Johnnie Cash UPDATE!

I know you all are anxious to hear about how Johnnie is doing in her now home. To put it simply, she’s doing absolutely fabulous! Here are bits and pieces from email updates I’ve been getting from her adopters (yes, they are awesome at keeping me updated!).

Day 1 – 3

“You were not kidding, she is a sleepy dog!  We bought her a dog bed and as soon as we brought it home she knew it was for her.  When we put it on the ground she grabbed it and started “nesting” almost immediately!

If anything she is an angel in the house.  Not too crazy at all, actually very calm.  Whenever she wants to play she grabs a toy out of the toy bin and starts playing with it.  Sometimes she’ll follow us around the condo and is always very interested about what we are doing in the kitchen!  We bought hotdogs, string cheese, plain yogurt and pumpkin to use.  We haven’t used the pumpkin yet.   Today I’m going to make pumpkin and yogurt ice treats to put in her Kong for later.”

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“We had a very good experience taking her over to the family house yesterday.  We walked her around the block, and then Stella and Max met us around the corner for a group walk.  It went very well and we ended up staying until 10:30!  There were a few moments were she got too excited, but we were able to correct it.  At the end of the night she was sleeping in my lap.  I love her cuddles.

Thank you so much for your continued help and advice.  Yes, it feels like the week has gone so well considering it’s been such a big transition for JC!!!  She is the most loving girl, and we are so ecstatic about her and her wagging butt.”

Day 14

We had quite the busy weekend with my family and JC!  We went to Shenandoah Saturday and took JC to Hazeltop and Rapidan Loop for nice day hike.  She did really well on the hike and we brought extra food and drink for her, too.  It rained a little on us and Johnnie gave us a classic Eeyore face, but as soon as the rain stopped her smile came back!  I attached a picture of us at Rapidan with her (and her stylish backpack!).  T and I decided to buy a year pass to Shenandoah!

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“Everything with JC is going really well!  Everyone falls in love with her where ever we go, and we keep finding more toys to give her.  We bought an “invincible” squeaky toy and she pretty much destroyed it in 10 or so minutes…

Here are some more pics to brighten your day!  My dad told me she is the most photogenic dog he has ever met!”

And with that, I will share with everyone the photos that literally made my day week month:

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I know you’re thinking what I’m thinking right now: couldn’t be more perfect, right? I love her. I love them. I love their little family. I love the happiness. I love the LOVE.

A perfect way to kick off a three-day weekend! Happy almost Memorial Day!


The Perks of Vacation

Hi friends. Johnnie Cash here to, just like my post title says, tell you why vacations are awesome. Not that it needs much splainin, it’s just that from my little doggy perspective a lot of things stuck out in the best way possible about last weekend.

First of all, foster mom forgot to share THIS gem yesterday from my canoeing escapades. Look at me Eeyore-ing all over the place.  You would think from my ashamed-like face that I feel bad about all the mud on foster dad’s clothes, but I am secretly very excited that now we share the same belly spots! At least for this photo.

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Anyway, so the number one most awesomeist thing about last weekend was the rules – or, well, lack thereof. You see, at home I have all these stupid moronic rules to follow, including but not limited to: NOT being allowed on the furniture or the bed. Can you believe it!? Every time I try to sneak my teensie weensie body onto the human bed, I realize my efforts are fruitless and I give up and retreat to my dog bed. It is just such a hard life. Well, to my absolute *DELIGHT*, foster dad gave me the “if you try it I won’t stop you” face when we were all hanging out by the couch on the first afternoon. I had just woken up from an epic nap in the deck’s sunspot, and apparently there is something about my ultra-sleepy face that is oh so irresistible because foster dad let me right up when I put my precious little paws on the couch. I knew the deal would be sealed when I curled up into a little ball beside him. Foster mom of course immediately gave foster dad the “you did something bad” eyes that I seem to get a lot every once in a while, and when his response was, “How can you expect me to say no to this?!” I knew I had played my cards right.

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Because everyone was in an extra happy mood all weekend and because I worked my cute magic on them, the same thing happened on Sunday morning, but this time with the bed! Wahoooo! I have been waiting soooo long to snuggle with foster mom and dad in their human bed, but they always grumble about dog hair and not enough space. Boo on them. But Sunday morning my dream came true! Not only was I allowed, they actually put me there. I was in doggy heaven. The dream was short lived because we had to pack up, but I savored my time in that bed and have been thinking about it ever since.

