Posts Tagged ‘home’

We’re one lighter today.  Only 15 mins into our AAP yesterday, someone saw the fantastic character, adorable face, and snuggly nature in Corky even while he wasn’t on his best behavior at all – barking at every dog, uninterested in any person, and fiestily pulling on the leash.

She came in searching for bird food, but followed close behind as Corky, Zoe and I went to set up.  Almost immediately she was sold but even more so when she heard he adores children (she has a young granddaughter).

I was shocked! Corky is about a year and a half and has been in a foster home since he was two days old!  Along with his foster mom and other fosters, we are thrilled for Corky and hope it will be a lasting adoption for him.  He’s on a two week trial but as the applicant has worked with rescues in the past, they will surely be able to work through his shyness and then we’ll be officially celebrating, singing CORKY’S GOT A HOME, CORKY’S GOT A HOME!


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With so much going on around here and too much to do … I’ve fallen quite behind but it’s about time to do a little updating on those hanging out.

Yesterday SueAnne, Zoe and I went to our second AAP.  They did great!  We were set up in the middle of the store, which got a lot more traffic than at the back.  They both were in and out all day with potential adopters, so we’re hoping for the best!  They really turned on the charm, pulled out all the tricks …


SueAnne spent most of her time focused on the unreachable treats in the crate next door …

I just know I can get it!

and then she pouted. Those sad eyes didn’t work on me!!

but they worked on another volunteer who gave her all three treats!


And Zoe

well, she looked adorable saving up all the energy just to go crazy at home a little later.


Here are some fun pics of the other adoptable pups of the day.  We sure hope some of the families that came to visit will find room in their home and in their hearts for a new little pet! (CLICK their pics for more info)


Courtney and Cleo



In other news … Piper! Still timid and lacking confidence, we are so proud of her.  She’s currently stretched out on the couch beside me with a few of our dearest climbing in around her for a good Sunday afternoon nap.  Yes, she’s adapting.

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Can you believe she’s here?!  Yes, the excitement is overflowing.  I want nothing more than to pamper and dote and love all over her, but I must resist.  She needs time.  She needs to build trust.  She needs to adapt.

It’s going to be a long, precious, rewarding experience for me and for her.

(it took about four hours before she would actually peek over the chair at me on the couch)


Be sure and check back for news of our latest victory!

We’ll be celebrating them all … big or small!


I have the best four ever though.  Let me just do a little shameless bragging here.  They don’t get too much attention on here, but they sure deserve it!

With all these pups coming in and going out – each with different temperaments, needs and even play styles – my four adapt perfectly.  The Bubbas are quick to trust and eager to cuddle.  As long as they get their time in my lap or their spot on the bed (well, any spot), they’re content and loudly purring.  Abbi has a unique affinity for little dogs and shy pups.  Her motherly instincts shine as she cleans their ears, nudges them for attention and follows closely behind wherever they go.  Pebbles on the other hand is the go-to playmate. She can adapt to any type of play – quiet and mouthy, keep-a-way and chase, tug-a-war and noisy.  But she’s also they one to willingly give up her own bed, treat or toy if they want it.

Their own personalities are a GREAT help to me as we help our fosters grow and trust.  They let them into their homes, their space with happy hearts and wagging tails.  Without these four, it wouldn’t be nearly as productive and structured (yes, even with a 7-1 ratio) home – ideal to help fosters become the best dog they can be, find families to love them and love back, and to stay adopted.

I love my four!  All we want is for someone to love our fosters and to give them a home where their personalities and quirks will add life to their family.


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Transitioning into a new foster program hasn’t been easy for Kat.  She’s had to do lots of reading, asked lots of questions, and learned lots of new things.  We four are super excited about the change because we know what it all means – MORE FRIENDS!!

Today she took SueAnne and Zoe to an AAP at Petsmart. We were super jealous – Petsmart is like our second favorite place ever! We always get treats and toys there.  But she didn’t forget us and brought home treats!

Frisco Humane Society does their Adopt-A-Pet (AAP) events a little differently than Kat was used to.  She came home very happy though – met new friends (two-legged and four-legged) and learned new things.  SueAnne and Zoe met new friends too.  We hope they’ll find their own home soon – not because we don’t love them, we just want them to have a Kat of their own!

They said there were lots of other dogs there looking for homes.  She says you can find them on the Frisco Humane Society website.  Don’t you know someone in the DFW area looking for a furry friend?

She also got to see Danny! We miss him!!! He never tackled us, chewed on our ears, stole our toys, ate our food … but he did pee on Kat’s table … once.  She seems so thrilled about his new family. They love him! We’re happy!

Petsmart is like our second favorite place ever! We always get treats and toys there. Frisco Humane Society

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wow. so much work to do!


