Brother John & Blueberry

I apologize in advance for the blurry pictures.  These boys were having so much fun, I couldn’t even ask them to pose or stay still.  🙂

So here is the last brother in the family, John!  And with John, comes the family dog, Blueberry.  John and Blueberry are a very special pair; bonded and in love.  I got my hair cut just today and my stylist/neighbor remarked, “They are the type of pair that we make movies about.”  Blueberry is a special pup that struggles with extreme separation anxiety.  She is lucky enough to be employed- she is my parent’s office dog!  And trust me, the place would fall apart without her there to provide some stress relief 😉 When Blueberry isn’t busy working, she’s looking for John.  She loves him and protects him.  She needs him.  They are the best of friends. 🙂

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John and Leroy also are good buddies.  Their favorite past time is playing tug-of-war.  This was happening during my “photo shoot” of them.  Both boys were having a blast and enjoying the game so much.  I decided that I was going to deal with the blurry pictures for this one.  John does the rough housing that gets Leroy all exciting and in tail-chasing bliss.  Here they are in action:

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John is an animal lover.  He’s my youngest brother checking in at 18 and 6 foot something.  Affectionately called, Baby Brother or Little John.  I am a proud older sister.  I have been blessed with a wonderful family 🙂

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Stay tuned for posts about my parents, or Leroy’s Grandma and Grandpa 🙂  And the PUPPPYYYYY ❤

Introducing- Tofu!

Tofu is a 3 year old pit bull that was saved from a life of neglect. LCPO worked with Almost Home Animal Rescue out of Long Island NY to save this sweetheart from less than desirable conditions. Tofu was living outside of a halfway home, regularly passed from breeder to breeder, and almost sold as a bait dog. She is now spayed and loving being indoors. Tofu is sweet and happy. She is thrilled to be surrounded by loving people who take care of her. Tofu is crate trained, house broken, and she will go to her adoptive home knowing sign language! Tofu is deaf so she will be learning all her commands with hand signals. She has already made herself right at home and proven to be no more difficult than any foster who can hear me 🙂 You can learn more about deaf dogs at http://deafdogsrock.com/. I will also be happy to do training sessions with her adoptive family to make sure that everyone knows and understand how to communicate with her. Please feel free to ask me any questions about fostering, deaf dogs, or Tofu!

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Tofu and Leroy and participating in the “crate/rotate” method until they are both more comfortable with each other.  This involves keeping the dogs separate for any amount of time; a few days to three weeks or more!  Through this process, I allow the dogs to feel comfortable in my home.  I let them learn how to trust me and each other through minimal exposure.  The foster dog become familiar with our routine and environment, and is able to de-stress from whatever experience they had before coming to me.  Tofu seems to be a little bit uncomfortable when Leroy is too close to her crate. She has made the snarl teeth at him a few times for getting too close.  But she does better when she is out and approaching him in his crate.  Neither dog likes to share food, not even a little.  This is a polite way of saying that they would probably fight over a crumb, or something that looks like a crumb, or a crumb that fell and was cleaned up a few minutes ago.  As always, I will feed them separately and even crate them for a little while after their food bowls are removed from the environment.  Leroy was showing off in front of Tofu and trying to engage her a little bit, and she did wag her tail and playfully bark in her crate.  I think they will be good friends with some patience and trust.  More about Tofu to come as I get to know her wonderful personality.  All I can say so far is that she’s had no accidents, and she is a happy girl who loves to kiss! 🙂

For adoption information or more about our rescue program, you can visit www.lcpoinc.org 🙂 Please share for this wonderful girl and feel free to ask any questions about her or the adoption process!

Why I Do What I Do- Take One

In thinking about why I foster and why I wanted to take a break  for my last semester in school, I started thinking about how it affects my life, Leroy’s life, my families and friends lives, and how we adjust and do things differently when there is a foster dog here instead of just a perma-dog.  
Leroy generally enjoys the transition time between foster dogs.  He doesn’t especially love to share his toys.  He takes some time to adjust and feel comfortable with each new dog I bring in.  He doesn’t always want to share me either- my bed, love, kisses, and attention.  So I always have justified that he likes being an only dog as much as he likes having a brother or sister.
After a few weeks with the foster dog, things always settled in nicely and he will play and cuddle with them.  He is a pretty tolerant guy (Jora was always following him around and trying to play).  He is a great foster brother and cuddler to the new pups.  Leroy also helps with training and showing them the ropes of this household.  He does like having a friend.  He just needs to take his time to get to know and trust them.  And this is OK with me.  
However, while Jora has been staying with her new foster family, I’ve noticed that Leroy is more prone to stress than usual.  He gets more nervous about leaving the house, getting into the car, going to the vets office.  He always gets a little humpy  mouthy after a foster leaves.  He’ll spend a little more time trying to get me to wrestle with him.  Maybe he’ll grab a blanket or pillow and try to make love play with it.  Let’s just say, he is a little bit bold for the first week or more after they leave!  
Needless to say, I’m excited to have Tofu as our newest foster!  She’s expected to arrive this weekend.  And maybe in the future we will find another perma-dog to keep him company throughout the transitions.  But for now, the reason I foster is because I can save another dogs life.  Every day that I wait for Tofu I think of her living outside in this terribly cold weather.  I picture her being passed from scum to scum breeder to breeder, kept outside and used for her puppies that were all taken away too soon.  
There is always a dog like that who is waiting to be saved.  So that is why I foster.  
And to show you the long term benefit, I wanted to introduce a happily adopted, previous foster dog of Leroy and Co- Adele!!  
Happy Halloween!
Here is her write up from when she was up for adoption-

Introducing, Adele Belle! The one of a kind girl that only the Philly ACCT could have! Adele is a beautiful 6-12 month old Pit Bull/ Boxer mix with silly Boston Terrier eyes. She practices doga (dog yoga) every day, she loves to rub against your legs for attention, she makes adorable and very funny noises while she eats, and she’s a wiggle butt! She is busy learning some basic commands and eating lots of food so she can lose the nickname, Tiny. Adele loves her foster brother (Leroy) and showed no interest in cats while at the shelter. She is waiting for her perfect forever home 🙂

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She was skinny, has a paralyzed tongue, definitely  possibly inbred, and now she is ADOPTED!

Happily Adopted for 1+ years 🙂

My little Adelle Belle got SO big :)  Her momma loves her very much.  It was the perfect home for her!

Little Adele Belle got SO big 🙂 Her momma loves her very much. It is the perfect home for her!

 

So this is my first Happy Tail.  Adele from Philly ACC, saved from a high intake shelter- now loved and enjoying life in her forever home. ❤

 

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 

Visit http://www.lcpoinc.org for more information on our organization!