Graduation Day: A Proud Big Sis

I spend a lot of time on this blog talking about dogs. That makes sense, because dogs are the reason why I started a blog.  But the blog also makes a nice platform to every once in a while celebrate something else, non-dog related.

Today my little sister, Elisa, will walk across the stage at Clemson University’s graduation ceremony, a semester earlier than her peers. She is graduating with honors, earning a degree in Animal and Veterinary Science.

Elisa has spent her three and a half years at Clemson, for lack of a better term, kicking butt. She was the vice president and then president of Clemson’s Intercollegiate Eventing Team, she worked as a lab technician doing cutting-edge research, and she maintained phenomenal grades in even the hardest of science classes.  Elisa and I share a love for horses, though she certainly ended up with the science brain.

I’m so proud of my little sister, and I’m so happy I can be with her today to watch her collect her college diploma. Otis is also proud of her, and wanted to display his Tiger pride since he cannot attend graduation with us:

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Congrats, Lis! We love you!

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Gradumation!

I was rooting around in mama’s stuff the other day, like I do sometimes when looking for good sniffs, and I came across this pretty red thing that looked all official. I sniffed it thoroughly to investigate, but I just couldn’t figure it out. I immediately had to ask fostermama what it the heck was.

Mama told me it was a funny coincidence that I found it now. She told me that it was just about this time one year ago that she was wearing this red thing. It was called a gradumation stole. Concerned, I asked if someone stole it from gradumation? She laughed and told me I was silly (she does that a lot) and proceeded to tell me about it. She said that people wear it when they gradumate from college, like this:

Then she got really sentimental and no-stall-jic. That sounded all sorts of crazy to me, but probably because I’m just a dog. I asked mama if I could wear it.  When I tried to put it on, she called me the silly word again.

After she was done laughing at me, fostermama told me that someone else was wearing that red shiny thing this weekend! Who could it be, I wondered?! Then I remembered how fosterdad talks about this thing called “school” a lot still, and was wondering if that had anything to do with it. Mama confirmed my genius guess when she told me that fosterdad was in deed gradumating this weekend!

Since I won’t be able to attend the ceremony (for some crazy rule about dogs not being allowed!?) I wanted to congratulate fosterdad on his gradumation, because me and him are buds.

Happy Gradumation, Fosterdad! I have big congratulations kisses waiting for you!

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.


2011 wrap up

In August, I joined the blog world. A lot happened before that, and a lot has happened since. It’s all sorts of crazy and exciting and unexpected and fun. Here is 2011 for Peace, Love, & Fostering in a brief review.

January – May

I was busy being a college senior at the University of Maryland. I interned at and then was offered a full time position at my dream job. I graduated with an Animal Sciences degree. I had absolutely no idea what to expect from my new opportunities.

June

A mere two weeks after graduating, I started real life (aka my full time job). I discovered Love and a Six-Foot Leash and subsequently all of my other favorite bloggers, organizations, and advocates. I rediscovered my love for pit bulls & pit bull type dogs, which was initially instilled when I had an internship at the humane society in high school. I slowly started learning about rescue, fostering, advocacy; the works.

July

I dog sat for Mandy & Dixie at the same time, proving to myself I could manage the full responsibility of caring for a dog, then jumped right in with my first foster Otis. Otis was only with me for two weeks. It was a good thing, because I don’t think I would have been ready for a long term foster so soon.  He was my first pit bull type dog (though much more American bull dog than pit, I’m sure).

Mandy (left) & Dixie (right) at the UMD Chapel.

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August – September

Zabora! I co-fostered this bumbly little dog with Love & a Six-Foot Leash. I fell in love, but also learned enormous amounts with her – from screening applicants, to doing home visits, to even navigating how to advertise a [pit bull type] dog. This partnership set me up to be able to foster my first full-time foster on my own. Biggest thing I learned? How much of a knowledge vault Aleksandra is!

October

I kept my house open for Curious Georgia to live with us once Aleksandra’s family moved to Texas, but I ended up not being needed because she got adopted by the perfect family! I also, with the help of many, successfully pulled off my first fundraising gala for work.

Photo courtesy of Joseph Allen Photography.

Photo courtesy of Joseph Allen Photography.

November – December

The first week of November I brought home Baxter. We are on a patient journey to find his forever home, and loving every minute of it. Fostering him is teaching me more about dog behavior, blogging, training, rescue groups, photography, advertising, prioritizing, juggling schedules, nutrition, and improvising – to name a few things. I can’t wait to find him the best forever home, but until then he is my perfect little buddy.

2011 has been quite the year. I have never been more excited about the direction my life is taking – it’s like a million new doors have been opened! I don’t have many specific goals for 2012, mostly because I have ideas upon ideas brewing in my head for, like a wise friend once put it, “figuring out what I want to be when I grow up.” All I know is I want to keep finding dogs forever homes, continue blogging, and become more involved in the rescue/advocacy community to learn as much as I possibly can.

Happy New Year everyone!

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