[frame src=”http://www.thatmutt.com/web/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Marylou-with-her-toy.jpg” target=”_self” width=”620″ height=”354″ alt=”Adopt MaryLou Lab mix San Diego” align=”center” prettyphoto=”false”] MaryLou is a 2-year-old black Lab mix for adoption in the San Diego area with Labs & More Rescue.
We are hanging out with MaryLou for the weekend to give her a break from life in a boarding kennel while she waits for a more permanent foster home or adoptive home. *Update: MaryLou has been adopted!
My husband and I ran in a Halloween 5K Mutt Run with MaryLou yesterday, and she did great!
MaryLou is a nice dog! And I didn’t realize it until I met her, but she is what we call a “low rider.” She’s short with a long body. 🙂
Below are 10 reasons you should convince your friends to adopt MaryLou (and share this post with them).
10 reasons you should adopt MaryLou the Lab mix
1. She is an Ace look-a-like (only shorter!). Everyone wants a dog who looks just like the real That Mutt.
2. She’s friendly with all the people she meets – men, women & kids. She loves people! Here we are in our matching Halloween costumes.
3. MaryLou is potty trained and kennel trained. Woo! Hoo! She doesn’t make a sound in her kennel. Good girl!
4. Two years old is a great age because she’s got the basic training down. Yet, she still has a good energy for hiking, playing fetch or visiting the beach.
5. She is sweet and affectionate. Loves attention. She gently puts her paw on you to say, “Please pet me.” She’s not obnoxious about it.
6. She is a nice size – maybe 55 pounds. Big, but not HUGE. I can lift her, and she could stand to lose 5 pounds or so.
7. Mixed breed dogs are often (not always) healthier than purebred dogs. I know I’m generalizing, but I’m saying I personally believe mutts are healthier.
Purebred dogs are often (not always) bred for looks over health. Not so with mutts!
8. She plays fetch! Meaning, she is easy to train (trust me, I have a fetching nut named Ace).
She doesn’t want to leave your side if there’s a chance you could throw a ball. She doesn’t want to miss that!
9. If you adopt a rescue dog like MaryLou you open up a spot for Labs & more to save another deserving dog from one of southern California’s shelters that still kill healthy dogs. 🙁
10. Because, she’s so cute and fun!
Want to help MaryLou get adopted?
I know we can’t all adopt yet another dog. But we can share this post to spread the word about a great, deserving young dog.
Learn more about Marylou and how to adopt her here.
Do you have a foster dog? What are some of the things you do to help him or her get adopted?
Labs & More Rescue is good at sending me Ace look-a-likes! If Ace didn’t have gray fur, could you even tell the difference? 🙂
Marylou is a 2-year-old Lab mix for adoption with Labs & More in San Diego. We are hanging out with her for the weekend to give her a break from staying at a boarding kennel where she’s been waiting for a foster home or adoptive home.
She doesn’t know what she’s getting herself into.
Marylou will be joining my husband Josh and I for the Labs & More 5K Mutt Run on Saturday.
While longterm fostering is not something I’m able to commit to right now, we can surely open our home to a dog in need for just a couple of nights.
Marylou is going to get lots of love, attention and exercise – and yes, training – over the weekend. (And how cute is her name, by the way?)
We’ll be able to report back to the rescue more information about her personality and behavior in a home setting. This is all information potential adopters want to know.
Is she good with dogs? Good with cats? Kennel trained and potty trained? Can she be left alone for 30 minutes without freaking out? How is she on walks?
We will soon find out.
Foster homes are so important for rescue groups and shelters because these volunteers not only save dogs’ lives by providing them a space to live (vs. being killed in a shelter). But, it’s also so important to be able to tell adopters how a dog actually acts in a home. The fewer unknowns, the more likely someone will adopt the dog.
Interested in fostering or adopting Marylou?
The first step for either is to fill out an application on Labs & More’s web site. If you have any questions about her, you can email Lindsay@ThatMutt.com or leave them in the comments below.
Donate to help Labs & More save more dogs
I’m raising money for Marylou and Labs & More Rescue.
Labs & More is hosting a 5K Mutt Run/Walk on Saturday, and I’m hoping to raise an extra $150.
I’m raising money for Labs & More Rescue of San Diego
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I always want to adopt more dogs; I always want to foster.
But I can’t always do these things.
Sometimes I feel frustrated I can’t do more to help dogs.
So here’s one thing many of us CAN do:
We can take a shelter dog home as a short-term foster for just 1 night or just 1 weekend.
