Sunday, March 17, 2013

Brianna is a Dogma Dog!

Hanging out with the Pack.

Well, Brianna’s adoption campaign is in full swing and Brianna is officially a Dogma dog! This means that, although we will continue to foster her, Brianna’s adoption will be coordinated through Dogma Pet Rescue. This way Brianna will get a lot more exposure and potentially fond her forever home more quickly than if we had to scout for homes on our own. We are so happy Dogma agreed to take Brianna on board! You can read more about Brianna and Dogma here:
In the meantime, Brianna is just enjoying her time here as part of our family. She and our own dogs, Maisy Joonbug and Willa, have formed a close bond. Maisy, our matriarch, has been patiently teaching Brianna the ropes but takes the time to play like an adolescent with her, too, when the mood strikes. And Willa is just in love with Brianna! (Which was a bit unnerving for Brianna at first.) Usually Willa is a little reserved around new dogs until they have a chance to get to know each other, but with Brianna it was love at first sight. I truly have never seen her adore another dog as much as she does that silly hound dog. The three of them are such an impressive pack when they all go for their walk together; we always get double takes and compliments on the street! (Probably because it's not everyday one sees an obviously pregnant woman in perfect control of three big, powerful dogs.) 
And Brianna, who was not sure about toddler energy at first, has gotten very comfortable with our daughter, Harper. It is so cute to watch Brianna patiently take commands from and gently interact with a two year old who is nearly half her weight. Good girl, Brianna!

Enjoying the Sunday night barbeque.

Harper and her friend, Brianna.
Brianna has come such a long way since she showed up on the farm five months ago. She was so unsure of things at first and didn’t know about being part of a pack or how to live in a home with a family. But with a regular routine, gentle leadership and daily exercise she has really blossomed into a happy, healthy, wonderful dog. We will continue to update you on Brianna’s story as it unfolds, because we know the best for her is yet to come!
Stay tuned!  

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Brianna Is Ready For a Home!!!

It’s time for a Brianna update!
Look at that face! Don't you just want to take her home?

After two excruciatingly long cage-bound months during her heartworm treatments, Dr. Layton has given Brianna the all’s clear so she is officially available for adoption!!! Dogma Pet Rescue has generously offered to take Brianna on board, meaning that, although we will continue to foster her, her eventual adoption will be coordinated through them.  Dogma is a great rescue and we are so glad to be working with them… this is a stroke of luck for Brianna! You can read more about Dogma here:
Here is Brianna’s bio, for those of you interested in adding a new dog to your pack, or for those of you who just want to help by passing her info along (I will provide a link to her bio on the Dogma site once it is posted):
Sweet, gentle Brianna is a 2-year old Hound/German Shepherd mix who was found on a farm in rural Tampa. After her owners didn’t redeem her from Animal Services and no one came forward to adopt her she went home as a foster dog with the family who initially found her. Brianna was treated for heartworms but is feeling much better now and the vet has deemed her ready for adoption! Brianna is a GREAT dog; she is very compliant and gentle, walks GREAT on leash, has good house manners, is the most housebroken dog we have ever seen, has never been destructive in any way, is not a barker and is good with both dogs and kids (she currently lives with two dogs and a toddler). She would flourish in a home that has a regular routine with patient owners who can teach her about city living and provide her with a one hour walk every day. Brianna weighs about 50 lbs., is spayed, microchipped, vaccinated and is on heartworm and flea preventative. Please email with any questions about Brianna or visit the Dogma website to download an application to adopt Brianna at
And, for those of you who would like to meet Brianna in person, she will be at the Dogma Adopt-a-Pet held at the PetSmart  located in the Target Shopping Plaza at 1540 N. Dale Mabry Highway (near the intersection of 275 and Dale Mabry) TOMORROW, Sunday March 10th, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Come on by to say hi or talk dog behavior! We’ll be there all day.
Special thanks to everyone who helped out with Brianna’s rehab including Hillsborough County Animal Services (and especially their volunteers) for taking good care of Brianna while she was there, The Humane Society of Tampa Bay for providing her low-cost heartworm treatments and inviting us to the HOWLiday Block PAWty so we could raise the balance due on her treatments, Ona Weisenbach of Doggone Good Goodies for donating her time and fantastic dog treats to our fundraiser, Wag Pet Boutique on Davis Island for hosting our very successful fundraiser and donating a bath to (one very stinky) Brianna after she got off cage rest, Dr. Layton and Timberlane Pet Hospital in Plant City for continuing to provide excellent care to Brianna and all the little things they do on behalf of the animals, everyone who donated towards her health care fund, and, of course, Dogma Pet Rescue for taking Brianna on. Thank you so much!!!