Calling All Dog Lovers; The Truth About Fostering

Here at YMC, we are all huge animals lovers (don’t believe me? Check out our Instagram @youthmarketing.) Some of us are lucky enough to own our own four legged friend, while others look forward to seeing their beloved family pets during visits home. My family has a crazy Carin Terrier, and one of the hardest parts about moving to my apartment in the city was leaving my furry friend behind. My roommate was in a similar situation, having to say goodbye to her darling Dachshund, and during the first few weeks of living in our new place we spent hours chatting about how much we missed having a bundle of fluffy energy running around.

 

Leaving behind a pet when moving out for the first time or going to college is hard, especially if you’re living in a new place and just want to see a friendly face at the end of the day. My roommate and I discussed getting involved in the DC community when we finally had an epiphany; we loved animals and wanted to fill the void of not having one, so volunteering at the local animal shelter would be a perfect fit. Before we knew it, we had filled out an application to become dog fosters and were standing in the Washington Humane Society (WHS) ready to undergo foster training.

 

Part of the training dog fostered by Youth Marketing Connection staffincluded a tour of the facilities, which was filled with cats, dogs, and even a cage full of guinea pigs. Walking through the hallways I was overcome with emotion, there were so many dogs, some cages even had 3 dogs in one small space due to overcrowding. In only 30 minutes, we saw 3 dogs come into the shelter and learned that WHS has an average of 33 dogs surrendered or turned in from animal control every day. When we walked in the doors of the shelter we weren’t 100% sure if we wanted to open our apartment to a pet, but after seeing how much help the shelter needed, we knew we weren’t going home without a dog. Soon enough we were loading 2 Pit Bull mix puppies, crates, and baby gates into my car and oh boy, were we in for an adventure.

 

To make a long story short, 2 puppies was one dog too many for our tiny, 800 square foot apartment, so we had to return the boy pup to the shelter, but he was adopted 2 weeks later! We ended up falling in love with West, as did everyone in the YMC DC office, because we have a wonderful pet-friendly policy and I often brought her to work. When West got adopted, my roommate and I were beside ourselves because she had become part of our little family. She’s still the background on both of our phones! However, we knew that she would be an amazing companion to the family that gave her a forever home and be happier in the suburbs than the city (we continue to solicit her new owners for pictures.) The answer to filling the emptiness of our apartment? Foster another dog in need of a place to stay! We’ve fostered 4 dogs to date, including a sweet spaniel mix with a broken pelvis and our current 8 month old puppy, Meko, who just recovered from a puppy disease and is ready to be adopted.

 

People often tell us how thoughtful it is that we foster and how lucky the dogs are that we take such good care of them, but I think that my roommate and I both know that we’re truly the lucky ones. Nothing brightens your day like the welcome home dance a dog performs for you when you walk in the door, and the fact that we get unconditional puppy kisses while helping the community makes it even better.

 

our foster dog Meko

 

Want to learn more about becoming a foster? Click here for some frequently asked questions!

I listened to what that swoosh said

“My movement told me to be a consumer and I consumed it. They told me to just do it, I listened to what that swoosh said.” – Macklemore, Wings

 

As a DC transplant and as a marketer, I know that the best way to learn the ins and outs of a city is through peer influence. Where to go. What to see. Where to live. Now, a year and a half in, I’m ready to take DC for all it has to offer, and I also have some advice to offer.

 

The humidity in DC is killer. Last year we were threatened with cicadas, but now I know that the worst thing about DC is when that swampy mess the city was built on begins to seep out and turn your hair into frizz and drench your favorite suit and tie with sweat. As a girl, it’s all about keeping cool by a pool. DC has tons of roof top pools, public city pools, and surely, one of your friends lives in a Bozzuto community and has access to a pool every weekend. Take advantage. As far as hair goes, DC does not have the best selection of stylists. And those that are worthy of mention, come with a serious price tag. Groupon and LivingSocial are always offering up sweet deals on keratin treatments, but without the proper knowledge, you’re spending $400 on something you can do at home. For a no-fuss keratin treatment, look no further than Lasio Keratin Tropic and your best friend. You can buy a bottle of the salon favorite online and apply by sectioning and straightening pieces of your hair. It’s simple, only semi-permanent, and gives you flawless hair for at least 2-3 months.

 

Moving on to the DC scene. As a 30 year old, the El Centro dance-floor days are behind me, and all I want is a solid pub with some good beer or a classy spot with palette-pleasing wine options. Look no further than Ivy and Coney for your hole-in-the-wall, open-till-3 beer joint. And for wine? Vinoteca not only offers multiple crowd-pleasers in terms of beverages, but has the best ambiance you can hope for on a sunny day. Their sun-soaked back porch is equipped with bocce ball and amazing happy hour eats. It’s a must, but make sure you get there early!

 

marketing to youth in Vinoteca Plaza DC

 

Next up, recreation. Though DC is filled with more pavement than lush lawns, there are so many ways to take advantage of the great outdoors. Many locals will direct you to the closest beaches – OCMD, Rehoboth, or VA Beach, but the city offers much more than meets the eye. The spring and summer kickball leagues are a great way to enjoy the last few hours of sun after a long day at the office while simultaneously tying on a few drinks. Not only are you getting out there and being active, but you’re surely meeting new people as well. One of the best things about DC is that most of us are not from here. So get competitive on a kickball team, or step out to a bar or restaurant for a weekly MeetUp. Just make sure you keep your eyes and ears open for all of the hidden gems your new friends let you in on.