Brody and Lana go hiking.

If you are a fan of DBBL on Facebook (if you aren’t, you should go “like” us now! We don’t post annoying stuff all the time, we promise!), then you have already seen a glimpse of our hiking adventure Sunday a couple of weeks ago. (Good grief this post has been sitting in drafts for quite some time!)

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This was very exciting for us. It was only the second time I’ve had Lana off-leash (except for going from my car to the front door of our apartment complex) and it was the very first time Brody was off-leash outdoors! I was a little nervous at first, because I’m pretty sure it would be the end of the world if I lost a foster dog. But he was so good!

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It was actually pretty funny to see how different Lana and Brody are. Lana’s the type who likes to be first in line for anything. She’d wander too far and play deaf when we called her, until she heard a level of seriousness in our tone and her last name being tacked on at the end. Then she’d run back as if she’d been planning to all along. Obviously I need to get back into training her.

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Meanwhile Brody spent most of his time right behind someone else, whether that someone was a person or Lana. He likes to be able to keep tabs on the group. Like a faithful watch dog.

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The walk wasn’t entirely off leash, and I couldn’t be more grateful. I was just about to let them loose to run on this weird peninsular thing when I noticed a big grayish brownish lump. It was colored like dirt but it seemed like an odd place for a pile of dirt.

Hiking with the dogs | DreamBigBarkLoudly.com

We got a bit closer and it moved! We had run across a very large gator, who apparently was very much awake! So we backed up very carefully and chose to keep the dogs on leash the rest of the walk.

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Aside from the deadly reptiles, most of the scenery was beautiful.

Hiking with the dogs | DreamBigBarkLoudly.com

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And finally the dogs got some room to run (unheard of in my little apartment)!

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All in all, hiking with the dogs was a great experience. I’m not that outdoorsy, but I’d totally do it again!

Brody Goes to the Groomer

Well, the last few days have been pretty busy here. I think I’ve finally responded to the comments I’ve received, but we are long overdue for a new post!

Brody the fostered Aussie and Lana the rescued mutt

Well, I’ve been busy. The dogs have been slacking a bit.

Brody the fostered Aussie and Lana the rescued muttYesterday, Lana and Brody patiently waited at home while I got my passport and participated in some extra credit experiments for the class that is sucking the life out of my GPA. Then poor Lana was stuck at home while Brody and I went to the groomers.

This was quite the experience.

Brody the Australian Shepherd | Dream Big, Bark LoudlyI was never blessed with a mental map. I was, however, burdened with driving anxiety. It’s not as bad as it used to be, but it’s still not fun. I got very lost, then I got very stressed, then my stress rubbed off on Brody until he grew so anxious he crapped in my back seat. So, half an hour late and smelling very, very bad (bless the groomers’ hearts), Brody and I arrived. I left him looking very betrayed, and killed some time at Target. (I got the dogs some Nylabones, but they don’t know yet!)

When I came back, the wonderful groomer finished and took him off the table. We drove home (he insisted on crawling in the front seat, I wonder why), stopped at Dunkin Donuts for a much needed pick me up, and then we showed Lana his pretty new haircut.

Brody, the Adoptable Aussie | Dream Big, Bark LoudlyLook how white he looks! And he looks so soft, too! Can you see his scraggly ear hair was trimmed? Every time he looks at me I just picture a little kid with a fresh bowl cut. Except his hair-do is far more stylish than the stereotypical “bowl cut”.

Brody the fostered Aussie and Lana the rescued mutt Not to mention, he smells fantastic! It’s been a day, and he still smells great! He’s soft, he’s shiny, he smells nice; I don’t know why I’ve never had Lana groomed! (Lord knows it’d be nice to  get rid of some of that extra hair…)

Brody, the Adoptable Aussie | Dream Big, Bark LoudlySo we will spend the rest of the day relaxing and smelling nice. Until tonight. Tonight we party!

Brody, the Adoptable Aussie | Dream Big, Bark Loudly

Brody and a flower I may or may not have stolen from the garbage at work.

Brody, Lana, and I hope you all have a great weekend!

Happy Easter!

