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A Really Good Job

19 Jan

Exactly one month ago, Pinky whirled into my life, and to be perfectly honest: I didn’t think I was up to the task. Remember that first post I wrote about her: The Whirlwind Foster? Well, it wasn’t an exaggeration. She had, and has, so much energy. But she did not get adopted as quickly as I’d initially anticipated.

A sidewalk encounter yesterday showed me just how far she’s come in this past month. The neighborhoods in New York are just like neighborhoods anywhere else. In fact, sometimes I think we get to know the other people in our areas better than in suburban places simply because of the close proximity in which we all live.

There are several people now in Hell’s Kitchen who know me as “the guy with all the dogs.” I think they know I only have two at a time, but over the past few years, they have seen me walking at least 7 different dogs. They’ve gotten to know them all, and I’ve gotten to know them. It’s been quite…interesting.

There’s one woman who I see everyday. No joke. I’m always either walking Lucy or my foster. Well, last night, I was out walking Pinky and we happened to be chatting with someone on the sidewalk who stopped us because he saw Pinky’s Houndgear Adopt Me vest.

Pinky was on her utmost best behavior. Sitting on command, not trying to remove her Halti, and being the amazingly affectionate pittie that she always is. And my neighbor noticed. She noticed the difference in Pinky’s energy level, the difference in her obedience, and the difference in the manner in which she expressed her affection.

She stopped for a few minutes to chat with us, and the first (and last) thing she said was: “You’ve done a really good job.” I felt a kind of pride that doesn’t come very often, and a resurgence in confidence that Pinky will absolutely find the right home.


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Letters from Lucy

29 Dec



I admit, at first, she made me a little nervous. She has a lot of energy, and loves to play, but she always tried to make me play by slapping my butt with her paw, and I didn’t like that so much. But Dad and I taught her how to ask me to play nicely, and NOW WE PLAY ALL THE TIME AND I LOVE IT SO MUCH AND I DON’T WANT HER TO GO AWAY.

Sorry, I get excited. Let me go calm down in my bed for a second…ok, I’m back.

We play so much and so fast, that Dad has a hard time taking good pictures of it, but let me tell you – there’s this one toy (I think Dad calls it a Kong Squiggle) that we play tug with for EVAARRRR. Dad even breaks out the big Kong now for Pinky to eat her meals out of, and when she’s done, I steal it and chew it on it because it tastes like noms.

None of the other doggies Dad has brought home have played with me like Pinky does. Suzi played, but always tuckered out quickly, Lola never played because she’s an older girl, and we found out after she left that she was probably in a lot of pain, Herbie didn’t always play nicely with me so Dad had to keep us separated a lot of the time that he was here, and Bill just liked to cuddle, what a sap.

But now that Pinky will play nicely with me, we have the best time and I don’t care what Dad says, she’s my favorite foster so far! Dad also told me that we’re going to have her for a bit longer than expected because it looks like her potential adoption isn’t going to work out. Sad face for her, but BIG PITTIE SMILE FOR ME!!!

The Whirlwind Foster

27 Dec

So, we’ve dropped a couple hints on our Facebook page about our new foster, and now I’m so happy to officially announce that last week’s “Adoptable Pittie of the Week,” Pinky, is the newest member of our foster family!

Pinky & Lucy enjoying antler chews

Exactly one week ago, the adoption coordinator of the Picasso Veterinary Fund of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals brought Pinky to me. We knew that Lucy loves other dogs, and we knew that Pinky liked them too, but sometimes gets over stimulated. So we took a nice, long walk with the two of them and decided that they would be just fine living in an apartment together. And boy, are they! I haven’t seen two dogs play quite as much as these two do – wrestling, tug toys, and sloppy kissing sessions. Yes, I’m coming out – my dogs are lesbians. And I’m absolutely fine with that!

But Pinky has another nickname: the “Whirlwind Foster.” She came from a home in Staten Island where she was, essentially, being neglected. Her owners kept her in her crate 23 hours everyday, only letting her out to relieve herself, and probably even fed her meals inside the crate. We don’t know much else about her past, except that considering how desperate she is for human affection now – she probably didn’t get very much of it before.

We’re also simply amazed that after such a long time of neglect, that she does have that drive to give and get love from humans. It’s the one thing that inspires us most about these dogs we know as “rescues”: despite what they’ve gone through, they bounce back better than before.

Now, with Lucy, and me, she’s a big ball of endless energy! We have to keep her on a tie down a lot, and reward her with love when she’s in a calm state. She’s been responding very well, but still has some crazy “whirlwind” moments.

And along those lines, she even already has an application for adoption – so talk about “whirlwind”! Yesterday, we met a nice, young man on the street who has been thinking about getting a dog, and just happened to love Pinky. We’ve had one more meeting with him and his girlfriend, and will have another tomorrow, but so far, everything is going well, and hopefully we’ll have great news to report very soon!


And if you think you may know of a great home for sweet, little Pinky, you can get more information about her from her profile on Petfinder, and apply to adopt her by emailing

Adoptable Pittie of the Week: Pinky

19 Dec

Over the weekend, we got the chance to meet a lovely little pittie girl named Pinky, who is currently adoptable through the Picasso Veterinary Fund of The Mayor’s Alliance for New York City’s Animals.

Do you see that blur in the background? Yeah, that’s Pinky’s tail wagging like crazy! She’s so happy meeting new people and walking around town, it almost seems like there’s nothing she’d rather be doing. For a dog who was never really socialized as a puppy, she gets along very well with other dogs on the street and indoors – but she gets excited easily and sometimes forgets her manners. The great thing is that she loves food and treats and is eager to learn, so a dedicated person would have her behaving better in absolutely no time. Pinky is all ready to go home with her new forever family, which includes already being spayed, vaccinated, microchipped, and house-broken.

For more information, please check out Pinky’s profile on Petfinder. If you or anyone you know would be interested in adopted Pinky, please contact the Picasso Veterinary Fund by calling (212) 564-4603 x 3 or email

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