Monthly Archives: March 2012

Battered and Frayed

Cooper’s once-beautiful Sirius Republic collar is in desperate need of retirement.

It’s riddled with holes, and even my attempts at glueing the fabric down only left the torn spots looking brown and gross.

And despite numerous spins in the washing machine, dish washer, and even vigorous hand scrubbing with dish soap, it hasn’t been the same ever since the Mud Bowl.  Just for fun, I slid the buckle back to remind  myself what color the Bubbles design is supposed to look like…

…but it just made me sad.  How did it get this way?  Well it might have something to do with a certain previous guest of Foster House

As well made as it was, the collar never had a prayer against Roxie’s vicious puppy chompers.  Well Cooper is certainly not going to catch any potential adopter’s eye in this old dingy thing.  What to do, what to do?  Cooper needs some new duds, of course!  Check back on Monday to see what the awesome folks over at Sirius whipped up for us this time.

If you’re interested in providing Cooper with a Furever Home, please fill out an application with Agape Animal Rescue.



Filed under Our Foster Journey

When it just doesn’t work out…

Sometimes, things are just not meant to be.  All the stars can align and everything can seem absolutely perfect, and yet – the outcome isn’t what you expected. 

I’ve been asked several times “What happened?” that brought Molly Tamale back to us.  The truth is that no one can really be sure what it is that makes one dog perfect for a family, and another dog less-than-perfect for that same family.  Dog adoption is a tricky thing, we like to think of ourselves as match makers, and we take meticulous steps to make sure that we find the perfect dog for the perfect family. We get it right a lot (a lot) of the time.  But sometimes we don’t, and make the wrong match. 

I went on a roller coaster of emotion when I heard that Molly Tamale’s adoption was a wrong match – confusion, disappointment, anger, sadness, failure…and ultimately, thankfulness.  I am thankful that Molly’s adopters realized that she was not the dog for them, and kept her safe until Agape was able to bring her back into the program.  I am thankful that I work with a rescue that has a policy in place that says if for any reason, a family is unable to keep a dog adopted through their program that the dog will return to Agape’s care.  I am thankful that Foster Dad and I are in a position that we are able to bring Molly Tamale back into our home. 

And most of all, I am thankful for the resilient nature of dogs – it never ceases to amaze me.

If you think you’re the Furever that Molly Tamale is searching for, please fill out an application with Agape Animal Rescue.



Filed under Our Foster Journey

Like a Glove

Confession time…even though I was devastated for Molly Tamale that her adoption didn’t work out, and that she’d be bounced yet again, I was secretly doing a little happy dance that we’d get her back again.  Even though her first stint at Foster House was so short (only two weeks!), we couldn’t help but remember just how quickly we all fell in love with her.  As much as Foster Dad and I adored the stuffin’ out of her, it was nothing compared to Oscar’s infatuation with the little girl.

So when we heard that she was back on the market, we knew without hesitation that we’d bring her back into our home and shower her with love and dog treats. Our only wild card involved Sir Cooper…we just had no way of knowing how he’d react to having another woman take the place of his BFF so soon.  Thankfully, it seems we had nothing to worry about!  

Molly Tamale has reaffirmed just how agreeable and easy-going she is, fitting right back into Foster House like a glove.  Oscar has reclaimed his position as Coop’s snuggle buddy, and even though we’re still a three-dog house, the atmosphere is surprisingly calm.  Remove the puppy energy from Foster House, and what you get is a team of three very professional nappers. 

If you’re interested in providing a Furever Home for Cooper or Molly Tamale, please fill out an application with Agape Animal Rescue.



Filed under Our Foster Journey

The Return of The Tamale

Guess who’s back?

Yep, none other than Molly Tamale.  It looks like her adoption didn’t quite stick.  So with Roxie settled in at her new Furever home, since we were already a three-dog house, we thought what the heck?  What’s life without a little crazy in it, huh?!?

Welcome back, Tamale – like I promised you before, we love you forever, and our doors will always be open to you.  And just like we tell all of the furry lost souls who wander into our lives: you can stay as long as you like.

You’ve got a second chance at The Tamale!  If you’d like to be Molly’s Furevers, fill out an application with Agape Animal Rescue.



Filed under Our Foster Journey

Foxy Roxie – ADOPTED!

This weekend, the little puppy who unexpectedly entered our lives a month ago bounded off into the hearts of her Furever Family.  D, S and their 10-year old daughter A, all fell in love with Roxie’s fun personality and easy-going demeanor two weeks ago, when we met them at the park. 

(As hard as he tried to maintain a tough poker-face exterior, D especially was positively smitten right on the spot!)


The days dragged on while they waited for Roxie to get her Big Girl surgery, but finally the day arrived for Roxie to start the rest of her Furever.

Roxie really hit the jackpot with this family…A huge fenced in backyard, a little girl to grow up with and no other dogs to steal away her toys attention!   S is so sweet, she saw on the home visit how hard it was going to be for me and Foster Dad to give up this sweet little girl, so she had a lovely gift waiting for us.

And it’s true, it was tough to drive away.  I’m not going to lie, there were tears.  We have had such a blast with Roxie over the past month, watching her learn and grow and play with her foster brothers who just seemed to love the stuff outta her.  So as much as it pains us to let her go and break up this pack….

….we know in our hearts that this family is the absolute best thing for Roxie.  It is obvious they already are head over tails in love with her.  After all, doesn’t every puppy deserve her very own best friend to grow up with?

