My Christmas Wish

It has been so much fun getting ready for Santa to come. I love the bright lights and decorations, the smell of delicious food cooking and getting cozy by the fireplace. My favorite part was decorating the Christmas tree. As a excited as I was to want to take down almost every ornament I put up, I have been on my very best behavior. I am happy to sit on my bed and watch the lights twinkle on the tree without causing too much destruction. ūüėČ

My foster mom helped me make my Christmas list. I told Santa that I have been a very good boy. It has been very cold so I asked for a new coat that goes all the way down to my tail. Sometimes, my skinny little legs start to shake when I am outside doing my business. I also asked for a few new toys, I love to play tug-o-war and chew stuffies. I also tend to be very particular about the treats I eat so a few of my favorites in my stocking would be fantastic.

It probably won’t surprise you that at the very top of my Christmas wish list is finding a family of my very own for Christmas. I just found out my wish came true. I will be in my home by Christmas Eve. Can you believe it?! I am going to have my very own family for Christmas. My foster mom told me that I had a family who wanted to adopt me and Dr. Nick said I was healthy enough and ready to join my new family. It’s happening! Will Santa know where to find me? Will I have fur brothers and sisters? Human brothers and sisters? A bed of my own? Eeeeek!

I am going to miss my foster family. We have had a lot of fun and some great adventures together. The best part was the snuggles.

My foster family said they are going to miss me a lot, too. It will be hard for all of us to say goodbye. There might even be a few tears. I promise that I will text, email and send pictures whenever I can. Maybe we can even meet up again at the dog park.

Thank you for the love, George xoxoxo

Big news!

Does anything look different?

Check out my right leg (my right, your left). Do you notice anything? I got my cast off! If you look closely you can see how nicely my incision is healing. That is one sexy leg if I do say so myself!

In addition to getting my cast off I received some very exciting news. I have been healing so well that I am going to be up for adoption very, very soon! Oh my gosh, I can hardly believe it myself. My foster family seemed to be sad that I could be leaving so quickly but they told me that they would help me pick the perfect family and that I could visit any time.

Maybe it was all of the excitement but I did have a bit of a naughty moment today. My foster mom has noticed that many of the Christmas decorations on the window sills have been relocated to the floor on multiple occasions over the past few days. One of the snowmen even had their buttons chewed off. Champ was spoken to one night and he almost had to go into a time-out because they thought he may have been the culprit. Buddy was next up on the list. My foster family asked him if he was responsible for the demise of the soft, fluffy reindeer that sat upon the window in the family room. Buddy sat silent with a sweet look on his face that indicated there was no way it was him.

I can’t hide from the truth anymore. It was me! I couldn’t help myself! Those soft, fluffy Christmas decorations are just so cute and I know they needed a friend. I had to protect them and keep them safe!

If you are interested in adopting me or one of my friends you can find more information here.

Sending you lots of hugs and kisses, George xoxoxoxoxox

Little George

Wow! I am feeling so much better. I recently spent some time at the Animal Welfare Society after having surgery to repair my broken leg. Once I was well enough to be cared for outside of the clinic, I moved into my foster home where I will be for the next eight weeks. What do you think of my cool green cast they gave me?

Now that I have been with my foster family a few days I can tell they are already impressed by my charm and physical aptitude. Although I am only eight months old, nine pounds of pure muscle and down one leg, I leaped onto the coffee table with the speed and agility of a cheetah. I could smell food on the table and I just had to have some. To my surprise, it wasn’t a piece of juicy steak I was salivating over, but instead a bowl of soggy Cheerios. As I was slurping the bowl of sugary milk I could hear, “Nooooooo!” I was caught red handed and there was nothing I could do. The bowl was swiftly taken away and I was put onto my bed with milk still dripping from my whiskers.

I don’t always like to reveal my softer side, especially where we are just starting to get to know each other, but I love to cuddle. If I could spend my entire day cuddling that would be a dream. Even when I am unable to have cuddle time with my humans I am happy to follow them around to let them know that I will always be by their side if they need me.

Even though I am crate trained and I do well in my crate, my very most favorite place to be at night is with the people I love. I don’t just mean on the bed, I mean in the bed. Once you are asleep, I will actually lift up the covers with my nose to get under the blankets and sheets. It is warm, cozy and takes away the cold winter chill.

All of this talk about going to bedtime is making me sleepy. I am going to brush and floss my teeth before I go to sleep. Have a great night!

Hugs and kisses, George xoxoxoxo

The Lake Life

Nothing can compare to spending time at the lake during the warm Maine summers. The sunrises and sunsets, with their bright pinks and fiery oranges are some of the most mesmerizing you will ever see. When the night is quiet, the tremolo calls of the loons will echo across the lake and lull me to sleep. 

