Wagging Tails Wednesday - Penny

We are excited to share our newest pupdate! This week we’re featuring the lovable Penny (formerly Matea), who just recently celebrated her first birthday. This special pup's mom wrote a song dedicated to Penny that truly shows how much rescuing a dog can change your life. 

She also created a video to accompany the song and we can't wait to share it with you...Check it out below and share with your fellow dog lovers!

Penny Lover

There are people who love their dogs, and then there are people who write songs for their dogs! Here is "Penny Lover," dedicated to Valerie's playful pup Penelope. Penny was rescued from Wags and Walks and she's celebrating her first birthday today. Happy Birthday Penny!

Posted by Layla Lane on Friday, September 16, 2016

I hope that you will continue to read our blog and follow us on social media to get updates on our new adoptables and amazing success stories.

Please follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat (username: wagsandwalks). Also, don’t forget to sign up for our e-mail newsletter, and check our website for available dogs. Who doesn’t love cute animal updates?

XO,

Ashley

 

 

Foster Friday – Stan Kats

Today we want to introduce you to one of our phenomenal fosters, who is an integral part of the Wags and Walks family. Stan has fostered a total of nine dogs thus far and plans to foster even more. Without him, we could not save the amount of dogs that we do and we are so excited to share his story with you! Take it away, Stan…

“About: I live near West Hollywood with my Wife, Jean, and two (very spoiled) rescue dogs Reese & Kobe.  I have a local Computer Service company, Stan’s Tech Garage, which allows me the pleasure of bringing those two hooligans to work with me.  I figured one more couldn’t hurt.

Got me started: I’ve always loved dogs and feel they’ve given me so much.  My wife and I always toyed around with getting a 3rd, but held off in case there was a real dog in need at some point.  Then I heard about various pet cafés sprouting up, and I thought, why not a Pet Tech Shop?  So I sought out to find a rescue that’d be with that plan, and one of my customers connected me with Wags, and the rest, as they say, is history.

How Many: I believe it’s currently at #9, and I love all my foster babies the same!  Whichever is right in front of me is my favorite!

Biggest Challenge:  Besides saying goodbye?  Probably knowing what these poor babies have gone through, and I don’t even see the worst of it.  I don’t have the intestinal fortitude to set foot in a shelter, so I’m in awe of the folks who can do it and not just want to take them all home.

How has it affected you: It’s been a very positive experience.  These dogs did nothing other than wind up in a bad situation beyond their control.  They can’t speak or stand up for themselves.  Fostering is how I can help.  I know it’s not much, but it’s my small part in this process.  These babies deserve a chance.  I’m happy being able to help give it to them.

Biggest Surprise: The amount of people willing to dedicate their time and effort to this cause.  Sometime rescue events have more volunteers than dogs!  Especially by the end.

Advice: DO IT!  It’s not a major commitment, and if you love dogs and want to help, why not give it a shot?  Every good dog deserves a good home and every good home deserves a good dog.  The biggest thing you have to fear is a #FosterFail.”

Thank you so much! Team Wags is eternally grateful for all that you do for everyone around you. You can find Stan, his dogs, and his foster doggies at Stan's Tech Garage; http://www.stansgarage.com

If you're interested in becoming a foster, fill out an application here.  Make sure to share this post with your friends on social media, so that we can spread the word about how life-changing fostering is! It not only saves dogs lives, but it will change yours too.

Please follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat (username: wagsandwalks).  Also, don’t forget to sign up for our e-mail newsletter, and check our website for available dogs. Who doesn’t love cute animal updates?

XO,

Ashley

Team Wags

 

Riverside Ten

Help the Riverside Pit Bulls

Today on the blog, we have a serious issue to discuss and are hoping that by bringing light to this crime, more dogs will be saved. Approximately 25 neglected and 11 dead pit bulls were found at a Riverside County home. Dozens of these dogs were so malnourished, that they had to be carried off of the property.

Despite what these pitties have been through, they are incredibly sweet to both humans and dogs alike. Wags and Walks were able to save ten of these angels, however, with your help – we are hoping to aide in the rescue of many more! 

These pups still have a long way to recovery and we will be with them every step of the way. To help - interested readers can foster, adopt, donate to their recovery, or simply share this blog and spread the message. 

