Final Push: Kibble for Comments!

We’re down to the final two days of Kibble for Comments. Over the past 13 days we have gathered nearly 200 comments, and over the weekend, each comment will magically convert into a pound of food for the homeless animals at the Montgomery County Humane Society. Keep the comments coming folks, we’d love to reach our max of 250 pounds of dog food!

Lollie and I are taking the rest of the year off from blogging. Instead, we will be retreating lazily into the sleepy, cozy, end-of-December daze that has swallowed the rest of the blogging community. Tune back in after the turn of the year, when Lollie will:

  • brag about the gift she received from her very handsome celebrity dog crush
  • share her tips for photographing your pet
  • do many, many celebratory headstands to show you how happy she is to see you again
  • and much, much more . . .

Happy New Year!

Year in Review + Kibble for Comments

***For every comment* left on Love and a Six-Foot Leash posts from December 15th-December 31st 2010, we will donate one pound of high-quality dog food to Lollie’s sugar daddy, the Montgomery County Humane Society. Together, by spreading the word about adoptable Lollie Wonderdog, we can find her a forever home.***

As each December draws to a close, I start feeling a little sentimental and reflective, thinking back on the year’s adventures. It was a big year for us at Casa Fosterfamily; in 2010 we bought our first home, I started a new job, and we took in our first foster dog: Lollie Wonderdog.

So to celebrate the year’s end (with an added bonus of catching up any interested readers who haven’t been with us from the start), Here is a brief synopsis of the portion of the year that we have shared with sweet Lollie Wonderdog.

<<A note to the less blog-savvy: you can hold the CTRL key and click on any of the underlined blue phrases to open a new window with the post that is referenced. This is a great way to catch up on Lollie’s past progress!>>

First, a bit of background. We had a specific type of animal in mind in fostering—a pit bull diamond in the rough. The type of dog that has boundless love to give, is gentle and sweet with people, but routinely gets overlooked at the shelter because there are so many other pits available for adoption—ones that are younger, ones that have shinier fur, ones that have flawless complexions. Lollie fit our criteria perfectly. She was a staff favorite at the shelter and had a sweet disposition. But she was super skinny, her face and arms were sprinkled with scars, her fur was dull and yellowed, and her nipples were stretched and red. She was perfect. 

Lollie joined us as a foster at the end of October—a wonderful dog with a sad past and a bleak future at the shelter. Once home, she quickly proved to be housebroken—whew!—and a fast study, quickly settling in to a housedog routine. Still, there was a long way to go. She had to learn to play with toys, eat snacks, and solve puzzles.

Shortly after she came into our home, she put the smackdown on pet overpopulation by getting spayed . . . which led to the much dreaded cone de shame. That didn’t keep her spirits down for long, though.

Being the charismatic dog that she is, she insisted on frequent baths so that she could always be ready for media attention—both online and television.

Despite the outward appearance of a well-adjusted dog, she was still catching up on simple things. For example, she had to learn how to snuggle to show her affection. With that out of the way, she also learned how to dance.

Every step of the way, she amazed us with how quickly she learns. We always thought our own wonderdog Chick is the smartest dog on the planet, but Lollie learns new things about five times faster than he did. Pleased with her appearance and behavior, Lollie insisted that we go out on the town to show the world what a perfect companion she is (an activity that would have been terrifying and overwhelming to her at first, when she would spook at any loud noise).

As time goes on, she continues to come up with new ways to make us laugh and share her love, like this, this, and this.

When she met Santa a few weeks ago, she asked him for a real forever family for Christmas. So far Santa has not delivered, but we keep telling her that if she is patient, the right family is sure to come along. Could YOU make Lollie’s Christmas wish come true? Find out here!

