How to Spend a Springtime Weekend

We were blessed with an amazingly gorgeous Mother’s Day weekend, and Otis is the perfect dog to share it with.

We went on road trips.

We played outside.

We worked on our tans.

Then we resigned ourselves to the couch to recover from all the Vitamin D and adventuring.

See? Perfect.

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.

Blog Awards!

You know what’s so fun? Winning awards!

Our Waldo Bungie passed on the Kreativ Blogger award to us last week. Thanks Turk, Rufus, & Ginger (even though we know it was your mama who did it). The Kreativ Blogger Award instructs that you tell 10 unknown things about yourself and then pass it on. Inspired by the recent Two Pitties in the City post where they revealed a little more about themselves outside the dog world, here are some random things about me:

1.  I have my motorcycle license. Current ride (when the sibs don’t steal it for college) is a Ninja 650r.

2. I’ve ridden horses my whole life. I did eventing (the same kind of competition they do in the Olympics) all through high school with my Thoroughbred named We Jammin’ (her show name), aka Marley (her barn name). I don’t do it much anymore but I’m hoping I can pick it up again soon.

3.  Valentine’s Day is one of my most favorite holidays! And no, not only when I’m dating someone. I just see it as an excuse to show my friends and family how much I love them. The chocolate is a nice bonus, too : -)

4.  I am fascinated with dog behavior and I try to learn as much as I can about it. It’s pretty amazing how dogs give us so many signals about the way they are feeling, and most people don’t even realize. It’s helped so much with each of my fosters.

5.  I didn’t step foot inside a gym or run more than a mile until my freshman year of college, and now I’m signed up for my 5th half-marathon. I learned I love running! Not sure if I’ll ever manage a full marathon though.

6.  I’m 5’ 10’’ but my favorite pairs of shoes will always be 6 inch heels (one of which pictured below, but there are many more)… and my cowboy boots.

7. I love the mountains and the outdoors. Aside from Maine being one of my favorite places in the world, I’d love to visit or even live in Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Alaska, etc. The wildlife, the scenery, the way of life – I love it all!

8. My favorite part of being an Animal Science major was how many cool things I got to dissect. I was the TA for a reproduction lab… you can only imagine what we got our hands on! (sorry if I just grossed you out…)

9.  I love snowboarding. My brother is super good, so he has been dragging me out for years now. I’m really grateful for it, because once you pick up on it, snowboarding is so fun!

10. I studied abroad in Greece my junior year, and it was the absolute best trip of my life. I can’t wait to go back, and would love to even learn the language. This picture is from Nafplio. Can you spy the doggy? I made an entire picture album of Greek animals.

As if that wasn’t enough, not one, but two blogs nominated Peace, Love, & Foster for the Leibster award: Our Waldo Bungie, and A & A Friese. Thanks guys! We’re so honored, and we loooove the idea of this award. The Leibster Award is a way to highlight the smaller guys; the blogs who don’t blog to many, but who are still just as deserving of recognition.

The way it works is basically the following:

1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top five picks {with less than 200 readers} and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Hope that the people you’ve sent the award to forward it to their five favorite up-and-coming bloggers and keep it going!

So, my five picks for both the Leibster Award AND the Kreativ Award are (drum roll please):

Waiting Between Trains: This is a new blog of a fellow Jasmine’s House foster home. They started with their foster Ozzie, who has since now been adopted! Now they’re fostering Poppy Rose, a too-cute, spunky pit bull something that will do so well in their home. I’ve loved getting to know Heather and reading about her fostering adventures!

Live Avec Kenji: This is my best friend’s blog about life as a first year graduate student living with her boyfriend and their new husky puppy (who I wrote about here). Like me, she takes a lot of pictures, and her subject Kenji is absolutely adorable. She talks a lot about their work with Kenji’s behavior and how they’re settling into their new “big kid” lives.

Positively Present: Okay, so I’m kind of cheating here. Positively Present is a blog run by a friend of mine and it talks about how to stay positive and live in the moment. I absolutely LOVE the message, it’s so inspiring! She has a few more (okay, a lot more…) than 200 followers – but! – she is attempting to quit her corporate world job and make this blog and this message her career, and I think that is totally awesome and I’d love to help her in any way I can. So I nominate her too.

– From the Pits: This is my friend’s blog, who also happens to be an animal shelter worker. She works as front office staff, so she sees an entirely different side of the shelter world. She gives a raw, real view on many issues that shelters face. She is also on a kitten fostering journey, which is a nice change of pace from the pittie faces I stare at all day!

