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

Happy Birthday to Me!

Hello! I am so sorry I have been so to blog lately. My foster mom has been doing some traveling for both business and pleasure so she has not been around too much to help me. I never remember the password to the website and my paws do not lend themselves to accurate keyboarding. But look, here I am tonight! Woo hoo!

On September 30th, we celebrated Brady’s birthday. Buddy and I got a few nibbles of his ice cream cake which was absolutely delicious. Thank you Dairy Queen! Brady made a wish before blowing out his candles and then opened his presents. Unfortunately, he did not get the Dodge Charger, Porsche Cayenne or Ferrari he wanted, but he did get gas money which means more rides in the car for me.

Happy Birthday, Brady!

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Guess who celebrated their birthday next? I will give you a hint. It was on Friday, October 5th. This sweet, charming individual has velvety soft brown ears, beautiful white and brown fur and a cast on her front right leg. Did you guess it yet? It was me!  I celebrated my 3rd birthday with my family. It was so much fun!

My family surprised me with a pupcake and presents!

Now it was my turn to make a wish before blowing out the candles. I closed my eyes, made a wish and quickly ran away. I was definitely sensing danger around that fire so mom blew out the candles for me.

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Once the fire was out, I dove right into my birthday cake.

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As I was devouring some of the cake, mom took it away and put it on the table. She didn’t want me to get¬†sick and it was¬†time for presents! I got so much!¬†Toys, cookies and marrow bones with peanut butter. Yummy! I wanted everything at once!

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There was so much going on and every moment was fabulous. Once the evening started winding down I was getting tired. I took my toys and jumped up onto my favorite spot on the couch. I was playing with my toys, eyes closed and thinking about my birthday wish.

As I was resting my eyes, I heard my family talking about Uncle David. I never met Uncle David, but I heard¬†them say he¬†passed away on May 17th. Uncle David sounded like a really cool guy and her¬†loved animals. He had horses, goats, chickens and fish. All of Uncle David’s animals loved him as much as he loved them. Building barns was his passion and each barn he crafted was built to keep every animal safe and provide them their very own home. The morning Uncle David died, my foster¬†mom, dad and sister¬†went down to the Animal Welfare Society in Kennebunk to make a donation in his name by purchasing a brick paver¬†with a special note about him: In loving memory of Uncle David, love your pet friends and Calley xo.¬† Today, October 5th was not only my birthday, it was Uncle David’s, too. I started to think that maybe he brought us all together…

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Happy birthday to me, Uncle David and all of you born on October 5th. May all your birthday wishes come true, I can’t tell you my wish but I bet you can guess…

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Now that I am 3 years old, I know I am going to find my new family soon!

Hugs and kisses, Tallulah xoxoxox

Catching Up

Today is the first day of fall. Dr. Nick even gave me a yellow Happy Fall cast this week with a pumpkin and leaves to celebrate. You won’t be able to see the leaves on my cast because I helped to pull them off already. They were just so pretty I couldn’t help myself.

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I noticed the leaves on the trees have already started changing their colors and the temperatures have been much cooler during the evenings.  I go to sleep every night on the bed with my mom, dad and my brother, Buddy. By morning, I am cuddled up tightly to someone nearest to me because I love to be toasty warm. When my mom gets out of bed in the morning she takes the blanket and tucks me in tightly. Sometimes I will even squeeze my head under the blanket because it is just so cozy.

With summer rapidly changing to fall I have noticed that I have changed a little bit, too.

As you already know, I love to go for walks and I enjoy barking at just about anything that moves with every step I take; especially other dogs and people. I am proud to say that I have grown a little bit. Now when I walk, I can see another dog, quickly say hello and walk right by. I avoid wanting to run right over and getting into their personal space. I am doing so much better using my gentle leader than regular collar. It helps to keep me focused and more relaxed. I also got some extra help and support when I visited Roberta and Kim at AWS last week. They are fantastic trainers and I really enjoy hanging out with them! They always give me great advice that I work hard to follow. Slowly but surely I am making so great progress that both Roberta and Kim noticed. Yay me! Mom even told me that she is going to take me to the dog park because I have been doing such a great job!

I started having a few accidents in the house a couple of weeks ago. I am not sure I understood that when I went outside I was actually supposed to always do my business. I would¬†go out and have my¬†play time and forget to do my business so I thought the dining room would be a great place to go. That didn’t work out so well. Now when I hear someone say, “Want to go out?” I do my business first and then play. If I am in the house and I need to go outside I will stand by the back door and bark or I will start talking (you can see what that looks like below) to someone to let them know. There are many times that I just talk to have conversation. It is my very most favorite way to communicate and definitely part of my charm. Want to see me strike up a conversation? Check it out here.¬†

Another positive change is that I have become very comfortable in my kennel. I don’t get anxious anymore or try to pull things in my crate to chew on. I am only¬†in my kennel when I am home alone or unless I choose to go in on my own.¬†I am doing awesome!¬†I usually sleep or chew on my marrow bone that gets filled with cheese or peanut butter when I am in my kennel. Side note, I love marrow bones!¬† They keep me busy and they taste so good! Now, there are some occasions when I will go¬†into¬†one of the¬†bedrooms on the second floor so I can watch, and bark, at everything that goes on outside. Admittedly, I can get carried away. If I see mom come up in the middle of my barking fit, I jump off the bed and walk into my kennel all by myself. Mom does not have to say a word. When mom leaves I walk back out of the kennel on my own much less¬†enthusiastic about barking.

