Puppy Update!

Holy puppy!  This has been the craziest week and a half ever.  Gosh that ball of cuteness sure is quick to piddle and chew.  Ok.  So let’s be honest, pictures of the puppy are far more exciting than me talking about the puppy.  So I’ll make this brief 😉

Yesterday I showed our summer fashion shoot, aka luau party.  I certainly had fun with that.  My dad thought it was hysterical that Leroy just stayed like an angel while I tortured him with sunglasses and accessories.  If only I had some arm floaties… Hmm.  Since Marshmallow’s arrival, Leroy has grown to accept and love her, as he does with every foster pup.  Here are some of their “bonding” pictures. 🙂

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It’s been a whirlwind experience having a foster puppy!  We have our third meet and greet today.  Yikes!  And then I am going to make a very hard decision.  Stay tuned for more puppy excitement and pictures 🙂

Puppy Time!

The puppy is here!  After a long journey from Tennessee, two baths to remove the filth, a long collar-buying excursion, an even longer naming-the-puppy adventure; I’m finally here with pictures 🙂

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Get ready for cuteness overload.

First of all, we named her Marshmallow, or Mel for short.  Something about her white squishy face just called out, “Marshmallow!” 🙂 When she is a lady, perhaps she’ll go by Mel.  To be professional, of course.  But for now, Marshmallow is settling in and doing wonderfully.  She already got to meet the whole human family, Blueberry, Leroy, and Major the cat.  Positive socialization is starting off  strong!

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Marshmallow is 10 weeks old.  She is spayed and will be up to date on her shots.  We will be working on crate training, socialization, house training, and basic obedience.  Mel is curious about the world around her.  She is slightly cautious, but ready to play and explore.  She is loving all the human attention, and desperately trying to woo the adult dogs in the house into some wrestling and play time.  She will need a committed, life long, adopter who is willing to  make her the best dog that she can be.  And I will need an adopter who will fall head over heals in love with her- not just as a puppy, but as she goes through the challenging teen years, the frustrating adolescence, the slowing in adulthood, and the tender years of old age.

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oh hai. iz a marshmalloz.

More exciting puppy-ness to come as she settles in!

If you have questions about Marshmallow or the adoption process, email me (Casey) at LeroyandCompany@gmail.com!         

Brother Robert

Introducing, Brother Robert! Robert is the middle brother, in his prime college years.  He is the type of guy who can use the phrase, “lovin’ life”, and mean it to the full extent. 🙂  He is certainly animal friendly and always gives the dogs a nice pat on the head before he is out the door.  He will cuddle on occasion or nap with Blueberry.  But he has assigned the family cat, Lucky, as his animal.  (Though somehow I am the one that took Lucky to the vet for his yearly…)  Regardless, Robert is a good sport and is excited for the puppy.  He also came out and ran the LCPO 5k with Steven.

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“Nice to meet you” with Robert

Robert is a great brother who does his best to participate in the dog-crazy that is our home.  He tries to help out when he can and he likes hanging with the big Lee.  I am especially excited to bring the puppy home, because I know Robert is excited and will love that puppy to pieces 🙂

Thanks Brother Robert, for being part of this crazy family!

 

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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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

 

Ten Commandments

Being a dog owner parent is a serious responsibility.  It comes with for some, a basic set of requirements.  Sadly for some, this may be only food and water.  For most (or I hope and convince myself that it is most), being the  mom or dad of a pet means much more.  As parents, we provide love, training, discipline, structure, playtime, fun, cuddles, love, vet care, food, water, shelter, love, and much more.  We can think of it like wedding vows, “in good times and bad, in sickness and in health..”.  These are of course, the type of home that I want for my fosters.

I came across something cute today and I thought I would share it.  A few weeks back I wrote about my most important foster, Dillon.  These ten things make me think about him.  They make me think about my perma-dog, Leroy… and also every other foster that’s passed through my home.  I hope that they all are blessed with families who listen to these ten things.

 

Dillon- Rest In Peace

Dillon- Rest In Peace

Ten Things Your Dog Would Tell You

1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be painful: remember that before you get me.
2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.
3. Place your trust in me- it is crucial to my well being.
4. Do not be angry at me for long, and do not lock me up as punishment.
5. You have your work, your entertainment,and your friends. I only have you.
6. Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don’t understands your words, I understand your voice when it is speaking to me.
7. Be aware that how ever you treat me, I will never forget.
8. Remember before you hit me that I have teeth that could easily hurt you, but I choose not to bite you because I love you.
9. Before you scold me for being uncooperative,obstinate,or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I might not be getting the right food, or I have been out too long, or my heart is getting to old and weak.
10. Take care of me when I get old; you too will grow old. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say: “I cannot bear to watch” or “Let it happen in my absence.” Everything is easier for me if you are there, even my death.
Remember that I love you.

 

And I’ll add in my personal mantra: Love is an infinite resource. ❤

 

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

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 🙂  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!