Getting Organized

I doubt it has bothered any else as much as it has bothered me, but I’ve had enough of this blog not being organized (enough). Rest assured, I am not only organizing but I also have some more posts planned that I will get started on just as soon as my paper for class goes from also “planned” to finished. In the mean time, I hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend!

Lana, Desi, and I sure are enjoying an extended sleepover.

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The Power of Social Networking

We have some incredible news this morning. Beau the cat, who was featured yesterday on DBBL has not only found a home, he found HIS home! After sharing my post on Facebook, one of my very awesome friends recognized Beau as Mortymer, a cat who had been lost for several months!

Long story short, I met some very cool people and a girl and her cat have been reunited! I seriously couldn’t have imagined a happier ending! Whether it was fate (which you know is often what I believe) or it was just somebody’s lucky day, I’m grateful for it. I love an ending where everyone goes home happy.

So, we have one adventure done, and I’d say it’s about time to start another. When I awoke this morning I was tagged in a picture of a very handsome Retriever mix (who just so happens to be stuck in the same shelter my puppy was in before a rescue saved her). I can’t so no to a Golden, so say hello to our next featured adoptable!

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This is Teddy, an adult Golden Retriever mix. Teddy weighs approximately 50 pounds. He is in need of an adoption or rescue commitment, as his time in the shelter is limited. Poor Teddy is not in the shelter because he was a ‘bad boy’, but because his owner passed away. I’m sure this scenario never even crossed his former owner’s mind, and I’m also sure they would have wanted him to go to a nice home, not a shelter.

Teddy’s ID number is: D-9414

He is located at:
Pasco County Animal Services (Tampa Bay, FL)
19640 Dogpatch Ln.
Land O’Lakes, FL 34638
To place a hold as adopter or foster/rescue: You must email BEFORE the time they are scheduled to be put to sleep. Email to adoptionpartners@pascocountyfl.net
The subject MUST be IN CAPS: ATTN DO NOT EUTH (ID#____).
To call (Mon-Fri until 4:30) 727-834-3216 or 727-834-3218 or 813-929-1212
Rescues can go and collect the dog when not open to the public, please email them to make arrangements.
There you have it! If you think you might know anyone looking for a big, hunky guy like Teddy, please don’t hesitate to let them know about him! You might just make the difference in saving his life!

A big thanks to my fellow bloggers, and props to some new friends, too!

I have to say a BIG thank you to a few of my amazing blogging friends! It seems great minds think alike, as the three of them nominated me for something called the Liebster Award! A HUGE shout out to Pitties For Your Thoughts, Temporary Home Permanent Love, and Tails of a Foster Mom!

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“Liebster means Dearest in German, so the Liebster Blog Award is the Dearest Blog Award. It’s an award intended to recognize worthy, lesser known blogs and to help expose their work. Of course, accepting The Liebster Award comes with a few rules!”

Liebster Blog Award Rules
These are the rules as have been given to me:

1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you .
2. Share five things about yourself.
3. Answer five questions presented by those who nominated you
4. Ask five new questions to your nominated bloggers
5. Reveal your top five picks {with less than 200 readers} and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
6. Copy and paste the award on your blog
7. Hope that the people you’ve sent the award to forward it to their five favorite up-and-coming bloggers and keep it going!

I am honored to accept this darling award, so here goes!

5 Things about myself:
1. I am 21, and I am slightly ashamed to say I have no planned career path. I was an early childhood education major, then psychology, then editing/writing/media, and now I’m looking at public relations, with law school as my back up.
2. I tried to adopt almost 10 other dogs before I met Lana. I thought I was cursed, but now I know it all worked out for the best. She is my doggie soulmate.
3. I am a Southerner. I love southern comfort food, and I fear my waist will soon reflect my unrequited affections.
4. I lost a dear friend in middle school to a mentally ill man with a gun. I still think of her often and keep myself in check by asking myself if she would approve of what I do with myself. At this point, I believe she would.
5. When I was in high school, most of my ‘social bridges’ were burned. While I still don’t have the most fun social life, I grew so much as a result. I wouldn’t trade my miserable high school years for anything.

