Fosters, Friends, & Family
Some fosters become family and some fosters become good friends whom you really miss, but are happy that they found good homes. Some of the folks on this page are still up for adoption. Rescue Dog Ollie hosts shelter dogs in his half-acre backyard, and sometimes his home, which helps determine if they are dog-friendly, house-trained, etc., which can help them find a good adoption match. How a dog acts in a shelter, with all its stresses, is often very different than what they are like in a home setting. It also gives the shelter dogs a chance to just play and have fun. Please share Ollie’s Friends to help them find a good home. (Also, for more adoptable dogs, including the dogs I meet up with at the shelter for photo shoots, please visit Rescue Dog Photography on Facebook and Instagram.
Adopt Earl! Earl is super affectionate and is always, always smiling! He’s going to make an excellent companion and mood booster. He always looks at you and seems so, so happy. He spent an overnight and slept like a champ in his crate, and went out in the morning and did his business. Earl will have no problem filling your house with joy.
(Friends of the Northumberland County Animal Shelter)
Update: Willie now has a home of his own! Adopt Willie! He’s a happy fellow and what a joy to have around ~ house-trained, crate-trained, fun, affectionate, sweet, loves to play and hang out, and wags his tail a mile a minute.
(Friends of the Northumberland County Animal Shelter)
Ollie the Pom
Update: Adopted! Ollie the Pom Mix is looking for a new home. His person passed away recently at 101 yrs. At 8 years young, Ollie the Pom gave my pup, also named Ollie, a run for his money, and had a spectacular time playing. Ollie the Pom is move-in ready having lived in a nice home with a great person, likes car rides, and is smart as a whip, so will quickly acclimate to his new home and shower his new people with love.
Update: Randy Travis went to another rescue that serves a larger population base to help him find a great home. Randy Travis is one of the silliest, happiest dogs you could ever meet. Affectionate, personality-plus – loves toys, dogs, and he finds just about every second exciting. 🙂 Randy Travis is in search of a fun family. If you’re not any fun, no worries, Randy will bring enough fun with him to go around. He plays hard during the day and sleeps like a champ at night. An absolute great little pup ~ (Friends of the Northumberland County Animal Shelter)
Update: Adopted! I have the spectacular good fortune of taking care of Enzo while his adopters prepare for his arrival. This 5-mos. old, 20 lb. pup is an absolute delight – super sweet and affectionate, and loves to play. It’s amazing how quickly dogs learn from each other. Enzo seems to be learning the housetraining thing, along with other do’s and don’ts with Ollie’s guidance. (Friends of the Northumberland County Animal Shelter)
Update: Had an absolutely fabulous time fostering Gil. Happy to say that he has been adopted. Gil’s having a great stay and is enjoying his little vacay from the shelter. He is totally embracing the idea of a home and backyard, and would love a family of his own. He’s house trained and move-in ready. Gil plays great with my dog Ollie, and is fun, silly, and affectionate. (Friends of the Northumberland County Animal Shelter)
Update: Ajax went to another rescue that serves a larger population base to help him find a great home. Ajax has visited a couple times to take a break from the shelter and play with Ollie. He also visited once with Chloe the shelter dog and all three had a grand time together. With Ajax you get the fun, goofy exuberance of a puppy, but without the hassle of housetraining. He’s at a great age, and is so ready for a forever home. He’s an affectionate, sweet lad. (Friends of the Northumberland County Animal Shelter)
Update: The Amazing Chloe was adopted and now has 3 boys to shower with love. Chloe is a super easy house guest, nice and calm, well-behaved, plays well with my pup Ollie, and is super affectionate – and house-trained and crate-trained! You couldn’t ask for more. What a great gal ~ she’ll easily transition into any good home and become an endearing family member. (Friends of the Northumberland County Animal Shelter)
Update: Amber has been adopted! Amber is a regal gal, super-affectionate, housetrained, crate trained, and had a great time with Ollie during her vacationette from the shelter. She’s the kind of companion that wants to hang out right by your side. Amber would love a home of her own, where she could bask in all of the attention, and reciprocate in kind, with tons of love. (Friends of the Northumberland County Animal Shelter)
Update: Paisley went to a rescue foster and had 7 pups. Paisley swung by for a photoshoot and attracted quite a fan club. She’s a calm, relaxed, sweet gal. She was even good-natured and patient as Chuck the Pup pulled at her Adopt Me bandanna. Good thing she’s patient with puppies, as the shelter just found out that she will soon be having puppies of her own. (Friends of the Northumberland County Animal Shelter)
Update: Apollo has left on another adventure towards his new home! The shelter is full! Gracious, young (7 mos.) Apollo offered up his kennel space for another dog in need, and enlisted volunteer Janet to give him a ride to my place. He’ll be hanging out here a bit and has been having a grand time playing like crazy with my dog Ollie. He’s crate trained, house trained, and a super silly, fun pup. (Friends of the Northumberland County Animal Shelter)
Update: Julian has been adopted! What a charmer. 🙂 This super happy, fun fellow is silly, loves an audience, loves dogs, loves people, loves life. My dog Ollie and I had such a great time with him. (Friends of the Northumberland County Animal Shelter)
Update: Keats (Jameson) headed to Homes Fur Hounds in Williamsburg, to await finding a forever home. I had a delightful guest, Keats, from the Northumberland Co. Animal Shelter. This little fellow, with lots of personality, is super funny, affectionate, housetrained, crate trained, loves to play with toys, loves a good meal, and likes to play with my dog, but his favorite, favorite past-time is to follow a scent, nose to the ground, tail wagging wildly. He’d love a fenced-in yard and family of his own.
