The way to our hearts

It’s funny, how some of them find the way to your heart as though they were hitching a ride on cupid’s arrow.

Don’t get us wrong. We have loved every one of our foster dogs to little bits and pieces. With some of them, the bond we’ve formed feels almost as strong as the one we share with our own Sir Chick. But with Snickerdoodle? We fell hard and fast. Within 24 hours, I was saying to foster dad “we’re going to keep him.” Within 48, I was brainstorming how we could possibly squeeze three dogs into our tiny house — two of our own plus a foster.

In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve threatened to keep at least four our fosters so far, and gone on to bravely find them a perfect home of their own. Saying goodbye has been bittersweet with most of them, and I’ve cried after sending off at least half of them. But we’ve done what’s best for them and sent them on their way. I’m putting my money on the same thing happening with Snickerdoodle.

We’re already mourning the day in the future when we’ll have to say goodbye, but in the meantime, we’re walking on clouds and loving every minute.

 

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296 responses

  1. He’s so precious, how can you not love him. But I have faith that you will find him the perfect home, and you will know that that is the way it’s supposed to be. So you can help many many more of Snickerdoodles.

  2. My husband and I have fostered over 50 dogs in the last 3 years and I think we almost always wonder what it would be like to add a third dog to our family. We think, we talk, we wonder and then we find them a great home. We talk about them frequently and wonder how they are doing. We know that it would be much harder for us to foster if we had 3 dogs and so we continue. We usually only wait a day or two before fostering again, which really seems to help. Snickerdoodles looks like an incredible dog and he is so fortunate to be in your home.

    • FIFTY?? Like five-zero?? That averages out to more than one/month…how do you get them placed so quickly?? Dang, I bow down to you, foster guru! We’re on our third since October, and I thought we were doing pretty good. πŸ™‚

  3. Snickerdoodle is awfully cute. It’ll be interesting taking this journey with you and finding out what you decide to do.

  4. Aleks, this is honestly my biggest fear…we’ve only had three so far but I’ve loved them all, I am actually dreading the day I fall completely head over heels – I know it’s just a matter of time! Be strong!

  5. He is the cutest! We had the same thought with our last two foster puppies (they came together). Daily, one of us would say, “So, are we keeping one?” or, worse, “So, which one are we keeping?” We ended up conceding that we loved them both, but that they weren’t quite what we were looking for – and now we have the most wonderful second (permanent) dog. Sadly, we can’t foster anymore now… but we were able to give a pittie a home.

    He is just the cutest! I’m sure that whatever you end up doing will be the right thing for all of you!

  6. He is so sweet! Maybe a neighbor or friend will fall in love with him so you can have regular playdates and still have room to foster…

  7. I don’t know how you’ve done it, well.. yes I guess I do but still – that’s a lot of temptation over the last year. I nearly caved just having fostered one dog!

  8. I can see why you are in love! But if you didn’t keep Gonzo Bunny Ears, and I have no idea how you gave him up, then I think you’ll be able to find this beautiful boy a home.

    • Ha- good thinking. But we mostly didn’t keep Ears because he wasn’t much of a pit bull. Given our advocacy for pit bull type dogs, we need spokesmodels at home — not cute little muffins that are half bunny rabbit!

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    • Hi Kristel,

      Where do you guys live? I’ve had a lot of success through my blog, but I know that not everybody has the time / capacity to do this. You should think about creating a simple web page for the dogs with lots of photos and as much good info as you can put together. If your rescue has nice individual pages for each dog, that should be enough.

      Then, get them “adopt me” vests from http://www.houndgear.net, and put them on anytime you leave the house. Take the dogs with you when you can — to the farmers market, the park,the coffee shop, the baseball game . . . and make yourself little business cards with the dogs’ basic stats, a link to the URL where people can go for more info, and your own contact info. The best adopters are sometimes those who don’t even know they’re looking for a new dog!

      I couldn’t get the link you send to work — can you send it again?

      Best of luck, Aleks

  10. Look at those honey brown sugary sweet syrupy eyes. And those freckles. Guess I’ve always had a soft spot for a ginger!

    I’m a failed foster so I’d certainly understand if you ended up hoarding him all to yourself!

  11. Me and Mom keep waiting and waiting to see which doggie is finally gonna be The Foster Failure. (Cuz we’re pretty sure that’s gonna happen sooner or later.) We thought for SURE it was gonna be Gonzo Bunny Ears. Could it be Snickerdoodle? I guess we’ll have to wait and find out!

