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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!

TOMC Winner!

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!  

Willie Fiz

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Your Very Own Oscar-Cooper Hybrid!

This is Victor!

Victor, just chillin'.

Victor, just chillin’.

You guys….I’m sorry, I just couldn’t NOT share this guy with you. How ridiculously adorable is he?  And is it any wonder why I had an “erhmegerd” gasp out loud moment when I saw his picture? He looks like the perfect mix of Oscar and Cooper! It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for the brindles, but Victor, oh Victor…you are a serious looker my friend. And he could be yours!

Yep, Victor is available for adoption. He’s currently taking up residence at Williamson County Animal Control (former home of both Cooper and Molly Tamale), where he’s lived since March 27th as an owner surrender.  Let’s learn a little more about him…

My name is Victor  and I am a good-looking 4-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier/Boxer Mix. I am a current resident of Williamson County Animal Control but I need a forever home. I have a happy-go-lucky personality that has made me a favorite at the shelter. I am very popular with the volunteers that love me and always one of the first to be walked. I have been told I am the total package: handsome: check, friendly: check, lots of personality: check, fun to play with: check, a perfect gentleman on the leash: half check…come on I’m a dog and I love to sniff. I love my time in the play yard chasing tennis balls and the love and attention I get from the volunteers…did I mention I am very social? I am a smart boy and I listen well. That means I would be easy to train and quick to learn. As a matter of fact I am already housebroken and crate trained. I have a lot of love to share – I just need a family to share it with! I am ready to go home all I need is you!
Sounds like the perfect package to me! If someone (ahem, Cooper) wasn’t taking up the foster-spot at our place, well…you know who would be! If you’d like to meet Victor or learn more about him, or if you know someone who wants their very own Coop-Oscar-ganger, they can contact WCAC at 615-790-5590, or e-mail animal@williamson-tn.org.
ADOPT VICTOR!
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It’s Glitter & Glam Time!

It’s that time of year again! Agape Animal Rescue is gearing up for their annual fundraiser, Glitter & Glam.

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Guys, I attended this event for the first time last year and let me tell you – it was a freakin’ BLAST. We’ve got silent & live auctions with over $15,000 worth of amazing items up for bid.

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We’ve got a fasion show featuring designs by Corello on the two legged models and couture by Baxter Bailey & Company on the four legged models.

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Oh, and food. And wine. And dogs everywhere! I mean, what else do you need?

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Glitter & Glam 2012

This year’s event is taking place on July 28th at the Hutton Hotel with views of the Nashville skyline. Swanky, no?

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Our hosts are Kimberley Locke of American Idol fame, and rising country star Phoenix Stone – this is Music City, after all.

The best part? All proceeds from ticket sales and auction items go directly to Agape Animal Rescue. Every penny raised is dedicated to helping dogs in need find their happy ending. So you get all of that awesome AND help dogs at at the same time!

Intrigued? I betcha are. Tickets? Right here!

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Spill It!

…and in other news, holy crap you guys – we’ve been nominated for a Toast of Music City award!

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If you live in Nashville, you know how cool that is. The Tennessean is our main newspaper, and they put on the Toast of Music City awards. Local Nashvillians nominate and vote on their favorite local places and services each year. They cover everything from health care services, to restaurants and entertainment, to – you guessed it – blogs.  Nominations closed this weekend, and voting is open through July 14th. Winners will be announced a bit after that, and published in a special edition of the paper, and of course online.

So, who’s got four thumbs, eight paws, and were nominated for the Toast of Music City Best Blog Award?

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THESE GUYS!

Can you believe it??  Because I can’t. Seriously, I seriously, seriously can’t. Like seriously. I am seriously so overwhelmed and honored that I can’t stop saying “seriously.”  OK, so before we make with the shameless groveling for votes, I gotta know: who nominated us?? Spill it! Because we owe you a big fat La Hacienda margarita. You wanna collect? Give yourself up, you wonderful, loyal, fantastical reader(s?), you!!

Now on to the shameless groveling part: please vote for us!  Can you imagine if we won, and our blog were featured in the local newspaper, and on their website? We could reach so many more people – local people. Don’t get me wrong, you know I love all my readers far and wide, but the more local Nashville folks who read and share this little blog, the better the chances that Cooper’s Furever Family find him. So please – won’t cha vote for us? Pretty please with a peanut butter Kong on top?