*limit 250lbs of food

A Snoozy Week Ahead + Kibble for Comments

***For every comment* left on Love and a Six-Foot Leash posts from December 15th-December 31st 2010, we will donate one pound of high-quality dog food to Lollie’s sugar daddy, the Montgomery County Humane Society. Together, by spreading the word about adoptable Lollie Wonderdog, we can find her a forever home. We are up to 186 comments / pounds of food!!***

Lollie spent the holiday weekend with her dear friends at the boarding facility where she is, of course, a favorite. Fosterfamily spent Christmas visiting a 12-person, three-dog, two-cat house; it would’ve been too much for our little girl. We are picking her up tonight and expect to be greeted by a snuggly, sleepy, and just-bathed wonderdog. Something about the boarding experiece really tuckers her out and makes her the perfect couch companion when she gets home:

Hope everybody is having a nice quiet week! Keep the comments coming!

*up to 250 lbs of dog food.

Ask Lollie II

***For every comment* left on Love and a Six-Foot Leash posts from December 15th-December 31st 2010, we will donate one pound of high-quality dog food to Lollie’s sugar daddy, the Montgomery County Humane Society. Together, by spreading the word about adoptable Lollie Wonderdog, we can find her a forever home!!***

Thanks to everyone who submitted questions for Lollie’s second open forum Q&A session. If you didn’t have a chance, don’t worry– we’ll do another in the new year! Send your questions as you think of them, and Lollie will give them her full attention.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you bring, and why?

A squirrel, a shovel, and a tin of altoids. The first would keep me entertained by frisking around. It would also dig holes and build elaborate sand castles with the second. And the third, well, I just hate having bad breath…

How do you make time to answer all of your fan mail?

I actually got a great deal on a personal assistant and have outsourced most of my pesky administrative work for me. This leaves me plenty of time for reading the classics, drinking fine brandies, and writing to my adoring fans.

Was she holding the treat out in her left hand, or had she given you the treat already, and you were feeling slightly bored/slightly amused at being photographed?

Hey smarty pants, you think you’ve got me all figured out huh? Well, you got me on that one (I got treats both before and after, and was quite amused), but what do you think was going on in this photo?

Where did you find that adorable sweatshirt?

I found it in my fosterbrother Chick’s closet. But you can get one at Amazon through a store called “Zack and Zoey.” Chick and I both weigh in the low 50s (I am broad-chested and muscular, he is tall and slim) and wear a large. Chick’s friend Pancho the English pointer (65lbs) wears an XL. If you get one, send pictures!

Snow or no snow – what’s your preference?

Gosh, this depends on so many things. Did it snow enough for fostermom and dad to get off work? Is there a nice fire in the fireplace? Did anybody think to buy me some winter boots? And most importantly, are squirrels easier to catch in the snow?

Will you make sure to tell your future adopters that I am part of the deal and I need to get at least occasional visitation rights?

Dave, my savior and my Santa, I can tell you that I will do my best. At a minimum, I am thinking about this: DC Councilmember Mary Cheh hosts a weekly “Coffee with Cheh” where residents can come hang out and ask her questions. What if I did a regular “Lounging with Lollie”? We could hang out, eat kibble, lick each other’s faces . . .

What would your most perfect furever home be like?

I’m going to be honest here. I am a very laid back lady and adapt so easily. The only must-haves for my forever home are a kind, gentle family (or person) who loves me, feeds me plenty, trains me well, and gives me a nice soft place to sleep. MCHS wants my forever family to be dog experienced and not have any young kids (just because I’m so strong I might accidentally knock them over when we’re playing). Some “nice to haves” are a big yard with a tall fence, activities such as running or hiking, and parents who love the song Last Christmas by Wham! as much as I do.

If you could go on a walk with any famous person (alive or dead) who would you pick to hold the other end of your leash?

John Travolta. If he’s as good of a walker as he is a dancer, it would be the funnest walk ever. And I’d make him sing to me in that great falsetto – it drives me wild with jubilation!

Lollie, will we see you at Christmas?

If you are fostermom and dad’s family, you bet your lucky buttons you’re gonna see me. If you’re anybody else, you too can be so lucky: just email fostermom and set up an appointment to meet me!