I still bark and get excited when people come to the door and that might not change. How do I know that person (or people) is not a threat to my family?! I am also good at taking cues from my 4 legged brothers. If I hear them start to bark I will follow them to make sure they are safe and they don’t need my help. No one seems to mind if I bark for that reason.¬†I am also¬†a little leery of people who wear baseball hats. My brother came in with one on the other day and it¬†made me nervous until he took it off. Once I was sure it was him, I was fine.

If you have been following my blog, you may notice that I am a few pounds heavier. My belly is definitely a little rounder and my body a wee be bigger. No need for doggie Weight Watchers just yet.¬† Remember, ¬†I can only take short walks with this broken leg and it’s not my fault I enjoy food so much. Mom caught me sneaking the left over food out of my brother’s bowl so now she always¬†watches us eat. She¬†doesn’t think I notice but I sure do. We both know that when Buddy stops eating that one of us is going to get to that bowl faster than the other. Most of the time mom swoops in as fast as lightening to gets that bowl quickly off the floor. Dang.¬† It has became our game. The other night Champ jumped on the counter (he is bigger than me and Buddy) on got an entire cooked chicken, bones and all. Holy cow. It was amazing. I am disappointed he didn’t share but his moves were awe inspiring.¬† I didn’t tattle on Champ but I knew he was in trouble when I heard dad say, “Where did the chicken go?” The dish on the floor gave him away. Buddy and I were minding our own business¬† (we really were!) ¬†in the family room and Champ was sitting in the kitchen like he had no clue what was going on. Yeah, right. I am so glad I wasn’t involved in stealing an entire chicken. Never mind the fact that my stomach would probably feel pretty sick. Champ has a stomach of steel. I was watched him rip apart a red rubber toy and I swear he had ingested half of it. He was completely fine; except for red, rubbery poop in the yard. Gross.

Another exciting change, I may be getting my cast off for good in two weeks. Woo hoo! I am hoping that everything continues to heal properly so I can get this thing off my leg. Sometimes I like to chew on it, right through the sock.

I also wanted to share that I have met some potential families in the running to become my forever home. I even have an appointment at 3p today. I will be on my very best behavior. I am going to ask mom to brush me and wash me so I look and smell pretty. I am also going to demonstrate my exceptional manners.

On October 5th I will celebrate my 3rd birthday. Do you think I will  be fortunate enough to get a forever home for my birthday? What an exciting possibility! Oh goodness!!

There are so many wonderful and exciting things happening. I am learning, healing and a few steps closer to finding my forever home.

I don’t have to dream anymore. My reality is not far away.

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Hugs and kisses, Tallulah  xoxoxox

Thank you for the love

As soon as I woke up yesterday¬†Cody (my foster brother)¬†came over to pick me up¬†and take me¬†to my biweekly leg check up at the¬†AWS Community Veterinary Clinic.¬† You might think that I dread¬†going to the clinic but I actually don’t mind it at all.¬† I know that every visit I have with Dr. Nick and the AWS clinic team gets me¬†one more¬†step closer to a recovery and getting this cast off of my leg.¬†Of course it is always a¬†bonus to see all of AWS friends!

To give you a little bit of background, the fracture to my leg eight weeks ago was very significant. It was described to me as the equivalent to a human breaking every bone their ankle. Needless to say, it hurt. I was scared and in pain and had no idea what to expect next. I just wanted to feel better.

Eventually my pain was under control but getting used to having a cast on my leg was not easy. I did not like it at all. I made it my mission to try and chew it off every opportunity I got.¬†Although I am becoming more accustomed to¬†my¬†stiff, plastic appendage that makes it impossible for me to sneak up on anybody,¬†it sometimes get so itchy that I can’t¬†help but thinking about gnawing¬†the cast right off my leg.¬†¬†Then I come to the realization that a bowel obstruction would not be worth it.

My appointment with Dr. Nick yesterday was much like the others but so much better. As usual,  I received sedation to help keep my pain under control and to make sure that I remain still for my x-ray.  Sedation is also helpful if repositioning if the limb is needed to promote better healing before the cast is reapplied.  Dr. Nick is also able to examine my skin and fur thoroughly to evaluate if any skin ulcers have developed. He will also assess for adequate circulation and evaluate for any evidence muscle atrophy.

Cody picked me up from my visit when I was done and then brought me to see mom at work. That was a treat! Although I was still a bit groggy I remember getting a lots of attention and  I had at least five people sign my cast. I  was able to do a few short walks around the block as I became more awake. While I was chewing on the new bone (I got for good behavior at my appointment) mom noticed a voicemail on her phone from Dr. Nick which was the highlight of my day.  Dr. Nick that said he is very pleased with how my fractures are healing. He also went on to say that I only have to have my cast on for four more weeks! Woo hoo! Dr. Nick also mentioned that I developed a little skin sore but that should resolve easily with the extra padding that was added inside the cast. I am almost free!

