A-Z: Where Are They Now? Second edition.

52 fosters. We’ve made a second trip through the alphabet. So this is A-Z: Where are they now? Second edition.

27) Chester2 Abbie Faith. Rescued by Dog Tags.

Remember Abbie Faith?

The photo, above, is of Abbie heavily pregnant in the Marlboro County Animal Shelter. She came through our door with her pups shortly after she delivered. She was so happy to be out of the shelter that she smiled the entire first day, despite the fact that her ears seemed to have been recently cropped with a razor blade.

Now, Abbie Faith and three of her seven pups are in training to be service dogs. They were rescued by the organization Dog Tags; the company overview reads as follows:

“Dog Tags is a Veteran run organization, committed to changing the stigmas associated with shelter dogs and Veterans with PTSD. We rescue, rehabilitate and train shelter dogs into Service Dogs for Veterans with PTSD and other disabilities and support Veterans in their quest to train their own service dog.”

Their motto: “NO VET is a throwaway, and NO DOG is either!”




28) Chester2 Bradley. Adopted by Catherine Eisner and Bryan Germann.

I’ve mentioned before that I have the best neighbors ever. Even newest neighbor, Colin, has been super supportive of living next to a constantly rotating pack of dogs.

The first time I met Colin, if I remember correctly, I was crawling under a bush in his front yard, trying to coach York/Pepper out of hiding. Since then, he’s alerted me to dog poop on my shoes, has stepped in dog poop himself while visiting the puppies, AND he found a home for one of Abbie Faith’s pups!

His friends, Bryan and Catherine, decided that their girl, Tilly (below), needed a sibling.

Enter baby brother Bradley. As Catherine writes, “Who can resist that face?” Or those Harry Potter green eyes.

29) Chester2 Cayce. Adopted by Lauren Eyler and Dawn Perry.

Colleague Lauren Eyler decided to gift her then girlfriend/now fiance Dawn Perry (congrats, again, girls!) with a new puppy. So, they came to my house one Saturday to meet the pack. Dawn fell for the puppy with the guitar-shaped mark on his head, rock star Cayce. They’ve renamed Cayce “Truman,” as in Truman Capote. This is the perfect name, since Truman’s sibling sister is named Harper, as in Harper Lee. Yes. We’re book nerds. See sweet Truman, below, nestled in Mama Dawn’s arms.

And here’s Truman with big sis Harper. They look like they belong to each other. — although Harper will abandon baby brother in a minute to come inside. I know. I’ve pup-sat. Truman will stay in the backyard playing with the other dogs. Harper is “over” the outside in like 5 seconds, Truman be damned.

Funniest Truman memorable mishap: Dawn and Lauren report that Truman may prefer being outside and playing with other dogs at my house, but that he does NOT like to go outside to pee while at theirs. When I asked if Truman was house-trained yet, they reported that he is trained to a certain extent. He pees whenever he sees the leash, to avoid having to go out. /giggle

I know it’s annoying, Dawn and Lauren, but I take immense joy in the fact that I’m not the only person in Columbia, SC constantly mopping up dog pee.

30) Chester2 Duncan. Rescued by Dog Tags.

Duncan is the first of Abbie Faith’s pups to have been picked for a special project with Dog Tags: 11 Service Dogs for 11 Veterans on 11/11/11 (Veteran’s Day).

Duncan is one of the 11, and is probably, as I type, walking the halls of the Maquire VA hospital in Virginia. Board member for Dog Tags, Shelby Sargent, explains the program, below:

“We’re working with Maguire VA hospital [training] 11 service dogs for 11 veterans for Veterans Day. We have a program where we help the VETERAN train their OWN service dog from the GROUND UP from puppy! Most of the work is done with Therapeutic services right there at the hospital, and is just that . . . very therapeutic for the veteran. It’s so much fun and works on many levels . . . and is an amazing thing to watch.”

And we’d very much like to watch it. Video please, Shelby?



31) Chester2 Elloree. Adopted through Middle Mutts/LCAR.

Elloree is the third of Abbie Faith’s litter to be adopted. Someone with connections to Middle Mutts fell for her photo, so she made the long trip to NY and is now living it up.

Kudos to Elloree for finding a home! And kudos to me for taking such an awesome photo! [pausing to pat myself on the back now]

32) Chester2 Fairfax. Rescued by Dog Tags.