Five questions from Pitties For Your Thoughts:

1. What kind of food do you feed your dogs and why?

I feed my dogs Diamond Naturals. After researching different brands of dog food, Diamond Naturals seemed to be the best compromise of not breaking the bank and being good for my girl. I think it’s rated 4 out of 5 stars (which is better than what I eat)!

2. What is your favorite animal related book?

I grew up on Jim Kjelgaard and Marguerite Henry, but I recently fell in love with Lisa Scottoline’s “Why My Third Husband Will be a Dog”. Granted, it’s not entirely about dogs, but her animals make several appearances throughout the series of essays (which are very funny, by the way).

3. I know you are all dog people, but what other kinds of pets do you have?

Currently, none. I’ve had gerbils and bunnies in the past, but dogs are a much better fit for me.

4. What is your favorite “guilty pleasure” food?

No bake cookies (affectionately known as “Cow Patties” by my family).

5. Do you exercise your dogs before work or after work?

Generally after. I used to work REALLY early in the mornings, and I’m a night person, so when we exercise, it’s generally at night.

Five questions from Temporary Home Permanent Love:

1.  Is there anyone in particular you look up to in the “rescue” community?

There are tons of people I look up to in the rescue community! The first BIG rescue hero I had was a woman named Gisele Veilleux. She is the founder/president of a rescue called “The Dog Liberator“. I’ve never actually met her, but her story and wonderful rescue were the inspirations for my dream of eventually starting my own rescue. Aside from that, the people I’ve met since college are most of whom I look up to. My boss, Michelle McLaughlin (doggie daycare owner, trainer, failed foster momx2), Jill Murphy, Michele Futch, and of course my wonderful fellow foster moms/bloggers who work so hard to get the word out about rescue!

2.  Who is the super hero you most identify with?

Nightwing. (He used to be Robin, but then he grew up and became his own person.) He’s kind of like Batman (as in, not super powered), but less broody. He’s move affectionate and has a decent sense of humor. Plus in one movie he was played by Neil Patrick Harris, and really, what more could you want? Maybe I’m not that much like him, but I do like him very much.  =P

3.  If you could tell people who are looking to buy a dog from a breeder just one thing, in one sentence, what would it be?

While some breeders are certainly reputable, shelters have unique puppies with a mysterious pedigree; isn’t it cooler to have a dog who, like you, is one of a kind?

4.  Favorite flavor of icecream?

Hazelnut (which is irritatingly difficult to find in America…)

5.  If you could ask your dog one question and get a real response, what would it be?

“Do you like your name, and if not, what name would you prefer?” With such a limited vocabulary, it might be nice if she liked the few words she knew.

And finally, five questions from Tails of a Foster Mom:

1. If you could pass/make any one law, pertaining to animals, what would it be?

Everyone should have to spay/neuter unless they go through a TON of effort to prove they are knowledgeable and responsible enough to breed. I am not a big fan of breeders, but I recognize some are reputable and respectable.

2. What is your favorite breed of dog?

Of all of the Golden Retrievers I’ve met, I’ve loved pretty much every one. I think Samoyeds are stunning, but without knowing many, it’s tough to say they’re my favorite (same goes for Pyrenees, Bernese Mountain Dogs, etc)

3. Do you have any other types of pets?

Not currently.

4. What do you hope to accomplish through your blog?

I’d like to get the word out about some local animals in need. I have a few more goals, but I don’t want to ruin the surprises.  =P

5. What is your guilty pleasure?

Fanfiction. True, nerdy story. Because let’s face it, some of our favorite shows/movies/books end too soon.

