Sawtooth Mountains

Well, for the past week I’ve been enjoying a cellular-free life in the mountains with my sister in law, Alyse! After I picked her up in Twin Falls, Idaho we headed North into the Sawtooth Mountains and to a tiny little mountain town called Stanley!

This area is beyond gorgeous! So many trails, nice people, Bald Eagles, streams, rivers, mountains, hot springs, stars and blue skies!

I successfully backed into my camping spot! Assisted by the nicest camp host ever, Jim!

This campground was perfect! Only 10 spots with a lot of distance between campers and it was right on the Salmon River. We went down to the river almost everyday to play fetch with the pups! Gonzo loved it! And Sophie loved it because there were so many things to sniff!

On our way up into the mountains we went through Sun Valley. The specific town is called Ketchum and it’s a beautiful resort town. If you are looking for a little less peace and quiet but still want to go to the Sawtooth’s this is the area for you.

Anyway, on our way in we saw advertisements for a Brewfest on the following day. Since I already wanted to check out this area and I love beer it sounded like the perfect event!

The Brewfest was awesome and dog friendly. So many nice people, dogs and delicious beer! It was a perfect day! I kind of want to make it a summer tradition.

We started the following day by hitting up one of the many hot springs in the area. Boat Box! It was so cool and HOT! We referred to it as Sawtooth’s Cauldron.

That night the camp hosts asked us over for a home cooked Italian meal and wine! It was so fun visiting with them and getting to know them. Such nice people!

After dinner we walked down to the boat drop, watched the sunset and looked for pretty rocks!

The following day we headed out on a wonderful 8 mile hike! It started out in a beautiful field, then went deeper and higher into the mountains. Alyse and I even had to cross a rushing, rocky, freezing cold, crystal clear mountain stream two times on the way in and two times on the way out! It was quite fun once we got the feeling back in our legs! The end of the trail brought us up to beautiful Bridal Falls! I love a good waterfall!

Since there is so many amazing trails in the area we also spent the next day hiking except this time we had Sophie and Gonzo with us! We all hiked the 8 mile Bench Lakes Trail. It has to be one of my favorite trails that I have ever hiked. Steady incline the whole way, only a few switch backs. Picturesque views of turquoise blue Redfish Lake. A good amount of shade. A nice breeze. Snow-capped mountains in the background. And at the end were two alpine lakes that the doggies got to cool off in.

I will say I thought we were going to have to turn around because about one mile in I wasn’t sure if Sophie was doing well. She was panting harder than usual and kept laying down. I let her rest, gave her water, took her off leash and took her harness off. After that she was leading the way and tearing up the trail. Night and day difference! I had a smile on my face the whole time knowing she felt better!

Day 5 made for another perfect day in the Sawtooths! White Water Rafting! We went through the company, White Cloud. They were great we loved our river guide, Will. And our two fellow rowers, Leslie and Debbie; sisters from California on a three week long road trip! So fun getting to know all of them! We decided on a half day tour on Salmon River through some class II and III rapids. It was delightful! And I didn’t fall out! So that’s a win! Ha!

On the way home from rafting we took a detour to the Gold Dredge. It was interesting to read about the area’s gold rush and to see how much the area still suffers today because of it. The area of Yankee Fork was completely destroyed over 15 years back in the 1930s when they were dredging the beautiful river and Salmon spawning grounds for gold. For seven miles there is nothing but massive piles of stone on either side of the road. The government is working in some areas to restore the area. It was crazy to see all the earth movers rebuilding the riverbed. They will then plant native plants and trees. Lastly they will reroute the river into the newly carved path and hopefully the salmon will return after almost 100 years of absence. Below is a picture of the dredge that did all the damage for only 11 million dollars worth of gold.

It shouldn’t go without mentioning that Alyse and I got to eat some wonderful food in the area!

The cutest coffee shop, Peaks and Perks!

Delicious Redd Square!

And yummy Sawtooth Luce’s!

All in all it was a great stay and I can’t wait to go back!

#97 – For Alyse being able to come out and stay with me.

#98 – To Will for navigating us safely through the rapids!

#99 – To those who believe in restoring nature.

#100 – To Jim and Cathy for inviting us into their home for a delicious meal!

