture of us at Rapidan with her (and her stylish backpack!).  T and I decided to buy a year pass to Shenandoah!

Day 20

“Everything with JC is going really well!  Everyone falls in love with her where ever we go, and we keep finding more toys to give her.  We bought an “invincible” squeaky toy and she pretty much destroyed it in 10 or so minutes…

Here are some more pics to brighten your day!  My dad told me she is the most photogenic dog he has ever met!”

And with that, I will share with everyone the photos that literally made my day week month:

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I know you’re thinking what I’m thinking right now: couldn’t be more perfect, right? I love her. I love them. I love their little family. I love the happiness. I love the LOVE.

A perfect way to kick off a three-day weekend! Happy almost Memorial Day!



The Perks of Vacation

Hi friends. Johnnie Cash here to, just like my post title says, tell you why vacations are awesome. Not that it needs much splainin, it’s just that from my little doggy perspective a lot of things stuck out in the best way possible about last weekend.

First of all, foster mom forgot to share THIS gem yesterday from my canoeing escapades. Look at me Eeyore-ing all over the place.  You would think from my ashamed-like face that I feel bad about all the mud on foster dad’s clothes, but I am secretly very excited that now we share the same belly spots! At least for this photo.

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Anyway, so the number one most awesomeist thing about last weekend was the rules – or, well, lack thereof. You see, at home I have all these stupid moronic rules to follow, including but not limited to: NOT being allowed on the furniture or the bed. Can you believe it!? Every time I try to sneak my teensie weensie body onto the human bed, I realize my efforts are fruitless and I give up and retreat to my dog bed. It is just such a hard life. Well, to my absolute *DELIGHT*, foster dad gave me the “if you try it I won’t stop you” face when we were all hanging out by the couch on the first afternoon. I had just woken up from an epic nap in the deck’s sunspot, and apparently there is something about my ultra-sleepy face that is oh so irresistible because foster dad let me right up when I put my precious little paws on the couch. I knew the deal would be sealed when I curled up into a little ball beside him. Foster mom of course immediately gave foster dad the “you did something bad” eyes that I seem to get a lot every once in a while, and when his response was, “How can you expect me to say no to this?!” I knew I had played my cards right.

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Because everyone was in an extra happy mood all weekend and because I worked my cute magic on them, the same thing happened on Sunday morning, but this time with the bed! Wahoooo! I have been waiting soooo long to snuggle with foster mom and dad in their human bed, but they always grumble about dog hair and not enough space. Boo on them. But Sunday morning my dream came true! Not only was I allowed, they actually put me there. I was in doggy heaven. The dream was short lived because we had to pack up, but I savored my time in that bed and have been thinking about it ever since.

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I have actually rewarded foster mom and dad for letting me on the couch and bed during vacation by not trying to ignore the rules that still stand in my normal foster home. Luckily I have not thought that on-the-bed dog on vacation translates to on-the-bed dog at home. I am one smart pooch, training them to let me get what I want.

So the other fun things about vacation are basically just a lot of time with my foster parents. They usually have these crazy busy lives where they’re always running around and sometimes I get to get and sometimes I don’t. Not like I mind, because I absolutely LOVE spending time with my foster Gs, but it was nice to spend some quality time with these humans, just us three.

On Saturday evening, one thing we all did together was go watch the sunset. Foster mom has this weird obsession with sunsets, and it just so happens that Shenandoah National Park has some pretty impressive ones. We trekked up the mountain (okay, we drove) and posted up on this rock that had the absolute perfect view. The humans brought a blanket and since I was shivering from the cold they made me join them in the blanket. I was sort of a brat because I would say “I want to come in” and then two seconds later say “Wait, I want to get out!” and then try to come back in again (I just like to keep them guessing, duh). But it was an awesome foster family outing nonetheless.

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01What this trip made me really want was a family of my own. I love my foster family and they love me, but they just can’t keep me. I want to find people who will love me like they do and take me on fun adventures and make sure I keep learning to be the best dog I can be (especially if that learning keeps involving sting cheese). I want humans to call my FUREVER family.  I am being very patient, especially since living with these guys is so much fun, but I can’t help but wonder who is out there for me. Are you my perfect family?

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To add Johnnie Cash to your family, check out her Adopt Me page.