Nothing in Life is Free

Leroy and Jora are starting a “Nothing in Life is Free” training regimen. The easiest way to start this is my making your dogs work for their meals. This can be easily done with puzzle feeders, a 15 minute long training session, or carrying treats around all day and rewarding for positive behavior. I got myself a new sexy fanny pack for carrying treats and meals around.

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I know it’s apparent why it’s so awesome, but I’ll explain anyway. This very cool and not at all nerdy fanny pack will let me measure out a full meal of food, plus keep some treats in a separate pouch. This way I know that the dogs are not getting more than their 3 cups a day. We don’t want them to get fat! ūüôā So of course you’re all jealous… I’m ok with that. ūüėČ

Here is a clip of Leroy starting off the day with some breakfast out of a puzzle feeder- the Kong Wobbler! (Which I love because its a pretty solid toy)

 

Mange, Mange, Go Away

Jora had a long, and not so fun visit to the vet which included a skin scraping to see if she still is dealing with¬†mange. ¬†We had better news than usual! ¬†The vet said that he did see the demodex mange mites, but they did not appear to be moving. ¬†So hopefully this means that the next two scrapes will be completely negative! ¬†She does look great and has only a few areas of her fur that are thinned out. ¬†She will still receive the ivermectin every night for the next three weeks until her follow up visit. ¬†And she’ll be getting a few baths to try and help get the mites off.

In other news, Jora has not one, but¬†two¬†potential adopters. ¬†We don’t know either will go through just yet, but I’m very happy to see this girl with some attention. ¬†She’s so wonderful and I’d be very happy for her to be in a home by Christmas. ¬†Let’s keep the good vibes coming!

Fingers Crossed!

We had a busy Thanksgiving weekend that included a special meet and greet for Jora! Baby J enjoyed some time with the potential adopters, met their Guinea pig and happily smelled their entire home and backyard. The family is going to talk it over before rushing into such an important decision. There is a lot to consider before adopting a lifelong companion!

In other news, Jora has a vet appointment to recheck her mange. She is looking great and has been on supplements, vitamins, medication, prescription baths, and high quality food for months now.

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Please keep your fingers crossed for her first negative mange skin scrape and that she made a great impression during her meet and greet!

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Signature Move

I’ve decided that all dogs must have a signature move. ¬†For Leroy, it’s a simple, Sit-On-Top-Of-You¬†maneuver. ¬†Generally this happens while I’m typing at my lap top or laying in bed ready to go to sleep. ¬†Leroy knows just how to shove my arm up with his nose or paw at my face until I allow him access to a ‘little spoon’ position in bed. ¬†He enjoys sitting smack in front of my computer while I type around him. ¬†And he especially loves sleeping under the covers with me, on top of my body in some manner.

Jora on the other hand… ¬†I think I’ve finally come to terms with her signature move. ¬†It’s the Direct-Wet-Willie. ¬†Now this doesn’t happen all the time, which is why I’m not 100% sure it qualifies as her “signature move”. ¬†But let me tell you a little bit about it. ¬†Jora loves to give kisses. ¬†She’s an affectionate little Peanut. ¬†Every time I bring her home to visit my parents, my dad and I (and Jora) have a conversation that goes like this-

Jora- *Runs up to my dad, wiggles her way on to his lap, kisses him like she’s meeting some doggy guru and being accepted into the promised land*

Dad- “Hey little girl! Did you miss me? ¬†You just LOVE to give kisses don’t you? ¬†You would just give kisses all day forever if you could. ¬†Casey, don’t you give this girl any attention? ¬†She just wants some love!”

Me- “Yea Dad, I give her lots of attention.. She is a happy baby girl. ¬†I hope I find her a family that will spoil her with love forever.”

So somewhere among this showering of kisses, Jora slips in a Direct-Wet-Willie.  For those of you who may be confused by this.. it means that Jora will put her tongue right into your ear.  She will actually kiss and lick your inner ear.  She has a few other maneuvers that could pass as her signature move, but this one is special.

