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Foster Pup – Morrissey

IMG_1504Two weeks ago today, Morrissey joined our family as our second foster pup. Needless to say, this has been more interruptive than snuggle bug Becky (now my sister Shadow). We (I? I think Schatzi mentioned this being a bad idea) should have known it would be more work, but the post requesting his foster tugged at my heartstrings, so here we are. Morrissey is an 8 month old Yorkie mix. This means he is full-fledged puppy, and regardless of how tough his life was, you apparently can’t take away the non-stop energy a puppy has.

IMG_1506We don’t know his backstory, but you can tell from his appearance he was neglected. Morrissey is a bag of bones. His legs grew in a bowed backwards because of poor nutrition. He is skinny as can be. You could feel his ribs and see his hips on the first day. It was heartbreaking. I just don’t understand how someone can treat an animal this way. Not to mention he has a horrible haircut. I think someone wanted him to look like a lion or something since he has a mane. The first day having a foster dog is really hard. The dog is terrified; he/she just spent a few days at the pound with other dogs. They don’t know where their home is, who you are, where they are going, or what is going to happen to them. Therefore, it is hard to judge their personality at this time. My first day with Morrissey was crazy. My dogs went to my parents house, so we could try to acclimate him to his new life. I slept on the couch for the first week because he wouldn’t stop crying when we went to bed. He has to sleep in his kennel, and he would rather not do this. My main goal was to get him food to beef him up and some sleep, since who wouldn’t be cranky when they are tired and hungry.

IMG_1548Two weeks into his new life, we have a routine. He still doesn’t like being alone, but he doesn’t cry as long when you leave him or go to bed. I think it’s really funny (somewhat cruel to him), but he stands up and cries when he wants something. Not only does he stand up, but he walks around for a really long time while doing it with his hands straight down. Since he’s so skinny and long, he looks like a crazy old man! I tried to take a picture of it, but he moves around too much. He isn’t the most photogenic pup out there, but it’s so funny. I put him in the kitchen when I’m eating, and he stands up and walks around most of the time I’m eating. We are working on crate training, and I think this will come overtime. He’s much better than the first week, but still has a long way to go.

IMG_1570Last night, however, I found Morris’s kryptonite! My neighbor invited me to go to the dog park with her and her dog. Schatzi and Amie would find the dog park hell on earth, but I hoped to wear off some of Morris’s energy, and did it ever! Morris LOVES the grass. He loves to lay in it, roll in it, walk in it, you name it. The dog park is a big field of grass where he can run off his leash. I hadn’t seen him so happy. He wasn’t quite sure what to do, but he followed his new friend around. They chased each other, he talked to big dogs through the gate, and tried to follow a ball (he had no clue what to do!). By the end of the night, he kept trying run, but looked forward to resting when his friend did. We finally took them home. IMG_1574When I got inside, he spent most of the evening crying at the front door. He missed his new friend! He’s such a little Romeo. They will go back soon. He even laid down for a bit – just showing how tired he really was. Who knew life could be so much fun! He’ll be going back to the park again soon, since I think it’s good for him to socialize, learn manners, and run out that puppy energy!

Something I appreciate about Morrissey (and dogs) is how appreciative they are of life even though things were rough beforehand. They don’t dwell on it. They take advantage of each day and moment. They move forward and keep going. A lesson all of us can learn from rescue pups. All they need is love and attention – someone to keep them safe!

If you’re interested in adopting this lively puppy, please visit his profile on Petfinder.com. You will need to complete an application through the Charlotte SPCA. He is looking for a safe home that can provide him a lot of love – and grass if you have a yard!

Foster Pup – Becky!

Last week I volunteered to be a foster mom for the Charlotte SPCA. I have a weak spot for animals, but dogs just do me in. Whether it’s in a movie, on the news, or in person, if there is a dog in danger, I can’t handle it. Poor innocent things need a nice home and place to stay! I gained a bigger appreciation for rescue organizations, when my dog (Amie) was rescued from a puppy mill in 2011. She went to the Wake County SPCA when I adopted her. As I am establishing roots in Charlotte, I knew it was time for us to get involved in the community and start making a difference!

The Charlotte SPCA is a mostly-run volunteer network. They don’t have a physical shelter; all of the dogs they rescue from Mecklenburg County Animal Control stay with people. We communicate over Facebook in a private group that numbers almost 700 people! That is so fantastic! That many people believe in this cause enough to volunteer their time. I am very excited to be a part of this busy group of volunteers. But now the important part! You want to see the cutie…

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This is Becky. She is a 4-6 year old Lhasa Alpo, and she is as sweet as can be! I don’t know her backstory, but she was definitely someone’s pet before she came to live here. She LOVES to snuggle and be held. She has take on a new job as my shadow. She follows me everywhere. Even when she is sleeping, if I move just a bit, she has to get up and follow me – even if it’s to the other side of the couch. She’s shy, but she isn’t scared of people (men or women) and is okay around other dogs. She was spayed yesterday; not sure if that is why she hasn’t played with my dogs. I think she is just mellow. They like each other just fine. She will be posted on PetFinder at some point, and I’ll make sure to share the link. In the meantime, the rest of this post should be pictures and captions!

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The first day was an exhausting day. By 9 pm, this is the first time I saw her lay down. Of course, she found a safe, narrow spot on the carpet.

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Day 2 – look who is getting comfortable! I hope her new home doesn’t mind that she likes to be one of the group. I was cooking in the kitchen and couldn’t find her…look here she is!

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Everyone had an interesting first night adjusting to another pup in the house. So worth it. She is going to be a great guest, but we cannot wait for her to find a forever home! She is going to make a family very, very happy.