Rescued Border Collie mix, Lana, with Easter bunny ears | DreamBigBarkLoudly.com

The dogs and I worked pretty hard to get some cute pictures for Easter. I think I had to work harder than they did. But, I think they turned out pretty cute (let’s face it, it helps to have cute dogs!).

Fostered Aussie, Brody, with Easter bunny ears | DreamBigBarkLoudly.com

Our photo shoot was a bit discombobulated, but isn’t that how the holidays always go?

Brody and Lana wishing everyone a happy Easter | DreamBigBarkLoudly.com I mean, how hard is it for at least one of them to look at the camera? I had a treat right above it! (Judging by Lana’s face maybe it was a bit too far above the camera…)

Anyway, it all worked out in the end. We succeeded and set the tone for a great Easter, and we hope yours was great, as well!

Brody and Lana wishing everyone a happy Easter | DreamBigBarkLoudly.com

Brody

I had a post planned for today, but something more important has come up. Something exciting! Remember how I offered to take that Golden? Another rescue took him. Then remember how I thought I might end up with one of those Australian Shepherds? Yeah, that didn’t happen either.

I got a call Tuesday afternoon asking if I I’d take another Aussie named Brody from Gainesville. He’s heartworm positive and was living in a home with a BUNCH of other dogs. I think it was nine? And apparently a few of them are un-neutered males (as was he until earlier this week). When going through treatment, heartworm positive dogs need calm. That’s kind of my specialty. He is my third heartworm rehab foster, after all.

Brody, the Adoptable Aussie | Dream Big, Bark Loudly

Actually, he was from another rescue. I don’t know what they were called, but long story short, he’s now with Aussie and Me. This is the first time I’ve ever fostered through them, but so far so good!

We realized right away that he wasn’t in the best shape ever. He’s pretty dirty and some of his hair is matted pretty badly. I guess the other rescue wasn’t super concerned about that? Also his hair sticks out every direction; he reminds me of a mad scientist. I don’t know if that’s being dirty of if he’s always that awesome, though.

Matted Hair | Dream Big, Bark Loudly

So far, the support within this rescue is great. One woman drove him from Gainesville to Live Oak, and then my amazing boyfriend and I took him from there to Tallahassee. What a convenient drive? Oh well, somebody’s gotta do it.

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When the other volunteers in the rescue heard about the shape Brody was in, a foster from nearby Carwfordville offered to set up a grooming appointment for Brody so he could get his very own ‘spa day’. How awesome is that?! And good for him, because I was probably just going to cut the matted hair, but maybe the groomer can untangle it? We’ll see I guess.

Gator Collar | Dream Big, Bark Loudly

After he gets cleaned up we’ll get him a new collar. He sure won’t fit in here with THAT around his neck!

Brody, the Adoptable Aussie | Dream Big, Bark Loudly

He’s handsome, but my apartment makes a pretty ugly background. So, this weekend I’ll get some pictures of him outside where it looks prettier. I’ll keep everyone updated! Oh, and Happy Friday!!

Falling off the wagon?

In my time, I’ve fallen off many wagons. Figuratively. I haven’t been around that many literal wagons. Curse my suburban upbringing!

So as I said before, I offered to temp. foster that handsome Golden mix, and another woman (girl? lady?) offered to take him as well. Unsurprisingly, the rescue asked if one of us might tackle another dog looking for a foster home so we could both be utilized. She said “Border Collie mix” and I was afraid for my life.

I got so lucky with Lana. If she really is a Border mix, she doesn’t act like it. Thank the gods…

My Rescue Dog Stole My Heart | Dream Big, Bark Loudly

Laaaazzzzyyyyyyyy.

But, they said she was sweet and submissive and a fairly new mommy, which makes me think she’ll be manageable. The flip side is now I’m tempted to offer to take on a puppy, too. Alas, I only have 1 crate so I’d best keep myself in check.

Adventures in Fostering Dogs | Dream Big, Bark Loudly

Quick side note, if you want to have a matching foster, two of the puppies still need a place to go!

I’ll keep you updated. And I have an emotional post that’s been brewing, waiting for the right time to be written. That will come soon, too. I’ll need as much advice as you all are willing to give.

In the mean time, my question for you is this: would you ever consider taking on multiple fosters at once? Like a momma and her puppy or more than one puppy?