Pittie Posse Secret Santa

Last year a group of bloggers started the Pittie Posse Secret Santa exchange where everyone received another blog to send a Holiday gift to. I enjoyed reading each blog’s entry that day and seeing who got each other what. This year I was honored to be invited into the exchange myself!


Otis and I have been working hard on our gift all week, and finally have it ready to send out to our designated blogger today! We’re so excited for them to get it, and really hope they like it. Check out which blogs are involved this year to see who we might be sending our package to:

Our Waldo Bungie

Love and a Six-Foot Leash

Two Grad Students and a Pittie

Pittieful Love

Kate With A Camera

Two Pitties in the City

A Heartbeat at My Feet

That Touch of Pit

Two Kitties One Pittie

We’re all doing a big reveal on Friday, December 21st – so be sure to check back then! Happy Holidays everyone!

An Accidental Encounter With Pittieful Love!

I’ve heard that Baltimore, MD is nicknamed “Smalltimore” – and I found out on Wednesday just how small it really is when I ran into Pittieful Love’s Jess (who I wrote about in this post) and got to meet Chocko, their new pup! It’s pretty funny/confusing how it happened, so I’m going to break it down:

1. Catching up with my friend Mike over dinner in Baltimore.

2. Walking home from dinner, spot a woman walking her pit bull. Make a joke about how it’s this specific neighborhood in Baltimore and it’s a pit bull, so there’s a chance I know the person and dog.

3. Note to Mike that I have a blog friend named Jess who has a pit bull that looks similar to the one that woman is walking, but the woman is too far ahead to tell if it’s her.

4. Mike obnosiously yells out, “Jess!”

5. It wasn’t Jess. Awkward.

6. Catch up to the woman and her dog anyway and of course say hi. The dog is adorable and sweet, and I begin to recognize it as this pup that I photographed at B-More Dog’s Pit Bulls on Parade:

7. Confirm that it IS in fact Laura and Hurley from the B-More Dog event. Like I said: Smalltimore. Immediately start chatting with Laura about fostering and pitties, etc.

8. Remember that Jess commented on the B-More Dog post that Hurley was her neighbor, so I ask Laura if Jess lives close by.

9. Turns out we were standing right outside of her house. Not kidding. Smalltimore.

10. I don’t have Jess’ number, so while Mike and Laura are talking, pull up Facebook on my iPhone and write on Jess’ FB wall: “I am literally standing outside your house right now.”

11. Creepily peek inside her windows to see if we can catch a glimpse of her new foster failure, Chocko. We can’t.

12. Jess immediately bursts out of the door, ending the phone conversation she’s having with, “I gotta go – I just got a Facebook post!” Squeals and excitement ensue.

13. Jess invites us in to meet Chocko (!!). So exciting as I have been reading about him for months now and have never met him. He is one handsome dude.

14. Mike gets his dose of pittie loving and we all hang out chatting about Smalltimore (everyone in the room lived there except me).

15.Continually exclaim how adorable Chocko is. I promise – he is even more handsome/silly/sweet in person than in photos.

See? Told ya it was complicated. Totally awesome story though, right? This is why I love this blogging doggy world – you meet so many cool friends! I think my favorite part was when Mike said, “What do you mean you guys know each other from the internet. . ?”

:-) Happy Friday!

Surprise, He’s the Life of the Party

How many times before have I mentioned that Otis’ behavior in a certain situation surprises me (in a good way)? In my head I continually label Otis as an introvert, and then in reality he continually shows me that yes, he is shy – but he is much more willing to open up than I give him credit for.

It’s no secret that Otis is timid when you first meet him. Unless I am right by his side and encouraging him to interact, he’s usually not interested in strangers. It’s been making adoption visits very tricky, especially since Otis really doesn’t like to be the center of attention (unless it’s my attention). He’d much prefer to warm up to you on his own terms.

I hosted the 4th of July party for my friends at my house. I knew it might be a lot for Otis, but I was ready to tuck him into his crate or keep him in the house while we grilled in the backyard if I needed to. Honestly, I wasn’t really sure what his reaction would be to all the new people. I knew he certainly wouldn’t be interested in making friends right away, so I instructed my guests to simply ignore him when they arrived.

I was right – he was very weary of everyone. I kept him leashed to my waist (so I could do important things like eat my burger and drink my beer freely) which gave him comfort with all these new people around. I was ready to put him inside if he seemed to overwhelmed, but he actually appeared pretty okay with it all. I was a little surprised by this, but mostly just really happy that he could hang out with us.

About a half hour after my friends arrived, Otis seemed comfortable enough with everyone that I took him off leash and let him go where ever he wanted. I told my friends to still ignore him unless he came up to you. Soon he was curiously sniffing the hands of everyone standing around – sometimes ducking away when they went to pet him, or sometimes tolerating the attention for a little until moving on to the next new person for sniffs. After that it really took no time at all for him to settle in. I was thrilled! He was like an average family pet entertaining the guests. Some bribing with Doritos from my friends quickened the warming up process, and soon he really became their BFF.

That afternoon was monumental for Otis. Before this, I might have mentioned to adopters that if they had a party they might want to keep him away from everything. Now I’ll just explain to them that he needs a slow introduction, but then as long as you keep an eye on him and watch his stress level he’ll probably be fine! Obviously I wouldn’t subject him to something where people wouldn’t respect his space, had loud music, had a lot of small children, etc. – but for the right environment, Otis can be quite the party dog!

I was so proud of my little pup. After all the disclaimers I gave my friends about Otis being antisocial, they were pleasantly surprised with his performance as well. Like always, all Otie needed was a little patience, understanding, and structure so he could really shine. I can’t wait for him to find a family that will appreciate that!

For more information on adopting Honey Bunches of Otis, go to his Adopt Me page to learn more about him and how to get in touch.