Thank you to our incredible fosters, volunteers, transporters, donors, and the staff at the San Jacinto Animal Campus for helping us along the way. If you are interested in volunteering, fostering, or adopting – please don’t hesitate to contact us at wagsandwalks.org … we could not continue to save these dogs without all of you wonderful readers.

I hope that you will continue to read our blog and follow us on social media to get updates on our new adoptables and amazing success stories.

Please follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat (username: wagsandwalks). Also, don’t forget to sign up for our e-mail newsletter, and check our website for available dogs. Who doesn’t love cute animal updates?

https://www.gofundme.com/pitlove

XO,

Ashley

Team Wags

Wagging Tails Wednesday – George

Wagging Tails Wednesday – George

August 31st, 2016

We are thrilled to share our newest pupdate! This week we’re featuring the angelic George (formerly known as Denver). This lucky pup has made himself right at home within his forever family. George will be turning nine months old soon and is already getting so big, as shown by these phenomenal photographs! 

George loves to play fetch and tug of war with his toys. This little pup is also extremely intelligent and has already mastered some tricks. His family is moving to Torrance and can’t wait for him to have a backyard to play in.

We wish George and his family a happy life and lots of memories in their new home!  

I hope that you will continue to read our blog and follow us on social media to get updates on our new adoptables and amazing success stories.

Please follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat (username: wagsandwalks). Also, don’t forget to sign up for our e-mail newsletter, and check our website for available dogs. Who doesn’t love cute animal updates?

XO,

Ashley

Team Wags

 

Celebrating the 5 Year Anniversary of Wags & Walks with a letter from our founder:

Take it away, Lesley…

“Some would say it is no surprise that my life revolves around saving dogs. After all, I grew up with a vet as a dad and was never without one from the day I was born. It wasn’t until Dunkin, my little white piglet Pit Bull puppy, came into my life that things would drastically change. I went from having a carefree single girl life in NYC to an overprotective mom of Dunkin who was happier being active and spending time with my dog than with some humans! I sadly learned after spending so much time with Dunkin that people despised my dog solely based on his look and/or breed. As a woman who has always wanted to make the world right, my passion began for the rights of Pit Bulls and ridding them of the horrible, unfair stereotypes. I would bring Dunkin around children and dog parks, anywhere I could show off that his favorite pastime was licking everyone he met and the only dangerous thing about him was getting hit by his happy wagging tail. I was working as a pharmaceutical sales representative, which was a flexible and great paying position.  However, when I decided to move to California and Dunkin was 5 years old, I started volunteering for rescue organizations that led me into LA city and county shelters. I was completely blown away to learn that many of these dogs I was passing with smiling faces and wagging tails in their hard concrete cages would be killed in days due to lack of space. Of course my favorites (the pits) were more than half of these dogs and despite age, temperament and health, were the first to go. That being said, the overcrowding problem was leading to every breed of every age being killed for space. Pure bred (25% of dogs in shelters), litters of puppies, golden retrievers…you name it. The more I learned that there was a serious crisis for these helpless, devoted, loving, forgiving dogs, I could no longer sit idly by.

Dunkin snuggled up and ready to continue reading this blog (smart pup)!

After 10 years of working the corporate world, I would head to my first “rescue trip” of my own. It was on Facebook where I learned there was a giant tan mastiff named Hooch about to be killed at the Downey shelter. The thread went on for miles and each person either said “someone save him” or “prayers”. I knew I had to be the one that actually took action to help this sweet boy and what a perfect sweet boy he was. He frolicked in the play yard at the shelter and even knew tricks like roll over and give paw. Through the Facebook story a wonderful man named Rick who was a truck driver fell madly in love with Hooch and his story. He drove from far and wide to meet Hooch and Hooch hopped into his truck as if he had belonged there all along. That experience brought me so much joy and fulfillment that it was that day in August 2011 that I began filling out the papers for my 501 C3 and putting up my very own Facebook page called Wags and Walks. At that stage everything ran out of my garage and backyard (much to my family’s dismay). From August through January I had saved 20 dogs with 2 volunteers and placed them in their loving forever homes. In this time I learned how to fundraise and realized how expensive this passion project of mine was going to be.

