Superbowl Sundayyyy!

Even though my beloved Redskins didn’t make it into the Super Bowl, it was still quite the exciting games with the Ravens in it! I’ll take any Maryland team making the big game! Besides, the Ravens has a very special former UMD player on their team, which gives me another reason to happily root for them all season.

Terrapin alum and current Ravens superstar Torrey Smith has two pit bull dogs, one of which he adopted from the Baltimore animal shelter, BARCS! He is constantly on social media spreading the word about adoption, and one day even put out a specific appeal for a group of pups at BARCS who needed help, receiving hundreds of offers from his fans to take them in.

Photo credit to Leo Howard Lubow and the Show Your Soft Side Campaign.

Photo credit to Leo Howard Lubow and the Show Your Soft Side Campaign.

When Baxter was with me last year he supported football and his Terps, so I’m sure he’d be rooting for Torrey & the Ravens as well!

sniff football

M-A-R-Y-L-A-N-D B-A-X-T-E-R

Today is supposed to be video Wednesday, but we’re moving that to Thursday because tonight is a BIG NIGHT for Baxter.

We love love love! hate to admit it, but Baxter is partial to one particular team. I’ve mentioned this before, but for those of you who are new here – let me give you a hint:

Yep, that’s right… Bax is a Terp! There is just something about a turtle that he can’t resist. Or, maybe there is something fostermom can’t resist about her alma mater, and fostermom’s preferences become Baxter’s preferences since she is in control of the food. Just a thought.

Tonight is the UMD vs. DUKE basketball game! This is big. You guys understand this kind of rivalry, right? It goes a little something like this:

Well, Bax is very aware of this importance of this game as well. He is voicing his Terrapin pride loud and clear!

And looking rather cute while he does it.

Now that I’ve shoved a full dose of Fear The Turtle in your direction, I would love if you headed over to the Peace, Love, & Fostering Facebook page and shared pictures of your pups in your favorite sports gear. In case you hadn’t noticed, I kind of have a thing for a dog in an adorable outfit. Can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

For more information on adopting Comeback Kid Baxter, click here or email peacelovefoster@gmail.com.

2011 wrap up

In August, I joined the blog world. A lot happened before that, and a lot has happened since. It’s all sorts of crazy and exciting and unexpected and fun. Here is 2011 for Peace, Love, & Fostering in a brief review.

January – May

I was busy being a college senior at the University of Maryland. I interned at and then was offered a full time position at my dream job. I graduated with an Animal Sciences degree. I had absolutely no idea what to expect from my new opportunities.

June

A mere two weeks after graduating, I started real life (aka my full time job). I discovered Love and a Six-Foot Leash and subsequently all of my other favorite bloggers, organizations, and advocates. I rediscovered my love for pit bulls & pit bull type dogs, which was initially instilled when I had an internship at the humane society in high school. I slowly started learning about rescue, fostering, advocacy; the works.

July

I dog sat for Mandy & Dixie at the same time, proving to myself I could manage the full responsibility of caring for a dog, then jumped right in with my first foster Otis. Otis was only with me for two weeks. It was a good thing, because I don’t think I would have been ready for a long term foster so soon.  He was my first pit bull type dog (though much more American bull dog than pit, I’m sure).

Mandy (left) & Dixie (right) at the UMD Chapel.

Otis

August – September

Zabora! I co-fostered this bumbly little dog with Love & a Six-Foot Leash. I fell in love, but also learned enormous amounts with her – from screening applicants, to doing home visits, to even navigating how to advertise a [pit bull type] dog. This partnership set me up to be able to foster my first full-time foster on my own. Biggest thing I learned? How much of a knowledge vault Aleksandra is!

October

I kept my house open for Curious Georgia to live with us once Aleksandra’s family moved to Texas, but I ended up not being needed because she got adopted by the perfect family! I also, with the help of many, successfully pulled off my first fundraising gala for work.

Photo courtesy of Joseph Allen Photography.

Photo courtesy of Joseph Allen Photography.

November – December

The first week of November I brought home Baxter. We are on a patient journey to find his forever home, and loving every minute of it. Fostering him is teaching me more about dog behavior, blogging, training, rescue groups, photography, advertising, prioritizing, juggling schedules, nutrition, and improvising – to name a few things. I can’t wait to find him the best forever home, but until then he is my perfect little buddy.

2011 has been quite the year. I have never been more excited about the direction my life is taking – it’s like a million new doors have been opened! I don’t have many specific goals for 2012, mostly because I have ideas upon ideas brewing in my head for, like a wise friend once put it, “figuring out what I want to be when I grow up.” All I know is I want to keep finding dogs forever homes, continue blogging, and become more involved in the rescue/advocacy community to learn as much as I possibly can.

Happy New Year everyone!

For more information on adopting Comeback Kid Baxter, click here or email peacelovefoster@gmail.com.

Baxter the QB

Sometimes I try to convince Baxter that he needs to be a Terps football player.

Don’t you think so? He looks so good in the jersey, and he is definitely athletic enough.

He doesn’t agree. He thinks football is boring. He thinks the people who play with footballs are silly. . . especially UMD football, thanks to the season they had this year (low blow, Bax).

"What are you even doing?"

"Ick. Footballs."

He says he likes the Terps jersey, but this is all he wants to do in it:

Oh well, at least I tried. I guess we’ll need to look into other hobbies for him. He did mention something about competitive napping last week. . .

For more information on adopting Comeback Kid Baxter, click here or email peacelovefoster@gmail.com.