I've been lucky enough to stay in touch with many of the families who have adopted dogs through me. Here's a few of the happily-ever-afters for the dogs featured in Another Good Dog
Carla kept her name and is happily residing in Indiana where she is greatly loved. Her forever family likes to challenge her to chase the scent of a squirrel tail they drag in a pattern around the yard. Carla recently underwent cancer surgery, but came through beautifully and is doing well.
Not long after she was adopted from my house, Meredith was returned to OPH but was almost instantly adopted again by a wonderful family who live just over the border from me. They gave her a new name - Merida. Here's what her new adopter had to say:
Merida is doing great! My 13-year-old daughter does dog agility with Merida and competes in the county fair with her. They both LOVE it. She is an awesome dog -can't imagine why anyone would want to give her back!
The Hamilton Pups
The Hamilton puppies have stayed in touch with me and with each other. They even have their own Facebook page where they trade notes and updates and lots of great pictures.
They've had a birthday party each year at a Maryland dog park and I've gotten to see many of them there -- including Mama Schuyler. They are big, happy pups and play happily - chasing sticks and each other. Lafayette (now Princeton)'s mom even makes them pupcakes and they pose for a few pictures.
John Coffey remains one of our most memorable foster dogs. I catch regular glimpses of him on his dad's blog. Here's what he had to say about John Coffey:
John Coffey has been a perfect addition to our family! With his reckless energy and obvious love of life, he fits right into our family of three boys, whose energy gives JC a run for his money! He loves chasing, running, jumping, dancing, playing, and trying to keep up with his brothers. He plays hard, wags his tail hard, and cuddles hard, living life with an intensity that fits right in for our family. We’d like to think that whatever he went through before adoption has been forgotten and replaced with the joy and love of his life now. We are so grateful that he was fostered and that we got the chance to welcome into our family!
Begonia (one of Lily's pups)
Begonia, now Calypso, lives just over the line from me in Maryland. She was one amazing Christmas present for one happy teen! Not long ago, I visited Calypso and got to witness her remarkable ball-fetching skills. She definitely takes after her mama! She's gorgeous just like her mama too.
Berneen is now Zora and is a happy member of her forever family. Here's what they had to say about her:
Zora is a fabulous singer - we think she may be part hound, or maybe even Wookie. She loves to run up and down the stairs in our three-floor townhouse with anyone who may happen to be doing laundry, or if anyone throws her stuffed raccoon that way. She is still a bit scared and nervous of thunderstorms, but is a fantastic predictor of upcoming inclement weather (Zora says take an umbrella!). And no matter what, she will always see the world as a buffet to be approached with an open mouth and iron stomach.
Unbeknownst to Zora, her black and white rear-end has become a bit of a guide for our older dog, Mica, who is a little bit deaf and blind on one side after an illness last year. Mica waits for Zora to go first on walks and down the back steps...and the two of them have hilarious barking conversations that sound like...
Mica: Small woof - Maybe I heard something....
Zora: Medium Bark - You Heard Something?
Mica: Big Bark - ZORA HEARD SOMETHING, WE SHOULD BARK!
Zora: WE ARE BARKING! with full tail wag.
Me: ENOUGH, ladies! (Thankfully, they know that command, and several others)
Zora keeps us entertained with her antics, her willingness to ALWAYS help keep the cat in line, and her ridiculous dog yoga (expert downward dog, followed by helicopter ears). She's always up for a car ride to school to pick up our boys, or a snuggle and some reading on beanbags with them. I could go on and on about her funny personality and beautiful brown eyes and how she's the right bit crazy, most of the time, but suffice it to say...
We love how Zora has become part of our family
John Laurens (Hamilton Pup)
John Laurens, now Samson, 'Sam', was one of two Hamilton pups adopted by good friends who raised their pups as friends (there were another set of Hamilton pups who were lucky enough to grow up together too!). Sam has grown in to the possibly the biggest of the Hamilton pups (it's still a question whether he grew bigger than Hercules Mulligan).
Fannie was adopted locally to a home just a few miles away. Her new name is Scarlet and she is a beloved family member and still the near-perfect pup she was when we fostered her so briefly.
Rooney was my first blue heeler foster and what an obedient and attentive pup she was (despite the pee wars). Her very special adopter, not only serves our country, but she has become an OPH foster herself! Here's what she had to say about Rooney:
I’m approaching two years (already!?) with Rooney who I adopted in September of 2016. From the moment I said her name and she came right to me I knew it was meant to be. She’s legitimately my dream dog. I couldn’t even imagine a better dog even if I tried. I have severe anxiety and depression and whenever I cry Rooney comes running and will jump up, lick my face and cuddle me, laying right under my chin, until I’m ready to get back up. Getting a Blue heeler I thought i was in for the typical high energy breed but that couldn’t be further from the truth. She absolutely loves to be lazy and will even fall asleep sitting up however she does love the beach so I guess we’re one in the same. She goes CRAZY for food and if I don’t feed her fast enough she will howl bark at me. Adopting Rooney is one of the best decisions I have ever made and I love her so much. She brings my so much joy and love every single day. Thank you for bringing her into your home Cara and saving not only my sweet girl but all the other dogs you fostered.