To think that we very nearly lost Fairfax due to a respiratory illness. And now, he’s the second of 11 service dogs for 11 Veterans on 11/11/11.

Hurrah for second chances! (and third, and fourth, and fifth and so on) — both for humans and for dogs.



33) Chester2 Gaffney. RIP

We lost Gaffney, despite Sandra’s and Mark’s best efforts. They generously offered to hand raise this little girl, who had difficulty getting her fill of milk. Yes. Middle of the night feedings and all. It’s tough being the runt of the litter, though not as tough when you have friends like Sandra and Mark.

I think it’s appropriate to share one of my favorite “dog” quotes. It’s one that I repeat to myself after “losing” each foster, but it also works for more permanent loss:

“It came to me that every time I lose a dog, they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are.” Author unknown.

Thanks, again, Sandra and Mark. — for everything.

34) Chester2 Hilda. Rescued by Dog Tags.

Hilda is the third service dog for the Dog Tags 11/11/11 project and is a favorite of Shelby’s, who wrote the following after seeing her photo:

“Awww! I can’t wait to get Hilda into a vest and get her romping through Maguire VA hospital with her Vet, showing the world JUST what a puppy can do.”

Yes! And pictures please, Shelby!



35) Chester2 Isla. Adopted by Krystal Branch. Renamed Lucy.

I love puppy makeovers. And I think that Isla wins the most dramatic makeover in A-Z, second edition. She went from this, a canine version of Swamp Thing . . .

. . . to Golden Girl . . .

. . . to Lucy, beloved Branch family pet!

You’ve come a long way, girl!

36) Chester2 James. Adopted by Amy Bolger. Renamed Murphy.

Remember Chester James? He was renamed Micky by foster dad John. One day, John was walking Mickey, and Mickey met Amy Bolger. And it was love at first sight, for both of them. See Mickey, below, living his new life as Murphy Bolger. Murphy has two human siblings to adore.

And one canine sibling, with whom to nap.

Life is good.

37) Chester2 Kincaid. Rescued by Nuts for Mutts. Renamed Jackson.

Kincaid is currently in Rochester, New York, being adored by the rescue organization Nuts for Mutts. Seriously. Right after his arrival, we got a “Kincaid is awesome!” email. He’s made many new friends and is learning how to charm prospective adoptive parents.

He’s disappointed, because he wasn’t able to meet his sponsor, Ashley Smith, during her last visit to Rochester. But, he promises to save some kisses for her, in hopes of meeting her one day. Until then, we trust that the Nuts for Mutts volunteers will work on finding him his forever home.

Best of luck, Kincaid-y!

38) Chester2 Lexington. Still available.

Interested in this sweet girl? Read all about her, and send me a message!


Here she is, below, looking for her forever home. Until then, she’s happy with her wonderful foster mom, Sandra Keller.

39) Chester2 McBee. Still available.

Interested in this fun boy? Read all about him, and send me a message!


McBee, renamed Roo by foster dad John, seems to be a rat terrier mix. So, I’m sure he’d be an expert at ridding your home of pests. If he could learn not to be afraid of them.

40) Chester2 “Harley” North. Adopted by Frank and Dianne Plyler.

Mom and Scott LOVE to try to curb my enthusiasm for dog fostering. And, knowing me so well, they know the two most effective ways to do it:

Clean freak that I am, Scott goes for “Our house smells like pee!” — or poop, depending on his mood.

Hypochondriac that I am, Mom goes for “Your kids are going to get worms.”

But, Harley is PROOF that, deep down, Mom is as much of a softie as I am. She attempted to foster for me. And is a foster failure. Harley is so happy in McBee that she’s offered him a forever home there.

Watch out for worms, Mom. 😉 Love you!

41) Chester2 “George” Olar. Adopted by Jacq McConkey.

Another dramatic doggy makeover to rival Isla’s! See poor George, on the left, in the Marlboro County Animal Shelter. See the new and improved George, on the right, after being spoiled by wonderful foster mom Jacq McConkey.

George was in such bad shape at the shelter that we assumed he was a senior dog, when in fact he’s only 5 years. — prime trick-or-treating age, as you can see in the photo below.

Jacq is another foster failure, and George couldn’t be happier. He’s home.

42) Chester2 “Gertie” Powdersville. Adopted by Ina McCoy.

Gertie, I trust, is recovering nicely from her FHO. She’s probably more of a “Gert” now than a “FrankenGert.” She has a wonderful new home with dog lover Ina McCoy and a senior canine sister.