    Wiggles & Wags,
    Mayzie

  12. I have 2 dogs and an ever-present 3rd foster and have seriously had thoughts of regret over not adopting a past foster. The dilemma is that adopting a 3rd would be the end of my fostering days…

  13. What an absolutely adorable boy! I am in the same boat with you on the keeping them thing, Brodie suits us so perfectly, but it would mean not fostering until we move out of our current place. If you guys could manage to own two and foster one ( which I honestly think you guys could pull off no sweat πŸ˜‰ DO IT. I also liked your comment about why you didn’t adopt Bunny Ears, my husband and I had a short love affair with a boxer but I knew there was no way I could adopt a dog that wasn’t a pit bull after all the talk I do about how fantastic they are. I am a bit fascinated by the idea of owning two ambassadogs and the impact I could have with them on the public, though I would have to tweek some of my goals a bit. Also peaked my curiousity when you mentioned you have threatened to keep 4 fosters, which ones were they?

    • Because those are the four who got along with Sir Chick the best.

      On Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 3:13 PM, Love and a Six-Foot Leash wrote:

      > Bunny-Ears > TANK > Stevie Wonder > Curious G > and now Snickerdoodlebug. > >

      • Ahh, all such great dogs! I can’t wait to read more about Snickerdoodle especially his relationship with Sir Chick, do you guys want a second dog?

  14. If I lived closer to you, I might be fighting you for this one! (Truth be told: there are gorgeous pitbull terriers in all parts of the country – just not in my house…yet.)

  15. I’m back (again): just read Kristel R’s post & picked up that she lives in Maryland. A good friend of mine lives outside of Baltimore – and is dog savvy and well-connected. If you hook me up to Kristel I can connect HER to my friend, Carol. (I did hop on FB and coudn’t see how to leave a message for Kristel there.)

  16. I have a lot of respect for doggie foster parents. It can be as infuriating and heartbreaking as it is rewarding. Snickerdoodle is an adorable furry creature and I will keep my fingers crossed that you will find him an amazing family to love him like he deserves!

  17. I couldn’t bear to part from such a face. i’d keep all the dogs I foster (which is why i am not allowed to per my honey) I think those pictures made my heart melt just a little bit.

  18. I love anyone who is willing to help a dog, there are so many in need and I am so happy there are people out there like me! We have 8 rescue’s and love every minute of it

  19. He’s so handsome!! It’s wonderful what you do for the dogs! I would probably want to keep them all if I did a foster thing like you!

    My boyfriend and I adopted a “hound mix” almost two years ago and he’s fantastic. His name is Sonny and he is such a lovable, affectionate and cuddly pup. He was just about 1 when we got him. He was originally from Indiana, but they moved him over here to the East Coast to a no-kill shelter not far from us. He was the first dog we saw and we knew right away that if he wasn’t already taken, he would be ours. He’s made us so happy. We have a bumper sticker that says “Who Saved Who?” and it’s so true!

  20. She’s adorable! I’m always in awe of people who can be foster parents to animals. If I tried to be I’m pretty sure I would end up on the show animal hoarders.

  21. Hi! πŸ™‚ Congratulations on being freshly pressed! I’m glad I found your blog and truly admire what you do! My husband and I have two dogs (our boys) and although I have thought of fostering … I don’t know if I would be able to let the dogs go … I’d be the one crying too! It’s wonderful to know there are people like you to help out our beloved animals! πŸ™‚

  22. Awe. It’s got to be hard letting them go. I am a big sister to two kitties, who love their Mommy, their Daddy, and their two human sisters very much. Daddy put his foot down and said we couldn’t have a third cat. We’ve seen some tempting possiblities, but I think it would be hard for our little girls to adjust to another family member.

  23. Such a beautiful dog. I’ve fostered 11 dogs and this trick worked for me: Anytime I felt tempted to adopt one I just looked at rescue sites and photos of all the homeless dogs out there that still need homes. Thank you for fostering!

  24. CONGRATS ON BEING FRESHLY PRESSED! I was a little puppy that was fostered, then adopted into a great home with all the love a dog could imagine. My story began the day that my new Daddy & Mommy went to PetSmart to buy kitty food and they came home with ME! I came from a litter of seven and our dog Mommy was poisoned with anti-freeze after giving birth to us, but I got a great foster home that took care of me, and then I found my permanent home. My story is heart breaking, and I hope that you keep your foster dog. The bond you make is unbreakable and Snickerdoodle will always be true to you. Keep him! Check out what I have been up to at http://www.nikitaland.wordpress.com and stop & say hi! Love, Nikita

  25. He has the sweetest, most adorable face! I can definitely understand how hard it must be to let go of your foster dogs, especially with such a cute one πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing and congrats on being freshly pressed!

  26. Good job! We just said goodbye to our first foster. As bittersweet as it was, we are happy that she found her permanent home with a good family. Also, we like the blog.

