YOUR weekend with Joanie

If there is anyone out there contemplating adding a beautiful Elderbull to your family, this post is for you. This is a glimpse of what it would be like to live with Joanie. I’ll recount our weekend adventures, and show you just how much fun this sweet girl is!

We started Friday out in Baltimore with our good friends over at Pittieful Love – Jess & Chocko!  Since Joanie’s been at my house, I’ve been avoiding pretty much any interaction with other dogs because I’m not sure what she’ll be like and I’d much rather do it in a controlled environment, not just with a random dog we find on a walk. So Jess & I set up a socialization walk down at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. We agreed upon no meet and greets, just a laid back parallel walk because Chock is working on his social skills too and we wanted to set everyone up for success. The dogs did great! For the most part they totally ignored each other while Jess and I chatted and walked them side by side in a quieter part of the harbor. I was glad to have a controlled, positive experience in close proximity to another dog. Plus catching up with Jess was awesome!

Saturday was a very busy day for me, so Joanie stayed home with my parents while I ran around all day. She is great for them – she just wanders around the house and says hi to them every once in a while, or she is dead asleep on the couch. Saturday night was her first sleepover without me, as I had an overnight event with the boyfriend. She was, again, great for them while I was away, but only after helping me get ready for the night!

Today I was finally free to give my attention back to her again. I gave her a much needed bath, which she behaved beautifully for. She wasn’t a huge fan until the toweling off part – but then she melted into a bunch of wiggles because she looooves to get petted, scratched, and massaged. She also was thrilled to show off her sparkly furs.

After the bath we celebrated her new shiney look by parading around the neighborhood. Joanie loves walks almost as much as human interaction.  Joanie is – as a good friend of mine calls it – a nose with a dog attached. That is why nose work is so beneficial for her, and that is why walks in the crisp fall air are so enjoyable for the both of us. Her perfect leash skills make it that much more pleasant. Yesterday we visited a playground, and Joanie wanted to know where all the kids were to play with her?

We spent the rest of Sunday doing normal Sunday things – catching up on laundry and watching football! Joanie, of course, helped with both. She is such a good little helper (okay, maybe a better helper with the football cheering than the laundry – can’t blame her!).

See? Look how well she fits into someone’s life. She seems to be able to adapt to so much, especially when she receives just as much affection as she gives out.  Joanie is an extremely special dog, and whoever ends up with her will be very lucky!

For more information on adopting Joanie, email me at peacelovefoster@gmail.com or head over to the Jasmine’s House website and fill out an application.


Everyday Dogs, Everyday Owners

I had another recipe for a perfect day when I headed down to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor for my second B-More Dog walk on Sunday. Many of you probably remember the last time I went on a B-More Dog Pit Bulls on Parade (see here and here) where I soaked up all the adorable pitties with their owners. B-More Dog’s mission is to promote responsible pet ownership through education and outreach, and they hold Pit Bulls on Parade once a month to show the community that we are the everyday “pit bull” dog owner.

These walks help dispel the myth that if you own a “pit bull” dog, everyone will be afraid of you. Unfortunately, when those of us with “pit bull” dogs talk about how people cross the street or pull their kids away when they see us – even though we are usually saying it in a light hearted way since we know our dogs are nothing to be afraid of – we send the message that the public as a whole is scared of “pit bull” dogs.  Generalizations like this can cause people to shy away from considering a “pit bull” dog for adoption because they don’t want their friends to stop hanging out with them or to be looked at as an outsider – even though those of us with these dogs know that likely won’t happen (if you’ve got decent friends at least).

The more we demonstrate that these dogs are just everyday pets, the less we perpetuate myths that they should be treated differently. If I had a dollar for every person that stopped to ooh, aah, and coo at all the dogs on Sunday, I’d be able to buy front row seats to the Ravens game. Sure, there are some Negative Nancys in the crowd, but the overwhelming majority are positive and excited to see the dogs – just like in every day life.

It was a beautiful Autumn morning in the harbor and despite another big event going on, the dogs were well behaved and it seemed that everyone enjoyed themselves. It was great meeting a few blog followers too – of course I always love that! Thanks to everyone who came out. There were all sorts of shapes and sizes in attendance!

For more information about getting involved with B-More Dog, visit their website.



B-More Dog’s Pit Bulls on Parade: Part 2

A few more photos highlighting B-More Dog’s Pit Bulls on Parade (view the first batch on yesterday’s post). By the way, this is a monthly event! For more information, visit their website or Facebook page.

The rest of the photos will be up on Peace, Love, and Fostering’s Facebook page by the end of today (Wednesday). Hope to see some of you at the next parade!


B-More Dog’s Pit Bulls on Parade: Part 1

Getting more involved with rescue and “pit bull” dogs over the last year or so, I’ve seen many great examples of advocacy through different platforms (see: Project Mickey). Most recently, in the light of this recent MD court ruling, I’ve become familiar with an amazing group called B-More Dog. They are an organization whose “mission is to promote responsible dog ownership in the Baltimore area through education and outreach programs,” (love it, right?) including things like Community Pit Bull Days where they provide opportunities for free and low cost vaccines, spay/neuters, and more. Among other things, they also host Pit Bulls on Parade at the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, and I got to finally attend one last weekend! (P.S. – Those last two links are media coverage, check them out!)

The event was so fun. We were all there to have a good time and spread a positive message about “pit bull” dogs. I took so many pictures – too many to fit in one, two, or even three posts. So I’m going to put some up today and tomorrow, and you can find the rest on Peace, Love, and Fostering’s Facebook page in the next few days. These photos capture the event way better than I could ever describe with words (which is good, because I’m so brain dead from editing them all).  Enjoy!

To be continued tomorrow. . .  stay tuned!