New Year’s Eve 2018
Whiskey’s First Birthday
December 31, 2018
First “Big Girl car ride” using a car harness instead of traveling in a crate with her idol, Limoncello
Swimming indoors at Green Leaf Pet Resort with her idol, Limoncello
First Hike at Estell Manor Park
The 2014 flagstone patio project did not hold up well, and our patio went back to being unsafe to walk on. When the bulkhead was being done, the flagstone was pretty much completely destroyed. In addition, we had so much more space, so it was time to look into something different.
Although we loved the flagstone, we decided it would be best to replace it with something more suitable for holding up tothe wear-and-tear of our pack of pups.
For Whiskey’s first birthday, we kicked-off the weekend by taking her on a solo adventure. Whiskey is not able to do difficult hikes or long walks due to her shoulder issue, so we took her on a mini-hike at Estell Manor Park in South Jersey.
This area was owned by the Estell family and was the site of a glassworks company in the 1800’s.
This land then became the home of a munitions plant during World War I. Click HERE to read more.
Whiskey explored the ruins of Bethlehem Loading Company from 1918 – a WWl Munitions complex.
The park had a nice boardwalk throughout the forrest.
This park really had some beautiful pathways!
What a gorgeous park with wonderful views of South River!
Annual Christmas video 2018
Porter had a separate segment in addition to the above video because he was still our foster dog and we did a separate video for the rescue that just featured Porter.
This was both Whiskey and Porter’s first Christmas!
Porter left Santa some pizza and beer…way better than milk and cookies! Haha!
Merry Christmas from our pack to yours!
As soon as our GSP Rescue of NJ foster, Maxeen, went home with her new FURever family, we contacted Pointer Rescue, Org, to let them know we were ready to welcome another foster into our home. They told us that they had a female pointer named Lacey, who was in danger so we told them we’d foster her. A few minutes later, they sent another message that they had a safe place for Lacey, but a young male who was found as a stray was just days away from being euthanized in a high kill shelter in North Carolina. We immediately responded that we would foster him. I asked what his name was… Porter! 🍺
Porter’s transport was set, and he was to arrive in New Jersey on December 15th.
Porter in the NC shelter:
Porter was picked up at the shelter in North Carolina by a PRO volunteer and taken to a veterinarian.
Porter in the veterinarian’s office in North Carolina:
Great friends of ours signed up to do the last two legs of the transport and bring him directly to our home!
With a name like Porter, we had to give him a big Liver Killer welcome of beer-themed toys and even a beer themed collar!
Porter was completely emaciated and exhausted from his travels.
Porter was “weighed-in” on our antique scale.
Porter did nothing but sleep for almost an entire week. He then began to show interest in playing with Whiskey when he started to gain some strength.
On January 2, Porter began to have cluster seizures. After several months of medication adjustments and trips to the ER, we decided that Porter needed us, and had already found his FURever family. On May 9, 2019 we officially adopted Porter!
On Friday night, October 26, 2018, Brian and I were on our way out the door to go to dinner when we got a call about someone in our area who wanted to surrender their German Shorthaired Pointer, and wanted the dog out of the home as soon as possible. GSP Rescue of NJ had a foster family who quickly stepped up to foster, so all we needed to do was pick up the dog and have her as our guest for the weekend until the foster family could pick her up.
We contacted the owner, and postponed our dinner plans.
We met Maxeen in the owners home. Her owner told us that Maxeen is 15 months old, and was purchased as a hunting dog. Maxeen did not have any interest in hunting, and spent a lot of time in her crate. Since her owner was avid hunter, and knew he could not give Maxeen the time she needed, he thought it was best to re-home her. After proper paperwork was filled out, we brought Maxeen back home with us.
We weighed her in on the antique scale, as we do with all of our fosters…
Maxeen went with her foster family on Sunday. In a few days, that family decided they were interested in adopting her. Before the adoption was official, however, Maxeen and the foster family’s resident dog had a few issues with getting along. It was determined that Maxeen was not a good fit for the foster family to adopt – and in everyone’s best interest, it was determined that the ideal situation was to find Maxeen another foster. Rather than have Maxeen go through another adjustment getting used to another family, we decided to take Maxeen back to our house until she found a forever home.
On November 27th, we picked Maxeen up again to take her in as our longer-term foster.
Maxeen is smart, full of energy, and willing to please!
GSP Rescue of NJ had many approved applicants waiting to add a fur-kid to their family. However, that list was greatly narrowed down knowing that Maxeen was best fit to be an only-dog.
When we spoke to the family we thought was the best match for Maxeen, we knew immediately that they’d love her like we would! They drove 3 hours to come meet her on December 8, 2018 , and as soon as they came through the door, Maxeen greeted them both with lots of kisses.
We all knew immediately that Maxeen’s forever family had been found, and Maxeen’s Christmas wish had come true! Her family took her home with them that day.
Merry Christmas, Maxeen and family!