#101 – To so many of the lovely locals who shared their favorite spots with us!

“If we are going to whittle away at nature, we should recognize at the very beginning that such whittlings are cumulative, and that the end result will be mediocrity.”

Craters of the Moon

For my Mom’s last stop we traveled to Arco, Idaho! Wasn’t really sure what to expect besides the fact that it was in the middle of nowhere. Their claim to fame is that they were the first town ever powered by nuclear energy. Pretty cool, this area has a long history of positive nuclear use and the Idaho National Laboratories takes up most of the land here. Apparently, near by Atomic City has an interesting museum that we would have visited had we had time.

But our main focus was Craters of the Moon National Monument. It’s unlike any place I’ve ever been!

Craters of the Moon was formed some 15000 years ago when magma spewed from the earth and lava ran over the land creating this insane landscape that we see today. We read and heard all the information. We learned about different lava flows, different ways magma is released and the past, present and future of the area! I’m no geologist so I won’t bother sharing it! You will just have to visit for yourself!

We spent two days at Craters of the Moon!

Our first stop on day 1 was the Visitor Center. We got our map, our cave pass, formation information and some souvenirs.

Then it was off to our first little hike up Inferno Cone! It was pretty great! You could see for miles from the top!

We made a quick stop at Spatter Cone. There were tons of these types of cones all across the park! And they all have a hole in the center where the magma was at one time shooting out!

Our next hike was North Crater Trail and whew! was it a tough one! Lots and lots of steep inclines but again the views were incredible and I would even say otherworldly. It really is like what I have in my mind for the moon, minus all the green. The astronauts even practiced in their suits here before the real thing!

That was it for day one because that 5 mile hike wore us right out!

On the way home stopped by the local A & A Market and then went home to have a nice dinner of leftovers!

Day 2 we headed back to the park to check out the few remaining trails!

First we went to Devil’s Orchard. It got its name 100 years ago from a minister who saw all the grotesque rock and twisted trees and and responded by saying it was, “a garden fit for a devil”. I love dead, twisted trees so enjoy!

This was an interpretive trail which discussed the balance between the enjoyment of natural spaces and the need to protect them. We all know that most of the time enjoyment and protection are at odds but they don’t have to be. This most often can be rectified through education about the fragility of the area and about the need to preserve it for the future. It was all highly informational. But then there are just some stupid people who disregard everything 🙄

There were also several thought provoking quotes about this balance throughout the trail which I will be sharing over my next several posts.

Our other stop of the day was at the caves!! The caves are actually collapsed lava flow tubes! So cool to walk through an area that once had lava flowing through it! My mom and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Highly recommend spending two days at this park! It is incredibly easy to navigate , the signage is great, tons of information and all the rangers were so helpful! Beautiful place!

#95 – My mom just left! So thankful she was able to join me for such a long and good time! I love sharing new experiences with her!

#96 – I just love this campground we are at. The vibe is so friendly and every Thursday – Sunday they serve dinner at their cafe. The owner cooks it and then we all eat it! I love small towns with great communities!

As crude a weapon as the cave man’s club, the chemical barrage has been hurled against the fabric of life.”

Park City

Hello! After the Flaming Gorge we headed to the Salt Lake City area. We stayed for 5 days at Wasatch Mountain State Park which was in the cute little Swiss town of Midway. About 20 minutes away from downtown Park City.

The drive from the Flaming Gorge to Midway was a quick 3 hours. And since it was National Donut Day we had to make a quick stop at the local donut shop, Get Glazed! Mmmmmmmm!! Well, actually it wasn’t quick, there was a very long line! Worth it!

Setting up camp is happening a lot quicker now that I’m getting back into my routine. After setting up camp we took a breather and then took a walk with the dogs around camp! And a drive around town! We’re nestled in a beautiful location! Jana and I made some s’mores that night! I’m not great at making a real fire! Ha! (See Below) Also, once the sunset those mountain breezes were quite chilly!

Day 2 we had to wake up in the wee hours of the morning to get Jana on her flight back to Houston for her last week in the States! We arrived back at camp and I took a long nap! I had previously been sleeping with the dogs on the fold out couch. Did wonders for my back! Ha!

