Wet Behind the Dog Ears

So fresh and so clean, clean.

Looking lovely!

One thing that will be important for Georgia’s forever family to know, is that she has some allergies and issues with sensitive skin. These are under control now, but when she is nervous and/or in a new environment, the itchies seem to creep right in. We are able to manage these with a special diet (NutraMax), and weekly baths. Yes, I said weekly baths. 3 times per month, these baths are done with a Selsun Blue shampoo, and once per month, we use a special medicated shampoo from the vet. The good news, is that these baths also serve as her flea treatment… no creepy crawlies to be found on this lady!

The even better news?! Georgia is a rock star in the bath tub. Okay, no, she is not belting out ballads like Joan Jett & Pat Benatar. However, Georgia is an angel during bath time. She sits patiently, lounging in the warm water, and soaking up all the lovin’ that she can. I was able to ask her to sit and stay, and then I left the bathroom (door open!) to go get my camera. She didn’t even shake off until she had a towel covering her! Post-bath, our bathroom essentially looked as if no dog had been there at all! (Until it was time for Tonka & Gaige baths… ugh! Black hair everywhere.) After she was all dried off, she did a few zoomies through the house, and took a nap. What a sweetie pie! Now she is extra clean and shiny and smelly-good.

In case you don’t believe us when we tell you how great Georgia is with kitties, here is a video of our cat tormenting her… and of course, Georgia takes it all in stride!

We are excited to announce that we will have our very first guest post on Monday! Tune in then 🙂 Have a great weekend everyone!

Georgia: The Ultimate Snugglebuddy

If you have been following our blog for very long at all, it is no secret that Georgia is a pretty low-maintenance dog. She does not have a very high requirement for exercise, and is happy to just follow you around at a leisurely pace, whether inside or out. While she has made a great jogging partner for me, and can be prompted for a rough afternoon romp, she is not a dog that you will need to find time to exercise in order to keep her mellow. Because of that, we think that Georgia would make a great addition to a busy family, or perhaps an animal-loving college student with a full plate.

While we can assure you that in many areas, Georgia is quite content to ‘go with the flow,’ there is one category that is an essential fulfillment; Georgia needs her human to engage in regular cuddle time. See the photographic evidence below…

Settling for a non-human cuddling companion

Don’t worry, no gender discrimination here!

That look of adoration…

I would include more from last night’s cuddle session… but unfortunately I made a horrible wardrobe choice that was not evident to me until reviewing the photos. Apparently my snowflake pajama pants are not as adorable as I had originally thought, and therefore they cannot be internet appropriate… for the sake of my reputation, people. I am dedicated to finding Georgia a home, but there are some things any self-respecting woman just wouldn’t do. So here are a few, sans-snowflakes. (But not sans-pants!)

 

 

 

 

*Please excuse the poor quality of the iPhone photos!*

If you think you might know someone who would be interested in adopting our sweet girl Georgia, please share her story! Any questions about Georgia or the adoption process can be directed to me (Stephanie!) at sel1490@gmail.com.

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Lions & Tigers & Pitties… Oh my!

“Roarrrr! Do you think they will really believe that I’m a lion, Mom?”

“Hey look! These ears are just like my real ones… always going in two different directions.”

 

“Trick or treat! … You’re laughing at me, aren’t you?”

A Dog Doesn’t Change Her Spots!

And why should she?

Let’s talk about one more of Georgia’s charming features. There are so many to pick from, but can you guess which one we are highlighting?

Here’s a hint; many celebrities also possess this physical trait, and it is visible in the photo below.

No, we are not referring to her darling ears… while they allow her to hear many sounds over impressive distances, I do not know any celebrities with ears to rival hers. Aside from perhaps Dumbo.

Could it be her smily lips, happy to offer kisses to anyone she meets? No, although her lips are luscious, this trait draws no comparisons to Angelina Jolie…

See the photos below for some clues…

Clockwise from top left, Lindsay Lohan, Emma Watson, Emma Stone, & Julianne Moore

What does our stunning Georgia girl have in common with these notable beauties? No, not just fame & notoriety (yes, Georgia is an internet sensation as well). And it’s not even just their similarly shiny red tresses.

Figured it out yet? FRECKLES!

