Letting Go

And just like that, in seemingly no time at all, it was done.

Lexi is home.

 

To follow her adventures in forever, visit Lexi’s new blog!

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Making The Most Of It

That’s what we’re doing tonight, Lexi’s last night in her foster home. I’ve said quite a bit this week, so I’d like to leave it as Lexi brought it – enjoying ourselves on the upholstery. Goodbyes will come tomorrow. Tonight, The Couch.

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Goodnight, Gallump. Here’s to more couches, and a wonderful family to share them with.

Nearing Departure

Here we are, then, with a few days between us and the realization that Lexi will soon be going home, and a few more between today and the actual parting of ways. We’ve had some time to process (a bit), and to begin to make plans, and to prepare. It doesn’t quite feel real yet that Lex will be leaving us, but little things are beginning to drive that home – the email correspondences with her new family, the sudden thoughts throughout the day of little things that need to be picked up, or washed, or found before packing happens later this week. One thing that is becoming increasingly clear is that, thanks to all of you, Lexi is going home with quite the dowry – her wardrobe alone is impressive!

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Lexi’s going away present – a version of one of Sadie’s toys that Lex has coveted, filled with little Sadies so that she can remember her foster sister!

We have also been reflecting on our time with Lex. The last 6+ months have been joyful and frustrating and unpredictable and, above all, irreplaceable. We have had numerous successes as well as our share of challenges, but one thing we have never had to do is to face any of them alone. We would like to thank everyone for so many encouraging words throughout this process, and for the shared joy at this momentous time. I have fostered many times over, but never have I done so with the level of support that we have experienced, and that has made all the difference.

Watching geese with Lexi before she met her soon-to-be-family, one of so many wonderful moments captured to remember long after she goes home.

Watching geese with Lexi before she met her soon-to-be-family, one of so many wonderful moments captured to remember long after she goes home.

One statement we have been hearing over and over is “It must be so (awful/terrible/difficult/sad) to give her up”. And you know what? Those statements are true. It will be sad. So much emotion has gone into this process, so much bonding, it won’t be possible to drive away from her without feeling like we are leaving a part of ourselves behind. But we want to add that it will also be wonderful, a victory of sorts. We have known from the start that this was not permanent, and we have discovered along our journey that, love her as we do, with our schedules, our pet filled home, our way of living life, we just aren’t a permanent fit – and that’s okay. What makes us such a difficult fit for the forever is exactly what made us such a ideal spot to recuperate. We gave her what we had when she needed it, and now it’s time for someone else to welcome her home and we knew that this was how it would be from the start. When the time comes (and it’s coming quickly) to leave her in the hands and homes of another family we will be sad and thrilled and lost and anxious and pleased and confused and conflicted but, above all else, we will be confident that she is in the best place she could be and thankful for her wonderful new start with such a special new family.

Finally, some of you have asked what our resident hound Sadie will do once Lexi is gone. Well, never fear…if her actions when Lexi spent the day meeting her family are anything to go by, I think we’ll be A-OK:

What Gallump?

What Gallump?

We will have at least one or two more postings between now and the final drop off this Friday, so we won’t say a full goodbye yet. I would also like to let you know that a little bird told me that Lexi’s new home is preparing a blog of their own to chronicle her life with them (see? we told you they were great)! So, don’t feel like this is an end of a story, simply the end of a chapter. There’s plenty more to come, and thank you all so much for following with us this far!

Yes.

Today is a big day. A huge day. A monumental, giant, important … well, you get the idea.

Today is the day someone said, quite simply: “Yes”.

“Yes” to the wiggle butt, “Yes” to the head-tripping, “Yes” to the snoring and the couch hogging and the hugs. They also said “Yes” to the allergies, to the medications and doctors visits and training and support.  “Yes” to the best and the worst and the whole of it.

Today, someone finally said “Yes” to our Lexi.

I will have plenty more to say on this later, but wanted to share with you what has already caught the eyes of over 1,000 (one thousand!!) people on Facebook.

Because, really, this wonderful couple is not the first to say “Yes” to Lexi. Thousands of people (like you) have been saying “Yes” to her for the nearly 7 months she has been living with us in foster care.

Handsome Dan’s Rescue said “Yes” when she needed more help than a general admission shelter could give.

Donors said “Yes” when she needed expensive medical care, filling her ChipIn within hours.

Supporters said “Yes” every day when they left encouraging notes (or even simple ‘likes’ on her pictures and updates), notes that meant so much to her foster family particularly on those rough days.

