Blog-a-versary! A celebration in photos.

It seems that today marks one year since we started Love and a Six-Foot Leash and brought home our very first foster, Lollie Wonderdog. When we opened this blog, we were envisioning just a little personal documentary project to help us chronicle and then remember our experiences fostering homeless dogs — nothing more. We still cherish this element of the blog, but have found ourselves trying to do a lot more — advocating on behalf of homeless pit bull type dogs everywhere, marketing our current fosters for adoption, networking with other foster families and dog lovers around the world, and coaching others on the ins and outs of fostering and integrating new dogs into the household. It has been such a thrill.

As much as we love writing, we are feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of trying to sum up everything we have learned and received from the seven dogs who have shared our home. So instead, we want to celebrate our blog anniversary in the way we best know how: through photographs.

Thanks to each of you who have been a part of this beautiful and life-changing journey with us.

Mischief.

Joy.

Sorrow.

Play.

Bath.

Peace.

Adventure.

Friends.

Family.

Forever.

53 responses

  1. Love all of the photos. Those with Chick and Gonzo are especially cute in my eyes. Don’t know why, but when I got to the shots of the dogs with their forever families, I started to cry….happy tears. Thank you for all you do. PS: glad you included that photo of you & Blue!

  2. Happy Blogoversary!! I think those pictures summed up your year just PAWFECTLY (and they made my mom’s eyes a litle happy-leaky). I’m sure glad you started your bloggie. It’s one of my favorite ones in all of Blogville. Here’s to a million more blogoversaries!!

    Wiggles & Wags,
    Mayzie

  3. goodness gracious!! first off, congratulations on your one year anniversary! i have to say, coming to see the new blog posts/pictures every day has been a nice new constant in my life. to see the wonderful things you are doing is incredibly awe-inspiring. i agree with the fellow comments in which you should have a photo book – and that when i got down to the ‘forever families’ part i started to tear up. i think we all feel that way because when we read this blog we feel like we’re going through the journey with you. so when they finally do get adopted we feel the happiness, the sadness, etc. looking forward more amazing posts in the future and hearing about your Texas adventures :) – alexis & gilbert

  4. Crying! Oh my, you have accomplished so much in just one year! Congrats on everything you’ve done to save those dogs and to advocate for pitties! You are awesome! Thanks for sharing your life with us!

  5. This is so wonderful. I didn’t want the post to end! Thank you for sharing your foster adventures this year. It has been a year of many blessings.

  6. Teary over here now! simply wonderful, the pics are all just phenenomenal, your photographer is amazing, can you come take pics of all my fosters? lol….These pitties hit the jackpot when you entered their worlds, love love love it, keep up the amazing work!!

  7. Words cannot express how thankful I am about the fact that you – the two legged caretakers – exist and share your love and affection with those four-legged friends. These pictures are wonderful. Thank you.

  8. I totally started crying towards the end. What a lovely collection of photographs and memories. Happy Blogaversary!

    Also, nothing conveys sorrow quite like a cone. :)

  9. Congrats on an amazing year!! I’m so happy I’ve found your blog and friendship. I, too, cried by time I got to family. Also, I “pinned” the crap out of these photos. This is the inspiration I needed today for my paintings! People and their pets – it’s amazing.

  10. Seriously, this post was great. I could remember all the ups and downs associated with the pics. It got me a little emotional for a hot second….especially with fosterdad playing the guitar to Stevie…I don’t know why but that original post killed me and so did the reminder. But whether or not your photo retrospective got me misty or not it was great to take that walk down memory lane again.

  11. Congrats! You’ve accomplished so much in your first year of fostering/blogging. Good luck with the move — the DC metro area will miss you!

  12. Ahh this made me cry! Happy Blogiversary! Between you both (and your pups), and Two Pitties in the City I have completely changed my ignorant attitude about pitties!! Thank you for that!

  13. I really need to stop reading your blog at work. The raccoon eyes are NOT a good look! What a beautiful photographic journey you’ve just taken us on … I only wish I’d found your blog sooner. Congratulations on your blog-a-versary and thanks for taking us along for the ride. (Our blog-a-versary is coming up soon as well – and there is just no way we can ever top this!)

  14. Thank you and congratulations on your one year blogversary, for what you have done and shared with us. You show style, compassion; you did not back away when you found this blog was more than a “personal journey” blog; you write with clarity, emphasizing the potential of each dog, not from where they came; you have enlightened me how to write entries for my rescue dogs: positive, showing the very good side w/o hiding the tough stuff. Looking forward to reading you from TX. And I concur, the family album made the brimming tears spill :).
    One more thing – you are blessed not only by being YOU as individuals and a couple but by the dogs whose lives you have saved and enhanced. Of course, Sir Chick does his part extraordinarily well, too :).

  15. Simply beautiful. I feel blessed to have found your blog and friendship! Thank you for Love and a Six Foot Leash, you guys are a constant source of inspiration!

  16. Love Love the pictures! I always think about how many more dogs might be adopted if they just had good pictures, darn it. Pet photography is not my strong point (at least when it comes to our dog, he wants to eat the camera). Can’t wait to see more!

  17. Happy Anniversary Aleks! You, Ben and Chick are making the world a better place. That is something to be proud of.
    I think what I love most about this retrospective is seeing dogs learning how to be dogs. I’m so glad I found your blog :). Yes, ok I cried too.
    I must also say I am sure Blue is watching over all these pups from the stars.

  18. Wow Aleksandra what a beautiful year you all have had and what an incredible difference you and foster dad have made. This post and those pictures are just so wonderful… the perfect expression of how so many lives are changed. I can’t believe it’s one year already! I can remember first reading about Lollie and look how many fosters have come (and gone to forever homes) since then! You will do awesome in your new place in Texas and they are so lucky to have you! Best of luck to you both, I will be sending happy thoughts your way :)

  19. Beautiful memories! Thank you for a wonderful year of your love and hard work. Looking forward to what the next year brings you!

  20. Such beautiful and inspiring images, you are amazing people people and I have loved reading all your stories even the ones that had me crying my eyes out. Congratulations on your blog-a-versary and thank you for sharing.

  21. Amazing!!! And your photography captures everything so well… thank you for motivating me to do more and do better. MD/DC will miss you guys but obviously we’ll continue to follow you wherever you go! Thanks again for loving these dogs, inspiring me, and motivating the world to open their eyes to these beauties.

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