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If only I could be more like my dogs..

7 Mar

First off, the Comments for Kibble Fundraiser is getting off to a great start, but don’t forget that every comment made during the next next week and half is worth 1 pound of kibble for Minnesota Pitbull Rescue’s dogs!

A MN Pitbull PitStop Event. mnpitbull.com

A MN Pitbull PitStop Event. mnpitbull.com

Secondly… Seriously.. at least once a day I wish that I could be more like my dogs.

Mylo and Chase.

Mylo and Chase.

This starts right away in the morning. EVERY morning my dogs are super ecstatic to wake up to a new day! When my alarm goes off I grumble and groan while Chase tries to lick my face off and Mylo does actual summersaults on the bed.

Next, if I could get HALF as much joy out of “Going Potty” as my dogs do I’d NEVER be unhappy again!

Me: “Do you want to go outside and go potty?”
Dogs(Bouncing around like crazies): “AHHHHH YES YES YES YES YES YES YES”

Maybe my husband should try asking me that when I’m cranky?
I don’t think so.

Later in the day when I come home from work I come face-to-face with my dogs UTTER JOY that I’ve come home again. They are just SO STINKING HAPPY TO SEE ME that they can’t even contain it. I think that the humans in our house need to take some lessons from the 4-leggeds. No longer will we simply say “Hi honey, how was your day?” without stopping whatever menail chore we’re doing at the time. We will RUN to each other, jump in each others arms (preferably me into the hubby’s.. not the other way around) and profess our undying love for each other. This will NEVER get old, and each day we will be JUST as excited as the last.

When I finally get through our “Hello, I love you, I’m so glad you came home and didn’t forget about us’s” the dogs BEG for some exercise. Now, I haven’t been to a gym in I don’t even know how long.. so this makes me jealous EVERY day. Mylo LOVES to run. It’s his favorite thing to do! He will run for 8 hours straight and we’ve clocked him at over 40 miles per hour. No wonder he’s so skinny! If I went absolutely bonkers without exercise like my dogs do then I’d be as skinny as Rachel Bilson (man is that girl skinny or what?)!

My dogs are so fit and trim that sometimes I just want to feed them more so I’m not so jealous. Yup, I’m jealous of my dog’s physiques’ now. I guess I actually am crazy.

Mylo during a play session at the beach.

Mylo during a play session at the beach.


Chasey-Wase

Chasey-Wase

One of the things I’m MOST jealous of is my dogs’ confidence in themselves. They both think they’re freaking awesome. They don’t worry about what they weigh, what they look like, who likes them (everyone loves them, right?) or if they get in trouble. What a simple and easy view on life to have.

There are way MORE things, but lastly (for now) I wish that I slept as sweetly and as cozy as they do. When I sleep I resemble a minor train-wreck. I toss and turn and occasionally hit people. I snore and drool and talk in my sleep. Mylo and Chase are so cute when they sleep that I’m pretty sure I’m justified to be irrationally angry at them for it. NO? Ok, I’ll just snuggle on up next to them and let the train-wreck happen.

Perfect snuggle buddies.

Perfect snuggle buddies.

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Comments for Kibble Fundraiser

5 Mar
Mocha

Mocha

My current foster dog Mocha: https://pittiesforyourthoughts.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/miss-mocha was reading one of our favorite blogs Love and a Six Foot Leash: http://loveandaleash.com/ yesterday and was inspired by a very simple fundraiser that they did a couple of years ago. It’s called Comments for Kibble and we’d like to give it a shot!

For every comment that the Pitties For Your Thoughts blog receives during the next two weeks we will donate one pound of food (up to 60 pounds) to Minnesota Pitbull Rescue: mnpitbull.com for foster dogs like Mocha.

It’s very simple to participite, simply comment on any of the Pitties For Your Thoughts posts during the next three weeks. I will only count 1 comment per person but feel free to comment as much as you want! I will also extend the deadline if I’m not near my goal at the end of 2 weeks. If you want to participate in a bigger way share my blog so others may comment!

Minnesota Pitbull Rescue is an all-foster based rescue and they currently have 25 dogs that all need to be fed! So, donations of any size are always appreciated.

Help me help dogs like Mocha:

Mocha is available for adoption through MN Pitbull Rescue!

Mocha is available for adoption through MN Pitbull Rescue!


https://pittiesforyourthoughts.wordpress.com/2013/02/22/ill-have-a-short-mocha-please/

Boots

Duncan

And many more.