Generous fans said “Yes” when Lexi needed special supplies to get (and stay) healthy – a special coat and boots, toys to teach her to play, supplies to keep her safe in her foster home, special food and medications to ease her symptoms.

You all have been saying  “Yes” to her for a while now, and that is why she is finally having this day, this day where someone saw her and said:

“Yes. Lexi. Come home”.

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Warmth and Cheer in the New Year (please)!

I know, I know…it’s been a couple of weeks. All the holiday season-crazy set in and, well, we’ve had little time for anything else! Here we are, though, back with plenty to report. You might consider this our Year End Brag Sheet!

First and foremost is that Lexi is still looking for her forever home. We’ve had a couple of close calls, but so far nothing has stuck. We’re not letting it get us down, though! We see what a special girl she is, and we have faith that the right family is out there.

Most recently, we would like to share (with a giggle) that our Winter Weenie has, without a doubt, figured out the radiators. The moment that tell-tale New England ticking of steam starts up, she bolts to one of the two radiators with convenient padded seating close by, and hunkers in as close as she can to wait for that sweet, sweet blissful heat to come.

Me: "Hey, Lex, come 'ere! Wanna cookie?"Lexi: "You're kidding, right? It's, like, negative a MILLION in here and this baby is just about to fire up. No dice."

Me: “Hey, Lex, come ‘ere! Wanna cookie?”
Lexi: “You’re kidding, right? It’s, like, negative a MILLION in here and this baby is just about to fire up. No dice.”

Me: "So, would your jammies make you any warmer?"Lexi: "JAMMIES? Why didn't you say so?! Radiator-schmadiator. You can go, now. Pink Monkey Jr. and I have some business to attend to."

Me: “So, would your jammies make you any warmer?”
Lexi: “JAMMIES? Why didn’t you say so?! Radiator-schmadiator. You can go, now. Pink Monkey Jr. and I have some business to attend to.”

Oh, and that silliness reminds me – the jammies came, and Lexi LOVES them! A huge thanks to Dozer’s Designs for a great product, and to you all for some great taste in warm evening-wear! Lex has been sporting these puppies most days. Just tonight I came home and mentioned to Brian that Lex seemed off, a little out of sorts. He pointed out her lack of jammies … yeah. Problem solved. She turned into a jumping bean when she saw them, and could barely contain her wiggles while I put them on her (barely, but she did contain them, because she’s a really good girl).

As expected, the first major snowfall of the season was met with wildly different responses from the 4-legged set: Sadie, our resident snow-hound, went berserk with glee while Lexi gave a very firm ‘don’t wanna’ while trying to walk without any foot actually touching the ground. They may be getting along, but they sure don’t agree on much!

Speaking of getting along:

Playing by themselves, together!

Playing by themselves, together!

Stack-A-Pup

Stack-A-Pup

Lex makes a great kitty-pillow.

Lex makes a great kitty-pillow.

TWINS!

TWINS!

And in case you thought it was all sleeping...

And in case you thought it was all sleeping…

Goober Battle!

Goober Battle!

Crazy hound face, met with patience and plans for a good pounce.

Crazy hound face, met with patience and plans for a good pounce.

Ears!

Ears!

Sadie found this really comfy blanket to sleep on. It's strangely  lumpy and it snores, but that's normal, right? Oh, anyone seen that darn foster dog?

Sadie found this really comfy blanket to sleep on. It’s strangely lumpy and it snores, but that’s normal, right? Oh, anyone seen that darn foster dog?

She's still here? I still have to be good? You have more treats, right?

She’s still here? I still have to be good? You have more treats, right?

Antlers work. Antlers are good.

Antlers work. Antlers are good.

Butt-(foster)sisters!

Butt-(foster)sisters!

‘Nuff said.

Lexi has also spent the last month plus as both a model and a muse, and she’s pretty stellar at it. I have found myself inspired to get back to drawing like never before since Lex has been around. This spurred a project I’ve called Dog A Day, where I sketch at least one dog a day, every day. It’s been going really well, and if you check it out, you may recognize a certain wrinkly, piggy face over…and over… and over again (she’s just got such a look!):

Lex, doing what she does best. One of the early sketches.

Lex, doing what she does best. One of the early sketches.

Lexi and her foster dad!

Lexi and her foster dad!

Sleeping Peanut, done quickly in ball point pen.

Sleeping Peanut, done quickly in ball point pen.

The most recent project, a series of coasters! Seriously. Great. Model.

The most recent project, a series of coasters! Seriously. Great. Model.

