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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. 


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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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.


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:


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.


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!


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!  

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Molly Tamale Update

Molly Tamale has been in her new home for two weeks now, and she has settled right in.  As her new mom, Marla, reports:

A quick update from Molly. She’s been with us 2 weeks today and she’s doing great. We’ve had a lot of family in for our son’s wedding and she has been great. She exceptionally good with our grandchildren, especially, Noah. He likes to lie down beside her and rub her head. She just soaks it up. She has also made a 3 hour trip to Louisville and slept nearly the entire way both ways. She’s a keeper!


On a personal note, I am proud to say that this is the first adoption in which I successfully completed  without totally breaking down in tears.  As I said good-bye to Miss Molly two weeks ago, I think I knew deep down that this was finally “it” for her.  That she would be happier with Mike and Marla then she could possibly be anywhere else…even with us.

Molly Tamale, you have meant so much to us.  You’re the first (hopefully only!) foster dog who’s carouseled through Foster House twice, and it was quite an emotional journey.  We fell in love with you instantly, and we celebrated when you got adopted even though we knew we’d miss you terribly.  When you came back to us, we were devastated that things didn’t work out for you, but we were secretly thrilled to have you back – even if it was only going to be for a little while. We swore we wouldn’t let you go again unless the absolute perfect family came along for you…

And wouldn’t you know it…they did.

Like I make sure all the dogs who pass through our home know, we will love you forever, and we’ll never forget you.  We’ll always be here if you need us, but I have a feeling you’re not going to.  You’re Home now.



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Molly Tamale – ADOPTED…furever!

I think we found it this time, girl!  The Furever you’ve really been waiting for.  We’ve searched high and low and finally came up with the best home ever for you – and you deserve it!

“Are you sure this time? Don’t tease me!”

Molly’s new People are Mike and Marla.  They lost their beloved family dog, Annie, to old age a year and a half ago.  They were understandably devastated, and needed to take some time before they added another furry member to their family.  This past winter, Marla saw Molly Tamale’s profile online, and that little spot in her heart that had been reserved for puppy love, that had been locked up tight since Annie’s passing, started to crack open.  Unfortunately, Molly got adopted before Marla could inquire about her any further.  Disappointed, she put her dog search on hold.

When Molly recently came up for adoption again, Marla took it as a sign of “meant to be.”  She filled out an application right away, and as soon as Foster Dad and I saw it, our hearts leapt up into our throats.  On paper, Mike and Marla were exactly what we had pictured for Molly!  But, having been wrong before, we wanted to make sure we got it right for Molly this time.  We held our breath and decided that the best place for Molly to show off her real personality would be in the house that she’s used to.  So we dropped the boys at daycare (to eliminate distraction) and invited Mike and Marla over to meet Molly. 

It could not have gone better!

Foster Dad and I have never seen Molly Tamale warm up to a “stranger” like she did with Marla.  As we’ve mentioned before, Molly has an independent streak.  She’s affectionate in her own way, but she rarely seeks out attention.  So when Molly chose, on her own, to go over and lay at Marla’s feet – I knew it was Right.

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Molly must have felt the puppy love pouring out of Marla’s heart towards her, because she was glued to her for the entire visit. Mike and Marla were both sold, and so was Molly Tamale.  We moved forward with the next step, taking Molly out to their home to we could see where Molly would hang out make sure they had a window.  Check and check!

Molly Tamale seemed as equally smitten with Mike and Marla as they were with her. 

I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason.  Maybe Marla wasn’t truly “ready” for a new dog in her life during Molly’s first go-round at Foster House.  Maybe Molly Tamale wasn’t done exploring the globe yet.  Call it fate, call it destiny, call it divine intervention.  I call it Furever.

Congratulations, Molly Tamale!  We love you forever, and we’ll never forget you.



