You’re In The Home Stretch Now, Alvin

It’s Good Newz Tues! Dee is busy doing research about recent amendments to NJ Bill A3306 (the bill requiring full disclosure by pet stores), so she asked me to write this post. . .


Naturally, I first conferred with Tippi to get the feline perspective for this story, too.

As you may have heard, we’ve been fostering a young pit bull pup named Alvin. He had a very rough start in life and landed in a Northern NJ kill shelter. He would have been toast, but the lucky dog gods sent Stephanie from Second Chance Pet Adoption League who immediately pulled him into their rescue. Next thing I knew, there was a pitiful pittie wobbling around in my garage . . .

Tippi didn't quite know what to make of this bag o' bones!

Tippi didn’t quite know what to make of this bag o’ bones!

Alvin has had quite a few adventures during the short couple of months that I’ve known him – he had a LOT to learn about life outside the crate. He needed to get healthy, learn some basic manners and experience what it’s like living as part of a canine-feline-human family. Check out some of the past “Alvin’s Journey” posts if you want to see more of his back story.

However, my task today is to evaluate this foster pup (the 65th in this house) and to make a recommendation for his permanent placement. Hmmmm . . . . what should I say about Alvin?


Even though the pup has a bone fetish, he does share them nicely. He also shares space on the bed (sometimes he’s a little pushy, but not too bad, actually.)


He’s fun to play with, especially because he’s twenty pounds smaller than me (I like to drag him around when we play tug).

He’s a pleasant dinner guest who doesn’t try to steal my food or treats. (I’ve been secretly teaching Alvin the fine art of begging – trying to convince him not to look TOO happy. He’s got to maintain that “pitiful look” for the best results.)


Alvin’s a very good travel partner, too. He sits quietly in his harness and generally gives me enough space on the back seat. There are many more RV trips coming up; car ride manners are important!

So all in all, I’d say Alvin’s been a pretty quick study. I still have quite the training job ahead of me – he’s not very cooperative during photo shoots, he still gets way too excited about going for a walk and he all but loses his mind when he sees a squirrel or deer outside. Ohhhhh, the shrieking! The neighbors have to be thinking I’m shaking you by the neck! Alvin’s gonna have to learn to snap out of it! Focus boy . . .  focus! You get lot’s more liver treats that way . . .

Anyway, what I’m trying to tell all of you is that we took a vote yesterday. It was unanimous – even Tippi said “yes”. . .  Welcome to our family, Alvin!


I guess I’ve got a kid brother now, huh?

P.S. Dee just reminded me . . . we’re definitely keeping his name. Did you know that “Alvin” means precious friend? That’s the perfect name for you, little brother.

Have you been thinking of adopting a pup just like Alvin? Or maybe you’ve been thinking about a kitty – or a pup that’s not anything like Alvin . . .  Perhaps you’d consider fostering or volunteering instead. Second Chance Pet Adoption League would be a great place to start. Contact Stephanie at  or send me an email at and we can chat about additional rescues and shelters in your area.
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As one of the founding members of, Lola has more than six years of experience in her role as Senior Spokespup. Lola hails from West Virginia and was rescued by S&L Animal Rescue in April 2010. Her constantly wagging tail, sweet disposition and AKC Canine Good Citizen certification make her perfect for the job!


    • Thank YOU, Stephanie! We just love little Alvin – he’s a wonderful addition to our family and we feel so lucky to have found him!

  1. OMG! !! CONGRATULATIONS! !! I KNEW IT!!! You guys,are the best. He is the luckiest pibbel in the world! Those eyes are just so amazing. And now Lola has a younger brother! Yay!! Happy Dance!! Woo Hoo!!!!

    • TY, Beth! We are truly walkin’ the talk as pittie advocates now . . . As always, we appreciate your support and encouragement!

  2. Happy for him and you, too. Am I surprised??? No way. He’s one smart puppy – – he also adopted both of you and Lola and ”the cat”.

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