Otis at the Lake

During the summer here at the PLF house we are lucky to find two things: an entirely free evening and a day with weather under ninety degrees. So when we came across a BOTH of those, it meant one thing: a trip to our local state park.

The adventure came with zero expectations except to enjoy the evening and get our feet (or paws) wet. There were a few too many humans – especially small, shrieking, quick moving ones – for Otis’ liking, but we found quiet nooks to take some pictures and slip into the water.

The best part about going to parks or trails with Otis is that he ignores most other people or dogs around him. I got so many compliments this evening saying he was so well behaved (and of course remarks about how handsome he is). He follows me anywhere I go, so if I step off the trail for bikers or hikers, he steps off the trail too. I had a serious face-to-palm moment after the third person told me how great he was and I realized I had forgotten to bring Adopt Me vest .

So he might not have gotten any adoption bites, but he certainly got some socialization. Even if he doesn’t interact with anyone, going to popular places where we can expose him to new things while staying within his comfort zone is very valuable in helping him become a more confident dog.

He enjoyed the water and the park surrounding it – though he only stuck to his paws in the wet category. Here is Otis demonstrating his appreciation for cool water, a good patch of grass, and a nice spot to relax.

(And here he is showing you his best puppy face:)

Aside from just his good looks, Otis will be a spectacular hiking/walking/relaxing partner for someone looking for a trail buddy. He’s up for pretty much anything if it involves water, grass, or dirt!

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.


Puppy Pool Party!

It’s been SO HOT these past few days, and Otis and I started going a little stir crazy in our house in our efforts to stay cool. I decided we were going to brave the outdoors the only way possible: getting wet!

I went out and got Otis a baby pool in hopes that the end result would be him lounging around in it and me joining him with a book and a cold beer. I thought he would love it since he loves the creek so much, but it turns out I was wrong. He didn’t love it, especially at first – but after a while he didn’t hate it either.

He thought of it as more of an over-sized water bowl, so I decided to hop in and show him what the deal was. He was, of course, much happier with me in there with him.

This is the best part… we had friends over to play in the pool with us!

That adorable little Cocker Spaniel is my friend’s dog, Monster – more about him and his relationship with Otis later this week. Monster and Otis were equally unimpressed by the baby pool, despite their similar love for water. It was pretty comical trying to convince them both it was a good idea to get in and roll around so we could take adorable photos they could cool off.  Eventually there was some success, but it wasn’t much and it certainly wasn’t long lived.

Despite the lack of enthusiasm, everyone had a great time. The pool will be in my backyard all summer, and I don’t doubt that there will be a few more Puppy Pool Parties in our future. That’s what summer’s for, right?

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.


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!


Sizzlin’ Summertime Blues

It is HOT these days. Too hot for my liking, and definitely too hot for Otie’s liking.

Photo credit to Fosterdad.

Photo credit to Fosterdad.

My general cure for excessively hot weather is to stay inside, but for a dog that’s got too much energy to just be lazy with us all day, that wasn’t an option this weekend. So we headed to the next best place to be on a hot, humid summer day: the water.

No better way to cool off, wouldn’t ya say? Honey Bunches loves the water, so this was a welcomed treat for him. I have a feeling it’s going to become a summer time ritual for Otie – but hopefully with his forever family!

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.