Girls Day Out

I have to admit, I’m really enjoying having a female foster! Out of the last six temporary or long-term fosters we’ve had, Johnnie is only the second girl. It’s like having a girlfriend around all the time! We gossip, we watch trashy tv, we workout together – she’s basically a new BFF.

We spent some girly time together this past long weekend when I hung out with a couple of my human BFFs. I was excited to introduce them to Johnnie, and she was, as usual, beyond excited to meet them! It was only seconds after meeting my college roomie Sarah that Johnnie found herself in Sarah’s lap in the back seat of my car, as seen in yesterday’s post about Why You Want Johnnie.

The four of us enjoyed a leisurely outdoor hike. We spent the morning catching up and chatting about what’s going on in our lives – ya know, girlfriend type stuff. We also didn’t pass up the opportunity to play on a playground we found or take fun pictures.

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My friends really fell in love with J, like I expected them too. I’m not kidding when I tell you that everyone who meets this dog turns to total mush.

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I want to take this post to point out that my friend Courtney walked Johnnie all the way home from the park. This is cool because Courtney is a tiny little woman and would not be inclined to walk a dog that didn’t have really awesome leash manners! I am very proud of Johnnie for earning the chance to walk with Court.

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A good time was had by all – as to be expected when you go out with your BFFs!

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To make Johnnie Cash your very own BFF, email peacelovefoster@gmail.com.


Pittie Princess, TV star

I love my job because I get to take pretty little dogs like this, bust them out of the shelter for a few hours, and have a girls’ day out.

Yesterday’s adventure started at the studio for channel WUSA9 here in DC. Angel, the sweet pittie pictured above, was getting her time in the spotlight! Angel loves people, is easy going, and looks great in a dress, so I knew she’d be the perfect adoptable candidate to brave the cameras for a day.  Boy did she work it! Angel soaked up the attention, behaving as just that – a little angel – for our live 45 second clip on PetLine9. You can check out the video on their website. We got to chat about our upcoming gala, The Love Ball, as well as little miss Angel.  Notice that I talked about Angel as an individual, and didn’t relay assumptions based on her “breed” – only about what I’d observed myself. I was able to be honest with potential adopters, and didn’t have to use any generalizations based on what kind of dog she might be.

After winning over everyone she met at the studio, Angel took her talents to the streets. The shelter was having a fundraiser at a local boutique, so we stopped in to say hi and help do some shopping. Angel can now also add to her resume the positions “personal shopper” and “professional tail wagger.”

The adventures left Angel totally exhausted, and she passed out on the ride home. She looked like such a sleepy puppy, even though she’s closer to one year old. Her efforts to keep her eyes open as we drove home were so endearing.

Angel is a dog who doesn’t show well in the shelter because of her sometimes extreme hyperactive puppy behavior, but turns into a close-to-perfect dog in the “real world.” She walked well on her leash (using a Sensible harness – my new favorite walking gear!), she greeted strangers politely, and she picked up quickly on basic behaviors I was asking of her in just the few hours we hung out.  If the stars align in a few weeks, she is well in the running to be my next foster – though hopefully she’ll be adopted by then!

Spending the day with such an awesome dog was a great way to head into the weekend. Hopefully someone noticed her and her snazzy dress on the news and will come to the shelter to visit her! In the mean time I will continue to spend time with her every day to spoil her with treats and well-deserved attention.

Hope you all have great weekends adventuring with your pets!