Sure, we’ve had some setbacks, some hard days (namely yet more reactions to a former -yes former– medication), but we haven’t let that get us down. We are coming up on a full 6 months with The Gallump, overall a great 6 months. I love her to pieces, and desperately hope that the day comes, sooner rather than later, when someone else has the heart and vision (and, yes, maybe even patience) to see what a great girl this Peanut is, and what a great friend she is ready to be. In closing, we’d like to leave you with a lesson on proper napping form:

For a novice napper, it is always good to start on a lap.

For a novice napper, it is always good to start on a lap.

No lap? No worries. The more adventurous can make do with almost any pillow.

No lap? No worries. The more adventurous can make do with almost any pillow.

Maximum droop with minimum drool is the goal. But, if it's not your pillow, don't worry about the drool thing.

Maximum droop with minimum drool is the goal. But, if it’s not your pillow, don’t worry about the drool thing.

You don't need a fluffy tail to pull off The Snowfox - just the right attitude.

You don’t need a fluffy tail to pull off The Snowfox – just the right attitude.

No thumbs to order that As Seen On TV Snuggie? Chew a hole in a blanket - tada! They'll buy you your own jammies for napping in no time.

No thumbs to order that As Seen On TV Snuggie? Chew a hole in a blanket – tada! They’ll buy you your own jammies for napping in no time.

Always, always look like you are enjoying your nap.

Always, always look like you are enjoying your nap.

Don't want to be bothered? Make it super clear. After all, that's why your face can reach your own butt.

Don’t want to be bothered? Make it super clear. After all, that’s why your face can reach your own butt.

Don't like napping alone? That's okay. No one does. Go ahead and get all up in your friend's business. They'll thank you (probably).

Don’t like napping alone? That’s okay. No one does. Go ahead and get all up in your friend’s business. They’ll thank you (probably).

Supportive Napping - not for the faint of heart! Cozy on up to your sickest bud and turn on the sleepy charm. Better than Nyquil, and they'll return the favor when they're feeling better.

Supportive Napping – not for the faint of heart! Cozy on up to your sickest bud and turn on the sleepy charm. Better than Nyquil, and they’ll return the favor when they’re feeling better.

Nothing here fit your style? That's okay. When in doubt, just go flat. Goodnight.

Nothing here fit your style? That’s okay. When in doubt, just go flat. Goodnight.

And The Winner Is …

Well, the ballots have been cast, votes have been counted (twice), and we have a winner! The Winter Weenie is all aquiver with excitement – she just can’t wait to give up these rotten blankets and lounge about freely in her new fleece jammies! She was a little bummed (as was I) to learn that the Pirates (come on, Pirates are pretty cool) didn’t win, but that’s okay. A close second went to Rock and Roll, which she felt was a pretty solid choice. And, if Rock and Roll and Pirates couldn’t win, Lex and I are super excited that her fans had the great taste to chose…

(drum roll)…..

SOCK MONKEYS!

Didn’t win. No, not at all.

A close second place

Ta-Da! The Winner!

That’s right! Our Gallump, Silly Monkey Face Goober Butt, is going to be strutting her stuff in a fine pair of Sock Monkey Jammies! We just can’t wait to get them and share some super adorable photos with you all. Aren’t you excited?!

Many thanks to all of you who voted, and to Heather at Dozer’s Designs, who will be making the awesome new addition to Lexi’s wardrobe. And, for all of you with dogs over 50 lbs who want them to rock Lexi’s look (or something like it), check out the rest of the Dozer’s Design products and support small business that supports dogs!

Help Dress The Weenie!

Baby, it’s cold outside! And, as our Winter Weenie points out … it’s going to get even colder before it gets warmer. Here in New England, things can get pretty chilly! The Weeny has stated, in no uncertain terms, that she sure as heck will not be going outside unless she is properly bundled. She has also insinuated that said bundling better look snazzy. Well, we’ve looked high and low, and we think we’ve found just the thing! Not only is it about the warmest getup out there for a pup, but it’s made by a small craftsperson, a person who supports dog rescue, AND it’s stylish! Behold the Fleece Dog Jammies, custom made by Dozers Design on Etsy!

Now, this is where you come in! We’re going to get Lexi an early holiday present, but we just can’t decide which adorable pattern to choose… so we want you to pick for us! We’ve narrowed it down to the following choices:

Please help us pick by deciding which one you think would look best on Lexi and commenting with your answer! The deadline will be Tuesday, November 27th, and we’ll reveal the winner for next week’s post. We can’t wait – and neither can The Weenie!