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I have actually rewarded foster mom and dad for letting me on the couch and bed during vacation by not trying to ignore the rules that still stand in my normal foster home. Luckily I have not thought that on-the-bed dog on vacation translates to on-the-bed dog at home. I am one smart pooch, training them to let me get what I want.

So the other fun things about vacation are basically just a lot of time with my foster parents. They usually have these crazy busy lives where they’re always running around and sometimes I get to get and sometimes I don’t. Not like I mind, because I absolutely LOVE spending time with my foster Gs, but it was nice to spend some quality time with these humans, just us three.

On Saturday evening, one thing we all did together was go watch the sunset. Foster mom has this weird obsession with sunsets, and it just so happens that Shenandoah National Park has some pretty impressive ones. We trekked up the mountain (okay, we drove) and posted up on this rock that had the absolute perfect view. The humans brought a blanket and since I was shivering from the cold they made me join them in the blanket. I was sort of a brat because I would say “I want to come in” and then two seconds later say “Wait, I want to get out!” and then try to come back in again (I just like to keep them guessing, duh). But it was an awesome foster family outing nonetheless.

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01What this trip made me really want was a family of my own. I love my foster family and they love me, but they just can’t keep me. I want to find people who will love me like they do and take me on fun adventures and make sure I keep learning to be the best dog I can be (especially if that learning keeps involving sting cheese). I want humans to call my FUREVER family.  I am being very patient, especially since living with these guys is so much fun, but I can’t help but wonder who is out there for me. Are you my perfect family?

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To add Johnnie Cash to your family, check out her Adopt Me page.


Canoeing Conundrum? Canoeing Champion!

You probably guessed from our teaser yesterday that the exciting water sport little J Cash conquered was canoeing! We couldn’t resist the opportunity since our cabin came with a canoe and Johnnie seemed to be pretty much up for anything so far during the trip.

Not surprisingly, she was wary of the boat. Also not surprisingly, we turned to food to help change her mind about it. Nothing a little string cheese couldn’t fix, or so we thought.

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While she would thoroughly investigate from the perimeter, we couldn’t get Johnnie to actually get IN the boat. We wanted her to get in on her own accord and then we’d carry the boat – with her in it – down to the water. Much less stressful than the alternative, which would have been basically just throwing her in there and saying “off we go!” whether she liked it or not. When she still wouldn’t budge with the string cheese bait, we went to the next option. Foster dad to the rescue!

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Andddd we had victory! The next step was to actually get the boat IN the water with Johnnie also in it. She actually hopped out during this process, but because she’d already been in the canoe she was more willing to get in again when it was in the water. Here she is. . . in the boat during lift off!

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Once I handed over her lead to foster dad, she settled in . . . sort of.

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She decided that being in the boat was a little too scary and found the safest spot!

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From the safety of foster dad’s lap, Johnnie finally did settle in a little better. She was eventually able to just sit back and navigate the boat while foster dad did the paddling. Look at this pair of seemingly seasoned canoers!

canoe1501I know, I was totally freaking out when I was snapping these shots because of how adorable they were together. It was soon after this that Johnnie decided she’d had enough and attempted to hop out into the 10″ of water, so I helped catch the boat and bring them back to land. She was definitely happy to have her paws back on solid ground, but I’d guess she’d be up for the adventure again!

To adopt Johnnie Cash the boating dog, check out her Adopt Me page.


Our Weekend in the Mountains

We interrupt this regularly scheduled Why You Want Me Wednesday because we just couldn’t resist telling you more about our weekend!

After our exciting and slightly disastrous trip to the cherry blossoms, we hopped right on the road to head to Shenandoah National Park! You might remember that we hiked out there for the first time a few weeks ago and absolutely fell in love. Mark and I wanted to do something for our three year anniversary, and knew this was the perfect dog friendly getaway. We found an adorable little cabin online that was a great size for the three of us, included a hot tub (um, yes please), sat right on the bank of a river and was only about 15 minutes outside of the park – jackpot!

Johnnie proved to be an absolutely amazing travel partner. She of course fell asleep the instant we got on the road, especially after how hard she worked staying half-sane at the cherry blossoms. Check in wasn’t until 3 pm, so we went straight to hiking and site seeing when we arrived at the park late morning.

