Wandering with a Purpose


Foster Pup – Luigi

“Oh, Luigi.” I’ve been saying this several times a day for the last month. Exactly a month today, actually. I thought he would have found his fur-ever home well before this point. I mean, he’s cute as a button (I call him Buttons sometimes).

img_1862They say Luigi is 2-3 years old, but I really think he is younger. He is all puppy. Everything about him is puppy, and if I had that expectation and more patience, it would be adorable. There is a big difference between a puppy and a mature dog, and through this experience with Luigi, it frustrates me that people don’t know the difference. People, if you plan on adopting a puppy please know they want to play and their energy is boundless! Even the cute ones can be crazy!

When Luigi got to our house, his skin was irritated and he had kennel cough (actually passed it on to Schatzi and Amie). It turns out he had a flea allergy, so we had to doctor him up and get him healthy.

Finding a Home

Luigi needs an active home. He loves to be involved in everything in your life. Whether it is going on walks, riding in the car, sitting with you on the couch, I mean, he even swam in the laimg_2022ke to be with me. He didn’t love it, but he didn’t hate it either. The boat on the other hand…he loved the boat. I’ve never had a dog who wants to be a sidekick. It’s the only word I can think of to describe him. Even when he rides in the car, he perches next to you (see picture!) I mean, he is just so darn sweet!

Since he has so much energy, and his previous family didn’t do any training (besides house training), we are working on commands. He is doing well with them. He lays down and stands up now. He’s catching on quickly.

If you or anyone you know is looking for an adorable, sweet-tempered puppy, Luigi is on PetFinder.

But let’s be real, he’s too adorable to not post a bunch of pictures. How can someone not love him?!


He loves, loves to play with toys. He can’t get enough of them!


What a boat dog! He loved the wind blowing in his face


Even puppies need their sleep! It’s tough boating all day. He was too sweet looking…but I woke him up because you should sleep at night.



Just a funny guy


Luigi loves the furniture! This is one of is favorite places to sit…he even taught Schatzi how to sit like this. Oh dear…



Morrissey’s Home Sweet Home

Tonight I dropped Morrissey off to his new home. I was so happy that he found a place that could love him and is going to take care of him. His mom even bought him a stuffed animal, which he found before she could give it to him. He was so excited to have it. He carried it around her house showing it off.

Even though I am happy he found a wonderful home, I was surprised how sad I was for him to leave.  I didn’t think I was going to be sad because he always had a lot of energy. Now that he’s not here, it’s quite. The relationship dogs develop with their humans is amazing, but it’s even more amazing how we develop relationships with dogs. They each have their own personality and quirks. Once you get to know them, it’s hard not to see it. Morrissey was a playful little guy. The way he would stand on his back legs and walk around (sometimes crying) always made me laugh. IMG_1715Today, he even turned into a cat and sat on the couch. Such a spunky guy who has his whole life ahead of him. I know he’s going to live a long, happy life with his new family. And for that, I am very grateful that God found him his family.

Just a quick thought. Tonight put me in a very reflective mood. We’re going to take a short break from fostering so Schatzi and Amie can have their life back.  Until then…happy wandering!

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…


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!


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.


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.

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