New Year, New Adventures

Hello 2015!

I hope you all had a very wonderful 2014! It was a year filled with very high highs and low lows. We are happy to have a fresh start. With every new year comes great intentions, and this year I will try not to be so bad about blogging. Forgive me, but having a now two year old (how did that happen!?!) and a very needy, loving pup makes it hard to find time to document their time. However, 2014 taught me that I need to be better about finding this time.

Carter and Toby (the Instagram and Blog) was an accident of sorts, which I’m sure most of you know by now. I started the Instagram account to have a place to print/share all the photos of C + T together. It’s always been so easy for me to snap a photo and post it. The part I struggled the most with was the blog. Telling their stories has always felt so personal to me and a level of their relationship few get to see.

In 2014, I lost a family member who always shared Carter and Toby’s stories and photos with everyone she met. She was amazing in general, but she had a special talent for documenting her life adventures -which has inspired me to have those same stories to share with Carter and all of you. Now, with that being said, this two-year-old does not live that interesting of a life. He is insanely loved by his family and one very loyal pup.

We spent most of December and the beginning of January apart or separated (especially Carter from Toby). It was sad seeing how upset Carter and Toby would get being separated, but watching them being reunited was like watching them run through a sunny field of flowers into each other’s arms…. Ok, not exactly, but close.

I’m excited for what 2015 has in store! There will be more time spent as a family now that Jake a.k.a. Daddy is finished with his Masters Degree. We plan to travel more as a family (this includes taking our furry baby along). Lastly, we will continue to help animals in need.

Cheers to the New Year and to great friends!

Devin

Carter’s Wish

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It’s October!! In our house, October is a very exciting month. Our tiny Carter will be turning two! As a Mom, I emotionally struggle with my Baby’s Birthday.  I cannot believe he has been ours for a whole two years.  The joy he has brought into our world is one that I have no words to describe.  Selfishly, I want to keep him my little baby forever, but at the same time, I do not want to miss one single moment of who he is becoming…a little boy whose heart loves so greatly.  Never did I imagine I would have a “job” that would be so difficult and rewarding at the same time – being a Mom. My words and examples will help shape who this sweet boy will become.

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As his birthday approaches, Jake and I began to think of what would Carter want for his birthday. Watching him snuggle and giggle with Toby, it was easy for us to see what we needed to do. There is no tangible item in the world that could give him the joy and love that Toby gives to him. We quickly decided that for Carter’s birthday, we would lauch #carterswish !  In honor of Carter’s second birthday, we will be teaching how much greater it is to give than receive by giving to what he loves wholeheartedly, rescue animals.

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Here’s how #carterswish will work: During the month of October, post a photo of yourself and/or furry friend helping your local shelter/rescue (examples below) and add #CARTERSWISH @carterandtoby and @iandloveandyoupet to your photo on Instagram. For every photo (up to 500), our AMAZING friends at I and Love and You will be donating a meal to an animal in need at the Humane Society of Indianapolis .  We encourage our great followers to repost their favorite photo of Carter and Toby telling their friends about Carter’s Wish! Be on the lookout for YOUR photo, because we will be reposting some of our favorites throughout the month.

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For those of you who do not know, Toby is a rescue dog.  We adopted him when his owner could no longer care for him, leaving him at a local bank. Adopting a dog was not in the plan for our newlywed family, but he fit perfectly.  The amount of animals that are abandoned or surrendered to shelters is staggering and many are as kindhearted as our Toby.  Nevertheless, these superheros who run the facilities that care for these animals in need are often times in desperate need of help.  A quick visit to your local shelter’s website can help you identify specially what they are in need of.

Ways you can help your local shelter

  • Volunteering Time (walking dogs, cleaning cages, cuddling)
  • Donate Old Towels (these can be used for the animals to sleep on)
  • Foster a Furry Friend
  • Donate Items on Local Shelters Wish List (items may include: collars, leashes, peroxide, paper towels, peanut butter)
  • Monetary Donations
  • Giving an Animal a Forever Home

Please remember when considering adopting a furry baby that this is a huge decision and should be carefully considered. Make sure your new friend will be a great fit for your lifestyle.

Lastly. we want to say a huge THANK YOU to every one of you for helping us create such a lasting and meaningful gift for a sweet little boy.  And THANK YOU to I and Love and You for helping us make Carter’s Wish come true! If you haven’t heard of I and Love and You allow me to introduce you to your new favorite pet food company.  They are a new company out of Boulder, Colorado that makes a line of natural, holistic vet approved, grain free and raw foods.  As well as treats, supplements and remedies for dogs and cats.  Please check out I and Love and You for some fantastic food options for your furry love and for a  list of retailers to pick up some of their goodies!

NOW, go help out some animals in need and tag those pictures!

 Love,

Devin

C + T take on live TV

Hi Friends!