Thank you, Ina, for understanding the wonderful thing that is senior dog adoption!

43) Chester2 Quinby. Rescued by Dachshund Rescue of North America.

How we miss our Q in the Fisk household! But, as you can see in the photo above, she’s perfectly content with Karen of Dachshund Rescue of North America. When she’s not napping by Karen’s bed, I’m sure she’s enjoying autumn in Georgia, in a style similar to the handicapable dog below.

A friend of mine sent me the above photo, which is now one of my favorites. Dogs don’t have our egos. Being handicapped bothers them much less than it does us. And by “much less,” I mean “not at all.”

44) Chester2 Ravenel. Adopted by Wendy Faulkner. Renamed Roxy Sparkle.

Wendy fell in love with Ravenel’s photo as soon as Whitney posted it on the LCAR adoption page. See Ravenel, renamed Roxy Sparkle, below, with her human siblings.

Wendy and I have chatted since Roxy’s adoption. We know that she’s in the right place, especially since Wendy has a Jack of her own, who also loves Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

45) Chester2 Salle. Adopted through Middle Mutts/LCAR.

Yay for Salley! Salley traveled to New York last weekend, and LCAR has already placed her in a home. I love seeing the big Adoption stamp on her photo. And I fully expect to meet up with her again one day, on the streets of the Big Apple. She’ll be in her adoptive mom’s purse, of course.

46) Chester2 Timmonsville. Adopted by David and Miriam Crow. Renamed Scout.

I love it when Fisk Fosters are adopted locally, and none have been adopted more “locally” than Scout. He’s living next door, with the Crows. He has a canine sister, Trinka, who he loves. He seems to think Trinka is his mother, Miriam reports, and tries to nurse. — but she has no patience for that nonsense.

So, Scout contents himself with being mothered by sweet human sister Hannah.

Apparently, Scout LOVES being a purse dog. And we love having Scout as a neighbor! Thanks to the Crows for giving him such a wonderful home!

47) Chester Union “Chance.” Adopted through Middle Mutts/LCAR.

Union Chance’s adopter saw the photo, above, on Middle Mutts’ page, and fell in love with Chance before he even left the shelter. So, he had a home before I pulled him. May all shelter dogs be so lucky.

Enjoy your home up north, you sweet ball of fluff!

48) Chester MorVen. Still available.

Interested in the best nanny dog ever? Read all about him, and send me a message!


49) Chester Williston. Adopted by Trina Shealey.

My foster-in-crime Trina is our third foster failure in this batch of Fisk fosters. Willie, she said, is too cute to pass up. And being dachshund lovers ourselves, we agree. Willie joins canine sister Spot and who knows how many future foster brothers and sisters!

Thanks for all you do, Trina!

50) Chester BordeauX. Adopted by Lisa Bailey. Renamed Sissy.

Sweet Daphne BordeauX was a favorite at the Richmond County Animal Shelter. And, now, she’s a favorite in the Bailey household. She has been renamed Sissy, in honor of the fact that she’s sister to Lisa’s favorite boy Pepper (formerly Fisk Foster York).

Sissy is teaching Pepper how to be a puppy. Pepper is only a year old, still very much a baby himself, but his difficult life as stray and shelter dog has made him grow up before his time. Sissy is on it, though.

And Lisa, and human sister Hannah, and Pepper are all on the job of caring for Sissy. As the runt of a litter of Chorkies, she’s only two pounds. Lisa reported that both she and Pepper woke up constantly during their first night with Sissy, to make sure she was still breathing.

Sissy was, of course, still breathing. You can see her, in the photo above, winking as though she knows that she has the entire Bailey household wrapped around her very little paw.

51) Chester “Yabby” Yemassee. Rescued!

Yabby, who likes to eat cars, has found rescue! I took her to Rockingham yesterday, where she was united with her sister Gabby, before leaving for New York! — in a plastic, metal crate that she tried to chew. Casey calls her my “goatadoodle.”

We wish Yabby the best. Despite the damage to the car, even Scott has a soft spot for her. She’s one of the most loving, grateful dogs we’ve fostered. And she has an admirably strong jaw and set of teeth.

52) Chester “Zeus” DalZell. Still available.

Interested in this handsome boy? Read all about him, and send me a message!


Foster mom Trina reports that Zeus is “the sweetest thing” and “just wants to be loved.”

Surely, there is someone reading this post who could accommodate.

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