Puppy…. Love?

Do you all remember my best friend Sarah and her first foster dog, Jack Rabbit? Well he got adopted after only two short weeks! Sarah very quickly got to experience the joy and heartbreak of getting a foster pet adopted. She, like me, missed her furry friend when he went to his forever home, but was excited to have her care free life back.

I was really proud of her when she started talking about fostering again (specifically I was happy that the first experience didn’t scare her away for good!). We talked a little bit about the next dog she would take, but then all of a sudden she texted me a photo of a puppy. I knew there was no way that Sarah in her right mind would agree to foster a puppy, so I asked what dog that was. Sure enough, she had volunteered to foster a three month old beagle mix from a West Virginia shelter that lost power during the hurricane.

After I did a quick mental check over to see if she’d totally lost her sanity, Sarah explained to me how she planned to handle said puppy. She has a very flexible work schedule and can even bring little dogs into work, so that covered the supervision issue. She immediately went to PetSmart and bought a whole bunch of puppy supplies including food, puppy pads and lots of chew toys, followed by her “puppy proofing” the apartment. She armed herself with lots of treats and a crate and set out to teach the puppy boundaries and manners. This time around, the puppy is not allowed on the bed and must sleep in his crate – two things Jack got away with.


She admitted to me that the first couple hours were extremely stressful, and she wasn’t sure if she could keep it up. I told her she’d had it easy with Jack because, in general, the first day or so of having a new dog is very full of, “Oh shit, what was I thinking?” thoughts.  But Sarah had a talk with her roommate, Natalie, and Natalie convinced Sarah to stick it out for a few more days, offering to help care for him. Together they would make it work and get him adopted.  Besides, after only a few hours of being in their apartment he began to settle down (and then bounce around, and then settle, and then bounce. . .).

To me their harebrained scheme sounds totally crazy – but they seem to be doing just fine so far.  The puppy’s name went from Spencer to Lincoln to I think they’ve settled on Sinatra, and he is happily living it up puppy-style in their apartment. I can almost surely say that Sarah will not be fostering a puppy again for a very long time, but for now she is learning what it takes to care for, teach and love a little wiggling three month old bundle of energy and fuzz. In her own words, he is “the love of her life and the bane of her existence.” Ah, puppies.

If you’re interested in adopting this sweet guy, email me at peacelovefoster@gmail.com.


Please Excuse the Brief Interruption

It feels like we’ve been running a marathon over here as we prepare for The Love Ball – but tomorrow is finally the big day! Sorry for the brevity of my posts this past week. I promise to be back in full force once this weekend is over! Thanks for sticking with me and coming back despite the sparse content.  The amount these puppies are wagging their tails is the amount that I appreciate you:

Happy Friday.


Hurricane of a Week. . .

Natural disasters sure know how to show up at the worst possible times, don’t they?  I’ve been dreading this week since far before the talk of this Frankenstorm came about. You see, we’ve got our biggest event of the year, The Love Ball, coming up this Saturday and, as the event planner, that means I’ve basically sold my soul to Love Ball until it’s over.  The week before a major event always consists of last minute detail tweaking, perfecting, modifying and finalizing – not to mention crisis management. Add a record breaking hurricane to that and you’ve got quite the “perfect storm” (har har) for an event planner’s worst nightmare. So yeah, this is going to be quite an interesting five days.

Last year’s Love Ball, a gala where you can mix, mingle, dance and dine – all with your dog! Photo by Joseph Allen Images.

The Love Ball 2011 – we are looking forward to this year! Photo by Joseph Allen Images.

Everyone on the East Coast being effected by Sandy, please stay safe!  Many local emergency response teams are setting up evacuation shelters for both animals and pets – so if you have to evacuate, please don’t leave the critters behind! Be sure to have an emergency plan for ALL members in your family, pets included.

In the same vein, many shelters will need extra help this week if they lose power or evacuate! The Baltimore shelter, BARCS, is evacuating 200+ animals probably as you’re reading this. If you’re able, look up if your local shelter needs help!

Stay safe and dry, everyone!