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So Now What?

Last week we announced that Cooper is now a permanent member of our family. Turns out, we just couldn’t bear the thought of letting the little nugget go! Which begs the question – now what?

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I started this blog two years ago to chronicle our journey as a Foster Family. While Cooper continues to work on himself, that portion of our lives is put on hold. We decided a long time ago that things work best around here as a two-dog household, especially when one of our perma-dogs is a little “particular” about what kind of canine company he enjoys. But even though we won’t be fostering again for the time being, fear not faithful readers – the blog is here to stay.

We started this blog as a foster-centric endeavor, but it turns out we have a lot more to talk about: Local eventslarge-scale rescues, reviews of our favorite puppy swag

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…and of course, there are always adorable hilarious antics of these two crazy beasts to keep us busy!

Oh, and remember how there was a very generous Cooper supporter who sponsored his adoption fee?  We decided to pay it forward and sponsor the dog who’s been in the Agape program the longest (after Cooper, of course). This is Prince – one of the dogs rescued during Animal Rescue Corps’ Operation Freedom.

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Price had been in the Agape program since July 2013, and the poor guy had his own set of fear issues that were keeping him from finding his Furever. Well, it turns out that a sponsorship was all Prince’s foster mom needed to make the leap and join the Foster Failure Club!

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Congratulations Prince & Carolyn!

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Cooper – ADOPTED!

Well Cooper, you did it! You finally found your most perfectest, wonderfulest, fureverest family. The Ones who will take care of you until the end, who will continue to train you and have patience while you continue to work on yourself – which they understand could be a life-long process.  But most importantly, you found The Ones who will love you so fiercely, so completely that they can’t imagine their lives without you. 

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Actually Cooper, you found us a long time ago. It just took  us a little longer to realize that you were our One, too. 

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When did you first Know? Was it that first weekend you came home from the shelter with me and snuggled up next to me on the couch? You haven’t left my side ever since.

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You’ve always been a momma’s boy, that’s for sure. But you soon figured out Dad was pretty good for snugglin’, too – was that when you decided to stay?

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Was it the way Oscar accepted you and took his under his wing paw, to show you the ropes, and how to be part of a Family? Did your Brother help you make up your mind?

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How did you know that we would always take care of you? Even when you’re afraid, you trust us that everything will be OK. 

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Was it the all the training we did together? Did that show you that we would always work our absolute hardest for you?

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Whatever it was, Cooper – I’m sorry it took us so long to figure it out. But the wait is over – you’re Ours now. Furever. Another heartbeat – always to be at our feet.

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We love you, Cooper! Welcome to the Family.

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Operation Unbridled Spirit

A week ago, I got a phone call.

Animal Rescue Corps was on the move again, and were preparing for deployment to rescue another batch of abused animals, set them up in an emergency shelter near Nashville, and ultimately place them in foster homes where they could then recover and be adopted out to loving furever families.

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“So, do you have any time this week?” asked the voice on the other end of the line. Well, I thought, my work schedule has just gone from 50 to 60 hours for this week, my birthday is coming up on Friday, and I finally have next weekend off…

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“Of course. When and where?”

I spent last Tuesday with other ARC volunteers at their storage unit, loading up a U-Haul and setting up the emergency shelter in Lebanon, Tennessee – about 40 minutes east of Nashville. We created a makeshift hospital and isolation area, sorted supplies and set up over 100 crates, to prepare for the arrival of a then-unknown number of animals.

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On Thursday, ARC volunteers hit the ground running and pulled 122 dogs and two parrots of a property in Wayne County, Kentucky. ARC brought them back to Tennessee where they’re now settling in and receiving emergency vet care, clean food and water….

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…and where I’ll be spending my birthday weekend. I can’t think of anywhere I’d rather be – I can’t wait to meet these guys!

For updates on Operation Unbridled Spirit, including more photos, follow Animal Rescue Corps on Facebook or check out their website. Donations can be made for the care of the OUS animals here.

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A Toast – To You!

Holy crap, second place, you guys!!

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Sorry, I just had to get that out! Let me back up a bit…back in June, Foster Dad and I found out that our lil’ old corner of the interwebs was nominated for The Tennessean’s annual Toast of Music City Reader’s Choice Awards for Best Blog. The nomination alone blew us away. The Tennessean is the go-to print news source for Nashville and our surrounding counties. They host the TOMC awards every year, in which Nashvillians get to vote on their favorite of their favorites in every category from restaurants, home improvement providers, retailers, local celebrities – just about everything that makes living in Nashville awesome.

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As honored as we were to be nominated in the first place, we were floored when we got the word that we’d been invited to the awards reception, meaning that Heartbeat at My Feet finished in the top three in the “Best Blog” category! Holy smokes! I seriously about fell right over. Last Thursday night we attended the reception, where I was a nervous freakin’ wreck.  Foster Dad and I made quick use of our complimentary drink tickets to take the edge off, then we grabbed some delicious grub and stood by waiting as the winners in each category scrolled across the screens. If you follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter, then you already know what happened next:

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I couldn’t believe it! Second place??  Of the dozen or so blogs that were nominated, we won second?? After less than two years in the blogosphere, second place? Second? Seriously?  Could. Not. Believe. It.

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All the winners were printed in this Sunday’s Tennessean, and posted online. As if the 2nd place win wasn’t enough of a victory for us, the super-duper part is that a lot of our friends won, too!  And now, some props for a few of our buddies:

Best Local Artist (visual): Amiee Stubbs Photography (2nd place).  Amiee is the photographic genius behind Kaylee’s adoption photos and the Impression-a-Bull project, and is also the gal behind the lense at all of Animal Rescue Corps’ large scale rescue operations. She rocks so hard.

Lauren Slatery and Amiee Stubbs, from Ammiee Stubbs Photography. Serious awesomeness, right here.

Lauren Revans and Amiee Stubbs, from Amiee Stubbs Photography. Serious awesomeness, right here!

Best Festival: Barktoberfest (3rd place). Nashville loves our festivals, that’s for sure – that is to say, we have lots of ’em! And for one of Nashvillian’s favorites to be dog-centric is pretty dang cool.  This year’s event is on October 12th and admission is free, so mark your calendars!

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Best Hotel:  Loews Vanderbilt (2nd) and the Hutton Hotel (3rd place) are both dog friendly and were recent hosts to Agape Animal Rescue‘s annual fundraiser, Glitter & Glam.

A million-squillion thanks go to everyone who voted for us this year. Second place ain’t too shabby, and we are so, so honored. This award means so much to us because it means that there are real live people out there behind our blog stats who are actually reading this thing, and are totally into the antics of our foster dogs, tips and tricks of owning and caring for pets, news about large scale rescues, and whatever random stuff crosses our minds.  So, here’s to you readers! Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts for sticking with us. You are amazing!

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Oh, and a super special thanks goes out to local celebri-dog and runway model, Willie Fitzgerald, for the nomination. You are one awesome Pug!  

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Why So Glum, Schmoop?

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See?

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What’s a Coop to do?

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Looks like it’s time for hand-me-downs, such is the plight of all younger siblings.

*sigh*

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