Have you noticed the precious little freckles that Georgia possesses? Perhaps they are compliments of her lovely red furs, or just a gift of the genetic lottery, but they dot along her nose, poke about her chest, and trail down her tummy. You may even be able to spot some on her paws. (See what I did there?) You could maybe even argue that she is part Dalmation or Catahoula! 😉

Our precious polka-dotted pooch!

Have a great weekend everyone!

If you think you might know someone that would be interested in adopting our sweet girl Georgia, please share her story! Any questions about Georgia or the adoption process can be directed to me (Stephanie!) at sel1490@gmail.com.

Domestic Helper

We do not want to rule out ANYONE in the search for Georgia’s forever family. She is such a low key little pup that I think she could be added to virtually any family successfully. However, it is no secret that she has a thing for the guys. She is a little flirt, and whenever she sees a big, burly man, she just cannot contain her excitement. While hanging out with Georgia around the house when Foster Dad is at work, it became quite clear to me that she would make a great housewife-dog for any single (or taken!) man.

Don’t mind me. Just adding to the list of qualities that make Georgia ‘wifeable’. You know you want to add her to your family. Here are a few of the many reasons that she makes perfect housewife-dog material… (Or, the perfect domestic assistant for any woman!)

1.) Window Licker Cleaner

With her natural zest for life, Georgia brings joy to even the most mundane tasks like cleaning the windows. Here, she drops the dust rag to stare at squirrels and watch the leaves fall.

2. ) Laundry Goddess

White, colors, delicates… no problem! Coming from a home where her Foster Dad is a laundry nazi, Georgia has very clearly learned the rules of hanging vs. drying, as well as how to properly fold everything from underwear to T-shirts, and all else in between. Plus, she is a low-shedder, so you don’t have to worry about having extra hair on your clothes… particularly if your wardrobe consists mostly of browns, whites, and reds.

3.) Caring Nanny

Kisses for kitty

We have already displayed Georgia’s impressive child-rearing skills here, but did you know she is also good with cats and other dogs? She is not a cat chaser, and enjoys being around her feline friends. Additionally, she has lived and played successfully with small dogs. You can rest assured that when it comes time for your afternoon nap or soap opera special, Georgia will have the littles (both two and four-legged) under her expert supervision.

Cat’s got your tail?

4.) Makes her own bed… and lies in it.

Did I mention that she treats stuffed animals like her babies? No flying fluffing here!

Ok, well it is clear that Georgia lacks opposable thumbs. While this may prevent her from being able to tuck the sheets in tightly around the corners, she can certainly hold down the bed spread, so to speak. What a domestic diva.

5.) Killer Kisses

Luscious lips

I told you she was a flirt, but Georgia is also a bit of a seductress. She has a great tongue, and she isn’t afraid to use it. Ladies, lock up your husbands hounds…

(Also, please ignore the terribly unflattering photo of me… actually let’s just pretend that’s not even me. It is my far less attractive, fraternal twin sister.)
 
 

“Look into my eyes, and fall in love.”

So there you have it. It is no secret that Georgia is a beautiful girl. With her shiny red furs and those deep, soulful brown eyes, she is quite the looker. However, just imagine how she’d look if she were all wifed up and pretty! Given this list, it is clear… Georgia is NOT just a pretty face. You know you like it… put a ring on it, y’all!

Georgia Peach Fuzz

Enjoying a fall walk 🙂 Photo by Foster Dad

One of the most precious things about our red Georgia girl, are the little surprises of white thrown in around her body. Her nose, her tummy, her feet, and her tail… little white flashes that break up the red, like the first pure snow flakes of winter, brushing upon amber-hued leaves that still lie on the autumn ground.

Nightly tummy rubs

The patch of white on her tummy feels like cashmere beneath your hands. Or, more appropriately, as soft as the delicate fuzz on a Georgia peach. Where her red coat is sleek, smooth and shiny, the white spots almost disappear beneath your hands. To rest your head on her tummy is to brush your cheek against the inside of your favorite sweatshirt; soft, warm, and worn with love.

Did you notice this special marking?

Most adorable? The tip of her tail, just the end dipped in white, as it thumps quickly against her sides when she greets you. Back and forth, back and forth… thump thump, thump thump.

To read about Georgia is not to fully know her, but to meet her, is to truly love her.