After that my mom and I headed out to the Midway Farmers Market where we got kicked out because dogs aren’t allowed on the grass in Wasatch County. So much for their campaign of “Support Local”! I tried! Ha!

So we headed up to Bark City, I mean, Park City where we had a nice lunch out on the patio with the pups at Wasatch Brewing Company! So good! I have been drinking their beer for years so it was nice to be able to support them in person!

Next we took the dogs to an amazing dog park in Trailside Park! This park even connects to an off leash dog trail! The pups LOVED it and were SO well behaved!

Day 3 brought a beautiful hike! We went to Desolation Trail in Mill Creek Canyon where on odd days dogs are allowed to hike off leash and mountain bikers aren’t allowed!!! Even days dogs have to be on leash and mountain bikers are allowed. It’s a nice compromise!

The dogs were out in hoards and it was wonderful!! Again, the pups did so good! I was thoroughly impressed and had a smile on my face all afternoon! The view at the overlook over Salt Lake Valley was 😍😍

We decided we needed a cold drink and based on the suggestion from a fellow hiker we went to T. F. Brewery in South Salt Lake. Delicious beer, great atmosphere and a street taco food truck! Can’t ask for a better ending to the day! Oh! And we had two very tired pups!

Day 4 might have been the most exciting of all because we got to meet up with our former foster pup, George! Who is now living the good life in the mountains! It was so great to see him doing so well with a family that truly loves him!

We met up at another incredible Park City dog park in Willow Creek Park. Gonzo had the time of his life playing fetch with the other dogs in the pond! And Sophie enjoyed policing the area and breaking up any and all forms of play! Ha! Brat!

After a very fun reunion at the dog park we headed into downtown Park City to find a coffee and tea shop my mom had heard about; Atticus! A wonderful place that I couldn’t get over! They make all their tea blends in house ($75 later! Whoops! I love tea! Sorry Taylor! 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️) They have a little bookstore inside with lots of books from local authors! They name all their cup sizes in the cutest way possible, their biggest size is Hagrid and smallest is Frodo! Ha! They have vegan options and all their serving ware is biodegradable! This is a business I can support!

It was on a weekday in Park City and the atmosphere on Main Street was much improved! So many less people! It was so enjoyable we ended up spending the whole day walking around!

We rounded out the day at another awesome spot! Fill’er Up Coffee Station! This may have actually been our second time stopping here, but who’s counting 😉 Anyway, it’s the coolest building. It was an old garage that they converted into a local establishment. The owners formerly owned a vintage shop and boy, can you tell!

In addition to coffee and food they serve ice cream m. It is homemade and delicious! We sat out in one of their many outdoor areas and enjoyed the best pistachio ice cream everrrrrrr!

Well We love you Salt Lake! Until next time! Now off to Idaho!

#92 – I know I’ve been grateful of them before but my dogs are the best! They make everyday of this trip so much better.

#93 – For Park City and their dog inclusive laws. Thanks for letting me enjoy your city with my favorites!

#94 – To the many awesome suggestions we’ve had from locals about things to do and places to go! I find the best places to get good information on things to do are in coffee shops, at breweries and out on the trails! Just ask, everyone is always excited to share their favorite things about their city!

#95 – To the man who let me borrow his level so that I could adjust my camper correctly! I may or may not have left the other one on the bumper and drove off! Whoops!

Flaming Gorge

As we were making our way further west we took a pit stop in The Flaming Gorge. The Green River cut through the red rock in the gorge giving it its name. An absolutely beautiful place with even friendlier people!

My first experience with a friendly person was checking into the campground and the second was when her husband helped me back into my spot! I stress the HELP part! He didn’t do it for me – I was driving and I’m so proud of myself! Thanks Scott!

We stayed here for two days.

Day 1 just consisted of walking around the beautiful campground. Green grass, horses, goats (that acted and were treated more like dogs), deer, a stunning sunset and a nice breeze!

Day 2 consisted of a wonderful little hike along the Red Canyon Rim Trail! The views were breathtaking. Pictures do it no justice so I apologize in advance!

