Adorable Dora Has Been Adopted!

Being as aDORAble as she was, Dora was only with us for a little less than two weeks. She just needed a place to crash until she met her forever family. Which just so happens to be a part of my extended family. That’s right, my sister-in-law “REP” fell in love with Dora the moment she met her. She had been contemplating getting a second dog as a playmate for her current high-energy dog Max.

Dora and Max

Dora and her new brother Max

“REP” has seen many of my fosters come and go but this sweet girl in particular just stole her heart. She was waiting for the right type of dog that would fit in her family and Dora just happened to be the one. “REP” and her boyfriend “B” are contemplating a name change for Dora but haven’t found the right one just yet.

022Dora will be living with “REP”, “B” and Max in their home with a nice big back yard to run and play in. “REP” takes Max everywhere she can and she plans to do the same thing with Dora. She also is excited to have a larger breed dog that can accompany her on longer walks and runs around the neighborhood.

025The best thing about Dora staying in the family is that she gets to come visit and play with her former foster brothers now new “cousins” Brewer and Bailey whenever she wants. Although I am sad to see Dora leave my home, at least I will still get the opportunity to watch her grow up with my sister-in-law. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome of Dora’s forever home! Congratulations Dora!




New Foster Puppy ~ Meet Dora!

Meet Dora, a 15lbs, 12/13 week old black lab/shepherd mix of some kind. She is the only female and the runt of her litter of 4 who came to Mutts Matter Rescue when she was 8wks old. She is currently looking for her forever home, could that be you?



Dora, is a super sweet and super smart little girl who will do almost anything for food! She is a dream to work with and train because of her motivation to work for food. Dora is already potty trained, crate trained, and knows how to “Sit,” “Touch” (touches her nose to the palm of your hand), “Down” and is even learning “Paw” which we may change to a “High-Five” behavior if she’s with us long enough.


Speaking of food, Dora is a VACUUM. She gobbles down her food so fast you question if you had even fed her at all. She is now eating her food strictly out of food dispensing “busy” toys. This is to help slow her eating process down while also enriching her ever growing mind.

Dora is a FANTASTIC cuddle buddy. She loves to curl right up next to you on the couch for a good nap, and if you’ll let her, she’s be sleeping in bed with you every night as well. Currently she is sleeping through the night on a dog bed that is on the floor in the bedroom.

108If you are interested in adopting Dora,  please go to Mutts Matter Rescue and fill out an adoption application.


Gypsy Girl Has Been Adopted!

We did it! Almost 2 months after I picked up a very shy and timid puppy from the vets office to begin her foster life in our home, Gypsy has been adopted!


Gypsy the second day we had her.

Gypsy had come a long way since the first day I picked her up. From the girl who wanted nothing more than to hide in her crate or shy away from anyone who wasn’t on 4 legs to the girl who would happily greet you with a wagging tail and kisses to say “hi” when you walked in the door. Her confidence grew more and more everyday she was with me. In the final weeks I really got to see WHO Gypsy really was. She was a very calm, sweet, and somewhat goofy little girl. She loved to play fetch, with anything really but especially tennis balls and would gladly bring the ball back to you, drop it in your lap, and wait for the next throw. She has a beautiful smile that could just melt your heart and that’s exactly what she did to her new forever family. (See below)


Gypsy’s Happy Face!

Gypsy was lucky enough to be adopted into a lovely family that was looking for a playmate for their current dog Rosie. Gypsy and Rosie hit it off wonderfully at their meet and greet and I’m sure will be the best of friends as they go through life being spoiled by Mr & Mrs. M. and their two daughters. Gypsy’s 2 new human-sisters were also very excited that Gypsy would be joining the family and were sharing stories about how they will be taking her on walks and playing catch with her when they get home. I truly believe that Gypsy has found her perfect forever family and couldn’t be happier for her.

Gypsy with one of her new 2 legged sisters in her new collar & harness ready to go home.

Gypsy with one of her new 2 legged sisters in her new collar & harness ready to go home.

I will miss you tons my sweet Gypsy girl. You’ve definitely got a spot in my heart that is forever yours. Congratulations to you and your new family, I know you will be the perfect dog for them!


Photo Friday ~ The Right Shot

It’s not so easy getting “the right shot” when taking pictures of dogs, especially puppies. They tend to get excited over the fact that you have treats and want to move around and do what they can to please you. I think on Wednesday, I took over 20+ photo’s to get this great side-by-side shot of my two current fosters Gypsy and Bandit.

