Here’s To Rich

Today is a big day here in the THPL house.  Our main man, the best dog dog around, and greatest hubby alive finally takes the bar exam after loooooong months of preparation.  I am beyond proud of him and thought I should take a moment to sing his praises and send some good vibes out into the universe (feel free to think happy thoughts for him, too!)

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Rich is the ying to my yang, the warm hug to my cold feet, the prevailing cool to my permanently hot head, the sensibility to my absurdity, the perpetual voice of reason when I come up with cockamamie ideas, my favorite hello, and my hardest goodbye.  I love him like a fat kid loves cake.

IMG_3064 When we started dating, Rich won’t admit it, but he had to have been thrown for a loop.  His quiet little family had had one small dog when he was younger and that was it.  Here I came with two big lugs that I insisted on involving in everything.  We only hung out at my house so I could be with them and weekend plans were dictated around their schedule.  I just generally made it clear that they were more of a priority than he was.  Pretty nice, huh?    Well lucky for me, he not only stuck around, but he embraced the “crazy dog lady” culture and made the dogs a priority for him, too.

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Rich is so supported of me being involved in rescue.  He was excited when I started fostering, and always said ‘yes’ when I insisted on bringing a 4th dog home like here or here.  He doesn’t get upset when I leave for a whole day just to drive dogs around or feel slighted when I spend a holiday at the shelter.  In fact, on his own he decided to spend all of his required pro bono hours working on anti-BSL issues and he also is the brains behind my legal posts like this.  He’s a bookworm but obliges when I want to spend a day hiking, just because he knows it will make me and the dogs happy.  Basically, he’s just the best!

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Good luck today, Rich (even though we all know you don’t need it!)  Make that bar your b*tch.  We love you!

Finally Friday

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I just told The Moo that 1) It’s Friday and I’ll be home for the next two days straight and 2) She has a special friend coming to visit this weekend.  This is her excited face.  Love you too, Maggie.

Do you and your pups have special plans for the weekend?

Throwback Thursday

This new job is draining my brain.  I apologize in advance if my posts are, errr, of less caliber than usual for awhile.  But fear not!  I have a plan: cute pictures.  (I guess my brains aren’t too fried after all because that’s just plan smart, right?)

Sweet dog and catAbove is an old picture of my sweet boy and a cat I rescued.  Stumbling across it reminded me of when I adopted Buddy and all the shenanigans we got in to when it was just the two of us.

Fun Fact: Of all the too many dogs I have owned, Buddy is the only one I have adopted from a shelter.

Do you have any fun facts to share about your pooches?  Check out the Facebook page for even more “throwback” pictures of Buddy!

Pit Sisters

Guess what?  So you know how I was talking about how bored I have been because I’m not busy?  Well, the group Pit Sisters, a Jacksonville rescue that pulls pits from the high kill shelters, has been putting me to work!

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In addition to pulling the most at-risk dogs and adding them to their program they also team up with the shelters to help them when they are in a time of crisis.  Last week they committed to “holding” 7 dogs until next weekend when the shelter is having a major adoption event. These dogs would have been put down otherwise.  The Pit Sisters found a woman with a piece of land that was willing to house all of the dogs.  The problem was, she suffers from a serious illness and can’t actually care for the dogs herself.  The group put out a plea for volunteers so of course I jumped at the opportunity!  I’ve gone out there a couple of times to feed, walk, and just generally love on the dogs.

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If I wasn’t concerned Rich might leave me, I would have come home with this sweetie. He’s deaf but that does NOT slow him down! He is so stinkin’ cute and cuddly, I wanted him all to myself!

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He’s got the cutest pink nose, and is all white except for this unique little spot on his rear end. Just to die for!

In addition to that, I went to their adoption event yesterday and got to meet some of their dogs that are in foster care.  What an adorable group they are!  (They are the dogs featured throughout this post.)  I’ve now got a standing agreement with the ladies to come to their monthly adoption events and get pictures!  Yay!

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And of course, now that I finally am getting put to work a little, I find a job.  Starting tomorrow I will be Jacksonville’s newest accountant.  I know, it sounds thrilling, doesn’t it?  Oh well, I suppose crunching numbers for a few years isn’t such a bad thing.  It might just give me the experience (and definitely the savings!) to open my own rescue one day.  I suppose only time will tell though.