Hooch with Lesley after first being rescued! 

Hooch happily in his new ride and off to his forever home

I remember saving a dog and going to the pet store to buy them one collar, one leash, and one name tag. One day in early 2012 it dawned on me that I better start looking into bulk ordering if I was going to continue! From that moment on I have met some of the most kind-hearted, generous, amazing, special, unique, selfless people I have ever met in my life. People willing to volunteer their time on their days off to help with everything from transporting a dog(s) from shelters to vets, assisting with fostering, donating food, collars, leashes, helping fund vet bills, sharing and networking our dogs up for adoption, partnering to help bring awareness to their great business while promoting our amazing dogs for adoption from the shelter. As the number of our dog loving community grew, so did the number of dogs we could save. In fact, we saved 650 dogs in need in 2015 and have hundreds of amazing volunteers. We even have our own office and a staff to handle the abundance of applications, inquiries, shelter trips, vet visits, administration work, foster coordination, adoption event coordination, fundraising, partnerships etc.  

Some of our wonderful and quickly growing team of volunteers

People always ask how we manage to grow so quickly and save as many dogs as we do. I don’t believe there is one answer, but what I do know is that we have our eye focused on the goal; no dog should have to suffer due to lack of education & empathy. We are growing a consciousness through our undeniable passion that we display on our social media channels, partnerships with both dog related and non-dog related businesses and organizations, and we support each other like a family. We have great respect for others who are doing this hard work and understand there is not a right or wrong way to do this.  We love dogs and we want to see them safe. We also love people and the joy that these dogs bring to our lives from our volunteers to their forever homes. That’s why in 2016 we decided our new tagline would be “Bringing Happiness Home” because by the look on everyone’s faces - dogs and humans alike - it is obvious…we are making a difference and are not intending on slowing down any time soon.”

I hope that you will continue to read our blog and follow us on social media to get updates on our new adoptables and amazing success stories. Please follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat (username: wagsandwalks). Also, don’t forget to sign up for our e-mail newsletter, and check our website for available dogs. Who doesn’t love cute animal updates?

Foster Friday – Lynn Gilmartin

Foster Friday – Lynn Gilmartin  

August 12th, 2016

Today we want to introduce you to one of our selfless fosters, who is an integral part of the Wags and Walks family. Lynn is a huge animal lover, having fostered two dogs for us thus far and volunteering at various events. We are extremely grateful for you and truly honored to share your story with our readers. Take it away, Lynn…

“I’m Australian and moved to Los Angeles three years ago when I started working as the anchor of the World Poker Tour on Fox Sports. I’ve been following the poker circuit around the globe for about eight years, which has been priceless. I think I’m slightly addicted to traveling!   

I’ve always had such a deep love for all animals. So much so, that I decided to stop eating them four years ago, which has been the greatest decision I’ve ever made for my wellbeing. I’m passionate about animal welfare, supporting causes such as Oscar’s Law to spread the message of adopting and not shopping, and to hopefully close all puppy factories throughout Australia; Animals Australia who are shining a much-needed light on Australia’s ugly factory farming and live exports industries; Edgar’s Mission, a beautiful sanctuary for all kinds of rescued animals who do amazing work in spreading the message, “If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others, why wouldn’t we?”, and I’m a global ambassador for Wildlife Warriors, Steve Irwin's family’s foundation which supports the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital and countless other wildlife conservation projects around the world. And now, I’m a proud foster momma with Wags & Walks here in Los Angeles.

With all the traveling that I do, it hasn’t been possible to adopt a dog of my own. I've been yearning for a dog’s energy in my home though, so this is the perfect solution. They’re helping me with their love and cuddles, and I’m helping them by giving them a safe place to stay. Win/Win :)               

While taking care of two fosters at once, I had a slight insight into what life would be like as a single mom with a newborn and a toddler... Karmen had been spayed and was recovering at my place (she's in recovery mode in the picture above)! That night Choco needed to pee, but Karmen had finally fallen asleep. She was on the couch and there was no way I was going to move her and wake her up! But I was so scared she would jump off the couch and hurt herself if she saw us walk out the door. After fretting over this issue and failing to convince Choco to break his well-trained house rules and pee inside, I thought of a solution... I called myself on FaceTime and answered from my computer. I was able to turn the computer to look at her and then run out to the street with Choco while supervising Karmen at the same time through my iPhone! Success! She didn’t move and Choco peed in lightening speed. What a relief that was! 