  27. I love what you are doing for these animals! If there were more people like you in this world it would be a better place for animals.. I am going to say thank you in behalf of the world πŸ™‚

  28. Wow! I can see how you would have a hard time giving him up; it’s very difficult for me not to reach through the computer screen and snatch him up for some snuggle time. Good luck finding a foster home for him, he looks like a total sweetie!

  29. He is indeed an adorable fellow. Good for you for the the good work you do! I have been dog-less now for nearly 5 years, and I’m feeling the need to go rescue someone.

    Congrats on being FP’d! Well deserved.

  30. He’s darling. He reminds me of the stray puppy that my mother-in-law took in a few months ago – Boots is at least part pit, and he’s just the sweetest thing. I wanted to take him home with us, only I didn’t think our male Akita would’ve appreciated it one bit. πŸ™‚

  31. Ok, so I saw the pic on Freshly Pressed, and knew I needed to read this blog! Awe, I love dogs! I would so take him if I were someplace I were going to stay for a while! What a cute face.

    I could not foster, because I would end up keeping everyone of them. When I was married I kept rescuing dogs till I finally had four dogs and a cat my kids father brought home. One of them had serious issues as she was blind, and had seizures on a regular basis. Her name was Bunny, so I had to laugh at your other one you called bunny ears. She was just a little thing. When I got divorced I had to find homes for three of them and my big one and the cat went to live with a family member on a horse ranch where he became best pals with a Lama??? Giving them up was very hard! I plan to get two new dogs as soon as I relocate to where I am going, and find dog friendly housing!

    Keep up the good work! What a precious face he has! Wish I could keep him!

    Blessings Sallyjane

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  32. I know what you mean. We feel like there is a sign on our roof in a color that only dogs can see that reads “Warm hearts for cold noses”.

    Keep up the good work!

  33. Beautiful … congrats on being Freshly Pressed!! We’re dog lovers too, and frequently foster, and we have several “failed fosters” … πŸ™‚

  34. OMG! MY roommates and I LOVE this dog. Too bad we’re all students and can’t even afford to feed ourselves half the time. BUT WE would walk him in -20 weather. WE WOULD lol

  35. omg SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO cute!!!!!! i love dogs and if ANYONE!!! ever visited my site they woud probably know that. my blog is all about dogs. please visit my site i need comments

    Congratz on being freshley pressed. you are awsome

  36. I hear you and feel for you. When I was a child I took in every stray dog and was only able to keep two. One of the dogs we couldn’t keep was killed at the dog pound. That was decades ago and my heart still feels broken.

    • I can only imagine what that might have felt like for a child. We had to put a foster dog down once for irreparable behavioral issues, and I still think about Baby Blue every day. Thanks for your note.

  37. He is so adorable. I think i could never ever be a foster mom. I could easily fall in love and be attached with pets and might end of hoarding them all. Even my mom and my sib’s pets i truly truly love. Keep him, he’s overly cute. Congrats on being FP.

  38. it’s people like you that make me have such a warm fuzzy feeling! what you do is so important! all i can say is keep up the great work! you are just as important to the dogs as they are to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. I truly, truly appreciate all you doggie foster parents. I saw my sweet Kodiak’s face on the SSPCA website and rushed right down to adopt him. But alas! He had developed kennel cough and was in foster care. Well, I gave the foster care coordinator my name and she said she’d call me in a week when he came back to the SSPCA. Three weeks later (he musta really been sick or his foster family just didn’t want to give him up) I took home my best-est friend ever! His foster family took wonderful care of him till it was time for me to bring him home. He’s such a sweetie I know it was hard to give him up. Thank you for all you do.

  40. Snickerdoodle is beautiful and he looks very intelligent. Yes, they are so hard to keep out of your heart. They become our children. I love when they learn our way of communicating and become almost human. I have a picture on my blog of a dog and a video of a cat that we took in and decided not to find another home for. As if we needed another one! πŸ™‚

  41. Thank you for fostering four legged wonders. I have a 10 year old “White German Shepherd” that some one as gracious as you fostered. My sweet “Rex” has brought joy and serentity into my life. We have shared the last 6 years together. I am the lucky one! Part of me hopes you get to keep Snickerdoodle! Yet, I don’t know where I would be if I had not had the joy of “Rex” in my life!

  42. He is beautiful. I can understand how you fell so hard and fast.
    You’re wonderful for being foster parents to these dogs, I would love to do the same one day.

  43. That’s a really nice looking dog!

    And I admire your cause. I had to re-home three of my mother’s dogs. Unfortunately only one found a home. But she’s so happy. And I’m friends with the new owners, so I get to see her anytime I want.

  44. I’m also fostring a little one at the moment and I am very tempted to keep him. who knows maybe we will both get to keep our fosters πŸ™‚
    Good luck and many happy hours.

