A Happy 4th of July

Did you all have a happy 4th of July?  We did.  

We laid very low this year due to the heat and the fact that the 4th fell smack in the middle of a work week.  We were remembering last year’s 4th, with Mr. Knox and Ms. Eve…that was a busy 4th!

This year, we did a bunch of relaxing, lounging, stooping, and people watching.  Oh and some tennis ball chewing…can never do too much of that now, right?!

We barely even got up off the sofa to stick our heads out the back door to check out the fireworks!  That’s okay…sometimes ya just need a day to do some serious stoopin’.  And in Baltimore, you can’t get more patriotic.

Hope everyone enjoyed their 4th just as much as we did!

Meet Chock.

After two girl fosters (Holly and Lovebug) we were thrilled to get our hands on this boy… we are about gender equality in this house and since Bodie last left, we were having boy withdrawal.

Meet Chock.  He said  he’s please to meet you all.

He kinda reminds me of a panther, do ya see it?

A smiling panther… with a wiggle butt…and frog legs.

We first laid eyes on this guy at our Pints for Pits Fundraiser (for BARCS) in mid-June.  We still had Lovebug, but she did have an adoption application pending…when we agreed the adopters were a perfect fit, we knew exactly who was coming our way next.

LB left us on a Saturday morning and this dude showed up the next evening.  He’s been with us about a week now and he’s pretty fantastic.

Oh…and Handsome too.  Check out those chestnut eyes.

And that adorable lower lip.  How could he not win us over every time?  “Puh puh puh please can I have that treat?”  Yup, he’s got a bit of a stutter too, so we imagine.

We are big fans of this guy.  Huge.

A distinguished gentleman.  (ok…well maybe he still needs some finishing school…more on that later!)

We gave her the talk…

Yup, it’s that time!  We sat LB down and had the talk.

We are not her furever family, but they have found her!  She is going to live with a family of three (a 10-year-old human brother) and a kittie too!  Thank goodness we had these kittens so we were able to kitty test LB, and aside from wanting to play with them, she left them alone (lets just say they did not reciprocate the offer…)

She thanked us for letting her crash at our place on her journey to her forever home.

then threw her head back and cackled, “Wahoo!!!! I’m going home!”

We sure will miss sweet girl… There was something very special about her the day I picked  her up from the shelter.  I picked her up just for a transport, but my heart-strings were tugging to go back to the kennel and get her.  Sure enough she showed up the next night to crash after a vet visit.  I knew we needed to spend some more time with her!  I know it seems quick, but don’t forget she was with someone else for 3-4 weeks before she got here.  Besides, we knew this cutie wouldn’t last long.  She’s one lucky gal and they are one super lucky family.

Congrats, Lovebug!!!  You’ve only been gone for three days and we already miss you.  Lucky for us, the rotating door has swung again and there is a new dude in the house…

And he’s got a cute tush.

Lovebug goes to school

Not school for her, no…she went to teach!  

Yup, last week she was hard at work in a school here in Baltimore, teaching kiddos the best way to approach and pet a dog.  And of course, she taught kids how to love animals too 🙂

Humane education is a great way that many local rescue, advocacy groups and shelters help to spread love for pitbulls and dogs in general.  It starts with the kids (especially those in areas where dogfighting has been a problem in the past) and hopefully lights a fire inside a little kid’s heart to teach them what wonderful creatures these animals are.  So yes, despite the fact that it doesn’t quite look like it, Lovebug is actually doing something very huge here.

I didn’t get to go on this field trip because I also was working hard at my day job…. so photo’s courtesy of Lisa’s iphone 🙂  (thanks Lisa!)

Lovebug was accompanied by my good buddy Lisa at BARCS

What I’ve missed

It’s very refreshing to take a break from fostering, please do not get me wrong.  If you foster, and even if you’re the type that cries your little eyes our when the fosters are adopted (I’m not one of those but I know a few… you know who you are, JW!), you can’t deny that getting back to your unit/pack/family is nice.  For us, after a foster was adopted, we went back to me, Brian and Knox.  Our unit.  Our family.  Just so refreshing.

photo credit: Taylor Smith: http://www.fieldsofgreenphoto.com

Now we don’t have a Knox.  ‘Us’ is Brian and I.  Don’t get me wrong here either, I love ‘us’.  But since February, it’s been weird when we don’t have a foster (or if I’m not dog-sitting) because I miss so many things.  I miss going to B-More dog Pits on Parade with my dog.  I miss going for my morning stroll around federal hill park and chatting with all the regular morning friends.  I miss long afternoon walks – the only time of the day I’m actually ‘unplugged’ for any length of time.  I miss walking to the hardware store just to pick up soap (and get a doggie treat) because dogs are so welcomed.