Fostering has affected me in a very positive manner. I live alone most of the time, so having the company at home is really special. The dogs have helped me get into a healthy routine. Waking up early and going straight outside for a walk is such a refreshing way to start the day. 

I thought the hardest part (of fostering) would be getting too attached and being distraught when parting ways. I really surprised myself when Karmen got adopted. We had been through quite an emotional week together and I had fallen so madly in love with her, so I was really sad and anxious the morning I had to take her to meet her new parents. I had met them briefly a few days prior at an adoption fair, so I knew they were lovely people, but I still felt really sad. However, as soon as we met them again, my fear turned into such joy for her. They are a beautiful couple with so much love to give.  So I was truly happy to let Karmen go, and that really surprised me. I mean come on, look at her in her proud papa’s arms!

On advice to give to future fosters; DO IT! Please! In exchange of such a simple act, like letting a friend crash on your couch for a week, you're saving lives. Wags & Walks offer loads of support, and when I’m out of town, they effortlessly find another foster to take care of Choco while I’m gone. I love the community that I’m now a part of on Facebook too, where fellow fosters share pictures and stories and ask questions. If you’re home for a decent amount of the day and you can have dogs in your home, then please, I beg you, help let a little mate stay over for a few days and save them from the shelters where they are filled with fear and confusion and at risk of being put down.”

Thank you so much! Team Wags is eternally grateful for all that you do for everyone around you. If you're interested in becoming a foster, fill out an application here. Make sure to share this post with your friends on social media, so that we can spread the word about how life-changing fostering is! It not only saves dogs lives, but it will change yours too.

Please follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat (username: wagsandwalks).  Also, don’t forget to sign up for our e-mail newsletter, and check our website for available dogs. Who doesn’t love cute animal updates?

XO,

Ashley

Team Wags

 

 

Wagging Tails Wednesday – Gus

Wagging Tails Wednesday – Gus

August 3rd, 2016

We are thrilled to share our newest pupdate! This week we’re featuring the handsome Gus (formerly known as Gizmo). Tess notes that Gus is doing wonderfully and they couldn’t have asked for a better pup to join their family.

Gus enjoys waking up and snuggling with mom and dad for at least an hour in the morning before he goes outside and has his breakfast. Typically in the afternoon he meets up with his best friend, Chewch, who is also another rescue. They will typically wrestle for about 20 minutes before going off to find new smells and maybe a squirrel. 

He is a high-energy pup and extremely intelligent. Already he can, sit, stay, lie down, roll over, play dead, crawl, high five, dance, and walk. Tess and her fiancé just recently got engaged and little Gus was the one to bring her the ring. Happy life to this adorable bunch!

I hope that you will continue to read our blog and follow us on social media to get updates on our new adoptables and amazing success stories.

Please follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat (username: wagsandwalks). Also, don’t forget to sign up for our e-mail newsletter, and check our website for available dogs. Who doesn’t love cute animal updates?

XO,

Ashley

Team Wags

 

 

Foster Friday – Aliza Grossman

Foster Friday – Aliza Grossman

 July 22nd, 2016

Today we want to introduce you to one of our selfless fosters, who is an integral part of the Wags and Walks family. Aliza is a huge dog lover, having fostered three dogs for us thus far and volunteering at various events. We are extremely grateful for you and truly honored to share your story with our readers. Take it away, Aliza…

“I grew up in San Diego and I've lived in LA for about three years now. I just graduated from law school and am preparing to take the bar exam at the end of July.

I've always loved animals and wanted a dog but growing up my dad was allergic to dogs so we were stuck with cats and fish! I have always seen a dog in my future but with the uncertainty of school and career I knew it wasn't responsible on a financial or stability level to get a dog of my own. I started looking into fostering my second year of law school and it's been a great way to "have a dog" without the lifetime commitment. 

