Somebody must have told Santa that what we wanted most of all for Christmas was some updates from our former fosters — and boy did he deliver! Over the course of one week, we got updates on FOUR of our old fosters — Lollie (now Lily Fireworks), Gonzo (now Ozzie Bunny-Ears), Stevie Wonder, and Curious Georgia! Updates from our former fosters’ forever-families are one of our absolute favorite parts of fostering, and we’re thrilled to share these with you, too.
For those in DC or Austin who are on the fence about fostering, this is a great time to give it a try: The Washington Humane Society in DC is undergoing renovation, and is desperately in need of a few short-term foster families to care for dogs through the end of January while they fix up the kennels. Here is more info. At the same time in our new hometown, the Austin Animal Center is way over capacity, and is looking for foster families to help relieve some of the pressure on the physical space. The AAC fostering program places pets into homes for 2-4 weeks, while they grow stronger, gain weight, or recover from injury. Here is more info about how to sign up for one of these animals in this time of great need.
Now, on to the former foster fun!
Lily Fireworks (formerly Lollie Wonderdog)
“So we got Lily some doggles in hopes of remedying some of the squirrel/bird/deer chasing and pulling on our walks, and with a lot of hot dog bits and some coaxing, she wore them today — what a difference!!! She wasn’t too pleased with them at first, but over all did really well!!! She couldn’t see the squirrels and walked so nicely! We took them off at mile 4 and what a difference — 3 minutes later she lunged at a deer and almost pulled me over — Hot dogs came out and doggles went back on 🙂 She’s so cute in them…
Have we told you,we adore her! She’s stretched out hogging up the entire carpet in front of the fireplacechewing happily on an antler….Love her!”
Further Lily updates — Thanks to Lily’s patient mama’s work and Lily’s new doggles, our girl has graduated from her Easywalk harness, and has just ordered her first Sirius Republic collar! We can’t wait to see Lily in her new outfit. She prepared for its arrival with a nice bath . . .
Lily got to go out on a date with adoptable hearthrob Baxter from Peace, Love, and Fostering a couple of weekends ago, and she and her new boyfriend are starting a pit bull hiking club in Maryland called Pittie Trails, inspired by HikeaBull in the Bay Area.
Lily and Baxter got along so well, that Lily’s parents are now daydreaming about adopting another pit bull type dog so that she can have a live-in boyfriend/brother/playmate. Fingers crossed they find the right dog!
Ozzie (formerly Gonzo Bunny-Ears)
“Oz has been great as ever! He had a great holiday season (plenty of gifts from the parents AND the Grandparents) and there was definitely no shortage of kisses and dog zoomies to boot! We are predicting even more loveable antics in the New Year! The dynamic duo of Laila and Ozzie is as strong as ever. He still cleans her every morning (no small feat when you consider her size), they eat every meal together, play their favorite game (tug-of-war) and snuggle up for naps and bedtime day in and day out. When one gets startled and barks the other is right there to back them up. When dad or I leave the room they are both hot on our heels. Their isn’t much they don’t do together. In fact they have actually taken to dressing alike. Well.. almost. Momma is a HUGE NY Giants fan, having grown up in that area, so Grandma decided to get the two matching jerseys for Christmas. Ozzie’s was snug but Laila’s barely fit over her head! So she had to settle with a cute Giants bandana. Dad wasn’t too pleased with the choice of team, being that he is a Ravens fan, but I go pretty crazy during football season especially they way our year has been going so I need every bit of support I can get. AND now that we are in the playoffs they get to keep their pompoms out for a little while longer (maybe even till February *fingers crossed*)
Ozzie also went on the longest trip (as far as we know) of his life. He got to go to the snowy, cold state of Michigan to visit his aunt and cousins. One cousin in particular fell madly in love with Mr. Ears declaring he was “the cutest dog in the whole world!” I was a little nervous at first since I didn’t know how he would respond to the likes of a rambunctious 3 yr old but he was a champ! My niece pulled him this way and that, tugged on his ears, tried desperately to pick him up but he kept his cool. I was so proud and glad that I could see this side of him! All in all we had a great trip and great holiday!”
