Weigh In Winners!

 

 

Well here they are, with a combined weight of 105.3
Leroy and Tofu!!

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That’s a lot of weight on one lap 🙂

After a slight diet over the past month to regain his figure, Leroy checks in at 55.2 pounds.  The closest guess was “Rebelwerewolf“!

And Tofu, who has gained some needed weight since arriving to me, is at 50.1.  Two people guessed 50 so they will have to tie this one. Leigh Siegfried and also Rebelwerewolf again!  Congrats and thanks for playing 🙂

Do you want to take me home?

Do you want to take me home?

 

If you have any questions about Tofu, becoming a foster parent, or the adoption process- you can email me (Leroy’s mom) at Casey@caseyheyen.com

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Just For Fun

 

 

 

 

At LCPO, we rescue a variety of “Pit Bull” type dogs.  Dogs that would be classified as a “Pit Bull” in the shelter system can range anywhere from 30-100 pounds!  I thought we’d play a little game, just for fun.  How much do Leroy and Tofu weigh?!  Please make your guesses in the comment section and use decimals so we can tell who is the closest.  Ex- 66.2  I will include a few pictures so you can get a good look.  🙂

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Short or tall?

Big or little?!

Big or little?!

Who is bigger?!

Who is bigger?!

Lap sized?

Lap sized?

A tiny little ball?

A tiny little ball?

As wide as a door? ;)

As wide as a door? 😉

Good luck on your guesses.  The winner will receive… well, my LOVE!  Yes.  And I will announce their name.  That sounds great, doesn’t it?!  Ready.  Set.  GUESS!

 

 

If you have any questions about Tofu, becoming a foster parent, or the adoption process- you can email me (Leroy’s mom) at Casey@caseyheyen.com

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People Pleaser with Excellent Manners!

Tofu has an amazing quality that I would like to share with everyone!  She is a people-pleaser 🙂  She seems to adore every person that she meets at an excited and genuine level of “omg uu iz mai bef friend evaaa!”  This is dog-speak for, “Are you my forever family?? I LOVE you.”  My family of course gets to meet all of these dogs and they form opinions on them.  Our brother Robert came by recently to say  “Hi” to the pups.  While Leroy was a bit overrun with excitement, Tofu did a much better job of keeping her ‘four on the floor’.  He said, “She seems pretty cool”.  Which is a very good compliment coming from brother Robert 😉

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Tofu and her new friend, Steven

My brother Steven was hanging out with Tofu tonight and he said, “I would adopt a dog like her”.  Now that is a compliment! 🙂  We then talked about her inherent manners and what a good, sweet, girl she is.  In taking a chained, throw-away, breeder dog, I was expecting a lot more work when it came to household manners and daily activities.  She has picked everything up super quickly!  (She does fall up the steps sometimes from sheer excitement though lol)

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Tofu has some serious jump in her step, especially when she seems some type interesting prey.  She can probably scale a 5 foot fence and might really excellent at agility training.  So she may let out one big Tigger jump when she’s super excited.  But she almost never puts her paws on anyone, and she will quickly regroup to her happy dancing and wiggling on the floor.  My mom was also very impressed at her good greeting manners.  She is very happy to meet anyone who will pay attention to her, but she shows her love and excitement through tail whippings, butt wigglings, and smiles. 🙂

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Tofu was also happy to practice her Sits for some yummy biscuits! She did very well ‘listening’ to hand signals from a new friend.  All in all, I’ve been very impressed with her home-ready manners and enthusiasm for strangers.  Now all she needs is the home! ❤

"Sit" hand signal

“Sit” hand signal

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If you have any questions about Tofu, becoming a foster parent, or the adoption process- you can email me (Leroy’s mom) at Casey@caseyheyen.com

Squeaky Clean

Tofu got her first bath while she’s been with me!  And the results are in- she passed the “Good Bather” test.  In order to appreciate a Good Bather, one must first have adopted a holy terror of bathers. 😉  I’m not talking, “throws-a-tiny-fit-but-then-accepts-the-bath”.  I don’t mean, “shakes-off-mid-bath-and-jumps-out-of-the-tub” or even “runs-away-hides-and-panics-before-bath-time”.  I’m talking “55-pound-terror-clawing-your-body-and-hauling-ass-out-of-the-tub-as-many-times-as-possible”.  This would of course be my one and only, Leroy.  And if you haven’t noticed, he’s white.  We use treats, wet food, special happy voice, water off, whatever it takes… He is still a terror to wash.  I’m not going to lie- it involves some full body headlocks.

