Thursday, January 29, 2004

Keebler, cookie monster

So we've discovered one of Keebler's new talents today. This morning when my sister was getting ready for work, she decided she wanted cookies with her lunch. So she went into the pantry, pulled out three mint milano cookies and put them on a paper towel on the counter. As she turned away to put the rest of the cookies back in the pantry, we saw Keebler jump up and wolf down the three cookies. We chased him around the kitchen, but it was too late, he had chewed the cookies as fast as he could so there was nothing available by the time we caught up with him. The funniest part was when Jen went to get more cookies, Keebler looked so expectant as if he was waiting for her to give him more cookies!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Keebler, the chocolate elf

We got our first foster of the year last wed 1/21. Keebler is a 6 year old, 95lb beautiful chocolate lab. He originally came to LRR as a puppy and got adopted. Unfortunately his family had several children and were no longer able to spend time with Keebler, so they gave him back to LRR.

I gotta say that Keebler reminds me of one of our old fosters, Winston. Both of them were very large with beautiful brown colored fur, and both of them are extremely affectionate. If you're sitting down, Keebler will come right up to you and put his head in your lap waiting to be pet. He won't move his head at all while you're petting him. If you're standing up, he'll lean against you (warning: brace yourself!) and wait for a good butt scratch! When I picked up Keebler, Mike (husband) cuddled more with Keebler than with me!

I took a quick picture of Keebler with my phone camera which I'll post. As soon as I get more pictures of him, I'll post them up.

Thursday, January 15, 2004

Sheesh, too many changes

So we were supposed to get a lab on Sat 1/10 after the yearly business meeting, but plans ended up changing. We were told that because there were more dogs coming into the system, it would be better for us to take in a new dog. That meant we would be getting Teddy, yellow 5 yr old, by the end of this week. Today we found out that we're getting even more dogs into the system. Since Teddy is such an easy foster, he'll be moving to a less experienced foster home. This allows the rescue to use the new foster home space and still keep a space open in our house for a different, possibly harder foster. So now we're expecting to get a new foster dog in the middle of next week. Currently our two love the peace and quiet with no foster around, but I'm looking forward to getting a new dog and learning about all of his funny habits and quirks.

Wednesday, January 7, 2004

History of Lab Obsession

I've always loved dogs growing up, but never really had my own until after college. A friend of my sister had a 1.5 yr old yellow lab which she could no longer care for, so I ended up taking her. Sheba was literally the perfect dog. She had been trained to stay off furniture, only go into rooms once she had permission, never begged, and was very docile. That wasn't going to work for me, so after a couple years of corruption, I finally turned Sheba into a total spoiled princess who hogs the bed, begs like a champ, and wins everyone over with her cute looks. She was the perfect dog for me!

I met my husband a few years later and Sheba won him over completely. After a couple more years, I was ready for a second lab, and after some time, Mike agreed. We applied to the Lab Rescue in MD (www.lrr.org) and after a very intensive application/interview process, we found Quinn, a 2.5 year old black lab mix. Sheba was the one who actually picked him out. When we went to the various foster homes, Quinn was the only one that Sheba interacted and played with, so we knew he was a winner. We adopted Quinn and currently our babies are 9.5 and 7.5 years old.

Approximately 2 years after we adopted Quinn, I was ready to get a third lab, but Mike put his foot down. We compromised by fostering for the Lab Rescue where we had gotten Quinn, and we've been fostering for 3 years now.

Its a wonderful experience. A lot of people ask us how we can foster a dog without growing attached, and the easy answer is you can't. Almost all of our experiences have been great, and we've grown attached in various amounts with each dog, but we're also able to let them go because of two reasons. First, we know the labs are going to great new homes where they will be cared for and loved. Second, if we adopted the fosters that come through our home, we wouldn't get a chance to meet new fosters, each with their own quirks and interests.

We've fostered approximately 15 dogs now, but I thought it might be fun to have a journal with new foster experiencing starting 2004. We get our first foster for the year on 1/10/03. A small chocolate girl named Carrie. Can't wait to see what she's like.