I have been a crazy dog lady since the moment my parents brought home a little sheltie mix puppy for my 2nd birthday. His name was Teddy, and our love was true. Since then, I have loved and lost too many dear furry friends. When I moved out on my own in a dog-friendly apartment, I started fostering for One Tail At a Time based out of Chicago. It took me 9 wonderful dogs before I fell too deeply in love to say another goodbye. Yes, I am a failed foster mom thanks to this guy:
Rufus is a 6-7 year-old super mutt. We’ve heard it all: boxer, hound (beagle? basset? plott hound?), lab, corgi, etc. Whatever he is, I know one thing to be true: he’s my best friend. At times, Rufus can be tentative and rude when meeting new dogs and people. Other times? He warms up immediately to the strangest of strangers. We have no history of his past, but this is what we do know:
Rufus (previously Brindle Boy by his beloved shelter moms) was found as a stray with no previous history. He then sat in a shelter in southern Illinois for five months before I spotted him in an email sent by One Tail’s intake coordinator, Anna. I was immediately smitten by his beautiful brindle coat and the side tongue he was rockin’ in the attached photos. I then asked Anna if it was ok if I inquired about him with the intent to foster. She gave me the ok, and I started an email relationship with the shelter’s manager. After a few emails back and forth, transport was set up and we met him in a college parking lot on the night of October 26th, 2010. He was shy, curious, and pretty aloof. Anna’s famous last words: “I can almost guarantee this isn’t your forever dog, but hopefully he’ll be an easy and quick foster and we can find you guys the perfect dog.” Oh goodness.
After fostering him for several months (and one meet-and-greet with potential adopters gone all sorts of wrong), we decided he was a keeper and officially adopted him around the 18th of February, 2011. Best decision ever.
This blog is a way for me to share my favorite photos, stories, adventures and products – all things dog. Finding like-minded dog lovers has been such a joy since I started writing in this little space and I hope to make many more friends along the way!
I hope you enjoy our little world.