Final Product! Gypsy & Bandit.

Final Product! Gypsy & Bandit.

Just for the fun of it, I thought I would share with you some of the outtakes that were still good but not GREAT!


Brewer snuck into the background and the light source was blocked.


Still cute, but I wanted to get a shot where you could see the size differences in the pups.


Both dogs not paying attention t me at all!


Another great contender for “the right shot” but with Bandit slightly in front of Gypsy you couldn’t really compare the size all that well.

Like I said there, were TONS of other shots with the dogs in motion and blurry, or with my other two dogs being nosy and sneaking into the picture without me noticing. Taking tons of pictures and having a little patience goes a long way though. Sometimes you end of with an unplanned gem like the one below with my two boys (Brewer and Bailey) and my foster girl Gypsy.


**Disclaimer: I don’t claim to be a photographer by any means, I just try my best to get good pictures for the sake of this blog :)**

Gypsy and Bandit are available for adoption through Mutts Matter Rescue.  If you are interested in adopting one (or both) of these cuties please visit the Mutts Matter Rescue page and fill out an adoption application.

Photo Friday ~ Cuddle Buddies

You just can’t get enough of puppies who love to cuddle. Gypsy and Bandit can be caught at almost anytime of the day taking naps together. It is just too cute to explain without showing you some pictures, take a look!

Bandit cuddling with his foster sister Gypsy

Whether it’s cuddling on top of…


…or cuddling next too…


…they just love to lounge together whenever they get the chance!

Both Bandit (black puppy) and Gypsy (brown puppy) are available for adoption through Mutts Matter Rescue.  If you are interested in adopting one (or both) of these cuties please visit the Mutts Matter Rescue page and fill out an adoption application.

Did You Say 2 Foster Puppies? Part 2: Meet Bandit

On Monday I introduced everyone to the first of my two current foster puppies Gypsy. Today I am going to introduce you to my second and younger foster puppy Bandit.

Meet Bandit, a 9 week old 11lbs Black Labrador Retriever Mix. It’s he a cutie?



See my white markings on my chest (my two back paws have white on the toes too).

See my white markings on my chest (my two back paws have white on the toes too).

Bandit came to be fostered with me on a complete whim. He, along with his siblings were rescued out of a shelter just in the brink of time. Can you believe these guys were slated to be *gasp* put to sleep! The shelter was over crowded and unfortunately because they were all black puppies they were seen as being less adoptable and were put on the list. Ever heard of Black Dog Syndrome or Black Dog Bias? It’s a bias where black dogs (and cats) are often passed over for adoption in favor of their lighter colored shelter mates. It’s a very sad thing indeed.

How could someone not want to adopt me?

How could someone not want to adopt me?

Funny thing is, I'm not all black. Can you see the brown tint to my coat? It's very pretty in the sunlight!

Funny thing is, I’m not all black. Can you see the brown tint to my coat? It’s very pretty in the sunlight!

Anyway, now that Bandit has been scooped up and placed into a loving foster home, he is getting a great start on life. As like most puppies Bandit’s age, he is full of energy and constantly on the move. He loves playing with his foster sister Gypsy. If they aren’t playing together, they are napping together. At first foster mom & foster dad referred to him as a little “spitfire” cause when he was awake, he was just go-go-go! Now that he’s gotten used to the routine around the house and is kept on a fairly steady schedule, he has begun to calm down and get into the swing of things. Like Gypsy, he is also learning some of his basic life skills. He knows how to “sit” and target “touch” your hand and is currently learning how to “down.” He knows how to “sit” for his food and for attention too. Potty training is getting better every day. He has learned what the “potty door” is and when he needs to go out he will walk over to it and paw at it to be let out. Foster mom *knocks on wood* and dares to share that he hasn’t had any accidents in 2 days! Crate training is also taking place and he is doing fairly well with that.

Practicing "sit" with my foster sister Gypsy and older foster brother Brewer.

Practicing “sit” with my foster sister Gypsy and older foster brother Brewer.

All-in-all, Bandit is an all around adorable pup. He is very self confident and likes to adventure out and investigate new things. No holding back with this puppy, he will be a great companion to an active family who is willing to put his energy to good use.

If you are interested in adopting Bandit or his foster sister Gypsy,  please go to Mutts Matter Rescue and fill out an adoption application.