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Foster Update: Foxy Roxie

I was beyond excited to recieve this touching note from Roxie’s new mom, Stacy. It brings happy tears to my eyes to picture this sweet puppy, who entered our lives so unexpectadly, living the life she was meant to live, with the family she was meant to love.  We couldn’t be happier for her.  Enjoy! ~Laura

Picture Abby drew for Roxie on her first night in her new home, so she would never forget her Foster Family - the first people (and dogs) who ever loved her.

I have never had a big dog.  In fact, I think my largest pet was my beloved Boston Terrier, Brandi, who weighed in at a whopping 18 pounds. My husband, Dale and daughter, Abigail, have been talking about adopting a family pet for quite some time.  But, I had my special Brandi, my little lap dog of 12 years, that would not have approved of another dog in the house.  Let’s face it…she really didn’t approve of having Dale or Abby in the house either, but she learned to tolerate them over the years.  Sadly, my beloved pooch passed on a few months ago.  The word “devastation” seems like an understatement. 

Through my grief, I announced that I was never going to have another dog.  The pain of losing Brandi was too much to think about having to go through it again.  I cried, I sulked, I slept, I didn’t sleep, I ate too much and then I didn’t eat at all…I just missed her terribly. Then, I remembered something…a promise that I had made to a total stranger 3 years ago.

Abby and I had gone to the “Mutt Strut” in the summer of 2009.  I was proudly parading Brandi around Centennial Park, when we came upon an information table for Agape Animal Rescue.  I had a very nice conversation with a lady who was promoting the rescue. Abby was going crazy over the dogs that were being promoted that day.  I took her card, and told her that someday we would call her, when were ready to adopt a family pet.

Abby loves training Roxie! She got Roxie to "down" for her on the very first try - even before Dad!

It was a Saturday morning when I remembered that story, and I immediately decided to Google Agape’s website.  Of course, I had no intentions of even looking at “adoptable dogs” once I got to the webpage, because I was never going to have another dog…right??  I scrolled down and saw a picture of Roxie.  My heart just leaped out of my chest. She was beautiful black and white pittie mix.   I watched her video and felt my heart strings pull.  I called Dale and Abby in to watch the video, and they loved her goofy little personality. We met Roxie the very next day and knew that she was a special girl, and that she would be a perfect addition to our family. 

I must admit that I was a little reluctant at first, because I still missed my Brandi so much and I still am grieving over her loss…but, I know that Brandi would have wanted me to give another stray the same love that I had given to her, and it was just selfish for me to think that I could keep that love to myself.  As for Dale and Abby?  Well, they never hesitated.  They knew she was the “one.”

She has fit right in…she goes with Dale to work in the garage,  she rides in the car every morning to drop Abby off at school, and then she spends every evening curled up on my lap.

We love our big ole lap dog!

Roxie with her Dad and new BFF, Diamond. Diamond, a pittie puppy just about Roxie's age, lives next door and comes over to play every day!

Congratulations on scoring an amazing Furever Home, Roxie – you really hit the jackpot!  We love you forever, and we’ll never forget you!
Love, Foster Mom & Dad



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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!



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Sweet Sorrow

Molly Tamale may not ever realize how close she came to becoming our first Foster Failure.  The attraction was instantaneous – we brought her home on a Thursday night, and by the end of the weekend Oscar, Foster Dad and I were all head over heels (paws?) in love with her.  

She’s just so dang cute, with those stubby little legs, floppy bat ears and goofy smile.  Beyond that, Oscar seemed to be completely smitten with her from the beginning.  Since Oscar’s approval will ultimately be the #1 factor in determining if/when we ever do add a dog to our family on a Furever basis,  it was impossibly painful to imagine the day she might leave us. Molly settled right into our hearts so quickly and seemed so comfortable with us, that we thought the feeling must be mutual.

