Chance & Andy – UPDATE!

Remember our foster pups Chance and Andy?  Many of you have asked how they are doing, so I thought I would share some of the updates we have gotten!

According to Jen, Bryan, and Carter (Andy’s forever family and our good friends), Bauer (formerly Andy) is fitting-in perfectly.  He gets along great with his new puppy brother, Kato and human brother, Carter.  He gets to roam around the yard with Kato and has adjusted to the invisible fence.  He does still love to eat though, and has packed-on a few lbs eating Kato’s food (don’t worry bud, it’s the holiday season, happens to the best of us)!

Last weekend we got to have a sleepover with with Bauer and he is just as snuggly as ever!  He and Stella played non-stop and even napped together.


Chance’s forever parents say he is happy all the time and always wants to snuggle – I mean look at the picture below, is that not the definition of happy?!  (Heart = melting)


He got to experience his first snow running around on their land and had a blast!


We are fortunate to have found AMAZING forever families that not only provide the best homes possible for the pups but keep us in the loop!

and Then There was One…

Today is a bittersweet day at the Fox household – our foster pup Mr. Chance is now with his forever family, so we are down from three dogs to one!


To give a little background, we adopted our dog, Stella, from Safe Hands Animal Rescue in July 2015.  While looking for a dog, I started following several of the local Minneapolis rescue organizations on Facebook.  This means that while I’m catching-up on my friends’ lives (or let’s be honest stalking random people) on Facebook, often pictures/stories of dogs will pop-up on my newsfeed.  Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a bit of a softy, especially when it comes to dogs (just hearing that Sarah McLaughlin song brings visions of sad animals to my head and tears to my eyes).  I try my best not to get caught up in it, but the photo below and story from Secondhand Hounds broke my heart (don’t worry this story has a positive ending so stick with me!).

This was Chance’s “before” picture – he was brought to a partner shelter in Alabama with a skin condition, stab wound, broken jaw, and had his lips cut-off at some point.  I mean WTF is wrong with people?!  Unfortunately with situations like this they often don’t know where the dogs came from to prosecute the terrible people who do things like this.


So essentially I lost it (like, ugly cry lost it) when I read this, and after I showed Luke we decided we wanted to help this poor little dude.  There were almost 200 comments on the photo so I didn’t expect that my inquiry would go far.  But it turned out he didn’t have a foster yet AND he had a brother that was also looking for a foster.  So Luke and I went from having one crazy pup to having three!  Despite their horrible past, these dogs were loving and spunky from day one, and our dog Stella LOVED playing with them.  True proof of the forgiving, loyal nature of dogs.

We had Andy (now Bauer) for about a month, and he got adopted by my best friend and her family so the best part is that we get to continue to see him!


Andy with his new “brother” (my Godson, Carter) and dad Bryan!

Chance had dental surgery on Monday to correct residual issues from his broken jaw and now is ready to be adopted.  Since last night was our last night with him, I made a puppy cake from Pinterest that was super easy to make!  He and Stella ate it in one bite (it was actually quite impressive) 🙂  Luke and I also got as many puppy snuggles as we could with him.



As I reflect on this experience, it’s funny how in the beginning Luke and I set out to help Chance, and in the end I feel like he gave so much back to us.  As cheesy as it sounds, I feel like he and I found each other.  He helped Luke and I find this love of fostering that has brought us closer as a couple.  He also is the definition of forgiveness and loyalty, and touched the hearts of everyone he met with his goofy ears and smile.

Although I’m going to like having a cleaner house, less “mess” to pick-up in the backyard, and more room in our bed at night (yes, he slept with us much to Luke’s dismay!), we are going to miss this sweet pup.

BUT he is going to the most perfect family and will get the life and all of the attention he deserves.  They asked if it would be OK if they sent updates on him – it took everything in me not to scream YES so I contained myself and casually said “yeah, that would be great” while beaming ear-to-ear. (Did I mention these guys are PERFECT?!)


Chance and his forever parents!  They fell in love as soon as they met him


We are going to take a break from fostering for a bit and give Stella some one-on-one love, then get back into fostering after the Holidays.  We also agreed our next dog is going to be a yippy dog we don’t like so the goodbye isn’t as hard!

Thank you Chance and Andy for making our first foster experience a memorable one, you will always have a place in our hearts!






Homemade Dog Treats

Hello!  As you may or may not know, Luke and I have been fostering two 6 month-old lab mix puppies since mid-September.  Long story short Chance (left below) was abused pretty badly and his picture broke my heart.  Luke also found a soft spot for the poor little dude and agreed to foster him – well turned out he had a brother so now we are a family of 5 (2 foster pups and Stella).  Although it can be crazy and messy, they are the sweetest and we feel so lucky to have met them!

Given its fall and feeling the need to bake something, I decided to try this recipe found on good ‘ol Pinterest for homemade dog treats.


It is nice knowing what you are feeding your dogs, and the recipe made so many Stella is going to be sharing them with some of our other puppy friends 🙂

As you can see from the blurry picture below they were a hit!