Mylo and Chase are a little miffed that their “Nummies Allowance” will be going towards giving OTHER dogs Nummies.. but when I explained to them that some dogs get NO NUMMIES they came around. Begrudgingly.

Chase says "OK, Mom.. but only this once."

Chase says “OK, Mom.. but only this once.”

Mylo's still a little skeptic.  Can you help him come around?

Mylo’s still a little skeptic. Can you help him come around?

Thank you to http://www.loveandaleash.com for the great idea!!

I’ll have a short Mocha, please.

22 Feb

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While I’m not a Gold Card Member of Starbucks by any means I have recently fallen in love with the Brindle Mocha. This Brindle Mocha is not a coffee drink, but is addicting in nature and has a heartwarming effect on people. Best of all she is currenlty residing in my house while she searches for her forever family.
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I can’t get enough of her. She’s a teeny pocket size pittie (weighing about 30 pounds at 6-7 months old) with a larger than life personality. I go back and forth on whether she’s more like a gymnast or a football player. Sometimes she’s gracefully hopping through the snow, always with incredible power but in adorably cute strides, or she’s sashaying across the floor going straight into her high-flying grande-jete onto the couch. While other times she’s shoulder-checking her foster brothers who are 2 and 3 times larger than her or flying into your knees with the grace and power of Hagrid (any Harry Potter fan’s here?)

This is what they were doing while IIII cleaned the house.  Way to pull your weight kids.

This is what they were doing while IIII cleaned the house. Way to pull your weight kids.

Mocha is incredibly energetic and athletic, but she’s also very manageable. She can stop and listen to you in the middle of her playing even though she’s at, arguably, the most hyper/non-attentive age of her life. She is potty trained, she knows “sit”, and “go kennel”, she knows to sit until her food bowl is down, and she “knows” she wont get attention unless all of her feet are on the ground (she has a few problems following this rule even though she does seem aware of it). She knows when she’s supposed to quit playing and she’s working on “down” and “off” (as in “off the couch”- she doesn’t particularly like this one). She’s inquisitive and is a quick learner. All of this rolled in to a tiny little brindle package makes her just about as cute as one little puppy can be.

Because she’s so stinkin’ cute it’s really hard not to adore her. It’s harder still not to fall in love with her. Chase and Mylo are wrapped around her petite little toes, and foster daddy thinks she’s just the right size to be his lap dog. Mocha agrees with foster daddy and to date he is the only one that can get her to snuggle on her back.

Can foster dad get any cuter with this little girl?

Can foster dad get any cuter with this little girl?

Since we can’t keep her ourselves without giving up our foster-career Mocha is on the hunt for a forever family of her own. Her ideal applicants would love dogs, love to exercise, love to give her yummy treats, and would be excited about furthering her training. If you’re in love with Pocket Pitties Mocha is the girl for you! She’s patiently waiting.

Foster brothers are keeping her company while she waits for her furever family.

Foster brothers are keeping her company while she waits for her furever family.

Miss Mocha

25 Jan

Chase_1
Chase here. (Aren’t I handsome??)

Mom said I have get to tell you all about my new foster sister.

For the past couple of weeks it’s been just me and Mylo and our mom and dad. This has been really fun! We all four fit on the couch together, I barely have to share my toys, and I get at least one whole parent all for myself.
Chase_2
Snuggle_0

This Tuesday, though, mom was gone longer than usual. We were awake from our daytime naps, starting to get hungry, and starting to get worried about her. Turns out she was driving to pick up a puppy for Mylo and I to babysit hang out with.

Mocha_3

Mom and dad calls her Mocha. She’s really small compared to me and she has really cool stripes. (Mylo and I are both stripe-less but once Mylo got in to some wet paint and had spots for awhile.)

See how much more biggerer I am?

See how much more biggerer I am?

Mocha REALLY likes to play. She likes all of our toys, she likes to wrestle and she likes to run and bounce around. Mylo and I are getting so sleepy from babysitting playing with her. My favorite thing to do with Mocha is get her to chase me. I hold a toy in my mouth and stand really still until she gets close and then off I goes! She will follow me around the house for lots and lots of time.

Waiting for Mocha to chase me.

Waiting for Mocha to chase me.

And now I'm REALLY tired from all the chasing.

And now I’m REALLY tired from all the chasing.

Mylo’s favorite thing to do is steal toys from her and then put his face in the corner of the livingroom-beds and chew on it there. In order for her to get the toy back she has to crawl all over his head. He grumbles and growls but she’s not a-scared of him.

He's not in the corner, but this is one of his favorite things to chew on.