“Dear Foster Mom –
I know that I haven’t written awhile and I’m sorry about that. I’ve been really busy at home. My mom AND my dad were both home for two weeks over Christmas break. That meant that I got to chase the tennis ball A LOT. That was the best thing ever. AND Santa brought me NEW tennis balls AND a huge bone AND a new sweater. PLUS, we had this beautiful tree IN OUR HOUSE and I liked to curl up underneath it. My mom and dad said I looked just a like a present under there.
My mom said that one of her goals was to get me to chill out a little more around her. The thing is, I love her so much that I just have to be where she is all the time if she’s in the house and my whole body wiggles REALLY furiously when she comes home from work. My mom thought that, maybe, if we practiced being in different parts of the house for the two weeks while she was home than she might be able to start doing her silly yoga DVDs down in the family room again.
That just hasn’t been possible for the last few months because even though I am a SUPER GOOD girl, I just want to get underneath and on my Mom when she is going yoga. She told me that’s not what they meant by downward dog. (Is that a joke? Mom says it’s a joke.)
It gets even tougher because she does yoga in the room with ALL OF HENRY’S TOYS. If she isn’t going to pet me and love me than how am I supposed to pass up taking all of these toys, one-by-one, out of bins and off shelves and throw them around like I just found the arc of the covenant?!?! It’s the only responsible thing to do, right? But, my Mom says no way. She says I need to remember which toys are mine EVEN WHEN we are in the basement and EVEN WHEN I am left to my own devices. I am doing really well at other times, but that is a serious challenge for me. I mean, look at this place!
But, guess what, foster mom: I can totally do it now! (Okay, I might pick up one toy, but once I realize that Mom is doing the yoga, I leave it alone.) I either curl up on the couch and look like this:
Or, I GO UPSTAIRS – away from Mom! – I am totally brave and strong now and I can go all the way up to the 2nd floor of the house when she’s in the basement. AND TAKE A NAP! We all thought that was super, totally cool.
Of course, it wouldn’t be any fun if I didn’t develop new quirks. So, since Mom and Dad were SO happy about my chill out training success, I have redoubled my efforts to protect them – and especially my brother Henry – from all enemies that surround us; Like, the dirt devil, the food processor and – this is the most unsuspecting villain – a wet paper towel being used to clean up a spill. You might think it’s wacky, but I know I’m just protecting them. So, when these things come out – I bark and try to bite/eat them. Mom and Dad say that I just don’t see them clean enough (which might be true) and that they are going to show me that these things are not too scary, after all. Whatever. I think they should consider themselves lucky to have such a vigilant dog. When I’m not napping, that is.
Love you! Hope you’re having fun – Mom and Dad said you and foster Dad and my friend, Chick, went to Texas!?!?
Can’t see the screen behind all these happy tears 🙂
More people like you should walk this Earth. Thank you.
I will make a point of sharing your site with everyone I know and will come to know in hopes it helps with an adoption or some funding.
These updates made my day…..I can only imagine how they made you and foster dad smile!! Congrats on selecting wonderful forever homes for these precious pups!
I love to hear about happy endings! I’m so glad all these great dogs got great homes!
I cannot imagine a much better feeling than how you must have felt reading those wonderful updates for the first time – you have some incredibly lucky former fosters!! 🙂
this post totally made my day (and perhaps my week…make that month as well). thank you for sharing the updates!!!
these updates warm my heart. love the difference you are making in these pups’ lives, and finding them loving homes!
I am overwhelmed by these stories. Nothing gets me like happy rescue stories. You and the new owners of these precious animals have a special place in heaven. I will forever own rescue dogs. My new one, Sally, is such a quirky little joy.
Love all the happy updates!! Looks like they have all found their perfect homes.
Stevie sounds a bit like our crazy Izzy. We can’t play our Xbox Kinect without her going bonkers. At least we got over our fear of cleaning products…90% of the time we’re ok with the big, scary vacuum.