I want any and all potential adopters to know about this “issue”. ¬†It’s not something that happens excessively. ¬†But just enough to make you remember it. ¬†You should always make an informed decision before you adopt a lifelong companion… and while many people may turn away in disgust, someone out there might say, “This it the dog for me, ear licking and all!” ¬†‚̧

Foster Brother Leroy

I just wanted to share with the world my appreciation and love for my forever dog, Leroy. ¬†He is very tolerant of our overly-playful house guest, Jora. ¬†He has graciously accepted all of my previous fosters and loved them in their own individual¬†ways. ¬†He’s a great help in teaching the foster dogs the routine of our home. ¬†And he enjoys brushing up on his basic commands to help the new fosters. ¬†ūüôā

Leroy has a few great tricks up his sleeve ¬†that he enjoys showing off. ¬†Here’s another video of him teaching Jora the ropes.

Leroy is not a very dog-social dog; meaning he doesn’t do well at places like PetSmart, adoption events, crowded parks ect. ¬†But I know his limits and I know how to best introduce him to our fosters. ¬†So he might not be the well adjusted dog with therapy potential that I wanted when I started fostering, but I love him to pieces ūüôā I’m forever grateful that I was a foster failure and decided that I needed him as much as he needed me for the rest of his life. ¬† ‚̧

Black and White

Nothing is cuter than a black dog and a white dog in black and white photographs. ¬†ūüôā ¬†And I’m just gonna put this one out there- I am obsessed with pictures of dogs cuddling. ¬†So here are two of my favorites. ¬†Jora is a very big cuddle bug, both with me and Leroy, but the minute I start to creep across the room with a camera, she jumps up to say HI to me. ¬†So she’s been a challenge to get the “cute-sleepy-good-puppy” pictures of. ¬†I will keep trying!

We lub when mom stays home from skool to write da tesis papers.

Just a day in the life of Leroy

This one is not truly a cuddling picture. ¬†But don’t lie, it’s adorable ūüėČ ¬†Jora kept hitting Leroy in the face because she wanted him to play. ¬†But he was already tucked under the covers and ready for bed. ¬†He’s pretty lazy for a 2 year old pup. ¬†At least he’s tolerant ūüôā

 

Any questions about Jora or the adoption process can emailed to me (Casey, aka Leroy’s mom!) at Casey@caseyheyen.com.  Please share her story with anyone looking for the perfect family companion!

 

Work Hard, Play Hard

 

Just a few moments of our daily life ūüôā ¬†Enjoy!

Any questions about Jora or the adoption process can emailed to me (Casey, aka Leroy’s mom!) at Casey@caseyheyen.com.  Please share her story with anyone looking for the perfect family companion!

 

TEN!

The ratings are in! ¬†(and by ratings I mean my own non-biased, factual ratings) And Jora has been given the ultimate score- 10/10! She’s a complete babe ūüėČ ¬† She is ready for that lifelong commitment of. loving you unconditionally, making you laugh, and bringing joy to your life on a daily basis.

So here it is, laid out for everyone to see- the top ten reasons to adopt Jora ūüôā

1. She comes “Home Ready”!

Unlike dogs that come straight out of a shelter, Jora has adjusted wonderfully and passed all her family-living tests. ¬†She is house broken, wonderful in her crate (except that one time), great at snuggling in bed, doesn’t have¬†separation¬†anxiety, hasn’t eaten my couch ect. ¬†She’s ready!

2. She is adaptable.

Jora can handle the times when I have a 9 hour workday and come home to write a paper- she gets less attention than she deserves and adapts like a queen.  Because as much as we aspire to walk our dogs for 2 hours a day, sometimes we get busy.  She can also adapt (and enjoy!) a day where we go to PetSmart and meet a million new friends, take a long walk at the park, wrestle with Leroy for hours (she does this every day), and have some time for training.  She can handle any type of lifestyle!

3. She is beautiful!

Seriously. ¬†OK, looks aren’t everything. ¬†But she is jet black with warm brown eyes and hiding a little patch of white fur on her chest. ¬†She’s a cutie-pa-tootie!

4. FRIENDLY… to all ūüôā

Jora is good with other dogs (big and small), good with cats, and she has never met a person she hasn’t absolutely loved. ¬†She welcomes everyone into her life with a smile, tail wag, and full wiggle-butt excitement. ¬†She wants to be best friend with our resident kitty, Major (although he’s not so keen on her). ¬†And although she can be too headstrong when meeting dogs head to head, after a quick walk she will be great with them.

5.   Less-adoptable adoptions make your heart feel warm and fuzzy

While Jora is a catch by most peoples’ standards, her black fur does qualify her in the “less-adoptable” category of dogs. ¬†She is also seen as a “pit bull mix” and that’s a whole¬†separate group of the “less-adoptable”. ¬†¬†So although she’s a friendly Lab mix with lots of great qualities to offer, she is found in two categories that cause people to overlook her.