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It’s super easy, here’s how: First click here. You’ll need to register, all they need is your e-mail address. Then you’ll be able to vote for all your favorite Nashville stuff.  But here’s the cool part – you don’t even have to be a Nashvillian to vote. If you’re not local, or you just don’t want to vote in all 90+ categories, just bookmark this page and come vote for us every stinkin’ day.  Easy peasy!

Cooper is temporarily off the market, but Agape Animal Rescue has lots of super-amazing loving fur-balls who need furever homes. Check ’em out!

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Pittie Posse Secret Santa REVEALED!

You guys I am so pumped, I have been waiting months for this day and it’s finally here – it’s Pittie Posse Secret Santa reveal day! 

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If you recall, the Pittie Posse Secret Santa gift exchange is the brainchild of Emily at Our Waldo Bungie. This is the second year for the PPSS, but my first year in The Posse. (#finallyoneofthecoolkids) I have actually had my gift ready to go for a super long time because I was so stinkin’ excited! For the last couple weeks, I’ve been checking the mailbox obsessively every day, sometimes twice a day.  Finally one day last week, I got a super-duper special package. Drumroll please…..our Pittie Posse Secret Santa iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis…..Chocko from Pittieful Love!

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(Fess up people, who did I fool on Facebook last night? Nope, it wasn’t Cooper wearing his Tiennot Sweater I was talking about, read on to find out what I was referring to…)

I hear that Chocko’s person, Jess, actually helped him pick out our goodies. I’m not questioning Chocko’s good taste, but our thoughtful gift definitely had some female influence. First out of the package was this pawsome magnet:

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Words cannot even express how much I love this. In this crazy world of rescue, it’s so easy to get discouraged.  Especially when you come face to face with unimaginable abuse and suffering. But then, just when you think you’ve seen just about all you can handle, you get a reminder like this that there are other amazingly wonderful like-minded people in our community, and we’re all here to support each other. Seriously, love.

What Jess and Chocko didn’t know was that last year, my amazing hilarious sister sent me this…

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…and this:

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So my new magnet fit right in with my other dog-themed paraphernalia on my fridge!

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As much as I love the magnet, I could not get over how thoughtful the second half of my gift was – a beautiful necklace from Dog Park Publishing!

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Seriously, how adorable is that? I’ve been wearing it all week to volunteer with the Operation Broken Chain pups and have gotten tons of compliments. Doesn’t it look great with my volunteer t-shirt?

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Jess and Chocko, thank you so so so much for the thoughtful gifts, I absolutely love them!  And that you Emily and the rest of the Pittie Posse for including us in this year’s gift exchange, we’ve had a total blast. Now dear readers, head over to Two Pitties in the City to see what goodies Foster House sent to E, A, M & B. And don’t forget to check out the rest of the Pittie Posse to see everyone else’s holiday swag!

We’ll be taking some time off from the blog to celebrate and enjoy the holidays with family, friends, and of course the pooches. Well, that’s the plan anyway, if anything super awesome, hilarious or exciting happens we’ll be sure to let you guys know. Everyone have a great rest of the year, and we’ll see you in 2013!

We wish you all a Joyous Christmakwanzukah, Merry Festivus, and Happy New Year from Foster House!

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…and I Love My Pit Bull!

Have you heard about this super cool project that Angel City Pit Bulls has been working on? 

ACPB, a pit bull rescue and advocacy group out of Los Angeles, has been featured on StubbyDog for their mission of “helping pit bulls remain angels here on earth by encouraging adoption and education.” Their latest project is a three part video series of normal, responsible, everyday pit bull owners who love their dogs.  Just like Nashville PITTIE’s recent Impression-a-Bull project, ACPB wants to show the world that pit bulls are no different than any dog when they are made part of a loving family.

Super cool, right?

I absolutely LOVE these type of projects, because the first step in pit bull advocacy is education.  Education about spay/neuter, education about training, and education about tethering (and why it s-u-c-k-s). But here’s the thing – there’s actually a step even before education.  Call it the “preface” step. Because people can not be educated if they are afraid, and people are afraid of what they don’t understand.

If all someone has a preconceived notion that all pit bull owners are thugs and drug dealers, and all they know about “pit bulls” comes from the negative stories they see on the news, they aren’t going to have an open mind to be educated.  So what do we do? We have to show people that “pit bull owners” are just like them.

Now here’s the really cool part…there’s another project going on right now that you and your pit bull can take part in. It’s the Animal Farm “I Am the Majority” project. People are sending in photos of themselves and their dogs holding a sign that says “I am a _____________, I am a “pit bull” dog owner, I am the MAJORITY.”