If you think you might know someone that would be interested in adopting our sweet girl Georgia, please share her story! Any questions about Georgia or the adoption process can be directed to me (Stephanie!) at sel1490@gmail.com.

Trouble…

Oh folks… we are in BIG trouble. If you in any way have felt the calling to foster a dog, but just aren’t sure the timing is right for you… well then you had better stop reading now. Because Miss Georgia is in the house, and she’s about to show us all how this finding a forever home thing is done!

I picked up Georgia yesterday in the State College area. She snoozed quietly in the back during the entire ride. When we finally arrived, she gracefully explored the outdoor area, and then came inside to do some sniffing around. I took her back to her ‘room’ and she made herself right at home… playing with the toys, lounging on her bed, and sipping from her water bowl.

Foster Dad left work early to come meet our little house guest. I was concerned that she had not been subjected to men much, and might be fearful of him. She instantly put my worries to rest by licking him from head to foot! She became immediately attached to J, following him everywhere and refusing to leave his side. They played and cuddled, and it almost seemed as though I would be losing my foster project! Just kidding, but they really did love each other instantly.

Mid yawn

Tummy rubs are her favorite

Georgia had a brief encounter with our nephew, JJ, yesterday as well. While we did not want to put either of them in a stressful position by introducing her to a pre-schooler on her first day here, from a short distance, it was immediately evident that Miss Georgia has a love for kids. She sat patiently, with a wiggle-waggling tail and booty, while JJ stood nearby. She seemed so sad that she was not allowed to snuggle up to him for some cuddle-time!

Georgia slept quietly through the night in her crate, and seems to be entirely house-broken. She walks well on a leash… although her body size would suggest otherwise, she doesn’t pull much or get overly excited to go outdoors. She seems to have no issues with guarding her food, bed or toys. While she is curious and aware that there are other dogs in the house, she is not overly concerned with their presence. If you recall, we will be doing the two week de-stress period with her, before we introduce her to Tonka & Gaige.

Georgia seems just as happy to snooze the day away as she is to play outside. She really is just the most happy go lucky dog that I’ve met.

Professional napper

We plan to work on some obedience training with her, but Georgia seems to have some of the basics down! Don’t tell her I said this, but she will also be going on a little bit of a diet, to help her be at her best to find a home.

We are realistic in knowing that we will most likely face challenges with Georgia, but have been so impressed with her behavior thus far. She seems like the type of dog that will integrate seamlessly into most any loving home. Someone is going to be SO lucky to have her join their family.

Black, White and Naughty all over!

Anyone who knows me would quickly categorize me as an animal lover. And not just any animal lover. I’m the type to look along the side of the road for injured animals, volunteer at shelters, and offer my services as dog sitter to any of our friends. When I first met Jonathan, who is now my husband, I wasn’t so sure how this would work. Sure, he had a mother and sisters that were almost as animal crazy loving as I. However, he quickly made it clear that he was a ‘No Pets in the House’ kind of guy.

Don’t worry. I quickly reformed him 😉

Fast forward to a year or so later. We had both graduated from Penn State, and were living in a suburb of Pittsburgh. Our property had lots of acreage, and my dog Tonka (who was not only allowed in the house, but even occasionally onto the sofa or bed) needed a friend. Jonathan and I had been talking for a few weeks about getting another dog. A puppy, to be precise. We had a few qualifications;

1) We would get the dog in the fall, once things in our lives had slowed down a bit.
2) It would be a male, as we both thought females were more difficult to train.
3) Jonathan’s stipulation was that the dog be a large pure-bred, as he thought mutts & rescues were too unpredictable. (More on that later, I promise!)
4) The dog would be a young puppy, so that we were able to start from scratch with the training.

I was on my way to work, one early Saturday morning in the summer. Rushing down the highway, I was anxious to get my day started, when I saw a little black tail wiggling above the high weeds beside the busy road. Of course, I immediately pulled over, no doubt angering the driver behind me. As I got out of my car, another vehicle stopped to see if they could help. As I stood, still holding on to the open door of my SUV, a little flash of black launched itself into my car, and promptly made itself comfortable on the passenger seat. The other driver chuckled and said, “Well, looks like you have this under control!” I got in my car and began down the road with my new co-pilot, wondering what I would do with this pup during the work day. Of course, I immediately called Jonathan. Our conversation went something like this…

Jonathan: “Hello?”     Stephanie: “You’re going to kill me.”
J: “Why, what did you do?”
S: “No, you’re really going to kill me. I found a puppy.”
J (ever-practical, problem-solver that he is!): “Ok, well what does it look like? I will start calling the shelters to find its home.”

