Happy Tails Update!

Every time I see a picture of Jora *now to be referred to as Bella* in her forever home, my heart grows 10x it’s original size. ¬†So I wanted to share some of them with you ūüôā ¬†Not only did Bella get exactly the forever home that I wanted for her, but her mom came out to volunteer at LCPO’s 5k! ¬†I’m hoping to see both of them soon at another event and catch up more. ¬†So here she is: happy, gorgeous, loving Bella.






Happy Tears and New Beginnings

Jora ¬†was a very special foster dog. ¬†The last time I saw her I was sad weepy nostalgic pathetic emotional a complete wreck. ¬†I had to admit to myself, I adore this dog. ¬†She wiggled into my home despite my “no puppies allowed” rule. ¬†And truly, she grew up with me. ¬†Jora had more meet and greets than any other dog, yet none ever panned out into the right fit for her. She was looked over since she was a scrappy pup of¬†only four months old. ¬†After a¬†handful¬†of meet and greets, a two hour adoption, and a trial adoptive home that decided not to keep her; I was stunned time and time again that these people did not see what I saw. ¬†I was heartbroken that she didn’t have ‘her people’- the ones that would love her as much as I do, but more. ¬†I knew she would find them, but I was becoming impatient, confused, torn, and sad for her. ¬†I wanted to yell to the world, “This dog is amazing and you’re missing out! ¬†It’s your LOSS!” ¬†But I kept it in and tried to be patient. ¬†The hardest part, was loving her so much. ¬†I wanted her to feel the difference between foster love, and¬†forever love. ¬†I wanted someone to look into her eyes and say,¬†“You will be with me for the rest of your days. ¬†Your troubles are now my troubles. ¬†I will be here for you, and never leave you. ¬†I promise- I will never leave you. ¬†You are not ‘homeless’ anymore. ¬†You are mine. ¬†And I am yours.”¬† ¬†And sometimes, I wanted to be the one to say that to her.

This is the lifelong struggle of a foster mom.  I battle with this every time I allow a dog to feel love, often times their first love, but I call it temporary.  Sometimes it hurts more than others.  And with Jora, I just felt that she was so deserving and ready.  I wanted her to be home.

My dad was quite smitten by her as well. ¬†To¬†paraphrase¬†very accurately quote him, “Jora, we’re not allowing any more living things in this house. ¬†None! ¬†But if we were, I would let you stay.” ¬†Leroy and Jora had an amazing bond as well. ¬†She followed him around, played, snuggled, learned, and loved. ¬†And for as amazingly¬†tolerant¬†as Leroy was with all of her puppy antics and¬†instance¬†on playing for 10 hours every day, he really loved her right back.

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


But as it always happens with patience and a deserving dog, we got an email for Jora. ¬†And this one was the one. ‚̧ ¬†Yes, I am happy to announce that Jora has finally found her forever home. ¬†One of the most special dogs that I’ve ever known is officially adopted. ¬†And on top of that, I think that she finally found the most perfect home that will love and appreciate her for all she has to offer. ¬†When you have an adoption where everything just clicks, it’s as if the two souls were just waiting to find each other until the right moment in time.


First family photo ūüôā


Jora, now Bella ‚̧

Congratulations Jora, you finally got your turn. I will love you forever my little Peanut ‚ô•

Let’s Play Dress Up!

Happy National Dress Your Pet Up Day! ¬†Here are some of my favorite “dress up” pictures from my time as a foster mom and doggy mom. ¬†Enjoy ūüôā   This is a small fraction of the number of Dress Up … Continue reading

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!

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!


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


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!


Looking for Love

Before I start rambling about Leroy and company, I need to introduce our current house guest. ¬†Let me preface this by saying that as a foster, I have a “no puppies allowed” policy. ¬†Our foster pup Jora wiggled in anyway. ¬†Despite her unwelcome “puppiness”, she has truly stolen my heart and become a wonderful dog. ¬†More stories, antics, troubles, loving qualities, and funny moments to come… but here are the basics!

Jora is an 10-11 month old lab/ pit mix. She is resilient, loving, playful and a joy to be around. Jora loves to cuddle and give kisses! She is very affectionate and will gladly lay on your lap, follow you around the house, or cuddle next to you in bed. Jora is a typical, high energy puppy. She adores Leroy and will play tug of war and wrestle with him for hours upon hours! (usually until he collapses and quits). Her ideal forever home would have another young dog who would like to play. When Jora is meeting other dogs for the first time she can be a little overly vocal and headstrong. But after a nice walk, she will be their new best friend! Jora is crate trained and potty trained. She knows sit and we are working on down and stay. She loves to chew on toys and will carry them around the house all day. She is a very curious puppy who loves to explore new things, play all the time, and enjoy life Her forever family will be very lucky because she is truly a special little girl. ♥

Please feel free to ask me any questions about Jora if you are interested in adopting her!

Email nepabullies@gmail.com for adoption info. Visit www.lcpoinc.org to make a donation or for more information about our organization and upcoming events. Adoption application, references, home visit, and adoption fee are required to adopt.