These photos will be used by Animal Farm in upcoming campaigns and educational materials and help “shine a spotlight on the millions of everyday ‘pit bull’ dog families in a variety of ways.” I know many of you wonderful people are pit bull owners and lovers, so what are you waiting for? Download your own poster, get out a fat marker and tell ’em who you are! Hold up your poster proudly, snap a photo with your furry family, and e-mail it to info@animalfarmfoundation.org.  You can follow Animal Farm Foundation on Facebook to see lots of photos from folks around the country.

Remember, Cooper is still searching for his furever family! If you’re interested in adopting Cooper, please fill out an application with Agape Animal Rescue.

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Ain’t No Party Like a Pittie Posse Party!

I make it a personal quest to try as hard as I can not to think about Christmas until after Thanksgiving.  As much as I love the holiday, I find it harder and harder to love it the earlier I start seeing Christmas decorations in stores.  However, now that Thanksgiving has past, it’s go time – bring on the holiday cheer!

Kaylee visited Santa last year to ask for a family of her very own. And her Christmas wish was granted!

Last year, Emily over at Our Waldo Bungie put together a Secret Santa gift exchange with a handful of friends from the blogosphere who also foster dogs and have a love for pit bulls. They called themselves the Pittie Posse, and I had such a blast last year reading about all of the thoughtful gifts they exchanged.

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Guess what? This year they’ve expanded – I’m so honored to have been invited to participate in the 2012 Pittie Posse Secret Santa gift exchange!

Also joining the Pittie Posse this year are Peace, Love & Fostering and Two Kitties One Pittie.  Man oh man, am I excited….I. Freakin’. Love. Secret Santas! I don’t know how I am going to wait until reveal day…which, by the way, will be Friday, December 21st.

In the meantime, we’ve been preparing Foster House for Cooper’s first Christmas. Since he has a certain, um, shall we say “destructive history,” we’re not sure how he’s going to react to all the decorations, not to mention a giant tree right in the middle of the room.  So we’ve been slowly trying to introduce the idea to him, by bringing in a bunch of tree trimmings we scavenged from our local Christmas tree shop and placing them on the floor where the tree will go. So far, so good – he doesn’t seem to care much about them.

Just to be safe though, I spent the last day of my Thanksgiving break sorting through our holiday decor, picking out the “Cooper-proof” ones. In other words, the ones that I won’t be heartbroken if they get eaten, broken, or otherwise destroyed.  We’ll let you know how it goes!

Cooper would love a furever home of his very own for the holidays! If you’re interested in adding Cooper to your family, please fill out an adoption application with Agape Animal Rescue.

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Cooper’s 15 Minutes of Fame

Last week when we told you about Cooper’s visit to The Parthenon, we didn’t exactly tell the whole story.  There was a bit more to his trip than a sightseeing tour.

Cooper was actually there to film his television television debut!  He was there to film a segment for local news segment, More at Midday, and to solicit votes for his Presidential run.  Excuse the poor video quality, the segment didn’t end up on their website so you’re stuck with my amazing video-of-the-TV method.

Personally, I think that since he was the only one to show up for the debate, that ought to get him a few extra votes, don’t you? Remember, you can VOTE FOR COOPER by donating $5 to Agape Animal Rescue.  Or, a $20 donation will cast a vote for Cooper as well as get you a T-shirt with his lovely mug on the back.

And, unlike at the human polls, in this election you can cast as many votes as you like! Right now the race is super duper close, so won’t you please help Cooper pull ahead of the pack (har) and show the world that a lovable, adoptable pit bull mutt can be just as loved and trusted as America’s most popular pet and a local celebri-dog?  He’s got my vote!

Remember, Cooper is still on the market! If you’d like to add Cooper to your family, please fill out an adoption application with Agape Animal Rescue.

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Pit Bull Awareness Day, Music City Style

This past Saturday, pit bull owners and advocates across the country joined together to celebrate Pit Bull Awareness Day.  Here in Nashville, we celebrated PBAD with live music, vendors, a silent auction and of course plenty of pitties! Since Cooper is still “working on himself,” we thought a gathering of that many dogs would be a little overwhelming for him, so I tagged along with adoptable Olive and her foster mom to take part in all the pittie fun.

I couldn’t get enough of these two in their matching sweaters, they were so well-behaved! They just laid there politely while craziness ensued all around them. Some dogs are just far too refined for such silliness as costume and trick contests.