To date I've full time fostered three dogs but have been happy to help with weekend or short term fostering when my class schedule didn't allow for full time fostering. Hercules was by far my favorite foster, I had him for five months and he was an absolute dream. He'll always have a place in my heart and I still have his picture up on my wall! 

The biggest challenge fostering so far has been Bambi's stubbornness. With such a strong willed dog, I have to be on top of my training game every minute otherwise she'll walk all over me. I will say that being faced with this particular challenge has allowed me to learn from the best and my handling skills have improved exponentially!

Fostering has given me such a great outlet throughout law school. It feels really good to put your extra time and energy into giving back to the community and saving lives. It's also taught me a lot about what traits to look for when I am ready for my forever dog.  

The most unexpected part of fostering has to be the community of wonderful people I stumbled upon when I became part of the Wags and Walks community. In addition to the amazing support they give to their fosters and volunteers, they are a wonderful group of people that I'm happy to call friends. 

As for super practical advice for new fosters- don't be afraid to reach out and ask for support or resources when you need them, there's a huge network all over LA here to help you! But the question I get asked most often about fostering is how I possibly let them go once they find their forever families. My answer is always the same- the reason I foster instead of getting my own dog is my inability to make a life long commitment right now. I think knowing going into that it's a temporary situation makes it easier. From day one you know there's a family out there who can and will make that lifelong commitment to them and you let them go because that's more than you can give and that's what they deserve.”

Thank you so much! Team Wags is eternally grateful for all that you do for everyone around you. If you're interested in becoming a foster, fill out an application here. Make sure to share this post with your friends on social media, so that we can spread the word about how life-changing fostering is! It not only saves dogs lives, but it will change yours too.

Please follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat (username: wagsandwalks).  Also, don’t forget to sign up for our e-mail newsletter, and check our website for available dogs. Who doesn’t love cute animal updates?

XO,

Ashley

Team Wags

Wagging Tails Wednesday – Penny

Wagging Tails Wednesday – Penny

July 20th, 2016

We are excited to share our newest pupdate! This week we’re featuring the lovable Penny. Brittany, Penny’s new owner, states that Penny is a perfect addition to the family. Penny loves to run around in the yard and enjoys going on long walks in the neighborhood with her family. 

Penny has a vey sweet demeanor and gets along well with other dogs and people. She has joined the family on many adventures, including a recent trip to Mammoth where she first encountered snow.

We wish Penny and her family continued happiness and lots of puppy cuddles!

I hope that you will continue to read our blog and follow us on social media to get updates on our new adoptables and amazing success stories.

Please follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat (username: wagsandwalks). Also, don’t forget to sign up for our e-mail newsletter, and check our website for available dogs. Who doesn’t love cute animal updates?

XO,

Ashley

Team Wags

 

 

 

Wagging Tails Wednesday – Pizza

Wagging Tails Wednesday – Pizza

July 13th, 2016

We are thrilled to share our newest pupdate! This week we’re featuring the perfect pitt, Pizza. Kate and her family know that every dog parent thinks their baby is a unique snowflake, but Pizza really is special and they would say that objectively Pizza is the best dog that has or will ever walk the planet. (That’s a lot of love for Pizza who they state is the best thing to happen to them EVER)!

Kate notes that she has never met a dog with so much personality and who is so driven by pure love.  Their last year has been filled with a lot of cuddles, long hikes, games of chase, learning tricks, being gushed over by strangers, and more cuddles.

Pizza’s family will forever be grateful to Wags and Walks for bringing this wonderful pup into their lives. 

I hope that you will continue to read our blog and follow us on social media to get updates on our new adoptables and amazing success stories.

Please follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat (username: wagsandwalks). Also, don’t forget to sign up for our e-mail newsletter, and check our website for available dogs. Who doesn’t love cute animal updates?

XO,

Ashley

Team Wags

A Letter from our Founder

Everyone always asks me as the founder of Wags and Walks, what makes us different and special. What I have noticed over the last 5 years is when we save a wonderful dog from the shelter both the dog and us are happy. It feels so good to get a dog to safety for us and for them. Then we noticed their fosters were happy to be a part of their lifesaving transition from abandoned and in danger to becoming ready for their forever home. The last step of course is when our dogs get adopted and we are so happy that our dogs are saved and loved, as they should be.