6. She only has ONE item on her Christmas list

No… not a forever family. ¬†(That is my wish for her) ¬†Jora wants a Nylabone. ¬†She is such a wonderful and happy girl. ¬†If she had just one Nylabone (and at least one loving human), she would be happy for every single second of her life. ¬†Jora in fact has many Nylabones in her foster home with me… But the point is, she’s a low¬†maintenance and very appreciative girl. ¬† ūüôā

7. She is affectionate!

Jora will kiss your face, mouth, leg, ankle, arm, ear, tongue, mouth ect. ¬†She loves¬†crawling¬†closer and closer to persons face and then excitedly kissing them until they force her to stop! ¬†In fact, she was the star of the Hug-a-Bull booth at LCPO’s National Pit Bull Awareness Day. ¬†She was beyond generous with her love. ¬†Some might have even said she was a little loose! ¬†I mean, the people only had to donate a dollar. ¬†But she went all out!

After hours of hugs and kisses at the “hug-a-bull” booth, Jora was exhausted!

8. Jora knows when to speak up

Although Jora loves everything that moves, she will also give out a few warning barks when someone comes home late at night. ¬†She knows to alert when she hears the door. ¬†While we want our adoptive homes to consider Jora a lifelong family companion, it’s also nice to know that she can help scare off an intruder if the moment were to¬†arise.

9. You will be saving a life!

Adoption saves a few lives in fact. ¬†It’s as simple and wonderful as that. ¬†Foster dogs are especially great because we were able to save Jora’s life, the dog that got her kennel spot was also saved, and we will save another one when she’s adopted!

10. ¬†She’s the best dog up for adoption in the whole world!

This has been¬†thoroughly tested and proven¬†by her foster mom… You’re going to have to take my word for this, or meet her yourself. ¬†ūüôā

Any questions about Jora or the adoption process can emailed to me (Casey, aka Leroy’s mom!) at Casey@caseyheyen.com.  Please share her story with anyone looking for the perfect family companion!

 

Bath Time!

Because of Jora’s mange, she gets baths more often than the average dog. ¬†It helps her skin and she smells much nicer afterwords ūüôā ¬†She is really wonderful in the tub. ¬†Here are some cute pictures of our morning adventure!

But I’m already clean! Seriously, lets just cuddle. This is silly.

I’m using my cute face! Please no bath, please!

Gosh.. Here we go.

Let me try my sad face. Maybe that will work.

Is it over?OH! That wasn’t so bad after all. Lets play now!

 

Any questions about Jora or the adoption process can emailed to me (Casey, aka Leroy’s mom!) at Casey@caseyheyen.com.  Please share her story with anyone looking for the perfect family companion!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bad Puppy

In general, Jora is past the prime of her puppyhood. And I am very grateful for this! I’ve said before that I am a ‘no puppies allowed’ foster. The first reason I have this policy is simply because I don’t have the time for a puppy. I am a full time MFA student, and I work part time as a dog trainer at petsmart. Therefore, I cringe at the thought of a puppy bladder that can’t be held for my full eight hour days away from home. I also train puppies, and sure they’re ‘cute’, but I like them for sort time periods where they aren’t chewing apart my things. I just am not a person that wanted that in my life! My policy is in effect because truly, I don’t have the time commitment needed for a puppy. So while many people might think I’m a big meanie, I say, “bring on the adult dogs!”

But I digress. When Jora arrived at my house, she was a complete puppy! My worst nightmare. So although she was the cutest little peanut ever, I was just waiting her out until she ate my shoes (check), drove Leroy nuts (every day), had accidents (duh), ate her own poop (this seems to be a personal problem that my fosters have), damaged a few personal items (why not) and won me over with her puppy dog eyes and loving personality (absolutely). So since I was not mentally prepared for this commitment, we had a rough few months. I would bring her to events and dream of yelling, “free puppy!”, until a nice family took her away. I also kept thinking of the only benefit in fostering a puppy- quick adoptions! (We of course are still waiting). So despite our rocky start, Baby J has grown on me as she has grown into a wonderful adolescent dog.

However! Sometimes we all like to get into trouble. ūüôā

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Ripped up her dog bed (check)!


Any questions about Jora or the adoption process can emailed to me (Casey, aka Leroy’s mom!) at Casey@caseyheyen.com.  Please share her story with anyone looking for the perfect family companion!