Gracie comes home

We brought Gracie home on April 11, 2018.  Gracie was calm but attentive in the car.  She looked around with minimal curiosity and shifted her weight with the turns.  I regretted living a whole 20 minutes away from the shelter, knowing she must be uncomfortable.  At home, I took her for a quick 10 minuteContinue reading “Gracie comes home”

Meeting Gracie

At the shelter, I asked to meet Gracie.  I wanted to make sure that I felt comfortable with her, comfortable enough to bring her to our home, to temporarily join our family while she delivered and nursed her puppies.  Gracie’s breed, like a large proportion of the canines housed at the Humane Society of HuronContinue reading “Meeting Gracie”

The Bean puppies are ready for homes!

Today, the Humane Society of Huron Valley is taking applications and placing the Bean puppies (affectionately dubbed the Beanie Babies) into homes. The pups are at HSHV in Ann Arbor, ready to meet hoards of loving visitors and hopefully their perfect forever families. A quick note to their adopters from someone who loves them dearly:Continue reading “The Bean puppies are ready for homes!”

Bean puppies – Week 8

The Bean puppies are 8 weeks old today! Eight weeks represents such a vast transformation from 1 pound, sightless, suckling newborns into these giant toddlers with budding independence and emerging individuality.  The puppies are starting to venture a bit farther from the pack when we are outside.  When they realize they are solo, the pepContinue reading “Bean puppies – Week 8”

Who told on me?

I don’t know who is responsible, but someone told the puppies that I divulged all their messy secrets and now they are on a mission to prove me wrong.  They were perfect angels over the weekend and, I think for the first time ever while fostering puppies, I awoke to zero poops this morning. TheyContinue reading “Who told on me?”

How will you let them go?

A few people have asked how we possibly let puppies go at the end of the foster period.   Besides the obvious impracticality of raising 6 (or 7, 8, 9 or 10) puppies to adulthood and the impact that would have on our ability to foster future homeless mamas and puppies (and, you know, doContinue reading “How will you let them go?”

Snow Day with the Bean puppies

The puppies adored the wonders of the great outdoors and have been eager to revisit the massive paradise that we call the backyard ever since. Sure, snow looks magical from the comforts of a climate controlled home.  Our area has a warm up in the forecast, so we will likely get to venture out againContinue reading “Snow Day with the Bean puppies”

Bean puppies – Week 7

The Bean puppies are 7 weeks old today!  They are all friendly, playful, joyful and, it goes without saying, adorable pups. They continue to pack on the pounds.  Pinto and Zulu have exceeded 16 pounds and the “smaller” ones are over 13 pounds. We were gifted with a sunny, 45 degree January day here inContinue reading “Bean puppies – Week 7”

Bean puppies personality profiles

The Bean puppies are continuing to thrive.  They are happy, playful pups.  Favorite things include wrestling with each other, playing with toys, cuddles with people, food, and playing with the children.  As they grow, their little personality differences are becoming more apparent.  Zulu Love Bean: Zulu (often referred to affectionately at Zu Zu or LuContinue reading “Bean puppies personality profiles”

Goodbye is the hardest part

We said goodbye to Beans yesterday.  She had given us the signs that she was ready to wean the pups (entering the puppy pen only a few times each day for a couple minutes – refusing to go in even when there was food available in there – and giving the pups a corrective growlContinue reading “Goodbye is the hardest part”