That’s what I’m going to do this weekend, and I’m so excited!
My fostering plan for next weekend & how you can help
I volunteer for the rescue group Labs & More based out of San Diego.
This is a group that rescues Labs and other large dogs from kill shelters in southern California.
Since Labs & More does not have an actual facility to house the dogs, it depends on volunteer foster homes. In the past, I fostered Lana & Orie.
There is always a need for more foster homes, so some of the rescue’s dogs are kept at boarding facilities while they wait to be fostered or adopted.
On Friday I’m going to pick up one of the dogs in boarding and give him or her a break for the weekend. I don’t know who I’ll be getting yet. I’ll find out tomorrow (Thursday) and let you know!
We’re Running with our Foster Dog in a 5K!
Labs & More is hosting a 5K Mutt Run/Walk on Saturday to raise money to keep on rescuing dogs.
My husband Josh and I are signed up to run in the 5K with our weekend foster dog. (Our little trio will even run in matching Halloween costumes! Are you curious?) Perhaps the dog will get adopted at this event. If not, we’ll take him or her home and then back to boarding on Monday.
I am hoping to raise $150 as a donation to the rescue
I would LOVE if you made a donation. This organization is important to me and it makes a difference for so many dogs in the region.
Are you interested in fostering a dog for a weekend?
Ask your local shelter or rescue if this is an option. If it isn’t, perhaps you can set something up anyway.
Even short-term fostering like this is helpful for many reasons:
It gives the dog a break from shelter life.
The dog receives love, attention and exercise.
You learn more about the dog and report back to the shelter to help the dog get adopted. Is he good with other pets? Is he housebroken? Kennel trained?
You can take cute pictures of him for his profile page in a home, yard or park with other pets, kids, etc.
It’s fun and rewarding for you!
Plus, if you have pets of your own, it helps them socialize and learn to share their space. My animals are all seniors now and they’ve had more than 100 animals visit us over the years. They’re such good sports!
Have you ever fostered a dog for the long or short term?
What advice would you give to help someone get started with fostering?
To make it easy, I chose a couple of cards (throughout this post) I thought many of you would like. If we all ordered just $20 worth of cards, we can make quite the impact for Motley Zoo. Click here.
More about Lightmark Arts and Vashon Island
Rondi Lightmark lives on Vashon Island, which is 20 minutes from Seattle by ferry.
She said 99 percent of her photos are taken on the island, and the area has lots of cool, old cars and trucks with dogs in them.
Her cards are about celebrating dogs in cars and that “ubiquitous delight we see on every road and in every parking lot whenever we venture out.”
I love these cards.
They remind me of my life in more rural areas like North Dakota and visiting family in Northern California – places where it’s not such a big deal to bring your dog while you run an errand or to let your best friend ride in the back of a pickup on a quiet, county road.
I can’t wait to move to the country, and these cards make a statement to me about enjoying the simple things in life, about not getting tied up in silly dramas or politics like whether or not you should let your pup stick her nose out the window.
Maybe I need to visit Vashon Island.
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The cards are sold all over the United States (and in Canada too) in places like the Phoenix Art Museum, art galleries, coffee shops, hardware stores, veterinary clinics and at the gift shop of Best Friends Animal Society in Utah.
As Rondi said, the cards are sold “wherever dogs are loved.”
She said many of the dogs featured on the cards are no longer living, so it’s important to her that “their sweet spirits keep on giving all the same.”
Ordering info – Lightmark Arts greeting cards
Each card sells for $3.25. Order here. Use coupon code MOTLEY2 to get 10% off AND donate 40% of your sale to Motley Zoo Animal Rescue.
Cards are 5 X 7.
Cards are blank inside and come with a white envelope.
Forty percent of sales will be donated to Motley Zoo Animal Rescue when you purchase a card using coupon code MOTLEY2. You’ll also save 10%!
Motley Zoo is a nonprofit, foster-based animal rescue in Washington. It does not have an actual shelter facility, so the animals are housed in temporary foster families while they wait to be adopted into forever homes.
When Rondi asked me which cause I’d like to help for this post, I immediately thought of Motley Zoo.
jme Thomas works as a full time, volunteer executive director of Motley Zoo and she and her team make such a HUGE difference for dogs in the region and beyond. To date, the group has helped more than 1,600 animals find their loving homes.
Pictured is Quinn, a 10-year-old Chihuahua for adoption through Motley Zoo.
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