We are so incredibly excited to have the opportunity to share the story of Carter and Toby with the world. The amount of attention we have received over the the last few weeks has been overwhelming. We hope their photos/videos bring a smile to your face and raise awareness for rescue and shelter animals. There are so many “Tobys” out there that need a loving home. Thank you all for coming along with us on our journey through the life of Carter and Toby! The kind words we have received are incredibly heart warming. We cannot wait to show Carter his photo journal and for him to read all of the comments from across the world. Please know we try our best to read them all and truly appreciate every single one. You all sure know how to make us feel special!

Today, we dipped our toes into live tv. Thank you to WISH 8 for having us on. You can watch the segment – here. We are currently working on some events that will raise money for our furry friends in need and a revamp of carterandtoby.com.

Again, we cannot thank you enough for loving our sweet boys and watching them grow and learn.

All the best,
Devin

Please direct all media request to
devinbcrouch@gmail.com

Adventures in the teepee

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Ah… the teepee.  The teepee showed up a few weeks ago in my brother’s room.  I think it’s fantastic that my parents finally realized that I need a bed in his room, but I just don’t understand why they won’t let us sleep in there.

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My puppy brother and I play in it everyday.  It has become our favorite place to hide from Mom cuddle, play games and read.  Mom clearly hasn’t read the “NO PARENTS ALLOWED” sign hanging on the front of it.

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Although, winter is supposedly coming to an end and we are looking forward to playing outside, I know this is a place we will play often.  I look forward to the days when we will nap, tell stories, share snacks and play with “big boy” toys in it.  It will be our secret hide out where we will pretend to be batman and robin a super dynamic duo.   The teepee is a place where creativity is born and cuddling is required. I think I really like the teepee. 

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They say “he’ll bite”

IMG_6475Two summers ago, I was cuddled up with my Momma on the couch (she was breaking the rule – no dogs on the couch… don’t tell dad). I noticed that she had become a little big fluffy and she was walking with a waddle and wearing clothes that hid her new fluffy belly.  I did not know it then, but my life was about to change.  On that summer day, I met my puppy brother.  In fact, I remember the exact moment it happened. My Mom was petting my head and telling me how handsome I was. I had started to fall asleep and then it happened… he kicked me right in the head.  You could say we had an instant connection. A short time after, my mom was put on bed rest.  At the time, I was not allowed upstairs (where the bedrooms are). Clearly, their “rules” have changed because now my big bed is right next to theirs. When my Dad would leave for work, I would sneak up and lay on the floor at the end of her bed.  I don’t think she knew I was there for the longest time, but I had to make sure she and my puppy brother were going to be okay.

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A few weeks later, they brought him home and my heart exploded.  Just like the day my parents rescued me, I felt pure joy and happiness.  He was my puppy, my heart, my soul, my world.  I knew that from that day forward, I had to protect him, teach him and watch him grow. Never did I dream my family could change so much by someone so little.  I watched my parents love him the way I loved him. They gave him everything he needed.  My heart was full because my family was happy…my brother had arrived.

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It took some getting used to at first.  He pooped, spit up and cried… a lot.  I tried giving him a few of my toys, but that didn’t seem to work. My parents let me sniff and lick him when I wanted.  They were doing their best to give me the love and attention that I needed with this new little one in the house.  Just like the days that my mom spent on bed rest, it was my mission to guard him with my life and sneak a kiss or two in.  The people coming in and out of my house to see my new puppy brother made me nervous.  I may have growled at a couple if they made Carter cry. Nevertheless, I was trained to be gentle and never bite, especially with Carter.

image_1I understand why people would be nervous of a handsome rescue dog being around a baby.  Unfortunately, there are cases of dogs getting new puppy brothers or sisters and not being able to adapt.  It is not only big dogs or rescue dogs, but I am sure this has happened with many different kinds of dogs.  In my case, I had been trained and socialized. My cousins were the first children I had been around consistently since I was a pup and they taught me that children give you their leftover food are loving and fun.  I enjoy watching them grow and love them immensely.

image_25So when I hear “he’ll bite” I know they must be talking about my puppy brother, Carter, biting because his teeth are sharp I would die before I would bite.  I know that I was put in this home to be a best friend.  I did not know that I would find my best friend here.  I am so thankful to be able to call Carter my puppy brother.  My love for him is unconditional…he can pull my tail, drink water from my bowl, scream in my ear and I will always love him.  Carter makes my time enjoyable and my heart melt.  I know that he, like most puppies, will grow out of being rough, but what people may not see are his incredible kind and loving ways.  I know that little boy is going to grow up and do great things.  I can only hope that I am right there beside him exploring this big, big world to watch him learn and grow. I want to see the pure innocence and joy that is in a child’s eyes viewing the world for the first time. I want to be there to lick the tears away when he falls and to be the one to pick him up.

image_14 2So please remember, it’s not a breed or a rescue/shelter dog that bites. It is truly case by case.  Don’t automatically judge that I bite just because you see me playing with my baby.  Everyone plays differently and my parents would ship me off never allow me to hurt my brother.  With that being said, please be smart when a child and dog are around each other.  As for parents looking to adopt/rescue, DO NOT be discouraged because the dog is a “rescue” you may be passing up on your child’s greatest friend.

Woof,

Toby

For more photos/videos of Carter and Toby please visit: instagram.com/carterandtoby