Bandit cuddling with his foster sister Gypsy

Bandit cuddling with his foster sister Gypsy

Did You Say 2 Fosters Puppies? Part 1: Meet Gypsy

Hello there, I know… it’s been a while. At least 6 months in fact since my last blog. Life got a little bit busy on me and unfortunately this blog fell to the back burner for a little bit. Hopefully, now that I’ve gotten a few things taken care of I can get back to blogging on a regular basis. With that being said… did you see the title? Yup, you read that right, it say’s 2 foster puppies. That’s right, we’ve started fostering again and decided to just jump in feet first and take not 1 but 2 foster…PUPPIES!

Meet Gypsy a 3 month old 25lbs Shar Pei mix. She is the first of the two foster puppies I will be introducing to you on this blog in the next day or so. Isn’t she adorable!

Sweet Gypsy Girl

Sweet Gypsy Girl


Gypsy came to be fostered with me because she needs to build her confidence with herself and around new people. She was a VERY shy girl when she first came to stay with us but is slowly but surely coming out of her shell. The first day didn’t want to come out of her crate, and if she did venture out, she kept her distance from us humans but was perfectly comfortable playing with her 3 foster brothers. Over the next few days, we made sure when she met new people that they remained calm and let her come to them. When she did, she was rewarded with yummy treats. Every day she started getting more confident. She started to play with toys and solicit attention from me and foster dad. She has also had the opportunity to visit a few new dog friendly places around the area and have positive associations with strangers in public as well. She has made A LOT of progress over the last 8 days. For the first time this weekend, a new person came to visit the house and instead of walking away and hiding under the table or sitting behind/beside foster dad and me, she approached our guest with tail wagging and gladly accepted a yummy treat and a gentle pat underneath her chin near her chest and around her shoulders.**Note: We made sure to tell people not to move quickly and reach over her head because actions like that (although seem perfectly normal to us humans) can be a little scary and even threatening to a timid/shy dog**

Gypsy gathered all these toys one by one before settling to play with them

Gypsy gathered all these toys one by one before settling to play with them

Along with building her self confidence over the last week, Gypsy is now also completely potty trained. She hasn’t had 1 accident since she’s been here with us, and when she needs to go, she approaches you with a wagging tail and a little whimper to get your attention before walking towards the “potty door”. She is also learning her basic life skills. She knows how to “sit” and target “touch” your hand (only of people she knows, not so much strangers). She is also learning how to “down” and seems to be responding fairly well to her name in “recall.” These are all things that can be transferred to her new family when she gets adopted.

Gypsy working on "Sit" with her foster brother Bandit.

Gypsy working on “Sit” with her foster brother Bandit.

She is going to make a wonderful addition to someone’s family. She has not yet been tested with kids under the age of 7yrs old. But with children who understand that they need to be calm and approach slowly she has done fine. We are also recommending that she go to a home with another dog. I don’t think Gypsy would be making as big of progress as she is today without the help and confidence of her foster brothers. Sort of a “monkey-see monkey-do” type thing. If the other dogs approach something new and scary without any sign of anxiety or worry, Gypsy is less anxious or worried to approach as well. It’s a win-win for her.

Gypsy cuddling on the dog bed with her older foster brother Brewer.

Gypsy cuddling on the dog bed with her older foster brother Brewer.

If you are interested in adopting this sweet Gypsy girl go to Mutts Matter Rescue and fill out an adoption application

Stay tuned for our next post on our 2nd foster puppy Bandit.  He is a cutie!



Photo Friday ~ Brewer the Beaver!

Last weekend my husband and I took the dogs with us for a small trip to the shore. Saturday morning we went to a local dock where you can crab and fish off of one side of the dock and swim on the other. Our Clicker Savvy Canine Brewer LOVES the water. Absolutely can’t get enough of it. He will swim till he can’t swim anymore (which is why he now has a life jacket). His brother Bailey on the other hand has never had the opportunity to be in water deep enough for him to actually swim, and it showed. Here are a few pictures of our trip to the dock. Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to snap a picture of Baileys first/last time in the water for the day, but I got plenty of Brewer. Doesn’t he look like a beaver swimming in the water!

Brewer swimming out to retrieve his toy!

He loves doing this and will do it for hours on end!

Bringing the toy back to mom so she can throw it again.

Taking a mini breather before going for round 2!

Bailey taking a break after his first and last time in the water.