He’s not in the corner, but this is one of his favorite things to chew on.

Mom says Mocha is about 16 weeks old. She comes outside with us to go potty and at night time she has to sleep in her box (hehehe mom and dad lets me and Mylo sleep on the bedroom-bed.) Mom and dad are SOOO happy because she sleeps so good. Mylo and I are pretty happy too because we have box-trained puppys before and it can be very NOISY.

This photo made mom giggle.

This photo made mom giggle.

Mom says that Mylo and I have to keep being good foster brothers. I think that this means we have to keep letting Mocha steal sharing our toys, letting Mocha sit on the livingroom-beds and teach her how to sit for goodies. I have all sorts of things I can teach her, starting with begging asking PRETTY PLEASE for dinner. (I’m good at that.)

Mom says Mocha never stops moving so this was the only picture we could gets of her laying down.

Mom says Mocha never stops moving so this was the only picture we could gets of her laying down.

Now that you met Mocha, how about another picture of yours truly??

Look at me with my teeny friend!

Look at me with my teeny friend!

One Step at a Time

17 Jan

Last Thursday we got the official bad news about Sophie. We all expected it but we were naivly hoping that she’d come around and realize that she’d been wrong about her new dad. Unfortunately this just wasn’t the case. Last Saturday Sophie went back in to foster care. What really makes this bad news is that she didn’t come back to US.

The director of Minnesota Pitbull Rescue and myself both agreed that it may not be in Sophie’s best interest to come back to my house if we cannot keep her forever. Sophie is clearly comfortable around our dogs, but we need to see if she can be comfortable in other situations. A huge benefit of her new foster home is that it is in the Twin Cities, which is where most of the MPBR events are held. ( I am over 2 hours away from most of the events). Going to the different MPBR events should really help Sophie adjust to new and different environments. She will have opportunities to socialize with other puppies but will have more chances to learn to be confident on her own. We’re hoping to see if Sophie has any actual socialization issues or if the way she felt about her dad was a one time thing related strictly to him. Since she never showed any nervousness at our house we felt like it’d be best to try her somewhere else.

This was very painful for me. I would have taken her back in a heartbeat and it kills me to know that she’s so happy at our house and we didn’t let her come back here. I know it’s for her own good, but it’s so hard for me not to feel guilty that I’m not just keeping her at our house.

I’m hoping that once she gains some confidence she will find somewhere new that she will be JUST as happy as she was at our house. I’m also impatiently waiting for some updates about how she’s doing at her new foster’s house. Stay tuned, I’ll let you know as soon as I hear anything!

Missing in Action. A little bit of news!

10 Jan

So, I feel like I haven’t blogged in FOREVER. Let me tell you right away, this IS NOT because I haven’t had anything to blog about, but instead because I don’t have the right words for all that’s happened lately.

I intended on writing a wonderful post about Sophie’s Christmas surprise. A couple of days before Christmas my brother and sister-in-law decided to start the “foster-to-adopt” program with Sophie! I was SO excited! Not only does she get a fantastic new family, two human siblings and a great new home, but I’ll also get to see her for the rest of her life!! My 7 year old niece, Mia, had been begging for Sophie for over a month and couldn’t believe it when her parents said she was staying. Sophie has met Mia before and has always been head-over-heels for her in return. The first thing I felt was extreme happiness and then a huge amount of relief. This time, instead of being torn into pieces between the fact that I SHOULD be happy, and my sadness and hurt about giving up a dog, I can focus on the fact that one of my fosters, and one that I love SOOO much, will remain in my family! I’ll even get to dog sit! I’ll get to see how she’s doing and I’ll always know JUST how much her family loves her. What more could a foster ask for?!

So you’re probably wondering WHY I didn’t write her amazing adoption story 2 weeks ago when I found out that she was getting a home, especially such an EXCITING home, for Christmas. I had every intention of doing so.. but the longer I waited the more we discovered that Sophie isn’t quite as happy about her new home as we all are.

Here’s a little backround on Sophie.. Sophie was just 12 weeks old when she came to our house. She had been with her siblings her entire life. Her first night in our house was her first night without them. She was scared and probably felt all alone.. but she soon discovered that she wasn’t alone. She bonded immediately to her foster-brothers Mylo and Chase. She became a confident, ram-rod of a puppy, and people who met her fell instantly in love with her.

I never had ANY idea that without her big brothers around she’d be insecure, afraid, and lose all of her spunk and character.