After the trail we stopped by the Flaming Gorge Dam for the best Dam tour in town!! We had the best Dam (and cutest) guide! It was Dam interesting; so many Dam facts! It was made even better because the secondary release was open. Which means water was being released out of two pipes and not even go through the power plant. The water was coming out at 120 mph. Which the guide said is equivalent to 2000 basketballs per second! We also got to see the cutest girl, Penelope the Otter, getting her nightly treat from the employees!

#89 – I’m thankful for such beautiful weather.

#90 – To Scott for helping me back in. It is a source of anxiety for me. By forcing me to do it through guidance it EMPOWERED me! I can’t wait to try to back up at my next location!

#91 – For beautiful places that are taken care of and cherished by others!

Colorado

My mom, Jana (my foreign exchange student) and I made it to Colorful Colorado!

After a day and a half of driving and a particularly stressful bit through the Texas panhandle. Think: 70 mph gust and rain coming down so hard I couldn’t even see the road in front of me. I’m normally a very calm driver but this had me physically shaking. We pulled over and waited out the storm and then continued slowly northward.

We made it to the sweetest town of Loveland, Colorado a little late but safe and that’s all that really matters.

My campsite is amazing and backs right up to the river!

Everyone is very friendly and the nicest man helped me get backed into my spot! This campground even has a tiny house community and if you know me then you know I’m currently obsessed with watching tiny home walkthroughs on YouTube! So I was pretty excited about that and gawked at them on every walk!

After setting up camp we decided to drive around the town of Loveland. Turns out Loveland is an awesome town in the foothills of the Rockies with a quaint lake in the middle of it. We took a stroll around the lake, watched the sunset and got some ice cream!

Cool story: The well known mom and pop ice cream shop in town is called Dairy Delite! Well, I worked at a mom and pop ice cream shop growing up also called Dairy Delight!! Ha! Had to go!

We spent both of the following days in Estes Park, about a 45 minute drive from camp up into the mountains.

Day 1 we went to the dog friendly Hermit Park and hiked Kruger Rock! A 4 mile out and back hike up to an incredible 360 degree view of Estes Park valley and all the mountains that surround it. The 1000 ft elevation gain combined with just leaving 0 feet above sea level Houston combined with Sophia and Gonzo setting a brutal pace made for an interesting trip up the mountain. But we all made it! I can’t say enough good things about this Hermit Park is a beautiful, friendly and well kept open space.

On our way out we made sure to visit downtown Estes Park which is incredible. We visited some shops and had dinner on the river that flows through town! So awesome!

Also, it can’t go without mentioning the sweetest wildlife encounter of the day. On the way into Hermit Park we had a momma elk and her baby walk right in front of us! So sweet, the little one was tearing it up in the field running circles around the momma but straightened right up when they crossed the street!

Day 2 we spent at the not dog friendly Rocky Mountain National Park! A lot of the trails still had snow and slush on them so we were limited in choice of trail. The nice park ranger suggested we venture up Deer Mountain. A 6 mile out and back trail with a 700 ft elevation gain and some amazing views! It was a wonderful trip up minus the random 200 stairs to the very top which were rough to say the least. We spent about a hour up at the top taking in the views, chatting with other hikers and laughing at all the chipmunks begging people for food. 🙅🏻‍♀️

On the way out of the park we made sure to stop by Old Fall River Road, even though it’s still closed due to all the snow further up we decided to walk down it a bit and I’m sure glad we did! We ran into a small herd of Big Horn Sheep having their evening meal! We watched them for awhile and then checked out a little waterfall further up the road. Apparently, we were leaving the park at just the right time because we saw tens of elk and deer as well! So fun! Didn’t know where to look! Probably the road! Ha!

Dinner was at camp that night and it was a great way to end our time in Colorado! I can’t wait to come back so, so many things still left to do!

Also… I decided to continue #1000thingstobethankfulfor!

#85 – Grateful I made the trip safely.

#86 – Thankful that my momma, Jana and my perfect pups get to join me on this adventure! Nothing beats sharing all these experiences with the ones I love!

#87 – My moms willingness and excitement to climb up a mountain at 62 years old! 💪🏼

#88 – For a wonderful last year of employment. I get to work with incredible and inspiring people whom I can’t say I’m grateful for enough! Most know I go back and forth about being in education but this year I truly looked forward to going to work everyday. It was because of all these people and the work that we do together that made that so!