    (If you want to know about Simba check out my blog. I’m putting up daily photos)

  45. What an absolute cutie!!! You are doing very important work by fostering dogs- if my situation was different (ie- I would not be working 12 hour days and had a house) I would absolutely consider fostering… Love your blog!! Have subscribed!

  46. This is such a sweet site! We have a foster puppy that we fell in love with that looks a lot like yours! My husband and I live in Bangladesh and are also trying to fit the two new puppies we found with a kitten and Grem! We’d love to set up an animal shelter in Dhaka one day… I wrote this about our first four fostered puppies http://jessicamudditt.wordpress.com/2011/12/09/diggin-deshi-dogs-photo-feature/
    Keep up the great work – keep that puppy!!

  47. I looked at that second picture, caught a glipse of these eyes, and instantly felt a pinch in my heart. That’s the way to our hearts. He’s absolutely to die for!
    Thanks for sharing!

  48. I hope you find Snickerdoodle a wonderful forever home! I am sure it is going to be very hard to see that heart-melting face leave (and I can only imagine he has a personality to match). But, think of how much love he can give to (and receive from) another family if he has brought so much in such a short time to yours!

    I saw that picture when I logged in and could not resist clicking!

    I have two bully’s -a 10 year old APBT and a 18 week old English Bull Terrier. My APBT (a boy) has never been the most warm and welcoming towards other dogs but the bull terrier (a girl) has managed to melt his heart (except in the early mornings when he just wants to sleep a few more hours and she wants to play-play-play).

    Good luck and I am going to definitely start following your blog!

  49. Snickerdoodle is adorable – great photos! It’s so hard to say goodbye to a beloved foster dog, yet it’s so wonderful to know that you played an important part in getting them to their forever home. A very bittersweet relationship. I’m sure Snickerdoodle will end up in the right home, whether it’s yours or someone you find for him.

  50. My comment has nothing to do with your actual blog post–although the cuteness of Snickerdoodle is why I clicked on your blog. I love the turquoise flats and mustard shirt combination. It has given me ideas. πŸ™‚

    Congrats on your freshly pressing!

  51. Oh well, today i had to say adieu to my most loved pet. Its a very sad to me today. I had to wake up to listen to this news. Why did i wake up? God damn!! 😦 We have lost a major member in our family. She was alil baby sister to me.

  52. It’s so great that you foster dogs! But I honestly don’t know how you do it. I get so attached! When I was younger our dogs had litters of puppies and giving them away was so awful. I don’t think i could go through that again but I really admire those who can!

    And fyi snickerdoodle is so cute!!!

  53. What a cutie! I think any “bully” dog or mix has the potential to make everybody fall in love with it. They’re the sweetest dogs and those faces are too precious and funny!

  54. I can see why he’s named Snickerdoodle–you just want to gobble up that sweet face! We have “fostered” one dog, and I put that in quotations because we ended up adopting him. We knew within two days that he was our boy. But I admire people who truly foster animals and send them on their way to adoptive homes. I’m hoping that when we get a bigger house we can have our two dogs and then foster a third, but I know it will be hard to give it up.

  55. I’m so glad you got “pressed” so I could find you. Subscribed. My opinion: Foster-peeps are angels in disguise. I’ve said it before elsewhere — I have NO idea how you can take these beauties in, love them, and then send them on to their good homes. But I take my cat off to you for doing it. I’m about to invite another cat into this tiny cabin, and I want to do that through fosters. Welcoming Bugs, my first (feral) cat, was a spontaneous decision and much as I love my crazy fierce boy, I need some more help with him than I, mere human, can provide. Thanks to you and others like you, I’m going to find another feline, hopefully socialized in advance, to help me and my Mr. Monster Bugs understand each other better. In the meantime — as I said: CATS OFF to you.

    • Our house is a zoo of permenent and
      temporary animal residents – we find a
      extra cat it stays untill we place it. Mom
      even bought a lizard last christmas. It
      was on sale and she was terrified some
      one would buy it for their kid – it needed
      a bigger cage and a more expencive
      diet then most adults could agree to
      provide – it certinly wasen’t a beginner
      or casual reptile but mom had fallin in
      love. So far – it thrives.

      Our dog Toby came to us when mom
      caught him red – pawed raiding the
      garbage – he is mostly scottish terrier
      but a shorter snout and red mustach
      meant he was clearly “Scottish Bastard”

      Our newest addition is a yellow mackeral
      tabby, that followed my brother home from
      a walk – they first noticed a kitten raceing
      to keep up – mewing at the top of its lungs.
      It is the best friend of the black poodle
      that lives next door – he likes to sit next
      to “Chi-latte” and will scream as if injured
      when his owner tries to call him home.

