Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pepper's Progress: Week 5

My apologies for the blog hiatus.  A couple of weekends of travelling and lots to do at work added up to no picture posts for a whole two weeks (or was it three?  Man, I'm really out of it!).  Either way, all that time added up to Pepper getting her last treatments and making her final strides toward looking completely healthy (she's been completely healthy since the first treatment, but she's just looked like a rescue trainwreck).  But now Pepper's lookin beautimous and ready to find her forever home!  I'm surprised she's still available since she's been one of the most adoptable dogs I've ever fostered, and has been with me far longer than any of the others.  I guess it just goes to show that looks do go a long way, and all the pups I've had have been presh.  But now that Peps lives up to the adorable Boston Terrier standard, maybe she'll go quickly!

It's almost like she's a different dog, especially if you look back at photos from when we first got her.  I'll give you a reminder...

Oh how far she's come!  Spread the word about Pepper -- I want her to spend as much of her small life as possible with a forever family that will love her like she deserves.  To adopt Pepper, simply email us at or comment below.  

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Why we do this

I haven't gotten a chance to really lay out here why me and Sam have decided to rescue dogs, just for sheer lack of time and energy (rescuing + a full time job + life is serious business!) but this girl has just laid it out in a poignant way that I hope I'll be able to do someday.  Dogs are being put down every day simply for lack of space (and many times, they're put down quite cruelly).  But really, how much space do they take up?  A spot for a bed to sleep in and some food to eat.  A moment or two during the day to play with you.

I say that at the risk of sounding overly dramatic -- I'm not the type of dog person that is under the impression that "my dogs are like my children" or "I like my dogs better than humans."  They're dogs.  But if you could give them a second chance at life, why wouldn't you?

Go here for a pretty accurate portrayal of the way things work in the rescue business.

P.S.  Pepper's lookin' pretty great, and I'll be back with an update on her in the next few days!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Pepper's Progress: Week 3

Every day that we have Pepper, the more attached we become (but no worries, 2 BTs is plenty for us!).  She's now finding her stride when it comes to potty training, and Toby and Olivia have finally warmed up to her constant begging for their attention. (she literally wouldn't leave them alone until they played/cuddled with her, so now they just give in right away :) )

I've got a lot of pictures of her to get through, here, but here are some notes of her progress, first.  Her scabs are almost completely gone.  Her skin has almost completely returned to it's normal, not-flaming-red-scaring-ppl-at-the-dog-park state, and in the patches where she lost hair, it's visibly growing back in force.

where there was none, now there is some.

Due to the amazing Labor Day weather, we all packed up in "The Hot Burp" to head to the dog park.  The Hot Burp is our second car that is reserved for such potentially stinky and messy occasions as moving furniture and carting the dogs around.  Thanks to my sister Lauren for the name, inspiration for which was drawn from the Oldsmobile's red velvet interior and the fact that the AC is broken.


Pepper giving O the stink eye.
T and O are dogs of the "hang your head out the car window" variety...

...of which Pepper is not, so she didn't have the best seat in the house...

Sorry Peps!
Toby and Olivia always know right away what's up when we get in The Hot Burp.

Peps doesn't understand the significance of this outing yet.  All she knows is she has some tail in her face.  

Off we go!
After a summer of record heat, and on the first day of 75 degree weather, needless to say, the park was packed.

This was Pepper's second trip to this park, and she was surprisingly laid back and confident for an 8 month old puppy!
She, T & O made some friends with tons of other dogs...

....and even some humans!
We were lucky enough to run into Tom and Becca at the park, who are new owners of an adorable labradoodle named Luther.

Pepper was such a hit that some nice ladies even offered to give her, T & O their very own stylish bandanas.

Ole blue eye got a perfect color match!
And O got one to match her collar.  I love how that color pops against their black fur.  Rumor is these same nice ladies might be making some "adopt me!" for future rescues -- I'll keep you posted!  

Shwew!  Well, that was a lot of pictures for one trip to the dog park!  But we were there for quite some time, revelling in the sunshine!  Me and Toby even went on a bike ride after we got home, soaking up the last of the Labor Day goodness.  As far as Peps is concerned, I think in about two weeks, she'll be as good as new and hopefully will have someone waiting to adopt her.  Are you interested in bringing her into your life?  I think Peps would be happiest in a family with a kids and a stay at home dad or mom that could keep her busy 24/7!  Comment below or email me to get more details about the adoption process.