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As I continue to recover, I often think about every person who has helped me heal.  I am most grateful for the AWS team who has supported me and cheered me on every step of the way. I have not only received exceptional veterinary care to heal my physical wounds but I have also been given an extraordinary amount of  love and compassion to heal emotionally as well. Thank you AWS for your for all you have done for me. Words cannot even begin to describe how grateful I am. I love it when mom shows me all of your pictures on the AWS website and Facebook page. Even when I find my forever home, I will never ever forget you or your love and support. You will be in my heart, always.

Hugs and kisses, Tallulah xoxoxox

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Turns to Fall

Despite the hot and humid weather outside it is almost officially fall. The sun is going down earlier. The leaves are starting to change color and nights are cooler. It also means the beginning of football season. Football seems to be a really big deal in my house which is making it exciting for me, too.

My foster family is from the Boston area so naturally they are fans of the New England Patriots. I have been watching enough Sports Center that I am convinced I could help coach the team. One football fact that I learned today is that the New England  Patriots became Super Bowl Champions in 2001 for the  first time ever. Wow. The underdogs got it done!

As much as my foster family loves the Patriots, they love Thornton Academy football even more. Thornton Academy is the high school here in Saco, Maine where my older foster brothers graduated from in 2012 and my other two siblings are still attending. Cody and Kyle were both defensive backs on TAs football team¬†from the beginning of their high school career¬†until their graduation.¬†Brady is a junior this year¬†and has been the kicker on TAs football team since his¬†freshman year. This kid loves kicking.¬†¬†Even with¬†four legs and I couldn’t kick as much as he does.¬† Brady told me¬†that when he was¬†10 years old¬†Santa Claus gave him field goal post made and put it up in¬†the yard.¬† My family provided photographic evidence that he kicked¬†throughout all four seasons until his leg got so strong he had the distance to hit cars on the street just through the wood line.¬†He¬† would¬†actually¬†snow blow the lawn in the dead of winter in freezing cold weather¬†so he could kick.¬†¬†I promise not to pee on¬†the goal post¬†anymore. Sorry, Brady.

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Look at him now.

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I am now officially a fan myself! Go TA!

 

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Let’s go Thornton Academy! Bring home the state championship! I don’ think I want to leave my foster family until football season is over, it is too exciting!¬† Look for me on TA TV!

Hugs and kisses, Tallulah  xoxoxox

 

 

 

 

I don’t mean to brag…

I saved my family from a rabid hedgehog today. I ripped out each eye and severed part of its nose so quickly I was able to neutralize the threat in less than 10 seconds. I then yanked out some hair and then ripped out some stuffing. Stuffing?! Oh no what did I do?!

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It looks like a hedgehog and feels like my toys and you mean to tell me this is a slipper?! Come on!¬† I¬†swear on a stack of¬†Bark magazines that¬†I had no idea. There was not the slightest odor of athlete’s foot that I could detect. This¬†is more like¬†of a setup if you ask me. I am going to try and use the art of distraction before mom and dad get home. I am going to put my toys away, make my bed and have a glass of wine waiting by the door when mom gets home. I am pretty sure the kids will cover for¬†me, too. Cross your paws for me!

I may not have been able to recognize an immediate threat from a slipper, but I do have¬†a very cool furry, four-legged dog aunt named Lexi¬†who can help me so I don’t make that same mistake again.

Lexi is a¬†2.5¬†year¬†old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel¬†who lives with my foster grandparents. She has to be the most well trained dog that I know. Lexi can do the¬†ordinary sit, stay and rollover but she can also do things like sit pretty, jump through hula hoops and spin around. She is also beginning to work on¬†‘freestyle’ which is kind of like a dance routine for dogs.¬†I am still working on stay and fetch.

Watching this canine freestyle video gave me a lot of encouragement to step up my game. Challenge accepted.

One of the reasons that Lexi has such a strong skillset is because she is going to become a certified therapy dog through the Pets and People Foundation. The therapy dog program is really tough but Lexi passed all phases of her testing (over a period of a few months) with flying colors! Congratulations, Lexi! She will be fully certified once she completes her 10 therapy designated visits.

In order for Lexi to meet her 10 required therapy visits to become fully certified, Lexi is going the library a few times a month to hear stories that are read to her by elementary school kiddos. Lexi gets to snuggle up to her reader and the kiddos get to improve their reading skills in a really fun way. Did you book your appointment yet?

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Lexi is also certified as Canine Good Citizen which is the absolute gold standard for behavior in dogs. Clearly we are from the same family (and I am certain she also ate her fair share of window screens and slippers!). She even gets a red vest to show how hard she worked.

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Lexi is pretty awesome. I am hoping she is going to share some of her tips on learning new tricks with me. If Lexi helps me, I can show her my trick of getting food off of the counter when no one is looking. Cinnamon rolls are the best. I try to get those when they are warm!

If you would like to learn more about the differences between emotional support dogs, service dogs and therapy dogs, click here. 

Hugs and kisses, Tallulah xoxoxox