As much as we knew people who adopted a Wags and Walks dog would find joy with their new companion, we had no idea the way in which each and every life is touched. From the happy photos on our alumni Facebook page (of our dogs that were about to die) swimming in Lake Tahoe, hiking in mammoth, or going everywhere with their new family. We especially love email updates of how our hundreds and hundreds of our adopters have found so much happiness with their Wags and Walks dogs. 

We even love the photos of the dogs sleeping in their cozy beds and couches where we believe they belong. Our team of volunteers and staff are constantly encouraged and inspired by how happy our dogs and our adoptive families are. It felt like it only made sense to choose the tag line “Bringing Happiness Home” for Wags and Walks because although we see too many sad stories, our mission is to inspire with the success stories daily of what a community can accomplish together when they truly love dogs.

Our fast track of saving and placing 650 dogs a year proves that this is working. Thank you for helping us bring happiness home each and everyday. Please follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat (@wagsandwalks).  Also, don’t forget to signup for our e-mail newsletter, and check our website for available dogs.

Lesley

 

Wagging Tails Wednesday – Mick

 

Wagging Tails Wednesday – Mick

July 6th, 2016

We are thrilled to share our newest pupdate! This week we’re featuring the living ball of lovable fluff, Mick. This gentleman is thriving in his new home and has already formed a bond with his dog sister. 

Mick is such a sweet and loving little guy. His forever mom, Melanie notes that she has never in her life had such an immediate, strong, and loving attraction to any dog (and she’s had a lot of pups in her life)! 

Melanie and the rest of her family cannot thank Wags enough for giving their family many years of dog love and joy. I hope that you will continue to read our blog and follow us on social media to get updates on our new adoptables and amazing success stories.

Please follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat (username: wagsandwalks). Also, don’t forget to sign up for our e-mail newsletter, and check our website for available dogs. Who doesn’t love cute animal updates?

XO,

Ashley

Team Wags

How to Keep your Dog Safe on The 4th of July

Incorporating your pup into your 4th of July festivities may seem like a good idea at the time, but we’re here to tell you to resist the urge and to promote a dog-safe 4th of July. Fifty percent of dogs and cats suffer from firework stress. This is due to the fact that pet’s hearing is ten times more sensitive than humans.

Statistically, more dogs are reported missing on the 4th than any other night of the year. With that being said, below are seven tips to ensure a safe holiday for both you and your pup.

1. Double check to ensure your dogs are wearing their ID tags and a properly fitting collar in case of an escape.

2. Take your dog on a long walk or run prior to the start of fireworks to ensure that extra energy is burned off.

3. Keep your dogs inside and stay home with them to provide a sense of comfort and safety.

4. Keep all doors and windows shut to prevent escape attempts.

5. Provide your dog with a safe and quiet spot to relieve firework-induced anxiety.

6. Always keep fireworks far away from your dog. Do NOT set off fireworks anywhere near or around your pets.

7. Distract your dog with a favorite toy or treat in order to prevent firework anxiety.

We hope you find these tips helpful and that you enjoy a happy and safe holiday with your pups! 

Please follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat (username: wagsandwalks).  Also, don’t forget to sign up for our e-mail newsletter, and check our website for available dogs. Who doesn’t love cute animal updates?

XO,

Ashley

Team Wags

Wagging Tails Wednesday – Andie

Wagging Tails Wednesday – Andie

June 29th, 2016

We are excited to share our newest pupdate! This week we’re featuring the lovable Andie. Andie has been in her forever home for over two months now and she is thriving. Coming home to new dog owners, every one had some learning to do. But Andie has made it easy with her loving nature, silly sense of humor, and sparkling intelligence!

Andie loves everyone she meets and is enjoying making best friends with dogs in the neighborhood. She enjoys playing catch and fetch and is a true athlete – fastest doggie in town! But she is also a mellow pup who has many favorite snuggle spots. 

Andie’s family enjoyed their first vacation together hiking the trails of Sedona, AZ. Andie is a brilliant hiker who navigated boulders and streams with grace. 

Andie is considering different Halloween costumes. 

Here she is with the family on Devil’s Bridge, in the first of many adventures to come.