Running with Squirrels: Another fellow foster parent with Jasmine’s House, Running With Squirrels just began their blog on McMuffin, their latest Jasmine’s House foster. It’s only been a few weeks, but I’m already in love with McMuffin, their resident dog, and the pictures they take of them! I also love that so many Jasmine’s House fosters have blogs so I can keep tab on all the wonderful dogs in the rescue.

This was so fun to do, thanks again Our Waldo Bungie and A & A Friese. Sorry to take a break from Baxter for the day, but I promise he’ll be back again tomorrow for Video Wednesday!

Sugarloaf Mountaineer

This weekend we took advantage of the unusually warm weather and headed out to the only “mountain” – it’s much more of a hill – I have in decently close proximity to me, Sugarloaf Mountain. We enjoyed a two and half hour, five mile hike/walk up and down and around the “mountain”. I love hiking in general, so having a dog to join me makes it so much better! Baxter LOVES to walk and hike (and sometimes even run!) with me as well, so our weekends together are busy with adventures during the day and lots of sleeping at night.

Our Sugarloaf Adventure: Check it out!

It was actually a pleasantly challenging hike! Mostly because most of the time we actually had to watch our footing or navigate hills. We took a few water breaks on the way to our destination.

Baxter took full advantage of our breaks.

Baxter is a great hiking partner. This picture of him pretty much sums up the way he walks with us on the trail. Can you say totally loose leash!

At one point, we hit a pretty steep hill. To prevent any of the three of us tumbling down it because of all the slick leaves on the ground, we made the perfect plan. Mark carefully made his way down, then waited at the bottom. I let Baxter go and Mark called him. Bax happily and safely ran all the way down the hill straight into Mark’s arms. Then I could make my way down, dog free. I’m mostly just sharing this because the pictures of happy Bax running to greet Mark are silly and adorable: ears bouncing, tail wagging like crazy.

You can’t see Mark at the bottom, but I promise he is there.

We finally made it to the overlook, and boy was it worth it.

Credit for this great photo to Mark!

The whole thing was pretty tiring, but so worth it. Bax slept the whole day and night.

I know a lot of you agree with the “a tired dog is a happy dog” mentality, right? That’s why you mentioned in comments on my previous post about walking with Lily Fireworks that you’d be interested in a hiking group. Well, we’re in the works of making that happen! We’re trying to get all our ducks in a row, but in the mean time can anyone who is interested in a hiking/walking group in the DC area please email so you can receive an invitation to our inaugural hike! Or you can leave your email address in a comment – up to you! Stay tuned for announcements about when/where we’re doing the walk, and also what the group’s name will be (!), and hopefully a facebook page. We’re really excited to get together a group of people who love the same things we do. Stay tuned!

Hope you all had as great a weekend as we did, maybe enjoying some nice weather wherever you are!

For more information on adopting Comeback Kid Baxter, click here or email

Baxter the Outdoorsman + Kibble for [FB] Comments

For every person who “Likes” Peace, Love, & Fostering’s Facebook page* and then leaves a comment (say hi! say whatever you’d like!) between now and midnight on Dec 21, Baxter & I will donate 1 lb of kibble to the Montgomery County Humane Society!! Share with your friends so we can spread the news about adoptable Baxter while helping needy shelter dogs. Thanks so much! We are only a handful away from our maximum of 200 lbs with less than four days to go!

This weekends cold, crisp, and dry weather was the perfect invitation to take a long adventure through the woods that back up to my house. Comeback Kid Baxter absolutely loves to go on walks. He loves all the sniffs and the fun new things there are to do and see. Equipped with cold weather gear for everyone, we set off on our journey Saturday morning. It was a blast! Check it out:

This is his “nanny nanny boo boo, you can’t catch me” face.

But he was just kidding… he is actually a very good boy about coming when he is supposed to.

Another reason he likes the trail is because sometimes he even gets to stretch his legs a little and get in a quick zoomie when he is being extra good.

At one point, I was impressed he hopped right up on this log when I asked him to. He is really starting to trust me when I introduce him to new situations. It’s so fun to watch him come out of his shell and be excited about things that might have once upon a time scared him. Now he is my little adventure monkey!

We had a blast. Next thing to look forward to? Snow! Or a forever home….

For more information on adopting Comeback Kid Baxter and making him your very own hiking partner, click here or email

*Up to 200 lbs of kibble. Multiple comments from the same contributor will only be counted once. If you already “Like” the page, just leave a comment and you will still be counted!