January 6, 2014

Grover has been adopted (and other things).

In early December Grover went on a trial adoption but it didn't take long for his family to decided that he was a definite keeper and wasn't going anywhere. However getting together to actually sign the adoption papers took some time due to the holidays and the craptastic weather Ottawa has received as his family lives out of town, and highway driving hasn't been the safest.

So on Saturday we were finally able to meet up with Grover's new family and make it official -- Mr. Grover has found his forever home.

Not only was Grover officially adopted this weekend but he also received the presents from his Hopeful Hearts Secret Santa. In a perfect world this would have been under the tree for him on Christmas morning, so we'll call these Adoption Presents.

Grover's Secret Santa was the same family who adopted Felix in October 2012. Unfortunately Felix passed away a short time ago but that didn't stop these wonderful folks from going out of their way to ensure that Grover was spoiled and loved -- and that he was!

With another monkey adopted, Randie and I have made the decision to stop fostering. While it's been an incredible 3+ years and we've met so many amazing dogs (and people!) along the way, we're ready to step back and spend more quality time with Wookie and Halladay. We have a never ending list of things we want to work on with them and try, like enrolling Halladay into the St. John's ambulance therapy dog program and signing Wookie up for agility classes.

This wasn't an easy decision to make but with me working 12 hour days and Randie constantly on the go, free-time is at a premium. We hope to one day welcome another little foster monster into our home, but for now, this blog will no longer be updated. Thank you for following along with our adventures.


December 10, 2013

Grover withdrawal.

Our little buddy left us on Saturday for a trial adoption and we miss him fiercely. If having three permanent dogs wouldn't make us crazy we would have signed on the dotted line a long time ago and made Grover a permanent schnauzer resident. Even Randie texted me this morning to say he missed Grover.

But we've received several updates since Saturday that make us quite giddy about the possibility of Grover having a forever home in time for Christmas. He's settling in extremely well and making them laugh at his antics and ewok noises (he has those - did I mention that?), and they even took him shopping to Petsmart on Monday for some new Grover gear.

We hope that things continue to go well, but if not, we've saved a Grover stocking to be hung by the chimney just in case.

December 5, 2013

Grover is on the Nice List.

I've been telling people for weeks that Grover likes to eat people and will eventually conquer World Domination in the hopes that no one will want to adopt him and then we can keep him aaaaall for ourselves, but the following picture pretty much ruined everything.

Grover had the immense pleasure of meeting Santa for the first time this past weekend, and for a dude who likes to bark at strangers, he was cuddling with the jolly old man in no time. I think by the end of it they were even trading tips on how to keep their beards looking spiffy. I'm not sure though as I wasn't privvy to the Bearded Club conversations.  

We have visited many a Hopeful Hearts Santa and I have to say, this one is my absolute favorite. I wanted to bring him home and sit him in a chair by the fireplace and feed him cookies and milk all throughout December, but Randie wouldn't let me. Apparently Santa has prior engagements - something about flying through the air with reindeer. Whatevs. #grinch

November 26, 2013

If you ever lose your dog, you might hope that it would happen in Ottawa.

I promise to have a Grover update soon! Life has been pretty crazy the way life sometimes is, but Grover has been doing a lot of poking and prodding these last two weeks and there have been many hairy eyeballs from him because I haven't talked about his awesomeness in the past couple of weeks. Soon!

There have been a handful of lost dogs in Ottawa in this month and it's been heartwarming, to say the least, the way dog lovers in this city have come together to search for these missing furry beings.

Bobby the Hopeful Hearts foster dog went missing in Almonte on Tuesday November 5th. He had been with the same foster parents for a couple of months but went on an adoption trial with a new family in Almonte on the Sunday. It appears as though the change frightened him and while on a walk, he managed to get out of his harness and hightailed it outta there, probably wanting to find his foster parents. His foster mom drove out to Almonte daily from Orleans and spent all day long searching for him.