I can’t guarantee all my nominees will have less than 200 readers, but I shall try. Unfortunately most of those I follow are either really popular (which I why I’ve heard of them), or have already been nominated. Thus, I will nominate a couple and do the rest when I find new blogs! For now, here are my questions:
1. Who/what inspired you to start your blog?
2. How do you find the time to update your blog?
3. Who is your favorite author (because I need to find a new one!)?
4. Do you spoil your pets on holidays, and if so, how?
5. And finally, have you met any new friends/allies through your blog?

…And my nominees (thus far) are
1. The Life and Times of Zoey: http://zoeyspurrspective.wordpress.com/
2. Sizi Says: http://sizisays.wordpress.com/

3. TBD

4. TBD

5. TBD

Cheers to the new year!

Since it’s almost the end of December, I’m already in the “new year” mindset. You know, when you start planning all your new year’s resolutions (that you’ll really do this time!) and reflecting on this year’s failures and accomplishments. This year, I got several fosters in and out of my doors, but that’s not enough. I mean, just look at this blog! Such long hiatuses! Is not having a foster a good excuse to stop updating my foster blog? Absolutely not! Just because my house is empty does not mean shelters are, and until there are no homeless pets, they need all the advertizing they can get!

An amazing woman and friend of mine photographed this cat at a local shelter. She really gets that these guys need advertizing!

An amazing woman and friend of mine photographed this cat at a local shelter. She really gets that these guys need advertizing!

While all the “fostering” I’ve done lately is think about taking in an unhealthy number of cats (how can you choose just one?!), there’s more I can do. In this new year, expect this blog to change. Whether or not I’m fostering, this will be a place for rescue animals to be featured and important topics to be discussed.

2012 was good, let’s make sure 2013 is, too. Cheers!

Picking up the slack

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I’ll admit I’ve slacked on this blog. That much is obvious, so why bother denying it? Truthfully, it wasn’t working out with my last foster. Don’t get me wrong, I love him, but having full time school and two jobs was too much with such an energetic dog. He went to a new foster home, and his new foster mommy is a stay at home mom. I think that’s a better fit. And my current foster is super low key, which is exactly what I need. When I am home, I’m usually either doing homework or sleeping, and neither she nor Lana seem to mind. I couldn’t have asked for a better fit this time around.

Sierra

One of the most chill dogs you’ll ever meet.

Keep your eyes peeled, I’m working on a new post today during breaks in reading Moby Dick for my literature class. And, in case you’re wondering, I do read it aloud so the dogs can get some culture, too. =)

Hello. My name is Kayla…

…and I am an addict. I’m addicted to so many things: ChapStick, Diet Coke, television, sweets, and one more thing. I am addicted to fostering dogs. That’s why I started this blog.

Let me just start off by saying, I am not making this up. Possibly exaggerating a little, but it’s not completely untrue. I haven’t been fostering dogs very long, I started back in January. My first foster was a German Spitz (well, that was MY guess at least) who needed to go through heart worm treatment before going to the rescue who “pulled” him up in Brooklyn. His name was Link and I loved him to death. I still sometimes wish I had kept him.

It wasn’t long after Link was adopted that I got another dog, and then another, and then another. Now I’m on foster number five, my second non-temporary foster. Truth is, I keep saying “this is the last one” or “I’m going to take a break, I promise”, and I truly intend it. But this is the big moment where I admit I just can’t do that. There are people in my life who make good points – I am a messy person with an already small home, I am a full time student with two jobs and no free time, etc. But I can’t stop.

I love fostering. I love training a new dog, I love bringing him to work with me, I love watching my fosters and Lana playing, I love comparing the sad shelter pictures to the new pictures where my fosters are smiling ear to ear, I love saving lives. There are moments I am frustrated beyond belief, moments I fear my fosters will NEVER find a home of their own, moments I think “never again”. But as soon as those short moments are over, I feel the strength, the pride, and the love overwhelm me once again, and I couldn’t imagine not being part of a rescue.

It’s a Hell of a thing to be addicted to.