Rescued is my favorite breed

Adopt. Don’t Shop

February 15, 2015 Piper arrived at my house as a 12-week old foster puppy. She had been with another foster family with one of her litter mates but she was under the weather so I was asked if I could foster Piper.  Even though I had just delivered my first foster puppy to her forever family the previous day and I had sworn I was going to wait at least a month before taking in a second puppy, when the rescue called, I didn’t hesitate. 

Piper arrived tiny and sick on February 15, 2015


Piper’s trademark “worried wrinkled brow” look started early


She was SO little

At an adoption event when I realized Piper was already home 🙂


Piper’s first snuggle with Simon (Squee!!)


It’s like she was confused about why the basket is flipped over and all the toys are on the ground… That head tilt gets me every time!


 The first shot of the whole crew 🙂


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  1. Emma February 15, 2017 at 5:14 am - Reply

    Happy Gotcha Day, Piper! Adoption is great, but getting pets from reputable breeders is also alright. It has to all work for your family.
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    • SimonDawg February 16, 2017 at 6:15 pm - Reply

      I absolutely agree about reputable breeders! Zora, my almost 14-year old lab came from a breeder. Both Simon and Piper are rescue dogs. My big issue is folks shopping at pet stores/puppy mill breeders. It is so important for folks to do their homework. I researched for months before finding the lab breeder where Zora came from. 🙂

  2. Kia February 15, 2017 at 8:09 am - Reply

    Aw, love these photos. Too cute! Happy gotcha day <3

  3. Flea Christenson February 15, 2017 at 8:41 am - Reply

    What a beauty Piper is!!

    • SimonDawg February 16, 2017 at 6:17 pm - Reply

      I have to agree with you and acknowledge your impeccable taste 😉

  4. Brando and Bogart February 15, 2017 at 10:30 am - Reply

    Some pups just leave pawprints on our hearts! <3 It's great to hear Piper's story!

  5. Shanna February 15, 2017 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    What a lovely story. And what a good-looking crew!

    • SimonDawg February 16, 2017 at 6:18 pm - Reply

      Thanks! I think they’re pretty darn cute 🙂

  6. GROOVY GOLDENDOODLES February 15, 2017 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    Piper is gorgeous! What a blessing for her to have such a loving home. I hope to adopt the next time, but I am okay with shopping from reputable breeders..
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    • SimonDawg February 16, 2017 at 6:07 pm - Reply

      Thanks! She is kind of cute, isn’t she? 😉 Totally agree about reputable breeders!

  7. Erik N. February 16, 2017 at 6:59 am - Reply

    Happy Gotcha Day Piper, and happy Foster Fail! I don’t think my family has had a cat or dog that wasn’t adopted in one way or another.

    • SimonDawg February 16, 2017 at 6:06 pm - Reply

      Thanks! I always say that if I’m going to fail at anything, I’m happy to fail at fostering 😉

  8. Rosemary March 7, 2017 at 7:39 am - Reply

    Hi Alison!

    OMW! Piper is gorgeous – and I’m totally with you on the head tilt, how can anyone to giggle and go mushy at the same time!

    So, from your post I’m getting the feeling that Piper is a failed foster pup? You failed to foster and decided to adopt?!

    We’re a 3 dog household (2 adopted girls and a boy from a reputable breeder). Oh yes, and there are 2 peeps too. But we’re just around for fun, games, food, treats and training. And of course the big double bed meant for us but annexed by our bunch!

    Thanks for this feel good post! 🙂
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    • SimonDawg March 9, 2017 at 1:51 pm - Reply

      Piper was indeed a foster fail 😉 I knew I was in trouble when I took her to an adoption event and when the first person asked, “Where do I fill out an application?” I started to tear up. The words, “She is no longer available,” just came out of my mouth 🙂 I love hearing about your crew of three! Thank oyu for sharing. I will be checking out your safety harness for dogs post!

      • Rosemary March 10, 2017 at 8:37 am - Reply

        I adopted Lexi before I even met her. My hubby sent me a photo of where he found her tied by her neck around a pole crying in the middle of a building site. He brought her to the vet and we met there. I was like “she’s staying!” And now he’s her favorite human. I’m convinced she knows he saved her – it’s gorgeous how she loves him!

        I use the EzyDog harnesses for car rides with my 3. It’s made things a whole lot more comfortable! 😉
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        • SimonDawg March 12, 2017 at 2:58 pm - Reply

          I LOVE your story about Lexi! Thank you for sharing that! I’m going to have to check out the EzyDog harness for Piper. We are still working on her fear of the car and I think a car harness might actually make her feel more secure in the car.

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