      We encountered a couple at pets mart
      looking to place a tarantula. Good luck
      guys.

  56. I am a lover of animals. As a young man growing up in New York City, I have many fond memories of several dogs that my parents had over the years. They added so much to the safety and love of our apartment homes, especially safety wise, since our apartments were in the worst neighborhoods of Harlem in Manhattan. Mistreating an animal by an owner is a huge issue to me. Sadly in my neighborhood we have a high profile politician who mistreats her 15 year old plus dog. She is left out in the cold in below freezing temps, as well as outside in days in the Summer when the temps are way over 100. What is equally heartbreaking is hearing that poor animal crying for its owners, and simple companionship at all hours of the night and day. It was last year this individual was featured in a well-known mag with her and her dog at her side…..like she truly was a loving and caring individual….what a joke! What adds even more sadness, calling the dog pound and reporting her, would be a waste of time, since she carries great power in our community, as a power-broker in the politicial scene.

    • Careful when reporting that one – sounds like
      that poor animal isen’t the only Bitch you should
      to worry about – if that’s how she treats her friends
      . . . well, better not become
      one of her enimies – I’d try and slip that
      anonoumously under the door of the local
      animal welfare group, or If your really mad
      – a rival polition.

  57. I can relate to that feeling of dread knowing your time with a pet will soon be up. I never had a pet bigger than a goldfish growing up. But my sisters, and friends all have dogs and/or cats. Each time I get to see them I give them all the backed up years of love I have from never having my own. And I am always sad when I have to say goodbye when I leave. Not seeing them again for months at a time.

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  59. Three dogs in a tiny house? Sounds familiar. It can be done. Look how cute he is!! (This is why I can’t foster!) But thank you for your hard work!

  60. Adorable! I have two Pits, one a shelter rescue and one a former foster. Bless you for taking that beautiful baby in and good luck finding it in you to give him up. We met lots of little Pit fosters before we took Bella home and all ended up being kept by their foster family. Bella’s foster moms almost backed out, but realized their lifestyle wasn’t conducive to a pit’s needs and we adopted her.

  61. What a lovely puppy. We have an old english bullddogge, but i’ve always thought pits were pretty rad. My brother has one and Escher is just the sweetest animal i’ve ever met. I think it’s amazing that you’re able to foster and then send them off to wonderful homes. I would never be allowed; my husband knows I have no willpower whatsoever when it comes to pets. πŸ˜€

  62. Goodness…that face! I have a really soft spot in my heart for pitts & rotties. I send hugs of comfort in advance for when Snickerdoodle finds a good home but am hoping he gets to stay with you since you love him so much! All the best to you and your family, dogs and all! =)

  63. Hi from Portugal, great blog, great photos and beautiful dogs! . We are a no-kill animal shelter in the north of Portugal and a few pits have passed through our doors! I too have fostered many different dogs too and have five of my own…
    our stories on our blog can be seen on http://aanifeira.wordpress.com Good luck with your mission!

  64. beautiful pup pics. i lost my black lab about a yr and a half ago, she was almost 13 and i had her since she was 12 wks old. i read some quote, which i will poorly paraphrase: “the pain we suffer when we lose them, is the price we pay to had a chance to love them.” how true….more true can any other statement be. i still have ny cat and chihuahua, but Shiva, my lab, was my baby, my daughter, friend, she was the only one who could boss me around, lol. No one will ever fill her place. it still feels odd with just me and the cat and chihuahua, because part of our pack, family is gone. i respect people who can foster animals, its hard not to want to keep them i imagine. thank you for the great pics and the chance of a life you give the pups.

  65. So cute! One of the worst parts about living in New York City has been the absence of a dog in my life (my current building does not allow them), so I am especially appreciative of you taking the time to share.

    Also, thanks so much for your personal efforts with fostering dogs. I know that I speak on behalf of everyone who has ever received such a dog when I say that your efforts are greatly appreciated, and have great impacts on the family’s who are lucky enough to gain a new canine friend.

  66. Wow, I’m so happy I found you! And even happier that you guys foster! My husband and I have 8 dogs of our own, and we foster as well, so I totally get your dilemma with this little cutie! Next week I’m off to Spain (we live in Sweden) to pick up 5 more foster dogs (3 for us and 2 for other people that I’ve convinced to help out), I can’t wait! We live in an apartment on the 10th floor, so squeezing in dogs is literally something we know how to do…

    Good luck to you, and congrats on being FP!
    See you around πŸ˜‰

    /Alex

  67. Precious! You’re so strong! I would love to have foster dogs but I’d be in the same boat as you – not wanting to give them up. I’m glad there are people out there like you who care for these animals!