In addition to developing a deep appreciation for the natural beauty surrounding me, life on the lake has also helped me to develop my swimming skills. My doggie paddle is so fast now it can beat any other dog on the water.

Boating is another favorite outdoor activity of mine. I find it so relaxing to feel the breeze running through my fur and the warm sun on my face. The rocking of the boat sometimes puts me to sleep. I am really good about wearing my life preserver just in case I unexpectedly go overboard.

After a busy day on the lake I am always looking for my favorite snack. Cheese! Just thinking about cheese makes my mouth water. It is tough to get any cheese in my house because eating cheese can cause my blood sugars to get a little crazy. If I want cheese I have to work hard for it. I first start by getting into all of the recyclable bottles. I will run around with bottles and make my foster parents chase me in hopes they will trade me a piece of cheese for the bottles. It is a super fun game. Ayla and Chandler chase me around the house saying, “Stop it Penny!” What are you doing, Penny?!” Put that back, Penny!” I sometimes think my foster parents have more fun than me! If Ayla and Chandler don’t give a piece of cheese by the time all of the bottles are back where they belong, that means they still want to play. I run into the kitchen and quickly grab my food bowl. I swiftly toss it up in the air and all around the house making as much noise as I can. Within a minute the refrigerator door opens. And there it is; the unmistakable sound of a cheese wrapper. Looks like I am the champion again! I am so lucky that Ayla and Chandler like to play fun games with me where the prize is always cheese.

Want to see me in action? Here is a video of me and my foster mom, Ayla that was on the channel 8 news!

Hugs and kisses, Penny

Could I be your lucky Penny?

My name is Penny. I am just about to celebrate my 2nd birthday next month. Not to brag, but it is quite possible that I am the most fun loving dog you will ever meet. Lucky for you, I am on a mission to find my perfect forever home.

As you can see, I am very, very cute.

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I love the outdoors.

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I always sneak in cuddles when I can (especially in matching pajamas!).

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And occasionally, and always in moderation,  I  like to sniff (and lick) a great bottle of wine.

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Let’s cut to the chase. I do have a uniqueness to me that sets me apart from my other canine friends that you cannot see in pictures.  For starters, I have been in foster care for almost my entire life. When I was born, things seemed pretty normal. At three (3) months old, I was diagnosed with diabetes. It was at this point I was brought to the Animal Welfare Society in Kennebunk and then placed with my foster family while we worked to get my insulin and blood sugars under control. Learning to manage this autoimmune disease took a long time and it was hard work. Unfortunately, the diabetes also compromised the majority of my vision. Although that may sound terrible, it really isn’t. This is my normal. I have learned to overcome any challenge given to me and I won’t give up until the problem is solved!

Fortunately for me, I was placed in a foster home with a mom and dad who have continuously given me so much love and support that I am now thriving and ready for my new home. There are no words thank them enough for all of their love, patience, kindness and the exceptional care they have given to me to make me the young pup I am today. In spite of my challenges, I am a lucky girl.

Now, I should mention one other little caveat. Because my vision is so poor, I would not necessarily do well having other dogs or small children in my new home. As you can imagine, it can be scary and confusing not to be able to clearly see the environment around me.

So there you have it, I have completely and honestly bared my furry, four-legged soul to you. I will need a little bit of help from my human family but I am hoping that does not scare you. I truly am a fun-loving, active, easy going dog that has a lot of love to give. Did I mention that I am potty trained and can actually ring the doorbell when I need to go out? How about that I am crate trained? And…I have an amazing singing voice. Seriously. I just filled out my application for America’s Got Talent last week.

If you think that we are the perfect match, you can contact my agent here.

Until then, please follow all of my adventures on here on my blog as I continue to search for my forever home. I am excited for this journey to begin!

Sending you lots of love,

Your lucky Penny  xoxoxox

Spoiler Alert! My Happy Ending Was Worth The Wait

I am so excited to let you all know, with tears in my big brown eyes, that I finally found my  forever home. My real forever home. Forever and ever, and ever. I still can’t believe it.

Since it has been a while since my last blog entry,  I wanted to briefly catch you up on all of the fun stuff that has been going on over the course of the past few months. I won’t bore you with all of the details but in a nutshell,  I had some visits with some great dog doctors, adjusted some of my medications a bit and I met my kindred spirit, Carlos (he is still up for adoption so don’t overlook this cool guy if you are looking for a four-legged friend!).

