Combat the Cold with Charlie

It’s getting crispy cold outside, and you know what that means at the Peace, Love & Fostering household: jacket weather!  My pups rarely head out the door now without their BaxterBoo or Dover Saddlery hoodies on. Refer to my post on Baxter’s winter wardrobe for my thoughts on each jacket’s design and use.

Charlie Bear got full use of our Fall weather hoodies when he hung out with us. Because of his pemphigus foliaceus he’s got pretty thin hair, so I sometimes even put the hoody on him inside the house in addition to when we went outside. He snuggled right up!

We also went on a fun adventure by the water that definitely required the jacket. Tune in on Monday to find out what historical landmark we visited!

Stay warm this weekend!

If you want to make Charlie your very own adventure buddy or snuggle partner, email me at peacelovefoster@gmail.com or fill out an application on the Jasmine’s House website.


A Welcomed Visitor

The night that I dropped Baxter off was pretty tough. Everything had gone smoothly when I passed him on to his new family, but as soon as I backed out of their driveway I was a mess! I was a fostermom feeling totally lonely without my little shadow, so I decided to go for a run when I got home to help get my mind off things. Upon returning from my run, my dad laughed as he told me I had a visitor inside. “You’ve got a dog waiting for you.”

Apparently Bella, Baxter’s BFF who lives up the street, scooted out of her front door, came down the cul-de-sac and trotted right through my door when my mom came home. She immediately settled in on the couch. It was very funny, especially since we don’t even let our own dogs on the furniture. 

A little part of me wished she was a stray and I would just have to foster her (oh, twist my arm!), but I was also happy that I did know where she lived and could return her safely. It was so great to have another dog in the house, even if only briefly. I took full advantage of the opportunity to get some pibble lovin’.

So even though the evening was a little sad, that visit from Bella put me in a much better mood. It’s great how those waggy tails and pittie smiles can do that, no matter who it’s from!


Snuggler in Training

Growing up, my Wheaten Terrier Barley was a pretty independent dog. Even with my mom, who he absolutely adored, he liked to have his space and do his own thing. He would sleep on the bed – when you weren’t on it. He would tolerate affection for a brief moment, until he realized what was going on and would dart away. He would be excited to see you when you got home, but got over it pretty fast. But that’s just how Barley was, and we loved him all the same.

So when Baxter came to our house, settled in, and decided he appreciated his space, I didn’t mind. It became clear after being with us for a few weeks that Baxter isn’t exactly Mr. Snuggle. He will lean into you for a good scratch for hours, but if you go to embrace, he scoots away.

You can tell that something about tight spaces makes him uncomfortable. Being constrained by a human (so the action of hugging – along with holding for shots and vet care) freaks him out.  Who knows if it is because of something that happened in his past, or the fact that he started his life with humans over half way through his existence – but Baxter does not seem to know that human closeness is a good thing.

For the sake of his own mental comfort, and a little bit for my own selfish want to snuggle, I have been trying to show Baxter that being close to people can be good. Every time I go to embrace him, I give him treats. When in doubt: counter condition! (A little trick I learned from my go-to doggy brainiac). He has come a long way already. He still won’t exactly seek out affection, but he certainly tolerates it a whole lot better. Exhibit A:

Whether Baxter warms up to snuggling, or this is just the way he is – it really doesn’t matter. Baxter shows his love for you in a lot of different ways. He runs to greet you at the door, and will do excited zoomies in your honor. He will kiss your face with big smacking kisses as much as you let him. He will sleep at your feet, by your bed, beside you on the couch, for as long as you are there. He will lay with you on the ground, accepting a belly rub or full body scratch. He will work his hardest to please you during training sessions. He will wag enthusiastically when he joins you on a new adventure. He will look to you for affirmation when you are in a new place. He will be steadfast and loyal in his love for you for as long as he lives, and what more can we ask for?

I feel that because my relationship with Baxter hasn’t been built through a physical connection, it’s actually that much stronger. Do I wish sometimes on rainy days that he’d curl up on the couch with me? Sure. But I have fallen so hard for so many other things about him that I don’t even seem to notice anymore. He is an incredible dog that has so much to offer, and I know his forever family will see that and love him just as much as I do.

For more information on adopting Comeback Kid Baxter, click here or email peacelovefoster@gmail.com.