About Us

Hi there! My name is Stephanie. I am recently married to my husband J, and we are loving life with our pups Tonka, Gaige, and Georgia, living just outside of Pittsburgh, PA. We have grown to share a passion for rescue animals, and specifically pit bull type dogs, and of course, the people that love them. We would be so happy to have you join us πŸ™‚edit7.29.13.100I bring to the table a long history of time with animals, even in my brief 23 years. At the young age of 6, my mom decided to foster my love of animals by signing us up to volunteer at the local humane society. We spent every weekend there, when I was not caring for a house full of baby birds & bunnies, stray cats & missing dogs. Growing up, I had my own ‘business’ of pet-sitting and dog-training. This endeavor eventually grew to afford me my hobby of competitive horseback riding! We even took on the unique and life-changing experience of raising a service dog, named Carrie.

My love for animals has only grown with me. In 2011, I graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Animal Sciences, and a focus on companion animal behavior and nutrition. From there, I have worked as a veterinary technician, and also as a Practice Manager at a large equine veterinary hospital. I even had a brief stint as a keeper at a zoo!

I have recently made the difficult decision to leave the jay-oh-bee, in large part because I want to focus on rescuing opportunities, and in small part because I was not (yet?) able to find a career that fulfilled me as much as my hobbies. I am excited for this next phase in my life, and so grateful for the ability to make a difference.

Please see the ‘My Missions’ page if you are interested in learning more about the goals and philosophies that drive this blog. They are a huge part of who we are and what we do!

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And as always, if you have any questions at all, feel free to get in touch with me at sel1490(at)gmail(dot)com OR via our facebook page.

Random Facts About Stephanie

My first word was “nittany,” thanks to a family of proud Penn State grads!
For approximately 2.35 years of my life, I lived in my pink and white star-sparkled cowgirl boots. Wore them to bed and all! This should have been a warning sign to my parents, who have endured a horse-crazy girl (turned teen, turned adult) and all of the financial and emotional struggles that entails!
I can’t say no to pizza with pepperoni and pineapple.
I have moved around a good bit throughout my life (Chicago, Western PA, VA, State College, back to Pittsburgh, and a few transitions in between.)
J. says it was love at first sight… it took me a few months to catch on πŸ˜‰ He is the butter to my mashed potatoes, the fireplace to my winter night, and the almond icing to my cupcake. In real-life, he pushes me to be loud and brave and strong, and I guide him toward a more gentle approach. He is also the designated breakfast maker and best pancake flipper around!
I am sensitive, emotional, and easily inspired… books, quotes and music are my weaknesses, and I have a thing for anyone with a passion. If that sounds like you, we’d probably be best friends.
I personally believe kindness to be my best quality (that and my driven nature). While I don’t claim to be anything close to perfect, it is my daily goal to make the world a happier and more welcoming place. It has been my downfall and my flaw, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Now my analytical, dramatic, intense approach? Well, let’s just say I’m working on it!

If you’re just joining us, check out some special posts here:

Where it all started: Gaige

My love letter to Tonka

Foster Failing


Poem: Cherish Me

Why Dogs?

To Be Wealthy

Guilty Pleasures

The Vow

Reasons to Love my Dogs

Poem: Your Dog

And some training tips here:

Managing a Multi-Dog Household

Category: Training Tags

12 thoughts on “About Us

  1. I’m so happy to find your blog! Thank you so much for the follow! I fully commend you and your hubby for serving our animal community, for giving each dog you foster a chance to find a forever home…something that many of our shelters do not have the resources to do! I would not have had my first dog, Hopper, had it not been for his terrific foster mom! I’m so excited to follow your blog! All the best to you and your family…including your gorgeous doggies!

  2. Hi! I nominated your blog for the Liebster Award, too! Clearly you have already been nominated, so you don’t need the rules, but feel free to check out my blog! πŸ™‚

  3. I love all of the posters you have on your blog. I haven’t read everything on your blog but what I have read impresses me immensely. I am employed at a state prison in Oregon where we have just started an inmate dog training program. The dogs are purchased from our local shelter (which is not no kill). The dogs will be trained by inmates and then placed for adoption. Of course this wouldn’t be happening without the many public and staff volunteers working together also. Several other Oregon State Prisons have the dog training program and are very successful with it. I would like to know if the posters on your blog are copy wright protected or if they can be used by other organizations? Until we are fully up and running it would be so helpful to have these available to use with the pictures of our dogs. Thank you for all you are doing!

    • Hey Kris! Thanks so much for sharing your story, and even more so for the incredible work you are doing. I am fascinated and inspired by inmate dog training programs, and would want to do anything I could to support them. You are more than welcome to use any information from my blog, but know that I do not own the rights to all of it. In cases where I’ve borrowed the images, it should be mentioned below the photo. I do not always check this blog, as I have taken a break from fostering, but feel free to email me at sel1490@gmail.com. Thank you again for what you do!

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