But then one day, way too soon, we got The Call from our rescue: a family was interested in Molly Tamale and wanted to meet her.  Even though I knew my response should have been, “Wow, that’s awesome!” I’m not going to lie – my initial gut reaction was, “What?!?  Nooooo! I’m not ready!”  I think my actual reply landed somewhere in between, something like, “Holy crap, is that some kind of record?”  She had only been with us for 5 days at that point, I thought there was no way she’d be leaving us so soon!

In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll admit that during the Meet & Greet, I was secretly hoping it wouldn’t work out. 

But then, something happened at The Tamale’s home visit.  Maybe it was the way Caitlin’s eyes lit up when she saw Molly Tamale again.  Maybe it was the way Molly crawled right into Dale’s lap as he sat on the floor, and showing him a happy tail and “love me” eyes like even Foster Dad or I had never seen from her before.  Maybe it was the way Molly and Ziggy bonded instantly, and seemed truly Meant to Be.

But I think more than any of those things, it was the way I could feel a teeny tiny piece of my heart breaking off, ready to give to Molly Tamale to take with her and keep forever. 

I realized then and there that Molly Tamale was never Ours to begin with.  We were just a layover while she waited for her connection, so she could finally complete her journey.  After six stops along the way, Molly is finally at lucky number seven: Home.

So as I sit here typing, I’m not ashamed to admit I have to wipe away an occasional tear – I mean crap, this one was tough to say good-bye to.  But I’m trying to remind myself that this is why we do this.  Though I will always miss Molly, and I will love her forever, the tears I’m shedding now hold nothing in comparison to the pure joy I feel when I remember that she will never, ever be scared, lonely, cold, hurt, afraid, or rejected again. 

And the best part?  There’s another dog out there right now, who needs our help.  And we are going to help her.


It’s too late to add Molly Tamale to your family, but visit
Agape Animal Rescue’s “adoptable dogs” page
to see who else is looking for their People! 
And stay tuned to meet our next adoptable house guest.



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Molly Tamale – ADOPTED!

It’s true!  This morning we said adios to Senorita Tamale.  By now she’s happily settled in at her new casa with her new familia…OK enough with what I remember from Spanish 101, the point is that Molly Tamale has found her Furevers! 

She’ll be livin’ the good life with her new People, Caitlin and Dale, and her new doggy brother, Ziggy, who (guess what?) just happens to be also be Agape foster program veteran!

Caitlin adopted Ziggy two years ago, and after a stint on the West Coast she moved back to Nashville looking to add another furry member to their family.  Naturally, she contacted Agape again, and – well, we’ll let her tell you the rest, check back tomorrow to hear Caitlin’s story of how she, Dale and Ziggy found Molly Tamale.

So congratulations, our little Tamale!  We’re going to absolutely miss the crap out of you, but we are over the moon that your wandering days are finally behind you.  Caitlin and Dale are amazing dog owners, and they are going to give you the warm, loving, happy home that you deserve.  I just hope you’ll be able to keep up with Ziggy!

Congratulations, Molly Tamale!



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I’d Like To Thank The Academy…

Stunned.  Amazed.  Speechless (well, almost).  Honored.  Wow! 

Guys, hold onto your butts, because after just three short months of blogging, HBAMF has gotten it’s first award!  Thank you, thank you, thank you to the hilariously funny, eloquent, smart, good-looking Emily over at Our Waldo Bungie for sharing the Liebster Award with us!

“Liebster” is German for “dearest” or “loved,” and this award is meant to shine a spotlight on up-and-coming blogs (ahem, that’s me) with less than 200 followers (also me). 

Of course, with each honor comes great responsibility (some famous guy said something like that once, right?) so as a recipient of this award, I have some basic obligations I must fill:

  1. Thank the giver, and link back to the blogger who bestowed the award.  (check – see above)
  2. Share 5 blogs I “liebe” that meet the lesser known, fewer than 200 follower requirement. (check – see below)
  3. Copy and paste the award on my blog. (check – right up there, see?)
  4. Hope the 5 blogs I pass the Liebster Award on to also fulfil these simple requirements and continue to spread the liebe!

