Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! It’s hard to believe that celebrating Halloween last year was the weekend before I picked up Baxter! This year’s Halloween is much different than last year while I prep for The Love Ball, not for picking up my very first foster. It brings back some great memories of this little one though:

Gosh, I miss him! That was quite the Fall/Winter getting to know him and what it’s like to have a foster dog. Once this gala is over and done with I know the itch to have a dog will be back. Until then I will just enjoy the memories that the leaves and crisp air bring to me :)

What are you all dressing your dogs up this year!? Head over to the PLF Facebook page and show us some pictures!  Here are some silly costumes we saw at Pit Bull Awareness Day last weekend.

Happy Halloween everyone!


Costumetastic!

I never realized all those times I dressed up my foster dogs that I was really on to something: adopters love dogs in costumes! Silly outfits give a dog the appearance of having a sense of humor, and who doesn’t want a funny dog?  Animals also stand out so much more when they are wearing a costume. This is most valuable on adoption sites where you have hundreds of little thumbnails to go through and the ones you’re likely to click on are the ones that have lots of color or something else unique about them.  Ever wonder how to cure “black dog syndrome”? Stick a rainbow collar on them!

These shelter adoptables have been my costume guinea pigs with a new batch of outfits I just ordered. Photographing dogs in costumes is a tough feat – especially when they are shelter dogs with lots of pent up physical and mental exercise (“fabric! yay! time to chew!”). You have to be very quick with your camera, and get a patient person to help you. Then, if you’re lucky, you’ll get some halfway decent shots amongst the chaos.

Then sometimes you get the as-close-to-perfect-as-you-can shot, and those make it totally worth the patience. Seriously – who can say no to a dog wearing a tuxedo, pig outfit, dress, or monkey suit?

In case you’re wondering, everyone’s looking for forever homes but the piggy.  Tig the Pig has already been adopted – hooray!

Happy Friday!


BOO!

I’m feeling pretty under the weather so I’m not up for the post I wanted to give you tonight (hint hint) but I have some pretty adorable pictures I’d like to share from Friday’s event, Howl-o-ween. You really can’t go wrong with eye ball cupcakes, spiked cider, and dogs in costume!

It was held at Sniffers Doggie Depot, this great daycare/boarding facility that is an incredible supporter of MCHS. The two girls that run it are fabulous, and look how well they decorated the room! It looked awesome.

Bobbing for Hotdogs!

I seriously love my coworkers. We make quite the team.

Just another reason why October is my favorite month of the year.


Now What?

As soon as things slow down it’s like an instant, full-blown reminder of the dog that is missing in my life. This time the feeling first manifested itself as a serious longing to have Zabora back. I was missing her tail wags, cuddling, and genuine pitty smile. It seems I need to find another furry soul to take in, nurture and love, then pass off to a deserving family.

It’s tough though, after a long dog hiatus, to make the decision to jump back in. It’s not easy to re-adjust your life to accommodate another living creature again. No one can deny that a dog-less life means more freedom and less responsibility. You stop worrying about your pooch at home and you are free to do what you want when you want. When it comes time to change that again, it really is hard! I have friends that live in another city that I like to spend weekends with, I visit my boyfriend when I can, sometimes I have to work late… all of these things will need to be adjusted if I want to bring home another foster. I’m okay with it because it’s always worth it, it can just be a harsh realization – a realization that many people don’t understand when they get a pet, which is one reason for the abundance of homeless animals.

So now it’s time to make the decision: do I bring home another foster? Aleksandra is officially gone to the other side of the country (heartbreak of the century), so this one will be completely mine: no swapping when I need a free weekend, no constant marketing on a multi-thousand hit blog. It’s a huge responsibility to get a dog adopted, and that is a reality you have to face when you sign up to foster. Am I willing to make the commitment, especially with the holidays looming so close?

I started this blog so I could share my journey – both the positive, inspiring parts of fostering, as well as the difficult parts. So stay tuned as I decide where to go from here.

Happy Halloween!

Sorry for the horrific iPhone photo quality. Get excited for more pictures from Friday’s Howl-o-ween party.