Summer Trip 2019

It’s summer time again and you know what that means! Another camping trip!

This summer my adventure will take me all around the Rocky Mountains. First, I will be staying in Estes Park, Colorado. Then I will head on over to Utah where I will get to check out the Flaming Gorge and Park City. Next, it’s up to Idaho where I will get to spend some time in the Sawtooth Mountains and Coeur d’Alene. Last, I will travel back east to Glacier National Park and then south to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks!

I get to adventure with so many of my favorite people and I can’t wait to experience all these beautiful places with them!

Check back tomorrow for the first bit of adventure!

Sophia and Gonzo are already in the car ready to go!

Foster Friday with Ruth

Name: Ruth aka Ruthie aka Ruthie Roo

Time in our care: 3 days

History: Ruth is an 11 year old black lab. She is blind and was picked up on the streets of Houston wandering around aimlessly. It’s clear she has been owned by someone because she wasn’t hurting for a meal 🤪 However, it was also clear she hadn’t been shown love in a long time, she had a horrible ear infection, so bad that it has caused her some permanent hearing loss. And her skin/fur was in such horrible shape and she had several areas all over her body that were furless. I suspect she spent the majority of her life in someone’s backyard and provided them with a few litters??? But no one can be for sure. Not at all what this sweet soul deserved. I had a very difficult time being around Ruth, at first, because I found myself constantly on the verge of full on ugly crying. She is the same age as Sophia. This made it especially hard because I know that for the past 11 years Sophie has had an exceptional life full of care, kindness and love. She has always had a warm bed to sleep in and so many hugs and kisses every single day. I don’t know how much of that Ruth ever really got and she is still just so happy. It shatters my heart to know that she will never get to hear anyone’s stupid dog-mom voice or see the love and appreciation in her owners’ eyes when they look at her. Humans failed Ruth for a very long time, I don’t understand how she can still be so happy to be around us. This goes back to what I truly believe; humans don’t deserve dogs or any animals really for that matter.

Adventure: Ruth lives in another dimension so her whole life is one amazing adventure.

Personality: While we didn’t get to know Ruth too well because we didn’t have her very long. We did learn that she loves food, loves belly rubs, has no problem maneuvering around, despite her blindness, and is the happiest pup ever. Her tail was constantly wagging. She didn’t let her old bones or lack of vision get in her way. Once she figured out you were close she would cuddle up next to you (slow fall onto you) so that you could give her a nice belly scratch. She would hop around at meal times in anticipation for her meal like a little puppy. 

Queen Sophia Rose and Gonzo’s thoughts: Both loved her. She didn’t bother either of them one bit and I don’t think they would have minded if we kept Ruth around indefinitely.

Funny story:

Ruth has a deep love of food and would get the most excited at meal time. She would tilt her head to the side in hope that it was what she expected; food. Then she would wag her tail a mile a minute as she happily ate her meal.

As mentioned above, Ruth is blind and can only hear really loud noises. So watching her walk around the house was always so cute. She puts her paws out far in front of her so that she can feel if there is a wall or object in her way. But this method didn’t work all that often, so she ran into a A LOT of walls and every time she did her tail would immediately start wagging, I’m not sure why but it was the cutest ever!

We left Ruth by herself a few times while we were out running errands. Upon our return she was always in the exact position we left her in. Not positive she realized we ever left.

It was 10 o’clock at night when I heard Taylor yelling my name in the backyard. He was outside helping Ruth get around the backyard and avoid falling in the pool. Well, things didn’t quite work out because I opened the door to a soaking wet Taylor and Ruth. Poor Ruth was terrified, and Taylor felt so terrible. Looking back it was rather comical, not so much at the time though.

I also can’t help but imagine what we must have looked like in our backyard when we took Ruth out to do her business. A big, rather slow moving silver muzzled black lab running into every piece of patio furniture while we both clapped our hands and hollered her name so that she could find the grass and avoid the pool!

Adopters: Ruth is still in foster care as she was only with us for the weekend while her foster family was camping. I will make sure to update this section once she gets adopted!

Love you Ruth and I hope that you get the life you always deserved. A comfortable house with humans who worship you and feed you really well!