I  also have been spending some time chiseling my summer body with Roberta and the AWS team. The obstacle course is by far my favorite workout. Not to brag, but this picture will show you the speed and agility I have! Woot woot!

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In February, Valentine’s Day seemed to sneak up on me quickly. It is not a traditional holiday for us dogs like is humans. Chocolate makes me sick and flowers make me sneeze. I actually could use  some new bling. A diamond collar, perhaps? I should have started dropping some hints to Carlos sooner….

As I continued to daydream about some Valentine’s Day sparkle, Cupid somehow struck me with his arrow when I least expected it;  I never saw it coming. I found a fur-ever home. I know what you are thinking. A dog who has lived in multiple homes breaks a leg, moves to foster care and then back to AWS only to get adopted on Valentine’s Day sounds a bit like a Hallmark movie; or at the very least, a bit clich√©.  The craziest part is that it is all true. And it is all thanks to the AWS team and my new fur-ever mom, Nancy.

Nancy is seriously the best dog mom ever! She will even color coordinate my outfits for me to make sure I am looking my best.  I even overheard her saying she might take me for a paw-dicure soon! Nancy is patient, kind and understands my little quirks. There is no shortage of love in my new home.

Nancy and I have been together almost a month and we are settling in splendidly. I wake up everyday feeling comfortable and happy.  I am a lucky dog for sure!  I am hoping that Nancy might take me back to the Saco Scoop where I can get my favorite vanilla ice cream at the dog walk-up window. After all, I was the dog of the week there this past summer. I am so looking forward to  ice cream season again!

If I am being honest, I have had quite the journey finding my fur-ever home. I had overwhelming moments of heartfelt joy and comfort. At other times I felt like I was drowning in anxiety and deep despair.  I also remember days when I was too scared to feel anything at all.  Slowly but surely, with  the help of some of my human and dog  friends, I was on my way to being the best version of me possible.

It is important for me to tell you that each experience, with each of you, helped me to become the canine I am proud to be today. I cannot thank you for seeing my kind heart and sharing a part of your life with me. I received so much of your time and love which makes me forever grateful. I promise to make you proud.

I have to go now. Nancy and I have lots of fun things to do today. I am going to miss you a lot and sharing my story.  I may be keep  able to give you an update from time to time but with the beach weather coming up I can’t make any promises. ūüėČ Make sure you keep a treat in your pocket because you never know when we will run into each other again.

Hugs and kisses from my new home,

Tallullah xoxoxoxox

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I have FOUR legs again!

Do you notice anything different? Check out my front right leg.  My cast is finally off after 12 very long weeks. I can hardly believe it myself! I do have a few small sores on my leg but those are healing quickly .

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I was very nervous to walk on my newly freed leg.  I had not used that leg in such a long time.  The thought of stepping down on that leg again when it used to be so painful was scary.  I decided to be brave. Slowly but surely, I got brave and started putting my leg down. First I would test it out when I was standing (it still works!)  and then when I was walking and running. I did it! My leg still feels a little stiff but it is getting stronger everyday.

Speaking of scary, I had no idea that small humans (and apparently dogs, too) get dressed up and go door to door in search of sweet candy treats.  I am not sure what was scarier, the costumes I saw coming to the door and running around the neighborhood or the fact I was stuffed into a Santa Claus costume. Last I remembered Santa Clause did not have long ears, four legs and was not covered in fur. I am fairly certain I would have made a better reindeer.

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Buddy has it worse. They made him go as a pirate.

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We are both in the Halloween spirit although this was not exactly a choice of our own.

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After all of this monkey business, we didn’t even get to go Trick or Treating for dog treats. Instead, we watched our candy bowl go in and out of the door over and over again and all we heard was “No. Don’t touch. Not for you.¬†No one wants your drool on the candy.” There was also the added stress¬†of every knock on the door.¬†No one looked familiar in their costumes making it difficult to know if they were friend or foe.

I have never been so scared in my entire life until I saw this costume right here in the picture below. Look right in¬†the middle of the picture. The one that kind of looks like a tall rabbit; but not really. I am not exactly sure why that bear (Ted I believe his name is)¬†would be hugging him.¬†Or why that skinny green guy next to him is smiling. I will tell you a secret but it is a little embarrassing to you can’t tell anyone. Promise?

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When I first saw that very scary, vicious 6’2″ rabbit I ran into a corner and peed on the floor. I couldn’t hardly believe it myself. I was horrified.¬†Thankfully Brady quickly took his ugly mask off and I realized it was him. I am not sure that Halloween is the holiday for me. Maybe we can skip that one next year?

Hugs and kisses,  Tallulah xoxoxoxox