1. Thanks for introducing Gretchen and her blog – definitely one to follow as I have a soft spot for animals. I got one of my cats from a shelter and the other one from a friend who found a bunch of abandoned kittens. It just breaks my heart to think of all the animals who never get a forever home.

    1. Yes, it is so heartbreaking. I can’t understand how some people just don’t care.

  2. Thank you for featuring Gretchen! I have 3 rescue dogs and they really are the best. Just so thankful to be safe and loved. My husband and I will only foster puppies…they are so tiring to foster and get adopted quickly

    1. I so agree with you. Rescue dogs are the best and that’s what I grew up with. All mixed breed rescue dogs who lived long happy lives at our house.

  3. i am sitting here in tears thinking about charlie- all the things you should not like about a beagle were there with him, too. he smelled horrible all the time, even if he was clean…. he ignored us if there was something to smell… he was super stubborn and a bit of an old curmudgeon. but he had such heart and soul, and loved to snuggle and was our dog. 🙂 love gretchen and i just loved reading this, and loved my reminder of charlie this morning.

  4. 5 pets and 4 kids…wow! Athena looks exactly like our kitty. Loved this one!

  5. Thanks so much for having me, Julia! This was a really fun post to write 🙂

  6. Gretchen, I loved reading your post and hearing about your experience with pet fostering! Your dogs and cats are adorable 🙂 I grew up in a household full of pets – we lived at the end of a country road where people frequently abandoned puppies, kittens and unwanted older dogs – and my parents were always perfect softies whenever I begged to keep them all! So I understand how easy it is to just keep “one more” 😉

  7. I want to squeeze and hug Gretchen and all of her adorable furry friends. Especially that Rory. I, obviously, have a soft spot for terriers.

  8. I love this! Those cuties are so sweet. And kudos for fostering! It takes a special kind of love to do that that I think is rare.

  9. Awww, the one with fiesta in the bed with the babe kills me! I’d keep all the dogs too, I don’t even care if they belonged. 🙂
    Kelly @ View Along the Way

  10. Gretchen is the best! Love her blog and all the hilariousness she adds to my life.

  11. What an adorable pet (and human) family! I can’t stop staring at that sweet shaggy sheepdog 🙂

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