*limit 250lbs of food

A Fun Surprise + Kibble for Comments

***For every comment* left on Love and a Six-Foot Leash posts from December 15th-December 31st 2010, we will donate one pound of high-quality dog food to Lollie’s sugar daddy, the Montgomery County Humane Society. Together, by spreading the word about adoptable Lollie Wonderdog, we can find her a forever home. We are up to 162 comments / pounds of food already!***

Friends of Lollie, you’re going to have to wait an extra day for her second open-forum Q&A session. Thank you to all who have submitted questions; she is working out her responses right now. It’s hard to hold a pen, you know, without opposable thumbs.

The reason for our delay is that something very cute happened last night and we wanted to write about it right away. I came home from work, and was delighted to find a package on our doorstep. It’s a holiday gift from Flash! (For those of you who don’t already know Flash, he is our neighbor’s lovely yellow lab and a key subject of Lollie’s affection.) 

It turns out that Flash, possibly with help from his human siblings, baked doggie treats for Lollie and Ty. Check out these dog biscuits and doggie “chocolates” made of carob (don’t worry, it’s dog-safe). Beautiful, right? 

Well as you can imagine, Lollie was thrilled to sniff this package. 

She could hardly contain her excitement, giving me The Look that Chick has taught her over the past few weeks. 

After a few minutes of posing with her present, she just couldn’t bear it any longer—check out her squirmy “mom, pleeeeeeeeease!!” look: 

Needless to say, she loved the treats. She sampled a cookie and a bit of the “chocolate,” and when I put it away to save for later, she sat by the cabinet for about 15 minutes, willing the door to open itself and present the treats to her once more. 

Thank you Flash, for your very thoughtful present!

*limit 250lbs of dog food

Calling All Questions for Lollie!

***For every comment* left on Love and a Six-Foot Leash posts from December 15th-December 31st 2010, we will donate one pound of high-quality dog food to Lollie’s sugar daddy, the Montgomery County Humane Society. Together, by spreading the word about adoptable Lollie Wonderdog, we can find her a forever home!!***

First things first. Lollie wants to know: does this hoodie make her look fat? At 50 pounds of pure muscle and bone she is far from it– in fact, getting her to put on weight has been a real challenge. Still, she almost threw a fit when she saw this photo. I think she looks adorable; she thinks she looks fat. Dear friends, please settle our debate.

Second: tomorrow is Lollie’s second open-forum Q&A session for her readers!! You can check out the first one here. We will be accepting questions all the way up to tomorrow morning, so if you have a burning need to know, just tell us! You can post your question in a comment or email us directly at DCPetographer [at] gmail [dot] com.

And last but certainly not least, our dear friend over at Love-A-Bull is offering a cash donation to our fabulous local animal shelter for every responsible pit bull owner’s story in the comments on her blog. If you are a pit owner and lover, please stop by and share your tale!

*limit 250lbs of dog food

Squirrel Watch: the Sequel

***For every comment* left on Love and a Six-Foot Leash posts from December 15th-December 31st 2010, we will donate one pound of high-quality dog food to Lollie’s sugar daddy, the Montgomery County Humane Society. Together, by spreading the word about adoptable Lollie Wonderdog, we can find her a forever home!!***

*up to 250 lbs of food

Now that winter is upon us and the leaves on our giant oaks have fallen, Lollie’s Squirrel Watch has reached new heights, so to speak. The disappearance of the leaves has further exposed the routines of those furry little beasts to Lollie, who now focuses her full attention on their chasing, leaping, and flying across the treetops.

You may not have already known this about Lollie, but she is a nature lover, a skilled gardener, an avid birdwatcher and protector of all feathered friends. And so, she has been reading a classic gardening book, Outwitting Squirrels: 101 Cunning Stratagems to Reduce Dramatically the Egregious Misappropriation of Seed from Your Birdfeeder by Squirrels, and she is starting her war on squirrels with the basic, foundational strategies suggested in the book: watch, listen, learn. Here is a depiction of the first few minutes of a typical morning walk:

 Keep it up girly. You’ll get those squirrels someday!

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