The Stay-cation – MeckDec Day

Since we didn’t get home until late, I slept in on Saturday morning. (a.k.a. productivity would be missing from my day.) Since I was still tired when I got up, the puppies and I snuggled and watched some silly TV shows instead of running. Eventually, I got going and stopped by work for a bit, then it was back to my stay-cation. May 20 marks MeckDec Day here in Charlotte. MeckDec Day celebrates the signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, rumored to be signed about 400 days before the American Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. It’s a rumored, but a reason for a celebration, nonetheless. I guess it used to be a big celebration in the past – presidents have come to visit the city for this occasion. The most recent visit was Lady Bird Johnson, so it has been a while.

I noticed information about MeckDec Day when I was researching museums. I love museums when I travel, so it only seemed appropriate that I make a point to visit all of Charlotte’s museums. The Charlotte Museum of History advertised a MeckDec Day celebration on Saturday, so I wanted to take part. Best surprise – they had free admission!

This is not the first time I have lived in Charlotte, and is a city I have spent a lot of time visiting over the last 9 years. Most people would never associate Charlotte with history. Its growth is relatively recent and its sparkly skyline is quite new. That being said, I’m learning Charlotte has a lot of history, but it’s quite different than what you’ll find in Northern Virginia or New IMG_9515England. The Charlotte Museum of History helped put this in perspective, and it really exceeded my expectations!

(I need to confess that I had incredibly low expectations for this museum. I’ve been blessed to visit some of the biggest and best museums in the world. This was Charlotte.)

First off the museum was much larger than I expected. IMG_1339I didn’t expect much more than a general welcome center, but it was a large building with several rooms for exhibits and the ability to host events. The main attraction for the museum is the Hezekiah Alexander house. He was a wealthy blacksmith and magistrate living in Mecklenburg County in the 1770s. I was really impressed by this house. I enjoy touring historic houses. My experience with Revolutionary War-period houses is limited to Boston, greater-DC, and a little from Charleston. This is unique because Mecklenburg County/Charlotte was “the West” and not inhabited. Everything else I visited was an urban area and quite a different lifestyle. If you’re in the arIMG_1347ea, I highly recommend visiting. The restoration work has been done well and a lot of research on the house. There is even a spring house which is very cool (even on humid Carolina summer days), which they used as a refrigerator (though not that cold). This desk was also original to the house. Just to think of all of the great work that happened on this desk and the impact that had to his family and the surrounding citizens.

After my visit and informative tour, I decided to have a late brunch somewhere. I ended up at Crispy Crepe in South End. I had a savory crepe and a creme brûlée latte. The latte had cartelized sugar on top – my favorite partIMG_1356 of creme brûlée.  Quite delicious; just wish I would have given myself more time to enjoy.

Then I realized, this isn’t a stay-cation! This is just what people do when they stay home for a weekend. Something I am not familiar with! Man, I can’t wait to get to know Charlotte better and make it home 🙂

The Stay-cation – Kenny Chesney

The way things fell this weekend, I was going to be in Charlotte, so I decided to have a stay-cation. I recently moved to the city, but I haven’t had a lot of chances to explore. Then as I thought about it, I moved here about 5 months ago, which isn’t that recently, so I really needed to step up the exploring. I needed to approach Charlotte like I would any city where I decided to go for the weekend. This included the Kenny Chesney concert on Friday and exploring the city on Saturday.

A little clip of Kenny…

Kenny Chesney is my FAVORITE singer. There is something about his music that just wraps me in and can’t be out done. Friday was one rainy mess in Charlotte, but that wasn’t going to get us down! If it rains, there is nothing you can do but embrace it! We got there late because we had to work, but still had a chance to do a small tailgate in the parking lot. A guy that we parked to was complaining about the rain. I mean, please. We knew all day it was going to rain, t’s an outdoor concert pavilion, AND attending is completely optional. Just saying, but you can’t complain when you make the decision to go. And if you make the decision, best to change your mood/perspective and just go with it. Life will be much happier. Anyway, the concert was fantastic! He played hits from 15 years ago that I hadn’t heard in concert before. Way to go, Kenny! I’m probably your easiest fan to please, but I think my friend, Dan, had a good time, too. We looked like we went swimming by the end of the night – COMPLETELY worth it!

Looks like we just went swimming, but super happy!

Looks like we just went swimming, but super happy!

 

Schatzi and Amie

I realized I couldn’t have a blog and expect you to get to know me if I didn’t introduce my two favorites in the world – Schatz and Amie.IMG_1284

They are both Shih Tzus. Although they have similar coloring, they are not biologically related. I adopted Schatz (the bigger one sitting up) when she was just a baby. She is really funny, being more of a person than a dog. She watches TV and even memorizes commercials. She hates horses or when people are angry or clapping – but she does love to watch drama shows (like The Bachelor and Real Housewives), animal shows, and golf…yeah, she’s weird.

Amie is a sweetheart. We rescued Amie 5 years ago when she was found at the Mason Creek Puppy Mill in NC. Amie was one of the mama dogs (no knowing how many litters she had) and in very bad shape when we adopted her. She weighed 6.5 pounds, her fur was so thin you could see her skin, she had diseases, and she couldn’t walk well. The SPCA told me they thought she could have arthritis or something. Today, she weighs 9 pounds and LOVES to run. Not just run but sprint. I think she didn’t have any muscles built up for walking before, but she really appreciates life. She’s super funny because when she eats, she either takes a few pieces of kibble to the carpet to eat or she sits in front of her bowl. Again, not regular dog behavior, but it makes us smile.

You’ll hear me harp on about how poorly some people treat dogs. When Amie was rescued, she was just one of 300 that we rescued! The man involved didn’t even get punished. Just a slap on the wrist. COMPLETELY not acceptable in my world. At least Amie is happy and well-adjusted now. Dogs are simply the best!

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