What We Do Without Jora

What’s a man to do without his girl? ¬†Leroy and Jora were quite the bonded pair. ¬†Our days were filled with wrestling, tug of war, cuddling, chasing, and more wrestling. ¬†Since I am going on vacation next week, Jora’s potential family offered to continue fostering her at least until I came back home. ¬†We will see what the plan is after that. ¬†But Leroy.. poor pathetic Leroy.. has seen better days. ¬†He spend the first two days moping around looking pretty lonely.


Where's my girlfriend?

I miss Jora

Then we got wrapped up in lots of Christmas fun and he was happily distracted. ¬†He tried desperately to play with my parents dog, Blueberry. ¬†However, she wants nothing to do with him. ¬†None.¬† He also went through a phase of humping blankets… of which there will be no pictures or videos. ¬†(Although I can not tell him to stop without laughing just a little bit)

But now, Leroy is pretty much back to his regular self. ¬†He’s favorite solo game to play, is Chase Your Tail. ¬†Leroy especially loves to impress his Grandpa with this special¬†maneuver. ¬†Grandpa and Leroy just go wild over it. ¬†But today he decided to share the game with me! ¬†How generous. ¬†Here he is in action.¬† Hope you enjoy it as much as me and Grandpa 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!


Not Meant to Be

Well we have some¬†disappointing¬†news for Jora- her¬†potential adopters have decided that it’s not the right time for them to add a permanent family member into their home. While Jora settled in wonderfully, did great meeting lots of people over Christmas, and picked up on their daily routine; they wanted to be sure that having a dog was the right decision for them. The family is going to continue to foster her for the time being. They also said that if they were going to adopt, they would have definitely kept Jora because she is a great dog. While I do feel bad that Jora hasn’t found her perfect family yet, this is the benefit of working with an amazing rescue program that can allow for a trial run adoption. They are happy to have tried, and they made the decision which they feel is best for everyone. ‚ô• ¬†I’m very glad to know that it was nothing that she did wrong. ¬†However, I do hope that Jora finds her forever family soon! ¬†I go on vacation in a week so I will see how they are doing with her as a foster at that point. ¬†Jora did receive another adoption inquiry recently so we are waiting to hear back from them. ¬†But where it stands, she is an amazing dog that is still looking for her perfect family to love and adore her for the rest of her life.

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!


The Waiting is the Hardest Part

Well friends, as I mentioned in my last post, Jora went to a new family to start her trial run with them. ¬†They are first time dog owners and wanted to make sure it was a wonderful fit, so they are doing what’s called “Foster-to-Adopt”. ¬†So as of today, Jora has been with them for five days and she is doing great! ¬†Foster-to-Adopt basically means that they have Jora legally as a foster dog but with the intention to adopt her. ¬†It helps everyone feel 100% comfortable with the decision and confident that they will be able to love and care for her forever. ¬†Her potential family reported that her first night was a little rough; she was probably confused about where she was and looking for her cuddle buddy Leroy. ¬†But they were working hard to tire her out so that night two went a little better. ¬†They even made a vet¬†appointment¬†for her on Thursday to get her a check up on her Mange. ¬†So if all continues to go well, Jora will be spending the holidays with her new forever family ‚̧

I love it here!

I love it here!

Here is a picture with Jora on the day I dropped her off. ¬†As you can see she was enjoying some belly rubs and settling in nicely! ¬†I think they will be a great family for her. ¬†And now I will be hopeful and wait for the official “ADOPTED” announcement. ¬†Love you Jora!

Santa is coming!

Leroy, Jora, and I had a nice time at my parents house last weekend. Jora wrote her list for Santa and asked for a forever home. And on Saturday she had her second meet and greet with a great family! She might just get her wish ūüôā

We had some fun making homemade dog treats and of course I had two enthusiastic volunteer taste testers. I’m sure they would have been happy to help while I cooked anything, but since it was dog treats, I figured it was only right if they got to lick the spoon!


They look good enough to eat! ūüôā

Leroy also got in the Christmas spirit by wearing his Mommy’s Santa hat. He is such a good sport ūüôā


Are we done yet?

We hope you are getting into the holiday spirit too!¬† Please send Jora your good vibes and well wishes- she’ll be doing a trial run with her adoptive family starting Saturday!


As you know, Leroy and Jora are on the “Nothing in Life is Free”¬†training¬†program. ¬† They have stopped getting ‘free’ meals and are either using the puzzle feeder or doing training to receive every handful of food! ¬†Jora had her first run in with the Wobbler today. ¬†After a little coaxing and¬†explanation¬†(I played with the wobbler for 10 minutes until she got the hang of it), she was ready to get that breakfast! ¬†Here she is in action!¬†¬†

We also worked on a little more training through the morning and Jora is getting much better with her ‘Stay’. ¬†There is a bit of an art to training two dogs at the same time but Leroy is very patient and helps his foster sister learn. ¬†Here they are working for more breakfast!¬†


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!