It’s amazing how empty life is without a dog!  Though we have yet to find our next One, I’m so thankful that I’ve been blessed with some excellent canine company in pibble form these last few months.

Despite the commitment and responsibility, I have to say, I absolutely agree that a house is not a home without a dog.  And lucky for us, Lovebug is back 🙂  And I’m thrilled to be making kongs at night, giving out belly rubs after work, and getting up 30 minutes earlier for a morning stroll (or jog) around the harbor.

Hellooooooo snotty Lovebug! (Yes, she’s still super snotty and headed back to the vet this week!)

Puppy Fix Wednesday

It’s that time again!  I wish I could give you all a scratch ‘n sniff screen sticker to smell this sweet puppy breath!

Check out these four cutie patooties!

Hard to believe they all came from the same litter, huh?!  Mama was a typical pit mix… no idea what daddy was.  The hunky boy looks all pit-bulldog ish, and the tri-color girl looks like she could be part beagle!  Then of course, there is the runt, who’s at least half the size of the rest of ’em.  Talk about a diverse litter!  If your interested in adopting these puppies, fill out an application through MABB!

And one more for the road— the runt.  My favorite.

Have a happy Wednesday!

Puppies!

I’ve said it time and again, we’re just not home enough for puppies.  And even if we were, I’m not sure I’m up to the challenge.  I never had a puppy, and I don’t think that will ever change.  I love the idea of adopting adult dogs— you know what you’re getting.  BUT, what would I give to see Knox as a puppy!  His big head!  Oh wow, I’d give anything.

Anyway, that’s neither here nor there.  The point is, everyone needs their puppy fix now and again.  So despite the fact that I can’t foster puppies, nothing stops me from transporting them!

This week, I was blessed with not one, but two adorable little angels.  These boys were so well-behaved in the short time I had them.  They were dropped off at 6:40am, and with us just a few short hours before I dropped them off to their next destination!  I got puppy snuggles, puppy kisses, and of course, a little puppy piddle.

Basil boy

Check out these boys, Wally and Basil.  Basil is up for adoption through Mid Atlantic Bully Buddies!  (I believe Wally is spoken for!)  And the ears.  Oh those ears!

Basil

finger nibblin’

I have the cutest ears in the world. It’s true!

What?! You don’t enjoy licking kennel doors as your past time?!

If your interested in adopting Basil— fill out an application through MABB!

Girlfriend Grills

We’ve started grilling Sundays…every Sunday we grill.  Veggies, burgers, chicken, etc. (list goes on but I’ll spare ya).  It sets us up for the week so we can spend more time after work at the park or on long walks with the Foster de Jour, instead of slaving in the kitchen (not that I don’t love being in the kitchen… I actually do love it).  Well that’s neither here nor there.  The point is, girlfriend likes to grill too.  In the kitchen, she stakes out a place on her mat, and calmly observes the prepping, chopping, stirring and dicing.  But, outside?  The aroma she just can’t get enough of.

Brian is actually working two grills… and for some (odd) reason, she was drawn to the grill with the portabellas, peppers, and zucchini. 

Maybe it’s that she knew the burgers weren’t cooked to perfection, yet.

Aside from some temperature criticism, Hollygirl completed her taste tests, as every good dog cook should.

 She approved of the meal, and has proved herself an asset to any backyard BBQ.  Any takers out there for a grilling buddy?  She’s clearly bound to succeed in this area.

Run, Girlfriend, Run.

There’s just something heartwarming about seeing a dog running.  I’m not talking about jogging, or running with a human.  I mean full-out, sprinting till your backside-can’t-keep up-with-your-front-side running.

Running when your cheeks-go-flapping-in-the-wind, running

It’s not often we have the space, reliability, and training with our foster dogs to enjoy them off leash.  It’s a luxury we’ve only had with a handful of our fosters (Buddha, Eve and Lola were the few).  But sometimes the stars align and our hearts are warmed by those happiness-filling outdoor zoomies.

Clearly, it warms girlfriend’s heart too.