A week later, strangers from all around Ottawa and surrounding towns began making the trek to Almonte to aid in the search for Bobby. Some stayed by the live traps over night and kept watch, some left food for Bobby, and others went door to door handing out flyers. The folks who were unable to make it out to Almonte were online sharing Bobby's lost poster far and wide, while others were sharing updates on the Finding Bobby in Almonte! Facebook page to keep everyone in the loop. The way everything was organized would have put any CSIS operation to shame. Ottawa folks love their dogs, what can we say?

After 20 days of being on the lam, Bobby was finally captured Monday morning when he wandered into the live trap for some noms that were left for him. Hallelujah. His foster parents were the ones who found him, and while most of us probably would have rushed to open the door to embrace our found loved one, they did something incredibly smart: they carried the live trap to their vehicle and only opened the door once they arrived safely at the vet. Genius. Bobby was dazed and confused and likely would have run off again if given the chance.

Despite some minor frostbite, a few burrs and some cuts, Bobby is doing well. His foster parents provided the masses with several pictures of him snoozing throughout the day, including this little gem:

And if the news of finding Bobby isn't enough to make you grin from ear to ear, it gets better. His foster parents have decided that Bobby is home and ain't going anywhere. Yep, they are adopting this little traveling spaniel. Ah-mazing.

While the celebrations continue, efforts are being directed now to two more lost dogs in Ottawa -- Zoey the lost husky mix in the west end and Hugo the lost lab/boxer mix in the east end.

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Zoey is a rescue dog who was visiting from PEI with her human mom when she escaped while out for a walk on Monday November 18th. She's been spending her time hanging out in the Canadian Food Inspection Agency property between Woodroffe/Cedarview/Hunt Club/Fallowfield. A Zoey map has been created here. It's a huge area but given that this is only a few short blocks away from my home, we've been out looking as well. Zoey was last spotted yesterday and people say she looks well. She's likely having a ton of fun chasing deer while the humans are sitting on the edge of their seats.

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The most troublesome one is Hugo, though. He's a foster dog with Genesis Dog Rescue and went missing on Sunday November 24th in the Strathaven/Ogilvie area. There have been absolutely no sightings of him which is pretty bizarre for a dog lost in the city. At least with Bobby and Zoey people knew where to look, but Hugo could be anywhere. Hopefully, due to the lack of sightings, this means that someone has taken him in from the cold and is caring for him.

Fingers and toes and every other appendage is crossed that these two find their way home soon. In the meantime, the support that these dogs and their humans have received from complete and utter strangers has made my heart swell. I've never been prouder of this crazy city I call home.

Pssst: Hugo has been found! He was picked up on Navan Road on November 27th. He's already been to the vet, no frost bite, and very little damage to his back paws but his front paws are quite raw after all his travels. The vet said he's in good shape overall but warned Hugo that it would not be wise to try this stunt again.

Pssst #2:  Zoey has also been found! You can read about it here.

November 11, 2013

Grover's smile brings all the girls to the yard.

There are few things worse than foul doggy breath and Grover had that in spades thanks to a mouth full of yucky teeth. Think coffee mixed with stale cigarettes and add a dead rodent to that sweet, sweet mix and that was Grover's breath. (I wonder what Patrick Wiercioch thought when Grover gave him kisses.....)

Because Hopeful Hearts is awesome and doesn't spare any expense, we had that all fixed up on Friday when Grover went in for dental surgery. Randie picked up Grover after work (there was much nubbin rejoicing) and a slightly wobbly (and very hungry) Grover walked through the door with 13 less teeth.

Silly me thought that he would just need a cleaning since, from the outside, his teeth didn't appear to be that bad. Thankfully I'm not a vet, and as you can see, his mouth was in pretty rough shape.

Grover is on pain medication until Monday and antibiotics for the next ten days, but he doesn't seem at all phased by the loss of his teeth. On the other hand, I was a mess when I had two wisdom teeth pulled! He's on wet food for the next little while until he's fully healed but once he goes back to his kibble I don't imagine that he'll have any issues with that either. Dude loves his food as much as I love my Starbucks hot chocolate.

And let me tell you, Grover kisses have never been sweeter.

Pssst - Hopeful Hearts' foster dog Bobby has gone missing in the Almonte area. Please share this poster and if you spot him, call the numbers on the bottom.