Foster Friday with Heidi

Name: Heidi aka Heidi Ho aka Heids aka Heidi Girl aka Sophie (Since they looked so much alike at first glance and I, for the life of me, couldn’t call them their correct names, sorry Soph!)

Time in our care: 3 weeks

History: Heidi is 7 months old and was surrendered by her former owner to a local kill shelter. She was turned in for playing too rough with the other dog in her home. IDOG tagged her and picked her up almost immediately after she was surrendered. She didn’t even have to spend a night in the pound!

Adventure: Heidi didn’t really get to go on any real adventures. She did get to go on LOTS of walks though. She’s a puppy and verrrrrrry hyper; to put it lightly she has lots of energy to expend!

Personality: I’m completely in love with Miss Heidi. She reminds me so much of puppy Sophia and it has been really fun to have her in our house! It has also made me incredibly sad because we are quickly approaching Sophia’s 11th birthday, which is always a hard time of year for me. However, Sophie has been keeping up with little Heidi just fine which puts a big smile on my face!😊😊

Back to Heidi! She is so incredibly smart! She came to us knowing how to sit, shake, lay down and come. She is also house trained and spayed. Not quite sure why someone would put so much work into their dog only to surrender them to a kill shelter 🤷🏻Their loss, our gain!

Heidi is sweet, the best cuddler and a complete goofball. She’s a complete diva and has the gentlest heart. My niece, Bentley came to visit while Heidi was with us and Heidi was so great with her.

Heidi has such a true love of life and is one of the most positive dogs I have ever met. She doesn’t let anything get her down and is always excited about everything and everyone. She can put a smile on anyone’s face. She was such a joy to have in our home!

Queen Sophia Rose and Gonzo’s thoughts: Sophie gave her the typical silent treatment for the first two days and Gonzo was the sweetest as usual. Once her and Sophia started playing we realized they play in the exact same form so that was really fun to watch! Poor Gonzo doesn’t have the heart to tell anyone, “no”. So, we had to make sure that Heidi didn’t play with him too much and that he had time to rest. Luckily, she is really great with redirection and would happily play on her own!

Funny story:

As I mentioned above Heidi is quite the diva. It rained a lot while she was here and she did not like walking on wet grass. So all of her business was done on the concrete. That was fun to constantly keep clean.

Zoomies for days.

Yoga with Heidi. Always an interesting time.

Clumsy zoomies for days, constantly running into walls and doors in an attempt to get everywhere the fastest.

Her random ability to randomly jump extremely high!

How her sweet ears would always flip back!

Flying onto the bed in the morning for cuddles.

How it always took her atleast two redirections to do what we asked.

 

Adopters: Heidi now goes by Mosey May! She got adopted by the sweetest family in Austin. She will be living the sweet life with her new mom and dad and keeping them company where ever they go. She will get to spend some days working with her mom at Google and will even get a certified badge! She is so so so loved and finally has a home that she deserves. She was a hard one for me to let go but this couple made it so much easier. Knowing she is going to a home where she will be treated how I believe every dog should be treated!

We love you Heidi and are already missing your unmatched energy and positivity around the house!

Foster Friday with George

Name: George aka Georgie aka Georgie Porgie Puddin’ and Pie

Time in our care: 5 weeks

Age: about 2 years old

How George ended up with us: Maria (Executive Director of IDOG) posted a picture of George saying he needed a miracle, he was set to be euthanized that night unless an adopter or rescue could pull him. We were pretty late getting to the post but were able to get it all worked out. Taylor was at the Liberty County shelter at 6 AM the next morning saving sweet George’s life! On a side note, there are roughly 1 million homeless pets in Houston and everyday hundreds are euthanized due to overcrowding. These are sad statistics for sure. This is why it is so incredibly important to spay and neuter your pets and to choose adoption whenever possible! #adoptdontshop

Adventure: George’s first adventure was a day at work with Taylor! It was interspersed with a visit to the vet and a quick stop at the dog wash to get that shelter smell off of him!

George’s next adventure was a trip down to Galveston to romp around in the ocean waves and to meet Astro (now Luke!)

George’s trip through our closed back door (thanks for leading the way Snacks!) and the resulting ER visit and 5 staples that followed!