Well, this just made my Monday a little more wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing. I especially loved the last picture of Georgia snuggling her forever mama. Too cute!
I have loved reading all the updates from past fosters. It’s a beautiful thing to hear of happy endings and progress made in their new homes. I especially got a huge kick out of the doggles. I had never seen/heard of them before. congrats on being on the front page of wordpress and for new traffic and followers:) happy Monday!
These updates are great. They really make me feel even more motivated to foster one day. Thank you for all you do!
Wonderful updates! I love hearing how dogs are doing in their new homes – your fosters all sound well and happy. That last photo of G. with her mom is priceless.
Thank you for the updates! It’s so nice knowing that everyone is learning and growing and loving on each other. Love the pictures, especially Lily in her doggles:) Big hugs to all!!
Awe..Every one of these are just too adorable! You definitely must have left a huge impact on the foster parents, to receive such awesome updates. God Bless You! You are doing wonderful things. Thank you!
Love all the updates!! It’s so great to see how far they’ve all come.
my two favorite pics are of the cutest NIECE in the world with Ozzie/Gonzo (omg omg how adorable are they both) & the last one of Georgia and her new mom. So much love in that photograph. This was such an uplifting post.
Still sending mad love to Doodle! ❤
Thanks Nevie — he needs your mad love to stay strong!
ACK! I love the updates!
And it’s no surprise that Oz’s relatives would think he was the cutest dog in the whole world! I love the crap out of that one, so much so, that he came up in dinner conversation this weekend and I excitedly shared photos of him.
It’s great to hear how well everyone is doing. It can be a big adjustment and their forever families are all so patient.
Thanks for these updates!
How awesome are those Doggles?
Hope Snickerdoodle is feeling better.
First of all, congratulations for making Freshly Pressed! You made me eat my words; I was convinced they never chose animal blogs for the honor.
Second, thanks SO MUCH for all you do for those wonderful dogs!
Omg, the photo of Lily in her doggles is amazing. I also had never heard of them before! It’s so great to read these updates 🙂
Nothing makes me happier than to see dogs in homes with families who love them to pieces! I am still insanely envoius of the family who has ozzie!! I compleley agree with his cousin – he is the cutest dog in the whole world!!
If there is plan for a pit bull hiking club in Maryland, I would love to learn more about it! If it is anywhere near-ish me I would totally participate!
if anyone wonders how you can foster and give up the pups, this foster update is exactly the reason why and how. such a lovely post to read this morning. they all look so adjusted and happy and loved.
we are sending love and good thoughts to snickerdoodle and hope he feels better soon so that he can have his happily ever after too.
I LOVE that picture of Gonzo (Oz) and his cousin. So cute! I still think Gonzo was my favorite foster of yours. Those ears! How can anyone resist!
I love this blog! It’s so heartwarming to know there are amazing people like you and all the other foster families out there working to make a difference. We tried to adopt both a dog and a cat over the last 12 months but unfortunately our 10 year old staffy wasn’t having a bar of it – so for now we’ll just continue spoiling him rotten and then one sad day in the future when he’s no longer around, I will open my home to fostering.
Keep up the amazing work x
Georgia is the only foster of these that I was familiar with and it was great to see her again, as well as to hear about all the other guys and how well they are doing in their new homes. Awesome!
what a great post! Thank you for sharing with us. You guys must be so proud and happy to get these updates.
Thanks for sharing the updates! The dogs chose thier humans wieely and look very happy! 🙂 They are so cute! Love the pictures you posted.
these updates are SO wonderful!
Wow, it’s so wonderful how it all turned out. I still miss Stevie Wonder…. You’re so lucky that the fosters stay in touch. I never heard from my Cookie again, and I still so miss him. 😦
I just love all of these updates 🙂 It’s awesome to see your former fosters in their forever homes!
::starts writing update letter to foster mom:: Thanks for letting me see why these updates are so important.