And now, without further ado, my 5 picks for the Liebster Award! 
(Side note to these 5 bloggers – please don’t be offended if you actually do have more than 200 followers, I am going by your FB/Twitter stats or guessing if I can’t find it on your blog!)

South Nashville Life– SNL is “A peek into what it means to live, work and play in the area just south of Downtown Nashville” – aka, my ‘hood.  I could talk for a long time about how much I love my neighborhood and my neighbors, but that’s the subject of another blog.  Suffice to say that SNL is written by a neighbor and good friend of mine, who reviews local businesses, attends local events and addresses local issues.  I learned a lot about by ‘hood via SNL when we first bought our house two years ago, and as Jen takes a break from blogging to focus on grad school, I anxiously await it’s return!

Our ridiculous(ly) Happy Life – One of my dearest friends from when I was a very wee lass started this blog last year to keep her friends and family updated on her adventures of raising two boys (with a third due any day) with a husband in the military.  While I’m not usually a fan of “mommy blogs” (unless those “mommies” have fur-babies), Sue is one of the most hilarious people I know.  Even if you don’t have kids, you can’t help yourself but to laugh along with her as she navigates her crazy life. 

If You Ask Me – I ran across Audreya’s blog during a session of blogroll surfing that I can’t even begin to recall.  Her blog’s been around for a few years and she very well may not fit into the ‘under 200′ catergory, but guess what?  Dont’ care.  She’s freakin’ hilarious and I love her blog.  And she describes herself as “snarky” which just might be one of my favorite words ever. 

Give Me Grapes – Wine…mmmm.  While I love a yummy glass of grape juice every now and again, I am by no means a wine connoisseur.  And neither is Erin, which is why I love her blog – she is “drinking her way around the world” and blogging about her wine education along the way. 

My Heart’s In Haiti – Elizabeth and her hubby fell in love with a four year old orphan while on a mission trip to Haiti in February 2011.  They are going through the process of adopting him, and bringing him home to Tennessee.  Her blog chronicles their journey through dealing with the US Embassy, the Haitian government, and fundraising. 

So there they are, some of my favorite hangouts in blogosphere.  You should probably go check them out!  Well wait a minute, at least finish reading this post first, sheesh…

One more time, a huge thank you to Emily from Our Waldo Bungie for thinking of us when you passed on this award.  More than anything, I’m just so thrilled that people are actually reading this thing, because it means that my foster dogs are getting exposure – which is the whole goal in the first place!  Even if some of my readers are in Kansas City, Austin, Chicago, DC, or Cleveland and may not be in a position to adopt a dog from Nashville, it still means my pups furry little faces are reaching people who never would have known they existed otherwise. 

That feels pretty dang good, I’m not gonna lie.

And now, because this is a foster blog after all, here’s a picture of a dog who is looking for her furever home:

…more on her tomorrow!



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Kiss Me, Kate

Lovely Miss Kaylee got adopted yesterday, and has a brand new name to go with her new life.  A name fit for the princess that she is: Kate. 

Like the most famous Kate of the past year, our Kate is poised,  polite and beautiful.  And just like “that other” Kate, she’s also embarking on a brand new adventure, and her life will never be the same.  She’s joining a new family who will certainly treat her like royalty.


We have to thank Kate’s paparazzi, Amiee Stubbs Photography,  for these lovely professional photos.  Amiee is a local animal lover, and has a soft spot for pitties.  She generously donated her time and skills last week to take some glamour shots of Kaylee Kate, hoping they would help her get adopted.

Little did we know that by the time the photos were ready, Kate’s future would have already been determined.  However that’s not going to stop us from showing off her lovely work!  Thank you, Amiee! 

Congratulations on your new beginning, Princess Kate!  Though you’ve left your old life far behind, always know that we, as your foster parents, consider ourselves lucky to have been a part of it.  We miss you like crazy.  We will love you forever.  And we will never forget you.



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