  68. Hunter gatherer…Noted and recorded. We have a chi-wa-wa/Corgi combo that is obsessed with gathering all things with a familiar smell of ours. Needless to say she is a sneak and quite comfortable with her acquisitions. Check her out–her name is Juno and she is on our site. Laundry time is her favorite–nice, warm, hot pile before folding is her ideal resting place before she takes some items to her nest. Love them eyes.

  69. My husband and I have been pining for a puppy for awhile…. 😦 I just wrote about it on my blog actually. I can’t wait for the day we can bring a puppy that’s been fostered by a loving family like yours. πŸ™‚

  70. Me and my family are avid pitbull lovers of the 10th power. We have a pitbull/ridgeback/mastive that weighs in at about 90 lbs. He is spoiled to no end and is a definite daddy’s boy.
    I love the pics of your foster dog, and truth be told, he would have been ours in a heartbeat.
    Good luck and I hope you can work it out on the adoption.

  71. Did you know this post was featured today on the wordpress(dot)com dashboard? I saw the picture of Snickerdoodle and went “Awww! I must check that out!”

    What’s even better is that I saw that you’re following a friend of mine (Rescued insanity)! =] So now I have to follow your blog.

  72. It’s a genuine pleasure to meet someone with the same love and devotion to animals as our family. It is difficult, isn’t it, to rehabilitate a dog that’s been deemed “un-adoptable” due to poor behavior instilled by their previous owner and then send them off to their forever home. I’m sure Snickerdoodle’s behavior is impeccable; I mean, just look in those eyes and you’ll see a dog filled with unconditional love with strong hints of playfullness – in short, a perfect dog. I’m looking forward to reading more. Thanks for sharing with us!

  73. OMG!! that dog Snickerdoodle looks exactly like our dogs!! and the puppies we have sold in the past 2 years!! ours are Chiuaua mixed with Italian Greyhounds.
    Some of them have that same color pattern too!
    they have the most adorable faces and are SO playful and LOVE to cuddle!

  74. forgot to mention our Matriarch of the family Bella was a rescue dog that we adopted after meeting her at Petsmart on adoption day- we love her dearly and now we have three!!

  75. We had two dogs already when a stray showed up in our small town of 100 people. (Seriously that small. Eight miles to a gallon of milk.) Anyway, we first started taking an interest in her because she developed a bad habit of chasing cars that the other (non-stray) dogs did. We didn’t want her to get hit. Then, we decided we needed to protect her by bringing her into the house against the storm. Then we decided we’ll just clean her up, get rid of her tics, and bring her to the pound. We even took her to the pound. Then, we walked out with her after the pound guy said he didn’t know why we were getting rid of her. πŸ™‚

    That was in 2000. She died in 2010 after about a month and a half of half paralysis. Probably a spinal tumor. That’s the short version. So, yes, it is amazing how quickly they wiggle their way into your life to stay. πŸ™‚

  76. ooh my god that puppy is so cute!! and I totally agree with what you guys are doing! my mom and i use to foster and it got so hard to let them go but in the end you realize its for the better!

  77. What an adorable little face! I would fall in love with him too. I would love to do what you guys do someday, but I don’t know if I would be able to say goodbye to a dog once I’d taken care of them! Good for you guys to be helping pups out πŸ™‚

  78. When we lost our beautiful Rottweiler my husband insisted we get a puppy for our son. We adopted an 8 week old Aussie/Husky mix and my son Anthony named him Tony (I just think that is funny). Well, my husband 6 months later cannot get used to Tony being a much more active dog/pup and claims he doesn’t like the dog ( I know different). He always tells me to leave with the dog cause I stick up for the puppy all of the time. I seriously would too. I would leave before giving him up. He is a good dog just a different breed. I love him and I think if you take a dog into your home to live for good, not fostering, then that dog is there to stay to the best of your ability. My husband had a choice to marry me, Tony didn’t get to choose us lol.

  79. Too. Cute. Reminds me though of my dog who we just recently had to put down :”( Would love a new dog but don’t know if we can take seeing another go so painfully…

    But I have to sat that it sounds wonderful being a foster to different dogs before finding a home for them!

  80. This is a beautiful thing that you are doing… go on walking on clouds and live in the present as Snickerdoodle his time with you. I have just discovered your blog and it has made my day… which is only starting…
    Snickerdoodle is so cute, and these eyes… I understand the “keeping” threats πŸ™‚
    Good Luck!

  81. Hi, I think it’s fantastic what you and others like you are doing. Not just for looking after the dogs but having the strength to do what is best for them and move them on to new homes. I am so soft that it would kill me to give up just one animal I had looked after for a while. Our second dog Sheba came from a foster home. She is great and such a character. I keep meaning to contact the foster person who had her and ask if she still has her brain lying around somewhere. Well done, keep up the great work.