There is so much to say about Edith! I still see this sweet girl on a regular basis. She participates in our K9&Kds programs, helps out at adoption events, is my regular co-signer at local book events, and she and Frankie (my pup) have a standing date to watch the Puppy Bowl together. Her adopter, Nancy, has become a wonderful friend (she took my headshot and the cover pictures for the book). Here's what Nancy had to say about Edith:
Sometimes you just know…
I had lost the best dog in the world almost a year before. I was not looking for a dog yet. I wasn’t ready. Reading Cara’s “Another Good Dog” blog was always a happy distraction, but that was about it. Until Edith. That starving, heart worm positive mother of 12 got to me. Of course it was a photograph that spoke to me. Cara posted a picture of this dog with gooey eyes and ribs and hips sticking out…who had the most loving doggie smile on her face! I knew when I saw it she was MY dog. When I met her and she leaned right into me there was no doubt. I told my husband “we’re getting a dog…it’s okay, you’ll love her” and of course he did!
I couldn’t be happier to have Edith as my constant companion. She is ridiculously sweet and so funny! She is not a fan of being left alone but shows her displeasure by moving things to a different room. She can get out of the crate or any room I close off (explains how she became a stray) but she doesn’t cause much trouble so I just leave her loose. Once I had a helium ballon with a weight attached that I was using for a Valentine’s photoshoot. I came home to find it in a completely different room - I would have loved to see her carry it around!
She is a very accomplished counter surfer and has trained us to keep food put away (even the cat’s food has to go into hiding). Since her easy access has been taken away, she's taught herself how to open the cabinets. But she usually doesn’t eat her prizes…she just puts them in a different room. We once came home to loaves of bread laid out from one room to the next! Well that she couldn’t resist…she ate one of the loaves completely!
I really think she makes us better people. I vowed to spoil her and never let her know another tough time like she had been through before OPH rescued her. It breaks my heart when she flinches at a loud voice or misunderstood hand movement. We are much calmer when she needs redirecting than we had been with previous dogs. She’s training us well!
I am also extremely happy to be able to be more involved with OPH. I love opportunities to photograph the adoptable dogs…always a good excuse to get some playtime for me! Edith has been a great dog for the kids to practice on when we go to the K9s and Kids programs. She loves it! Edith has given me a chance to develop a great friendship with Cara, as well and I couldn’t be happier! Life is good and better with a dog!
Theodosia (Hamilton pup)
Theodosia, now known as Lucy, has quite the adverturous life! I've run into her at wineries and races and both of the Hamilton Pup birthday parties!
Here's what her adopters had to say about her:
Our Lucy came into our lives 2 years ago. It took us a while to take the plunge and take on the responsibility of raising a puppy. There was no question that we wanted to rescue a dog without a home and not contribute to the business of puppy mills. When we came across Lucy’s picture on OPH’s website, we knew immediately that was our baby girl. Who could resist those tiny ears and expressive eyebrows! She has added so much to our little family and we couldn’t imagine our lives without her. She loves going on adventures like hiking, exploring downtown, and meeting new people and puppies. She lives for treats and sticks and absolutely despises car rides and baths.
I've had the pleasure of seeing Angelica, now Milly, at both of the Hamilton pups' birthday parties, plus worked with her mom and dad as they adopted another of my foster pups two years (almost to the date) after they adopted Angelica. Here's what they had to say about Milly:
Milly has now been in the family for over two years now and she has forever changed our lives. She is the definition of man's best friend. I do not think you could find a more loving, kind, caring, and protective dog. She knows when you are happy and understands when you are sad. It is the most amazing feeling to walk into the house everyday and have someone so excited to see you that she just can't contain herself. She is such a cautious pup, but loves adventure. Sometimes a little too cautious when it comes to certain people, but I always assume that she may know something that we may not. She may be mixed with a few other breeds, but her lab is definitely dominant and she will swim until she just about can't stand any longer. This year was also a big year with her getting a new sister. We were fortunate enough to adopt another one of Cara's OPH pups and give Milly a new playmate. We will forever be grateful for Cara and OPH for providing love and care for so many pups!
Harriet Beecher Stowe (cover girl)
Harriet, now Sadie, lives in Maryland and is much loved. This smart not-so-little-anymore girl is doing a wonderful job of CGC (Canine Good Ciitizen) training and is already Level 3! Sadie is full of personality (like her mama!) and makes her family laugh every day. She's a great running buddy with her mama on the trail.
Beatrix's new name is Reagan. She was adopted into a happy family of girls who were thrilled with their big surprise! Here's what her family had to say about her:
Reagan looks so much like her sisters and she loves to lay on her back like her momma. :) To say that she is loved does not even cover it. She has made our family complete!
Harper Lee and Dakota (Louisa May Alcott)
Harper and Louisa were adopted together by the same family. Harper's mom was one of the first adopters to visit and came regularly to see her growing up. In the end, she couldn't resist taking home two pups!
More UPDATES to come!
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Zora Thurston Neale
Zora's adopters kept her name Zora. They stay in touch and have been very generous supporting the pups that came after Edith's litter with donations of Zora's hand me downs (she's a big dog now and doesn't need all those puppy trappings!) and other gifts to support OPH's rescue work.