Dogs of the Day: Libby, Finn, and Buddy

Hello, friends! It is Wednesday, which means there are two days remaining until the release of the Furever Home Friends series!

It also means I'm continuing with my Dog of the Day series! Today, we actually have three Dogs of the Day, because they all belong to one person, and I could never ask someone to choose a favorite among their dogs!

These dogs--Libby, Finn, and Buddy--belong to Amy Potts Ostrowski and her family. Amy is one of our Kickstarter backers, and, like me, is also a writer and a teacher!

Here are these dogs' success stories!


Before Libby, the Ostrowski family had another rescue named Dillon. When he died, everyone was devastated. But one week later, as fate would have it, Amy met Libby.

She says: "Ironically, I was trying to stay out of the house because it made me sad to be there without [Dillon]. I went in to work and our administrative assistant's daughter was there with two new foster pups, six weeks old. They were two out of seven from a litter that was found by the side of the road in a box. I held Libby for at least an hour, and the rest is history!"


Finn after playing in the mud.
In 2015, the Ostrowski moved to a bigger house, so they decided to make their family bigger as well, with the addition of Finn. Like a lot of rescue dogs, Finn had a difficult beginning.

"He came from Missouri, where his [previous] owner had taken him with his brother and sister to be euthanized. Luckily, the the vet convinced the owner to give the pups to a rescue," says Ostrowski. 

"Thank goodness! While he can be wary of strangers (his previous owner was not nice to him), Finn is my shadow--never more than ten feet away...unless he's sleeping. He loves to play fetch and patrol his yard for squirrels, birds, and lawn mowers. The more mud (as evidenced in the picture), the better! He is a short boy, so his long-legged sister usually out runs him, but his energy is endless when he has the right motivation--catching Libby."


The third dog in this post, Buddy, makes me feel nostalgic. You may or may not know this, but I used to have a dog named Buddy as well. I grew up with Buddy, my family's yellow lab, starting when I was in middle school. He died just this past January after spending twelve years with our family. I know Buddy is a really common name for a dog, but it still made me feel a connection!

Here's this Buddy's story!

"We call Buddy our 'oops!' We had no intention of getting a third dog, but after we adopted our second dog, Finn, we kept going back to the organization's website to see how many of the other dogs that were up for adoption were still there," says Ostrowski. 

"About five months after we adopted Finn, we saw Buddy pop up. His bio was perfect--must live with kids, must live with dogs, super-friendly. Seven months later, he was still up there, so I emailed the organization to ask if it was a mistake--surely a dog that wonderful could not still be in a foster home. Long story short, they mistook our inquiry as an inquiry for adoption and we just went with it. 

"The foster parents said that while Buddy had gone on many visits to potential homes, his size intimidated people. He is quite the gentle giant, though! Buddy is the sweetest thing. He loves EVERYONE and has to meet EVERY dog when we're out on a walk. He loves his brother, Finn, and tolerates his sister, Libby. (She can be a bit of an instigator!) He's a perfect fit with our family. I am so glad we took a chance on him!"

I love success stories about families who have adopted dogs from shelters! It makes me super proud to be a supporter of #AdoptDontShop. For more success stories, check out the Furever Home Friends series, which will be coming out on Friday, August 11--in two days!

Tomorrow, be on the look for our final Dog of the Day post. This last post is going to be a special one. I'll be revisiting current shelter dogs who are looking for forever homes, like I did at the beginning--rather than the success stories I've done the past few days--and featuring one dog who is having some medical issues and needs help from the loving humans in his life.

Happy Wednesday to you and all your furry friends!



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