It looks like Mercedes is going to be adopted tomorrow! I am excited for her, because I think it is a great home where she will be treasured. I'm also a little sad, because we have really enjoyed this little ball of fluff.
I still don't know what the optimum time is for fostering a dog. If you have them too long, it is harder to let them go. If you don't have them long enough, you feel like there is so much more you could have taught them and given them before you send them off.
And then a little one like Mercedes comes along, and you fall in love instantly. Both Jim and I agree that she would be a very easy one to keep. She is going to be a heartbreaker for us!
More photos of our adorable new foster puppy. Mercedes is so much fun to watch, as she explores the yard and discovers the joys of grass and birds and the neighbors' dogs. I hope she finds a great forever home soon, so that they get to experience her puppy curiosity and exuberance!
Meet Bentley and Mercedes, two little silky terrier puppies that came from a puppy mill auction. I picked them up yesterday from Missouri, and after a long trip, they are safely in rescue now. We are fostering Mercedes, and Bentley's foster family came to get him last night. They are both such sweethearts!
Mercedes is an adorable little female, weighing just over 3 pounds. She is a total lap dog and wants nothing more than to be held all day. She follows me everywhere, hoping that I will pick her up!
Bentley is a handsome little male silky terrier, weighing almost 5 pounds. He is very outgoing and loves to play --- with people, with toys, with other dogs. He is Mr. Social!
I have no idea why, but this last week has flown by. I know it was a busy one, and perhaps that is the answer. On Saturday I went to a dog show, and I fell in love with watching the agility dogs. I didn't know any of the dogs or trainers, but I found myself applauding each and every one of them as they completed the course. Now I am on a quest to learn more about this sport, so that I will have a better understanding of the judging at the next event.
I also spent some time this past weekend photographing this little cutie. He is a puppy that I fostered last year, and sadly, his owner returned him to the rescue, because she is too busy for him now. First I was angry with her for tossing him aside when he no longer fit into her life, and then I was upset for little TJ, that he would have yet another new environment. Eventually I calmed down and realized that she obviously wasn't the right home for him, and I vowed to myself to do what I could to find him the perfect home this time. Happily, he has a couple of great families interested in him already!
Zeke's and Mya's birthdays are today, so Mom and I headed out to one of the local dog bakeries to find some birthday goodies. We settled on these carob pupcakes and got one for each dog. Here they are, in their birthday collars, patiently waiting to sample their birthday treats.
Next, there was a little sniffing to see if they smell as good as they look.
The pupcakes passed the smell taste, so onward to the taste test. Both dogs absolutely loved these treats, so I think we have a winner for birthday treats from now on!
Before we got Zeke, we did a ton of research on silky terriers, trying to make sure that the breed would be a good addition to our family. One of the things we read was that they would play fetch until they were ready to drop from exhaustion. That has certainly proven to be true with Zeke. No matter how tired or hot he is, he will always have energy for a game of fetch. And many times, he will take the tennis ball in his mouth and actually sling it at us to get our attention!
This is a section of a photograph that I took. I was focused on a little wren singing in the tree, but when I opened the photo in Photoshop, I loved this section of it. The splotchy leaves against the blurred background create a wonderful abstract composition, and I can't wait to use this in a collage --- or two or three.
This is Keaton, our last foster puppy, enjoying his new backyard. His forever mom just got her backyard fenced, so this is the first time that Keaton has been off leash in his new home. And Keaton, being Keaton, is rolling in the grass and having a great time. I love this photograph that she sent to me, because it is so "Keaton", and he is so full of pure pleasure!
Both of these photos are unexpected treasures in my day, and I appreciate both of them!
This is Zeke with his #1 toy --- a pair of socks. He has loved them since the day we got him as a puppy. He doesn't chew holes in them. For him, it is all about sneaking a pair off the dresser or out of a stack of clean laundry. Once he has it firmly in his mouth, he races down the hall to the living room, and just waits for us to follow him. Then he prances around with his prize in his mouth. I don't know why we have a huge basket of dog toys, when all we really need is a basket of socks!
Here's the fourth & final collage in this challenge. I used the large letter element from the previous collage, and as you can see in the photo below, the background element from this collage is included in the very first collage. So, the series of four collages really do make a complete circle of elements.
Click to see this image larger, so you can follow the progression of the challenge. This was a fun endeavor, and I'm thinking about tackling it on a larger scale for a longer period of time.
Zeke and Mya are showing their patriotic spirit with some Americana bandanas from Katie Wyatt. Katie makes these bandanas in all different fabrics and donates them to rescues, so that the pups can look good when they head to their forever homes. It's a very generous and thoughtful project, and I'm sure all the rescues join me in thanking her for the donations!
Here's the third collage in this "round robin" challenge to myself. This collage includes the red fencing grid from the prior collage.
And this photo is just to show you what the lazy days of summer are like at our house. This is Zeke's favorite place to nap, on the back of the couch. I think the leather provides a cool bed, plus he is out of Mya's "play zone" ...... LOL.