George also had a pretty epic adventure to his forever home! More on that in a minute!

Personality: Goofball! Taylor and I were constantly laughing at everything George did! Such a clumsy guy! He also has such a sweet, kind guy! He’s a great cuddler and will just melt right into your arms. He lives for belly rubs and loves to chew on any and everything! While we had George the weather was pretty fantastic, cool temps but sunny skies, George absolutely loved being out and would spend much of his time with Gonzo just sniffing around the backyard and pretending to be the best guard our neighborhood has ever seen! George, your eyes are so soulful, we could never tell you no and you deserve the absolute best!

Queen Sophia Rose and Gonzo’s thoughts: Both Sophie and G-Money got along great with George. Sophie took awhile to warm up and would bark excessively at George whenever he was first playing with her. #funpolice But eventually she learned to love him, hair pulling and all! He also cuddled up with Gonzo Every. Single. Night. in Gonzo’s bed. Gonzo was thrilled.

Funny story: Everyday with George was a funny story. He is right up there with Dexter and Briggs for funniest dogs we’ve ever fostered! Here are just a few of our favorite memories:

Mohawks

Scratching his ear and then accidentally doing a backwards somersault!

Tripping and falling all over his paws even though he is two and not a 3 month old puppy!

Melting into us for belly scratches!

Facial expressions!

Cone head for Christmas!

Falling asleep well standing!

When he pretended to be an elf for Christmas!

Donut tosses!

Adopters: We have had a lot of really fantastic people adopt our foster dogs and the trend continued on with George. Remember how I mentioned his big adventure to his forever home? Well… George now lives in beautiful Northern Utah! His new momma and her daughter flew down one weekend to get him and then they rented a car to drive him all the way home! She even came to our house bearing treats and toys for Sophia and Gonzo! From our very first conversation, I knew that George and his new mom were meant to be! She and her family are such a dog lovers! They treat their dogs like all pups deserve to be treated! George gets to go hiking in the mountains, she will appreciate and take care of him in every stage of his life AND he has already got to play in the snow! Check out the video below! He landed the perfect forever home. Heck, I wish they would have adopted me!

George, we feel so lucky to have been a part of your journey. You are so special to us. We miss you everyday but know that your are where you are meant to be! Love you!

#84 – I know I’m going with an easy one today but, I’m so grateful for all our amazing adopters. It makes fostering 1 million times easier when you know the home they are going to is absolutely perfect for them!

Foster Friday with Farrah

Name: Farrah

Time in our care: 2 weeks

Age: about 1.5 years old

How Farrah ended up with us: Farrah was an owner rehome. When we saw a post on this beautiful girl, we couldn’t pass her up!

Adventure: No big adventures with little Farrah. Just lots of walks around the neighborhood!

Personality: Farrah is one of the most beautiful blonds I’ve ever seen. She was a complete angel – great with all dogs, soft as could be, had all her basic commands down and never once went potty in the house. She was an absolute joy having in our home and was the best cuddler, she thought she was a lap dog. And while she was shorter than Gonzo and Sophia, she still was not lap dog size! But that didn’t stop her from trying!

Queen Sophia Rose and Gonzo’s thoughts: Sophie hated her. I don’t think Sophie enjoys having a gorgeous, younger blond in the house. Queenie was not impressed. Gonzo and her got along great, per usual. I think it’s safe to assume that this section will always say that Gonzo got along great with our foster. He is so perfect.

Funny story: How she would always try to sneakily climb into the bed.

How she would ride on the floor boards in the car. Girlfriend! Stick you head out the window!

How she would always look so guilty but, she never once did something wrong!

Adopters: Farrah was adopted by a great little family in the area. She has a brother who is similar in age. They immediately hit it off! She also has two human siblings whom love her very much. Whenever we took her on walks, she would only pull when she saw kids. She absolutely loves them, and I am so glad she landed a family with two sweet little kids who love her! Her parents are great and love her very much. She is a lucky girl who deserves all the love in the world!

#83 – For the past several months I have been consistently active. Running and CrossFit-ing again. I have so enjoyed being back in a routine and am beyond grateful for having a body that allows me to. Looking forward to what 2019 holds!