…but not Princess Fatso! She won the costume contest dressed as a 50’s car hop waitress – see her cute little roller skates?

Of course, Olive was right there to congratulate her.

Princess Fatso narrowly beat out the wicked witch…

10-month old Tank even dressed up like his Person…or maybe his Person dressed up like Tank?

Not only was this sweet little girl a complete and total love bug, she has excellent taste in sports team apparel.

(Oscar has the same sweater.)

Williamson County Animal Control was there too, with lots of their adoptable pitties looking for their furever families. We love WCAC, because it’s the former home of both Cooper and Molly Tamale, and unlike many shelters, they happily adopt out pit bull type dogs to approved applicants.

I absolutely fell in love with this little guy – he’s a pit bull/Jack Russel terrier mix!  How cute is he??  Olive was a little smitten, too…

And of course, the highlight of the day….The Pittie Parade!

It was an amazing turnout and a super fun day. Thank you so much to Nashville PITTIE for organizing Nashville’s 6th annual Pit Bull Awareness Day – we had a great time, and I can’t wait ’till next year!

Olive outtake!

Cooper is still on the market! If you’re interested in adding Cooper to your family, please fill out an adoption application with Agape Animal Rescue.

…and don’t forget to VOTE for COOPER!

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Support for One of Our Own

The one thing that has amazed me time and again since we started fostering is the overwhelming support I’ve felt from the rest of the rescue community.  Animal rescue, as rewarding as it is, can be tough, thankless and frustrating at times.  Knowing that all of you out there are standing right along with us has meant the world to us.  So this weekend, when I heard that one of our own was in trouble, it shook me to the core. 

Our second foster pup through Agape Animal Rescue was Kaylee – liberated from life on a chain by kind strangers, and accepted into the Agape program to find her change at happiness.  Kandice and Larry adopted Kaylee from us just before Christmas last year, and re-named her Kate

It was insta-love….Kandice and Larry were immediately taken with Kate, and Kate excelled under the love and guidance from her new mom, who just happens to be a professional dog trainer.  She loved playing with her new brother Ben, snuggling on the couch with her new mom, and even flying with her new dad in his plane.

 

Kate was firmly settled in to the best Furever Home that Foster Dad and I could have imagined for her.  It’s such a great feeling as a foster family knowing that one of the dogs who passed through your doors is safe, happy and loved.

Furever Day wasn’t the last time Agape heard from Kandice and Larry. Since then, Kate and Ben have become foster siblings to some of Agape’s toughest rehabilitation cases.  They took in Jake from Operation Sweethearts, and taught him how to trust and be part of a family.

Sweetheart Jake with his Furever Family.

Then, when Agape took in fourteen dogs this summer from Operation Freedom, Kate and her family brought Angel into their home.

I had the honor of meeting Angel at the temporary shelter.  Well, that is, if you can call our interaction “meeting” each other.  More accurately, Angel cowered in the back of her crate while I gave her fresh food and water, and cleaned her crate around her.  She had patches of missing hair and sores covered her skin.  She was underweight and terrified of everything. The only word I could think of to describe Angel was “broken.”  But even so, it was clear that she had a beautiful soul.  I knew it would take a very special foster home to bring Angel back from the brink.   Enter Kandice and Larry…

Kandice getting medications and instructions the day she took Operation Freedom dog, Angel, home from the emergency shelter.

Angel went home with Kandice after a month at the emergency shelter. Kandice reports that as recently as a couple weeks ago, Kate has finally taught Angel how to play.

“Kate is the best big sister ever. She finally got Angel to play with her last night. Angel was having the time of her life for the first time.” ~Kandice

 Agape and the dogs in their program are lucky to have foster parents like Kandice and Larry on their side. They are amazing, wonderful giving people with enormous hearts. 

Last week, Kandice and Larry were in a bad motorcycle accident.  We’d like to respect their privacy and not go into too much detail, but I can say that although Kandice has been released, Larry remains in the hospital.  Agape is rallying the troops here in Nashville to find another foster home for Angel, so Kandice and Larry can focus all their energy on getting well.

If everyone could spare a few moments to send some positive energy their way, I’m sure Kandice and Larry could use it. If you would like to send some words of encouragement and support to these animal heroes, you can leave a note for them in the comments here, or you can mail them a card at the address below.

Kandice & Larry
c/o Agape Animal Rescue
P.O. Box 292766
Nashville, TN 37229-2766

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