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Pre-bath panic and shifty eyes

But my point!  It is not a “little thing” to know that your future newly adopted dog (Tofu) is not only wonderful in all of the typical “amazing dog” ways; but that on top of this she just so happens to be great in the bath tub.  Do not take this piece of information lightly.  It is a big deal.  When weighing your options on which dog to adopt; always go with the Good Bather dog.  It will be a decision you do not regret 🙂

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“Iz we dun yez?”

 

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Such a good girl!

 

And now I get to cuddle up with two green-tea smelling dogs that have been temporarily cleansed of dirt and other grossness.  (Until Leroy starts crying by the door because he wants to run in the dirt- Oh wait, that’s right now 😉 ).  But still- worth the battle. 🙂

All done :)

All done 🙂

 

If you have any questions about Tofu, becoming a foster parent, or the adoption process- you can email me (Leroy’s mom) at Casey@caseyheyen.com

 

 

Doggie Friends

From what we know about Tofu’s past, we can pretty easily assume that she hasn’t had many doggie friends.  She has been with me for over a month, and she has gained a great deal of trust in both me and Leroy.  While they haven’t engaged in joyful and comfortable play just yet, Leroy and Tofu are bonding and making progress every day.

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Tofu has done a few little play moves, but then quickly becomes nervous when Leroy gets excited and tries to engage.  It is very heartbreaking to see her struggle.  I think about how many days, weeks, or years that she spent outside and alone.  She just needs time to learn and trust.  Leroy and I are willing to give her those things. I am confident that she will play and have doggy friends in her future.

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And a shout out to my main man Leroy- While he is generally a huge pain in the doggy butt, he has learned to respect Tofu’s boundaries and take it easy on her.  Meaning there has been no face humping (which Jora happily put up with). 😉  He is polite and loving, sometimes just letting her cuddle nearby.  Other times, kissing her face and trying to get her to play just a little bit.  He has proven to be a pretty darn excellent foster brother.  And I thank him for that.  Tofu needs some TLC and we are both doing our best to give her that.  But in the meantime, we are all happy to nap and cuddle and hang out and explore, and observe the neighborhood cats.  No wrestling  just yet is fine by us 🙂

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If you have any questions about Tofu, Jora, becoming a foster parent, or the adoption process- you can email me (Leroy’s mom) at Casey@caseyheyen.com

 

Vet Appointment! – The Good

Well yesterday I shared some potentially not so good news about Tofu’s eye.  However, today I want to share how great she was at her vet appointment!  Everyone just loved her to pieces.  She had a special bond with the vet tech who also happens to have a deaf and vision impaired dog.  What a coincidence!  She wowed the vet with kisses and cuddles, and tail wags.  LOTS of tail wags. 🙂  Tofu was a very well behaved angel and I was a proud foster mamma.

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Tofu has a great smile 🙂

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Oh and of course, we were sporting LCPO’s “Adopt Me” vest so that everyone knew she was looking for a home!  Her forever family hasn’t found her yet, but they’re out there ❤

If you have any questions about Tofu, Jora, becoming a foster parent, or the adoption process- you can email me (Leroy’s mom) at Casey@caseyheyen.com

Sponsor me here: All donations are tax deducible and benefit the rescue dogs of LCPO

Vet Appointment! – The Bad

Well poor little Tofu has been having some skin irritation, she also needed to get another vaccination, and we wanted to check on her lazy eye- So, we scheduled a vet appointment! As a foster parent, I do not pay for Tofu’s vet care.  I provide her with food, toys, training, socialization,  love, structure, and confidence.  However, vet care is something that I cannot cover (as a student with big loans looming over my head).  I wish I could, and I hope to be able to in the future.  But for now, we thank LCPO for being so amazing and providing wonderful care for their puppies.

In case you didn’t know, Tofu is deaf!  But please don’t tell her, we don’t want her to be self conscious.  We’ve also realized that she has a lazy eye that may be resulting in vision impairment.  So sure, she’s a little “special”.

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You can see her droopy eye on the left.  She doesn’t seem to mind in the slightest!  But we wanted to make sure it was OK and that there was nothing we could do to help her.