 As we always say to all of our foster dogs (as it is always true) – we love you forever, Roxie, and we will never forget you.

Congratulations on your finding your Furever!



Filed under Our Foster Journey

Spring is in the air!

We’ve had an unseasonably mild winter and early spring here in Nashville this year, and what better way take advantage of this gorgeous weather than with some new glamour shots from Harmony Designs?

This was Cooper’s second go-round with the lovely and talented April Hollingsworth, so he’s an old pro by now. Even though silly Momma forgot that his Sirius Republic collar is filthy and filled with holes, thanks to his foster sister using it as a chew toy, luckily his wonderfully generous foster brother Oscar was there to loan him his Ahoy Matey collar for the photo shoot.  What a guy!

Not to be outdone, Roxie showed that she’s got some serious modeling chops as well.

We’ve got two naturals in front of the camera, don’t you think?  Check out our Facebook page for more pictures from their photo shoot!

If you’re interested in adding either of these cover models to your family, please contact Agape Animal Rescue.



Filed under Our Foster Journey

Squeaky Clean

It occurred to me recently that I’d been holding out on you – my bad!  We’ve documented Bath Time for each of our fosters so far, but even though Roxie has had three baths at Foster House, I’ve been slacking in sharing any photo evidence with you.  Please forgive me!  

After the Mud Bowl over the weekend, Bath Time was unavoidable.  So without further ado, I present to you gratuitous bath pictures:

Don’t worry, these were all taken before her Big Girl surgery, those stitches will stay nice and clean and dry while she’s recovering.

If you’re interested in adopting Foxy Roxie or her brother Cooper, please contact Agape Animal Rescue.



Filed under Our Foster Journey

Ain’t Gonna Be No Baby Momma

Roxie did Bob Barker proud yesterday…

She did so well not licking her stitches that the vet decided she didn’t even need a Cone of Shame.  She spent the evening recuperating with her very attentive nurse-maids at her side giving her peace and quiet.

She’ll need her rest…she has a very exciting week coming up!

If you’re interested in adopting Roxie or her foster brother Cooper, please contact Agape Animal Rescue.



Filed under Our Foster Journey

The Best Day of Their Lives (alternate title: Three Little Pigs)

As it has been previously determined, Cooper is Pig, and Roxie is Piglet. Not to be outdone, over the weekend Oscar reminded us that he will always be King Pig.

We discovered a new dog park over the weekend, and what it lacked in engineering foresight (ahem, horrible drainage planning) it made up for in pure unadulterated joy. 

Three dogs + one muddy dog park + one beautiful sunny day = bliss.

Seriously, I have never seen three happier dogs in my life.  This was our second trip to the dog park in two days, and if I thought they had fun the day before…man, it was nothing compared to this.  We hit the gate and it was like the previous day’s exhaustion had never happened, they were off to the races.  These were “zoomies” on a whole different level – these were Mud Zoomies.

So needless to say, it was Bath Night again, just four days after the last time.  And again, the Sirius Republic collars got a thorough cleaning, this time with a good old-fashioned hand-scrubbing with dish soap.  But man, oh man, it was so worth it!

If you’re interested in providing a Furever Home to Pig or Piglet (sorry, King Pig is taken), please contact Agape Animal Rescue.



Filed under Our Foster Journey

A New Record

Cooper is celebrating seven weeks at Foster House, the longest of any of our fosters.  Today, Cooper ties the record, previously held by Tucker.  Tomorrow he’ll break it.

Honestly, we’re a little befuddled at the lack of interest in Cooper.  Sure, he may not be perfect, but he’s improved leaps and bounds in the time he’s been with us.  He hasn’t had an accident in weeks.  And yesterday, he spent the whole day in his crate without eating his bed.  That, my friends, is growth. 

Who wants perfect, anyway?  Perfect is boring.  Our own Oscar, who couldn’t be more perfect in my eyes, is toy possessive, afraid of kitchen tile and only learned how to jump into the car recently by watching our foster dogs. And look at Kaylee – tied to a chain, unsocialized, bigger than she thinks she is Kaylee.  Since she’s been adopted, Kaylee (now Kate) has become a foster sister herself, helping rehabilitate a dog rescued from a horrible abuse situation.  I’ll take “needs a little love” over “perfect” any day of the week.

Let’s talk about what Cooper is good at.  Do you need a co-pilot, who can’t get enough of car rides?  Cooper’s your guy.

Do you want a snuggle buddy, for yourself and/or another four-legged member of the family?  Check and check.

How about someone to help inspect your shower for cleanliness?  Gotcha covered there, too.

Would you like to be lulled to sleep each night by the soothing sounds of a chainsaw?  Look no further.

Cooper, I make you this promise: I will search tirelessly, high and low, until we find you the most perfectest People on the planet.  They are going to love you so stinkin’ much, you won’t be able to stand it.  They’re gonna snuggle you like you’ve never been snuggled before, up on the couch under a warm blanket on cold windy nights. They’re gonna take you on big adventure hikes, or maybe you’ll be their running partner.  Maybe they’ll take you to the lake or the river this summer to see if you’re the swimming type, would you like that?  They might work from home, or even be able to take you to work with them, wouldn’t that be awesome?  And don’t worry, most importantly, I’ll make sure they understand how to properly stuff a Kong for you. 

But until then, babe – you’ve got a place with us for as long as you want it.

If you’d like to give Cooper his Furever Home, please fill out an application with Agape Animal Rescue.



Filed under Our Foster Journey