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Yes, Johnnie wore her pack again (but I didn’t think ahead enough to order a new one per your suggestions from out last hiking post – doh). It really is such a huge help to have her carry some of our supplies, including her own water bowl and our snacks.

Since we didn’t mind taking a more leisurely hike, we goofed off a lot as we went. We love the outdoors and hiking but this wasn’t the trip to cover many miles. We spent about two hours enjoying the weather, exploring the trail and taking in the scenery.

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When we finally called it a day with the hike, we loaded ourselves up in the car and made the brief drive to the cabin. We didn’t quite know what to expect, but were absolutely thrilled with what we found! This would be the point where I show you pictures of the cabin and the grounds, but I don’t have any of those so I’ll just show you the view off our deck. Johnnie was in sun spot HEAVEN after all that exhausting hiking we did (yes, those rocking chairs are our make-shift baby gate).

02We spent a lot of time relaxing that afternoon since, after all, that was what the trip was for. These are pictures of our deck taken with a fish eye lens. They give you a good sense of why we loved the place so much!

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It was just a few steps out the back door to the water, which brings me to tomorrow’s post. Guess what water adventure little J Cash was brave enough to go on! Here’s a hint:

canoe1Tune in tomorrow to see how it went!

To adopt Johnnie Cash, the perfect little traveler, hiking partner and adventure buddy, email peacelovefoster@gmail.com.


What a Weekend!

We had such an amazing weekend, with so many adventures! Mark, Johnnie and I headed out for a special get away – but only after making a pit stop (pun intended, har har) on the way there. Stay tuned to the blog all this week to hear about our trip! Here are a few hints about the two places we went. Can’t wait to show you more pictures!

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To adopt Johnnie Cash, email peacelovefoster@gmail.com.


Carrying Her Weight: Johnnie Goes Hiking

When our Sunday opened up at the last minute this past weekend and the weather forecast was absolutely beautiful (60 degrees and sunny? yes please!), Mark and I knew we wanted to do something fun and unique for the day. We also knew it would be in our best interest to do something that would tire Johnnie out, so of course our first idea was to go for a cool hike – but where? We’ve been all over the DC and MD area and we wanted to try something new (sort of like when we ventured to Fort McHenry with Charlie).

We decided to make a big move and travel the hour and a half drive to an access point for the Appalachian Trail in Virginia. Mark and I have always wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail together, but have never gotten around to it. What better opportunity than an uncharacteristically warm winter day with an eager four-legged hiking buddy to join you?

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Mark had the great idea before we headed out of town to pick Johnnie up a doggy hiking backpack. We ran to Petco and picked up the perfect little pack for J!  Because we were planning on hiking for a while, we had water and snacks packed for ourselves – now Johnnie could help us carry them!  Though, as you’ll see as you read this post, we did a lot on this hike, and the bag is already breaking a little bit (it was only $15) – any hiking-with-your-dog gurus out there who have recommendations on where to get an awesome and durable doggy backpack?

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Anyway – we were surprised to show up to a very snowy Shenandoah National Park. Expecting to step out of the car to chillier temps than when we left, we were happy to realize that despite all the snow it was still extremely mild there!  Johnnie was absolutely thrilled with all the snow. It was so fun to watch her play in it.

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06During the hike we romped a little, Johnnie bounced around and found sticks, we practiced some manners, we met new friends and we completely exhausted ourselves. Having to wear the pack was definitely an added bonus in the working-Johnnie-out category! She still did her favorite bunny hops, but you could tell they took extra effort.

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Two and a half hours later, we walked back to our car dripping wet and totally worn out. Johnnie was such a great walker during the hike – she stayed on a loose leash almost the entire time, which was very appreciated by the humans because of how slippery and wet it was! Meeting new people was the only time she was a little over eager, but we expected that from her little human-loving self. Check out our loose-leash extraordinaire in action:

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It was such a fun adventure. Johnnie was asleep about three minutes after getting in the car to head home, and snoozed on and off the entire evening until bed time.

We’re so excited to head back to Shenandoah National Park again as it gets warmer (we bought a year-long pass!). We’d love to bring Johnnie back with us again, but we won’t mind if she can’t make it because she finds her forever home. Do you know anyone looking for the perfect addition to their hiking party?

22To adopt your perfect hiking buddy, Johnnie Cash, email peacelovefoster@gmail.com.