  82. What an irresistible face!

    It’s so wonderful that you do fostering. Think of all the happiness you bring to the puppies and their new families. πŸ™‚ It’s heartwarming.

  83. You are so great! Heartbreaking!
    I could not. Respect!

    That’s a cute mouse. If there is no … This view can not resist.
    I wish you every success and hope that you find a nice home as she has found it on you!

    greetings from Germany

  84. what a cute pup.
    i can’t imagine being a foster – i’d end up with a house full of dogs that i’ve fallen in love with.
    i applaud your work and love for these deserving dogs.

  85. Awe– I’d have a hard time letting him go too! I know I personally couldn’t do it– I mean it’s hard enough losing a pet to old age, but having to do it over and over again — that would be gut-wrenching!! The good news is at least there are quite a few landlords that don’t mind having dogs around, or else a lot of us would have a big problem on our hand! Keep posting, I Love your blog!
    Cheers,
    Diane

  86. I love what you are doing for these dogs, its a great achievement giving a dog a good home as well as others! Ill be following from now on and well done! πŸ™‚

  87. Great post! And thanks for fostering! My hub and I got a rescue last year and she’s the light of our lives! Couldn’t have done it without her foster Mom taking her in temporarily.

  88. What a wonderful and meaningful thing to do for a pet! My husband and I recently adopted our 3 year old Rat Terrier and he came to us so well adjusted and trained because of love he received from his foster mom. The work you’re doing is so valuable! Keep it up πŸ™‚

  89. It was healing for me to read this. Last weekend, I said good bye to my four legged friend of seventeen years. There is no love like unconditional love and I cherish every joyful moment he gave us. I think Snickerdoodles is lucky to have you whether it’s a stepping stone or a permanent home. I think you have inspired me to look into fostering as well.

  90. Love this story …A friend once said to me if you want to know what God looks like just look at the face of a dog….they are perfect embodiments of love and compassion …. Snickerdoodle is beautiful.

  91. precious creatures.. Makes me want to get another dog.. we lost ours, @ 4 years old due to cancer.. it was my first dog.. a chocolate lab.. Lexie.. your pictures captures the innocence of animals and how much they are like people thanks for sharing

  92. Beautiful pictures. I find photographing my dog really hard-full of appreciation now for anyone that takes a non-blurry picture!

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  94. Oh, he’s beyond cute! πŸ™‚ Saying goodbye is definitely hard, but what you’re doing is truly wonderful. One foster dog in a new home also means you can foster another dog in need. But I have to admit I’d fight to keep that face as well. πŸ™‚

    • Hi! We don’t know for sure because he is from a shelter, but he looks like a pit bull type dog. He is fantastic.

  95. Wow, glad I found you on freshly pressed, congrats on that! I lost my two retrievers last year and am in dialogue right now with golden retriever rescue to be a foster. I am so uncertain because it tears me up so bad to lose them, but they need fosters so bad! They have a lot of senior/special needs dogs and I am so good with dogs, I know I could do them some good, but I don’t know if I could stand it when they die. I still am heartbroken over losing my two girls. What do you think? Will it be different, knowing I am a foster, and helping them?

  96. Amazing that I found your post. Gave away our little puppy 2 days ago. He stole my heart. And it has gone two days and I am still feeling horrible anxiety over not keeping the little man. I don’t really now what to do. I still miss the little man as much as I did 2 days ago – even though I only had him for 4 days….

  97. With the exception of a budgie, I never had a pet.

    My new spouse has basically always had a dog of some sort and throughout the time we have been together, he has talked to me about one.

    One day I asked how long the average dog lives for and he responded, so I stated well then we better get on with getting one.

    That was a Tuesday and by Saturday, we picked up our red-headed Golden Retriever. He was so cute with these basset hound eyes that had me wrapped around his little paw.

    No sleeping on our bed, no sleeping in our room…..And I the first to break the rules.

    Within a year, I was so concerned about our Golden whining when we came home, that he was lonely during the day. On a Monday, we went to see a border collie/newfoundlander mix. My husband told me, this little black ball of fluff with a wwhite paw wasn’t suitable for our family. He was rescued from a reserve and he was very withdrawn, skittish, unfriendly and big huge eyes.

    The following day, when my husband got home from work, we had a new puppy. I had to go back and get him because something in my heart told me I needed to.

    Now our border-collie is the most trusting, friendly but independant dog I could imagine.

    Within 1 year, 2 dogs. See I didn’t think I had enough in me to give, with 4 boys who were 16-19 at the time, who had time for dogs and more importantly who had a big enough heart to give more of themself. I learned a lot about myself through our dogs Bishop and Vegas and cannot imagine life without them.