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As a foster mom (and I speak for the Ladies and Bubbas as well), there are so many things that you worry about when you adopt one of your fosters out.

1. Will he adapt? Will those quirkly habits like licking your toes or rolling over when you say “sit,” those things you actually love about your foster, that make him unique – they those be loved by their new family?

2. Is it the right home for him? Do they know he likes to take a nap with his head in your lap? Will they feed him enough? Will they take him for car rides? He loves car rides. Will they teach him new things? Are they nice people?  Will they love him?

3. Will I miss him? Should I have adopted him myself? (Well, of course no because then I couldn’t be saving the next one – the one I already have and got the same night he went home.) Oh, I’ll miss him!! I always do!

BUT – then there are those awesome adoptions – when you know its going to be perfect, just perfect!  I couldn’t be more happy with the family that adopted Danny.  They had come into Petsmart shopping for their two other pups, Lacey and Jill – both adorable and truly members of the family.  Even with two gorgeous girls at home, they couldn’t resist him – adorable, sweet, and oh those eyes just staring with deep love from behind those bars!

I sat down with mother and daughter – and with Danny roaming between us – right there on that tile floor and we talked … only about Danny … for about 40 minutes.  They were in love.  No, they didn’t need another dog – but they sure wanted him. And that right there – knowing someone truly WANTS your foster, that’s all I need!

On my way home I called a friend, fellow foster, mentor in this whole foster/animal rescue world to share in my excitement and to make sure she looked specifically for the application. No answer – so Danny and I rolled the windows down (on that 30 degree day) and turned the music up. We were celebrating! I was sure this was Danny’s family! He was too.

Boy were we right. Just three days later he went home!  What a LUCKY boy!  Mariann is the new love of his life.

From Kim~ Mariann’s mom, Lacey’s mom, Jill’s mom, and DANNY’S MOM!!!

Danny is settling in just great.  He is such a love bug!  I have not been able to get him to sleep with me in the bed but I put one of the dog pillows in the room and he sleeps on the floor next to me.

Marianne just adores Danny and him her.  They are so cute together.  I have attached a picture I took of them yesterday morning.  This is how they are most of the time.   Marianne and Jill have brought out the frisky puppy in Danny.  They go out in the back yard and run around playing catch and tag.  LOL

I do miss him … greatly! So do the others (at least I like to think so).

Thank you, Kim and Marianne, and Lacey and Jill, for adopting Danny and giving him SUCH A WONDERFUL LOVING HOME where he can shine, feel safe, and know he’s loved.


P.P.S. If you need a dogsitter while you’re on your honeymoon – count me in!!



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Sometimes, foster dogs are puzzles.  They go through so much when they come to our home – new smells, new people, new sounds, new dogs, new experiences, new environment, new routines … cats! It’s a bit of a shocker at times and dogs need time to adjust.  Of course, they react – all differently. And for me, that’s the puzzle. What makes them tick? What will help them relax? Why won’t they eat or come out from under the bed or step on the carpet? So many opportunities to help this foster dog become the best dog they can be – to stay adopted!

SueAnne is a puzzle.  A small Chihuahua/Daschund mix, she’s only about 5 years old with a great deal of living to do.  Such a dear, who’s a little needy for my particular tastes – we’re both learning to give in that area.  She reminds me that petting her is showing her I love her and she is safe – and I remind her that she can be safe just sitting next to me or in the same room.

She absolutely loves riding in the car and is always the first to hop up.  Sometimes a little weary of other dogs and definitely those that are a little too pushy or energetic. Her favorite spot for some odd reason is underneath the dog chair – there’s a little pillow under there that suits her. It gives her quite a bit of security while easily able to pop her head out and see what’s going on. Always excited to see me when I get home from work, loves to gobble up treats, and quick to go to her crate.

Camera-shy. Sweet-natured. Cat-lover. Treat-hoarder. Crate-trained. Eye-batter. Tail-whipper (you wouldn’t believe how fast she wags her tail with excitement!) Paw-pusher. Slight-manipulator. Attention-needer. Smile-giver.

Sounds pretty easy, right? Yes, just about, but I just don’t get her. She hasn’t responded to any “techniques” in training. She doesn’t walk any easier on the leash, hasn’t learned to settle in on the couch if there’s another animal up with me, and still runs through doors even though she’s gotten herself hit with a few. (accidently of course! she’s quick.) It took her almost two weeks before she started eating regularly, three before she would be caught next to either of my ladies, and she still hasn’t learned calm even though she has to before coming inside, getting out of her crate, getting a treat/pet/love.

Basically we’re working on it all so she can get to that secure, safe forever home she so deserves.  She’s truly shown improvement … it’s me who’s learning most! Gotta get those pieces together.

She will miss her buddy, Danny!


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