Well sadly, the vet said that it did not appear to be a regular cataract.  She wasn’t sure what was wrong so she suggested we look into an eye specialist for our girl.  It could potentially be anything from a different type of cataract to a tumor 😦  And the best solution may be removing the eye.  We are going to watch it carefully and have it looked at it again in the future.  My poor foster girl has a few issues going on!  However, neither of us notice them very much.  Especially when there is cuddling or kissing involved. 🙂

Ok, you can notice a little during cuddling :)

Ok, you can notice a little during cuddling 🙂

Please send her some good, happy vibes to help her keep her eye and find an adoptive family. ❤  She is truly a doll!

If you have any questions about Tofu, Jora, becoming a foster parent, or the adoption process- you can email me (Leroy’s mom) at Casey@caseyheyen.com

Sponsor me here: All donations are tax deducible and benefit the rescue dogs of LCPO

Out on the town!

Tofu and I recently did some socialization and I am proud to report that she did great! She is a happy girl and she certainly enjoys to be around people.  We walked right across Broad Street in Philadelphia and around Temple campus on a busy Friday night.  While understandably a bit shocked by all the cars, people, lights, noises, humans, bikes ect., she was a champ!  We made a few friends and was a star student. 🙂

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Ma, where are we?

We of course had to do a little photo shoot while our brother, Steven was retrieving our dinner from the pizza shop 🙂

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It smells like food here. Do I get some?

I sadly was not quick and multi handed enough to snap any pictures while Tofu was making friends.  But trust me, kisses were involved 🙂

This was fun!

This was fun!

If you have any questions about Tofu, Jora, becoming a foster parent, or the adoption process- you can email me (Leroy’s mom) at Casey@caseyheyen.com

Sponsor me here: All donations are tax deducible and benefit the rescue dogs of LCPO

Busy, busy!

Sometime life becomes very demanding and unexpected things happen and you experience technical difficulties and you forget about your blog! Ok well I didn’t forget.  But I slacked off 😉  If you missed us terribly, you can always check out our facebook page.  I update pictures there a little more regularly.  And now onto some blogging!

Tofu has been doing wonderful!  She is really settling into our life and routine.  She no longer barks in her crate. Thank goodness because that was unpleasant.    I was a little bit convinced that this whole “deaf” thing was just a joke.  My roommates were informing me that Tofu would let out a few short barks when they would come home.  Well GOSH.. Tofu was downstairs, in my bedroom, and in her crate.  She couldn’t possibly hear them coming home! So with some help from LCPO’s trainer, I decided that she was barking for two reasons- 1.  Tofu was watching Leroy become more alert when someone was coming in the house.  She was then barking because she didn’t know what was happening, but she wanted to be a part of the excitement!  2. Tofu was feeling the vibrations from upstairs.  She was still settling into her new environment and confused at what was going on.  So I had to start covering her crate with a bed sheet to remove her visual stimulation.  She didn’t like this at first, but now she is a very quiet and content girl while I’m at school.  Although I knew that Tofu was still settling into her new home, I was worried that my neighbors and roommates would not be as understanding.  Thankfully she has accepted the crate as part of the routine and we haven’t heard much barking in weeks.  

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Tofu is also learning to run into the crate on her own when it’s time for food.  Leroy knows that when the lid of the dog food tupperware comes off, the things that benefit him most are running into his crate and waiting very patiently.  Nothing else will get him fed, but sitting in the crate will do the trick!  Tofu is starting to catch on to this game.  However, she still tries a few other things to see if they will get her fed.  First she tries watching me.  This is unsuccessful.  Then she tries running around the room and getting some of her excitement out.  This is also unsuccessful.  Sometimes she tries sitting, which is nice.  But it is ultimately unsuccessful.  Then it will CLICK, and she will run into the crate, practically knocking it over on the way in.  And only then, does she get her dinner 🙂

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If you have any questions about Tofu, Jora, becoming a foster parent, or the adoption process- you can email me (Leroy’s mom) at Casey@caseyheyen.com

 

Sponsor me here: All donations are tax deducible and benefit the rescue dogs of LCPO

 

Foster Mom’s *$^%# Panic

The thing about fostering is that people don’t like to talk about the mistakes.  We know the proper steps, the protocol, the right ways to do things; so when we do something wrong… well we have to blame ourselves!  But I don’t like to admit that I did something wrong!  OH MY GOSH.  I didn’t do it!  It’s Tofu’s fault!  GAAAAAAAAAA.