    They make me laugh, they make me calmer and they bring joy to my life each and every day.
    http://stringfellow.smugmug.com/Open/Family/Golden-Retriever/11957601_nfPp3f#!i=847129000&k=EL884

  98. I love him, he’s a beautiful pet, makes me wish I still had my dog here. Had my dog Lady for 16 years, but sadly, she had to be put down, had cancer in her liver for 3 years and well… we all come and go at some point. Be good if you get to keep him though πŸ™‚ and it’s good that you foster care for them, he’s adorable πŸ™‚

  99. OMG look at that face!! What a sweetheart, how could you not fall in love! You are a strong woman/couple for being able to host loving animals in your home. I’d always be afraid I could never let them go! Congrats to you both.

  100. you’re awesome. i volunteer at the philadelphia city intake shelter (which means we get all of the strays and owner-surrenders), and while it’s incredibly tough sometimes, it’s also very rewarding, especially when you meet awesome dogs. πŸ™‚ i’m glad this post shows pitbulls in a positive light! they’re my favorite breed, and mine is the sweetest ever. wouldn’t trade her for the world!

  101. I am new to blogging and to WordPress. I am so glad to be part something that gives recognition to an amazing person who foster dogs. Hope you find a wonderful home for Snickerdoodle and all the dogs you help in the future. Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed.

  102. Aaahhh, he is sweet and adorable. I know exactly what you must go through when finding them a home. But that is what you need to do so you can open your heart and home for new ones in need.

    I do the same, but for cats as I LOVE DEM CATS!!!

    However with the very last “foster” kitten, I just could not get it into my heart to part with her and so I kept her and I have started a storyline on my blog about the sweet little thing. She is just about 6 months old in the next week or so.

    if you are interested you can see my sweet PRECIOUS here shortlink: http://wp.me/p1LWhS-2l

    Or the actual blog : http://thisthatandthenextthing.wordpress.com/category/for-the-love-of-cats/

  103. can i take him home?? πŸ˜€ haha he is adorable I bet everyone on this page would if they were allowed who could blame them? πŸ™‚ keep it up ❀

  104. His eyes are so expressive! That’s the thing I love about dogs. They’re little spaces of unconditional love. Much love to this beautiful creature! I hope he has a healthy, beautiful and loving life!

    Supertramp.

  105. so sweet!!! I have a pit bull of my own and they are one of the best family dogs!!!
    You are pretty remarkable for being able to take on the responsibility of fostering and giving them up to families so unselfishly!! you are great people!!! πŸ™‚ thank you for giving them a second chance!! πŸ™‚

  106. Just stumbled on your blog and want to say what a wonderful thing you and your family are doing! At the moment I live in a small appartment in central Paris – so sadly not even one small lapdog for me, let alone fostering! However I feel so inspired to do the same if we ever move somewhere more spacious.

    Keep going and ‘respect’ from France!

  107. Wow! I just found your blog via the freshly pressed page and am I glad I did! What amazing and wonderful people you are for doing what you are doing…I can only imagine how extremely difficult it must be each and every time you have to say goodbye to 1 of these sweet sweet creatures… My husband and I have 7 rescue cats and we love each of them as a child. I get attached real quick and easy, I don’t think that I could do what you do and am just so grateful for people like you in this world. I’m looking forward to exploring your blog more and following along with it:)
    Karen

  108. I have adopted two weims from the rescue. They were both abused and shuffled through multiple homes. I cannot imagine how anyone was ever unkind to them. They are usually the highlight of my day. I admire and feel deep gratitude towards anyone who fosters and finds dogs a suitable home. From one dog lover to another: thanks for what you do.

    I will adopt more, as soon as I convince my husband I need more.

  109. Oh my Lord, Snickerdoodle is adorable. Kudos to you for your good work. I fostered two dogs in the past that happened to pop into my life as a stray. I thought their forever homes would keep in touch so I could see how they are doing, but no such luck. I still look at photos of them on occasion, and wonder about them. We recently adopted a three-year-old Aussie and are loving every minute of it. Thank you for taking such good care of those pups in transition. Blessings, Lori
    loreezlane.wordpress.com

  110. Beautiful. My sister has two pits and they are the sweetest dogs I’ve ever met. I think any dog has the potential to be sweet or to be mean. Just like people it is all in your upbringing. (=

  111. I’ve been fostering dogs for years. Most I loved and socialized and tearfully but happily sent on their way to their new forever homes. If you keep one it’s called “flunking Foster 101.” I’ve flunked twice and those two are still living here–a Cane Corso Mastiff named Howie, and an elderly American Bulldog/Boxer named Buddha. My other dog is a gorgeous Rottie/Dobie mix named Izzie, so we have quite the motley crew here.

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