Update: Ryan has been adopted! Ryan is an absolutely gorgeous fellow who loves to pose for the camera. He was out for a Sunday drive, taking a break from the shelter, and swung by for a visit and a photoshoot. He can somehow swing cute, handsome, and regal, all in one pup. Ryan is sweet, super mellow, and affectionate, and is looking for a sweet, mellow, and affectionate home. (Friends of the Northumberland County Animal Shelter)
Update: Timmy (Travis) has been adopted and now lives in No. VA with a family with three kids. The 11-yr-old told the shelter staff, she was so excited the night before picking up Timmy, she couldn’t sleep. 🙂 Timmy is house-trained, crate-trained, super affectionate, very well-behaved, and played great with my dog Ollie during his week and a half visit. He was a most excellent house guest. (Friends of the Northumberland County Animal Shelter)
Update: Caroline has now met that special person to bring joy to her life, and has been adopted! Caroline came for a visit dressed in her holiday finery. Caroline loved the journey – she absolutely loves car rides. Once at her destination, she basked in the sun, sniffed around a bit, and just relaxed. (Friends of the Northumberland County Animal Shelter)
Update: Kali has moved to Northern VA! After spending a few days with Kali, all I have are superlatives. She is housebroken, crate trained, loves to play with other dogs, and is super sweet and affectionate. Kali is also gorgeously graceful. She could join a dressage troupe, and with her white paws, she is a sight to behold. This gal absolutely loves to be outside and would love a fenced-in yard to run and play and just bask in the sun. (Friends of the Northumberland County Animal Shelter)
Update: Creed has been adopted, so he now has a home and family, once again! Creed came for a visit and got a chance to meet some new friends, take a break from the shelter, and run and play. Creed is an exuberant, happy fellow. He’s young with lots of energy and seems to love the idea of a fenced-in yard where he can just kick around and be a dog. His family moved and could not take him along. (Friends of the Northumberland County Animal Shelter)
Update: Cowboy has been adopted and now has a happy home of his own! I was ever so lucky to be a fill-in foster for a few days for Cowboy, and what a delight. He was emaciated when he came to the shelter, but in foster care, he gained some weight, and his sweet, silly, and affectionate nature started shining through. He and my dog had a blast playing together. (Friends of the Northumberland County Animal Shelter)
Update: Mona now lives in a happy home with 5 other dogs! Mona, had been overlooked at the shelter for a long time – her bio stated that she was dog reactive, and could only go to a home without other dogs. After a fun visit with Ollie the Rescue Dog, it was found that Mona actually loves other dogs, just not in a shelter environment. Mona left Ollie’s house, and an hour later, wearing an Adopt Me vest at a local shop, Mona met someone who instantly fell in love with her. (Friends of the Northumberland County Animal Shelter)
Ollie’s Mom came from a high-kill shelter in NC. Ollie now volunteers with a local rescue, inviting shelter dogs to his home and fenced-in backyard. His first invitee had been overlooked at the shelter for a long time – her bio stated that she was dog reactive. After a fun visit with Ollie, her status changed, and an hour later, she found her adopter and now lives in a happy home with 5 other dogs. I adopted Ollie as a young pup – he’s fun, full of energy, super silly, and loves to swim. (K-9 Lifesavers)
I almost went down in history as the foster who lost the dog in less than 24 hours. With the help of 25 people and multiple tracking dogs, three days later, Cindy Lou made it back to her foster home. She was rescued from a single property in Virginia with 33 other hounds. Emaciated and weak, it was three days before she could stand up. Cindy Lou was adopted and is now going on 2 to 3 mile daily walks past the Washington Monument and Capitol Building! (Friends of the Northumberland County Animal Shelter)
Max was rescued from the streets of Jacksonville, FL, and was in mighty rough shape. I fostered and then adopted him with my Mom in mind, with the caveat if it didn’t work out, I would keep him. You couldn’t help but fall in love with Max, so Max soon moved to his new home. With lots of veterinarian care and loving care from his adoptive Mum, his transformation was amazing, and his personality was able to shine through. (S.A.F.E. Pet Rescue)
I had been living on a sailboat and wanted to wait until I owned a house with a fenced-in yard before I adopted, so I was just going to foster Charlie. When I dropped him off at an adoption event and heard a family had been approved and would probably be picking him up, I ran back to my Jeep and started bawling. Fortunately, the family didn’t show up. Charlie lived in a little beach shack for a few months and met up with his Great Dane pals every morning to run on the beach, then lived in a 100-year-old tobacco shed for a month in St. Augustine, before he got his very own home with a fenced-in yard. (Wags & Whiskers Pet Rescue)