 

Anyway 🙂  It’s almost been two weeks since Tofu’s arrival and I’ve been trying to strictly follow a de-stress period for my new house guest.  Since we know that she was living outdoors and let’s say “roughin’ it” before coming here, I wanted to take things slow.  I felt a little out of the game because my last two fosters were puppies.  They were happy to be thrown right into the party as quickly as Leroy would say, “Let’s play!”  So I knew I needed to be a bit more patient and understanding with our girl Tofu.

Leroy and Tofu have been saying “Hi” through their crates, getting comfortable with each other’s presence while on tethers, and having a few brief meets- generally while Tofu was tethered and Leroy was leashed.  Leroy was being playful yet cautious while he got used to this new friend that I brought home for him.  However, we had a little incident that had me very panicked upset frustrated worried about these two white fluff balls ever getting along.  Basically this ‘incident’ was that Tofu reacted very poorly to Leroy trying to play with her.  Considering this and her past history (outside, chained, breeder dog), my heart sunk and I spiraled into all of these tragic thoughts (she’s aggressive, she’s never going to get adopted, she doesn’t like Leroy, I’ve ruined the chance for them to be friends, I took things too fast, I set them up for failure).

Now the reality is that some of those thoughts were true.  I pushed a little too hard.   It is a common, although potentially dangerous and very risky, mistake that fosters do.  We want to skip to the part where they play and cuddle and frolic.  I’m a full time Grad student and I have a part time job (and I volunteer a lot).  So I’ll admit it- I hate to follow the crate/ rotate.  I feel bad for the poor dogs, pathetically watching each other through wire.  Being crated for 8 hours, then again during dinner, then again while I shower, and again at night.  GOSH that’s hard.  Well the thing is, it’s harder for me than it is for them.  The dogs are adjusting during this period.  And that it something that you should not rush.  A few extra hours in a crate can make all the difference!

So as I said, I rushed them.  I rushed and I panicked because I made things more difficult for myself, for Tofu, and for Leroy.  And because of that, I certainly can admit that I was wrong and I made a mistake.  I was carefully supervising and it wasn’t the worst thing to ever happen to a foster; but it was a mistake.

So after another week of panic/ rotation/ tethering/ muzzling/ stress, I decided that they were ready to try again.  My conclusion is that Tofu has never had a canine “friend”.  She is Ok to be around Leroy, she is even pretty comfortable around him, she is not openly fearful or aggressive in any way.  However, she doesn’t know how to play.  This is really sad because it makes me assume that all she’s ever known is being mounted, used, and abused.  So when Leroy wanted to play, she didn’t understand how or why or what he was doing!  We will continue to take things slow.  Any type of excitement or play will cause panic be very closely monitored.  But for now, we’re doing a pretty good job of just hanging out.  🙂

Mom, I don’t know how I feel about this.

If you know a lot about dog body language, you can see that they are not completely relaxed.  Leroy is alert and very aware of his Tofutti friend to his right.  Tofu is actually a little more relaxed because Leroy is being very calm and not trying to play with her.  However, she is still aware and watching him.

I guess maybe she's OK.

I guess maybe she’s OK.

The two are a little more comfortable here.  Leroy is still alert but not as stressed about sharing his space.  Tofu is pretty relaxed because Leroy was calmly tip toeing around the bed.

If I don't look, she might go away.

If I don’t look, she might go away.

Leroy and Tofu decided to look at the same ‘noise’.  Well, Leroy heard a noise outside and then Tofu tried to find what he was looking at 🙂

This is exhausting.  Let's nap.

This is exhausting. Let’s nap.

Leroy and Tofu participated in their first nap together 🙂  Leroy was trying to sleep with one eye open for a little bit.  But he continued to get closer to Tofu and he is now happily sleeping.  So he did decided that he could trust her (and me) that it was Ok to let his guard down for a bit.  Tofu is doing great with Leroy mostly on, near, or up her butt.  She is currently snoozing as well.

So the point is that mistakes happen.  But with time, patience, perseverance and close observation, I was able to (mostly) repair the damage.  However, this will be a lesson to myself for next time.  Take things slow and do it right the first time! SERIOUSLY 🙂

 

If you have any questions about Tofu, Jora, becoming a foster parent, or the adoption process- you can email me (Leroy’s mom) at Casey@caseyheyen.com 

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