When we dropped Sophie off at her new house she was very scared. She wouldn’t go up to anyone other than Mia and she wouldn’t wander around the house. We all assumed that she would adjust quickly and be her ramrod-self any day. We all said “theres a lot going on today, she will adjust in a couple of days” and “She’s a puppy, it wont take long.”

During the next couple of days Sophie spent a lot of time with Mia but she continued to be afraid of her new house and her new family. Unless she was with Mia she mostly stayed in one room. Worst of all she decided to be incredibly afraid of her new dad. She wants nothing to do with him no matter what he does.

I have been putting off writing her adoption story because I assumed she would adjust soon and then I could write her happy story. I didn’t want to write about her incredibly happy news if she’s NOT happy and we’re not sure it will work out.

I decided to write her story now, though, because there are lessons to be learned from it.

Sophie has been in her new home for two weeks now. She has stopped running away from her new baby brother (she’s still not too sure about noisy babys but he’s not QUITE as scary anymore), she recently decided to brave some new rooms in the 3 story house, and she has gotten pretty used to her new mom. Unfortunately she’s still incredibly scared of her new dad.

Sophie’s behavior and attitude towards her new dad is such a shock because she was a huge daddy’s girl at our house. She’s never been afraid of men in our house, in fact, she’s never been afraid of anyone. What we failed to think about, however, is that Sophie had never spent a day of her life without a dog sibling. We got her directly from her litter as a pup and then she had Mylo and Chase. We never imagined she’d be so insecure without them. She was always so incredibly brave and outgoing. I never stopped to think about how she would adjust to being an only dog. I’ll admit that I’m always a fan of my foster dogs going to homes with other dogs, but I do also strongly believe that single dog homes are wonderful too. Especially single dog homes with children. I was so focused on the fact that she’d be getting two amazing parents, a 7 year old who can’t get enough of her and a bouncing baby brother to grow up with. I was completely sure that it’d be a great situation. Now I’m discovering that it’s a situation for me to learn from.

As a foster parent I will have to do a better job of testing my fosters in a variety of situations. I’m not saying it’s my fault that she’s adjusting so slowly, but if I had been expecting her to be a nervous, shy and insecure dog I would have been able to discuss this with the new family. If they weren’t EXPECTING her to adjust quickly, as puppies typically do, it may not seem so weird that she’s not.

Perhaps if I had tested her in a larger variety of situations I would have known what we needed to work on. I could have taken her to public places without Mylo and Chase. She could have been entered into puppy socialization classes. These are things that her new family will probably have to do now because I didn’t know that she needed it.

Her new family is trying everything they can to make her comfortable, but she’s simply not adjusting to her new dad. This makes ME sad, and I know it’s making her new family sad. I continue to tell them to give it time but eventually it needs to be decided if the situation is good for anyone involved.

I am keeping my fingers crossed that Sophie will get over her fears and get to stay with her new family, especially since I was so excited about this family! I thought that I had escaped the heartbreak of giving her up. We all want it to work out SO badly, but now we need to focus on making sure that whatever happens we act in the best interest of both the family and Sophie. I hope that, no matter what, her story can be a learning experience for everyone involved.

Dear Santa

11 Dec

Sohpie

Dear Santa,

 My Chelsea-Mom told me I could use her computer to write you a letter.  She told me that if I send you my wish list my wishes jus might come trues!

 This is my first Christmas.  I am spending the holidays with my foster family because I don’t have a real family yet, so this year I’z wishing for my Forever Family.

 If you could send me a Forever Family who likes to hike and walk, likes to play outside, likes to snuggle on the couch and would give me lotz of nummies and chewies that would be great.  (Chelsea-Mom says I can’t have LOTZ.. but I can wish right??) 

 Maybe you could send me a family that has some of those yummy bones laying around, and someone for me to play tug with. 

Sohpie2

 Chelsea-Mom says it’z a lot to ask, but if you could send me a family that will let me sleep in bed I’d really appreeci-ate it. 

 If you send me a Forever Family I promise to put up with costumes and jackets.  I will learn how to walk on that rope thing and I will always do my dogly duty and hand out kisses.  I will try not to potty in the house and I will try not to eat things. 

 I’m not too picky.. I love having siblings to play with but I’d love having a family all to myself too.  I love having children to play with, but I would be contents to be a solo man or woman’s best friend. 

Sohpie1

 I feel bad wishing to leave my foster family behind, but this year, this puppy’s only wish is a Forever Home. 

 I hope you get this Santa, it makes me sad to keep waiting!

Merry Christmas,

 Sophie.

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