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If any of these adorable mugs are begging to be added to your family, please email sisters@pitsister.org or myself.  They are a fantastic group that does great work here in Jacksonville!

Bulldog Mix

This girl was a total ham. So silly and sweet!

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And…Action!

Having a big back yard is officially my Favorite Thing Ever.  The joy I get from watching the dogs run around makes my heart swell to the point I sometimes wonder if it might actually burst.  Seriously.  I get freakin’ giddy!

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Maggie is the resident Gazelle.  I am dying to know what genetics make up this crazy little creature.  Could there be a future post/giveaway on this?  Stay tuned to find out!

Happy Saturday Friends!

Spay and Neuter: Stop Niagara

I should hope that it goes without saying that I feel like fostering is an amazing, wonderful thing, and I would like everyone out there to foster at least once in their life–it is why I started this blog after all.  But that said, it’s kind like sticking a band-aid on Niagara Falls… if Niagara Falls was the pet overpopulation problem.  Of course every life that is saved through fostering is beyond precious, and when you foster you really are saving multiple lives because you are opening up a space in the shelter, but still, getting to the root of the problem is ultimately of greater importance.

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No one can resist a wiggly puppy butt, and taking a scared dog out of the shelter is a feeling that can probably only be trumped by winning the lottery, but the less glamorous job of promoting spaying and neutering, as well as responsible pet ownership, is crucial if we are going to win this war.  There is no immediate gratification.  No one gushes over the precious pictures you flood Facebook and Instagram with.  You don’t get to hold a scared dog and make his life better.  BUT by promoting these things what you are doing is saving countless future lives from ever having to experience the dirty floor of a shelter, an empty tummy, harsh words, or a kick in the ribs.  Sure, you can’t ever really know how many dogs you’ve saved from suffering, but isn’t knowing that you have gratification enough?

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I know that our society today is consumed with the need for immediate, tangible gratification (thank you Facebook!) but this is something that will give you neither of those.  There.  I said it.  “But how many people will like my status?  How many followers will I get?  Will people like me?!”  You will have to do all of this without so much as a pat on your back.  No cheers, no “likes”, no gratification other than knowing you have in fact made a difference.  A difference you will only see in the decreasing number of dogs landing at shelters.  It will take time BUT we can do it.  And won’t seeing those numbers go down be the biggest victory of all?

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Most of my friends have experienced once, or twice, or 57 times, “The Speech” when I see someone out in public with an obviously unaltered male (it’s basically impossible to tell if a female is altered or not, so I rarely approach the owners of females.)  Most people argue with me, roll their eyes, or mutter “b*tch” under their breath.  But sometimes, just every now and then, I actually get through to someone.  My favorite story is probably the time I was with Last Hope Rescue at Barkoween.  We had a booth there for our adoptable dogs and the booth next to us was for a free/low cost spay and neuter voucher program.  The event was open to the public and I had already given “The Speech” to a few victims when a young man walked by with his gigantic pit bull, who was rocking the biggest set of gonads I have ever seen.  I swiftly walked over to him and launched into “The Speech” while violently gently tugging him in the direction of the booth next to us.  After some back and forth about how “he doesn’t want to take away his masculinity”, he finally admitted that he didn’t really have the money.  “Not a problem my friend!”  And next thing I know the kid is filling out the form to receive a free neuter voucher.  So maybe it wasn’t cool, or glamorous, but I just prevented that dog from reproducing.  All it takes is for you to make the effort.  You don’t know the outcome until you try!

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Here is my challenge to you: do one thing today that forces you out of your comfort zone regarding spaying and neutering.  Send a link of my blog to someone you know doesn’t believe in it.  Post a link on Facebook to a site about spaying and neutering.  Take your dog on a walk and seek out someone to give “The Speech” to. (“The Speech” is something you have to come up with on your own.  If I tell you mine, it won’t flow right.  Say what comes natural to you.  All that matters is you have your facts straight and you do it!)  Call up your Uncle Larry who insists that, “I watch her closely when she’s in heat” and chat with him about why his female dog really does need to be spayed before there is an “accident” and he’s got a litter of puppies on his hands.

One mind changed = countless lives saved.

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The mom and her puppies featured throughout this post are currently being fostered by a friend of mine here in Jacksonville.  She pulled them yesterday from the shelter on her own so they wouldn’t all be euthanized but we are looking for a rescue to urgently help.  Feel free to hit that “share” button and help us spread the word!  Thanks!