We hung up, with the agreement that we would not, under any circumstances, be keeping this dog. I looked ‘it’ over, and quickly came to the determination that this dog was everything we had decided against. She was, in fact, a she. She was also on the smaller side, obviously not pure-bred, and had some influence of pit bull. She was young enough to be a hand-full, but of age where she was not still dependant upon her mother. She was stinky, skinny, and obviously neglected, due to a skin infection and fleas. What did this all add up to? She needed me. Still off the clock, I gave her a quick bath, to which she offered much protest, a bowl of water, and some makeshift ‘toys’ to keep her busy (plastic bottles, etc). I placed her in an empty stall at the equine veterinary hospital where I worked, and set about my morning chores.

As I worked, I heard some strange noise coming from the back of the barn. These sounds could not possibly be made by a dog… something must be attacking her! I ran to the stall, and found the puppy stalking her prey… a piece of baling twine. The ferocious noises she made seemed incompatible with her size, and I couldn’t help but laugh at her. She would definitely be a challenge for whomever welcomed her into their home…

Sure, the picture of innocence. But don’t believe it!

Throughout the day, this puppy gave me my fair share of trouble. Nothing was easy with her around! I touched base with Jonathan before I left for the morning, and he told me he had spoken with a number of shelters that were willing to take her. He had also looked on craigslist, but found nothing relating to a missing black puppy. I was expecting that to be the case, as unfortunately, she didn’t look as though anyone who might have had her, had cared enough about her to miss her. My guess was that she had been dumped along the side of the road.

Her seat for the first 5 minutes…

I made the trip home, which normally takes 45 minutes, with the little puppy beside me. Or, should I say, rarely beside me. The commute ended up taking over an hour, as the dog would. not. sit. still. If she wasn’t trying to crawl under my feet, she was launching over the back seat into the trunk, climbing into my lap to lick my face, or digging through my designer purse to find something to play with. Shortly after we departed, I made the smart decision to pull over, and carefully harnessed her safely, so that she could not hurt herself. This lasted all of about 10 minutes, until she had wriggled out of the leash and plopped herself down… right here…

Convenient spot, smelly dog.

When we finally got home, I was exhausted from the trip. I opened the door to my car, planning to walk around to the other side and make the puppy wait to get out of the car. She launched herself over me, leapt out the door and….
Ran. Right into Jonathan’s arms.

He picked her up, looked down at me, and said…
“We’re keeping her.”

Needless to say, the rest is history. The big, tough guy fell for the little, tough girl. She has flourished after ….

 

 

routine vet care…

 

 

 

Daddy loving on his sick little girl…

 

 

A quick and easy spay, for a pathetic patient…

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Pictory Productions

 

 

Play-time with her big brother and best friend, Tonka…

 

 

No pups on the couch, huh?

 

 

And some good, old-fashioned cuddle time…

 

 

 

Gaige has since become the bright spot in our lives. For every bit of mischief she causes (and believe me, there is a lot!) she is right there to lick you in apology for her transgressions. She has taught us so much about raising not just a puppy, but a pit bull puppy. Like, when you buy brand new, $400 insulated steel-toe work boots, do not leave them in the basement to dry, Dad. Puppy will chew them to an unwearable state, the same day they were purchased.

On a serious note, we quickly realized that dogs like Gaige are commonplace in shelters across the U.S. We strongly believe that had Gaige not ended up in our loving home, she would have found her way into a bad place, either of neglectful or frustrated owners, life in a shelter, or even worse, euthanasia. She was a handful to raise, and easily misunderstood. We know that by giving her a chance and raising her with strict but positive guidance, she has repaid the favor to us ten fold. We want to spread that knowledge to others, and maybe make a difference in the lives of a few shelter dogs just like Gaige. We love our pit bull for so many reasons, and we know you would, too… at least now that she’s trained!

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