Adoptees & Fosters

Ridgebacks & Friends has rescued, fostered, and re-homed many, many dogs: purebred Rhodesian ridgebacks, ridgeback mixes, seniors, and dogs on to-be-euthanized lists. We have addressed their medical and socialization needs through our relationships with great vets and trainers and countless rescue organizations, humane societies, and shelters.

Some of our rescues are Soraya Seniors*, named in honor of Ridgebacks & Friends board member Soraya Kohanzadeh. Soraya Seniors receive support from a special fund dedicated to the medical needs of our oldest rescues. As time passes, so do some of our rescues, after being lovingly cared for by fosters and their adopted families.

Amadeus
Apollo
Ashley
Bentley
Birdie
Boomer
Bosco
Boscoe
Brandy
Bronson
Brutus
Buddy
Chance
Charley
Chewy
Chloe
Cinnamon
Copper
Danny
Davey
Della
Elsa
Emma & Diesel
Frankie
Jaxon
Joey
Jules
Kapu & Ehu
Kess
Kevin
Khaya
Knox
Koda
Leia
Lennie
Lenny
Leo
Logan
Lola
Luke Jr
Luke Sr
Max
Mojo
Murray & Gus
Niko
Osmond
Panda
Parker
Precious
Reggie
Rhodi
Rhodie
River
Rocket
Roger
Rosie
Ruby
Ruby Soho
Rufus
Sacha
Shonniee
Simba
Summit
Tawny
Thor
Tiki
Vincent
Willow
Woofer
Zeus

Here are some of the stories of our re-homed dogs, some of whom are sadly no longer with us.

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September 2020: This summer, we took in an owner surrender whose mom was really struggling with these pandemic times and started to look for a new home for her beloved ridgeback, 8-year-old Leo. She wanted to find a home who could give him the kind of life she wanted him to have. Leo’s previous owner said he needed more exercise and training than she could give him right now and as much as it broke her heart to let him go – she knew she had to do what was in Leo’s best interest. These situations are always challenging and heartbreaking for all involved and we take the responsibility we have been entrusted with very seriously.

Around the same time, we received an application from a young couple who adopted a senior ridgeback mix from a courtesy post we made on this page in 2018. Spray had passed recently from bone cancer and they were looking for another big dog (> 100 lbs) to spoil. They were active, included their dog in their daily life, and were willing to dedicate much time to training and socialization. We loved that they had much ridgeback experience and experience with aggression and anxiety. Not that our owner surrender had these but it meant that they weren’t easily fazed by challenges that might come up in the journey of owning a mature ridgeback. We were still working with Leo’s owner so she had the opportunity to meet the young couple and see how well Leo did with them. Not every owner surrender process works this way, but we were happy that they had her blessing and we could provide her with some closure and the offer for periodic updates and pictures.

Leo’s new human, Allie, writes: “We weren’t sure we were ready to adopt after losing our previous dog earlier this year, but were happy to get a call shortly after submitting a foster application for a dog who seemed like a great fit – a big (115 lbs!) boy looking for a place to call home. Leo came into our lives at the end of June and immediately won our hearts with his constant kisses. I think we won him over with a cabinet of treats and lots of pillows, both of which he quickly claimed as his own. After a few weeks of fostering, we couldn’t imagine mornings without his wake up kisses or nights without our family snuggle time. Leo has the sad and soulful look down, but he has a happy life ahead, and we are so happy we will get to spend it together.”

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abena

We rescued 1.5 year old purebred Abena from North central Los Angeles Shelter in September 2018. Foster mom DJ fell in love with this little girl instantly when she was posted online. Both DJ and her mom, who lives nearby, have tons of Ridgeback experience and we knew she would be in great hands. DJ thought it was important to change Abena’s name to reflect where she has been and where she is now and chose “Khaya (kay-a)” which means “home” in Swahili.

And indeed she is home. Under DJ’s expert guidance, Khaya has gained so much confidence, almost mastered crate training, and goes to work with her mom where she is quite the office celebrity. She is a dainty, joyous, sweet, smart baby girl and is thriving. DJ writes “Khaya has seamlessly adjusted to her new home. She loves her morning and evening 2-mile walks as well as her regular hikes in the mountains.
She loves to play with all people and pups she meets. She will even proudly take each one of her toys out of her basket and share them with any guest that comes to visit. She has more people that love and adore her than I can count and a pack of four-legged friends that is equally extensive. This girl brings so much joy to everyone around her, I hope I can repay at least a fraction of that to her.”

A huge “thank you” to Tiffany at the shelter, the staff at North Figueroa Animal Hospital, and our friend Pilot John Baker of Pilots and Paws who flew Khaya to her new home for us.

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Lola

Fastest Foster Fail ever! In about 30 seconds, Jennifer and family knew that puppy Lola (from Lancaster shelter) was home!

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Niko

Niko (originally Benson) is spoiled by his daddies Bill and Scott and brother Winston.

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Elsa

Purebred Elsa was dumped at high kill Lancaster, having been hit by a car. Her foster family nursed her to health and fell in love with this beautiful sweet girl. She now rules the roost and bosses around two younger Ridgeback mix boys, who completely love her for it.

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Bentley

Bentley’s previous owner was cited for having too many dogs so he dumped 8 month old Bentley at the Carson Shelter in 2015. There, alone without his pack or any life experience, he failed his temp test. R&F decided to pull him knowing only that he was great with other dogs. Babs fostered him and started working with him. He was a handful. He had both motion and sound sensitivities which meant that any time anything moved (like a leaf blowing on a branch) or made a noise (the sound the dryer makes when done), it would cause him anxiety. His anxiety got worse over time, not better. He ate all of Babs’ living room furniture. We knew whatever we were doing for him was not working, so we scoured the area for a board and train facility that could help him without the use of shock or choke or pronged collars. Instinctively we knew that would destroy Bentley.

As luck or fate would have it, another rescuer suggested we try Matt Beisner of THE ZEN DOG. When we first spoke to Matt he opened our eyes to the difference between rewarding a dog for sit, stay, come, down, and rewarding a dog when their energy was calm. Bentley could do all the commands but he was ENERGETICALLY bouncing off walls. Matt and his team worked wonders with Bentley and over the years he was placed in several homes, all of which ended up returning him for various reasons. THE ZEN DOG always kept a spot open and welcomed him back with open arms. This has been going on for over 2 years. So Bentley was loved and safe and thrived and got to play with a ton of friends at THE ZEN DOG and even helped socialize other dogs that have come through their doors for training. But we never gave up hope (discouraged, yes) that he would find his Forever Home. We pride ourselves on standing by our dogs for their entire life. One day we received a call from Matt offering to make Bentley an official member of The Zen Dog family. We were stunned, grateful, relieved and overjoyed. While Matt loves Bentley, he also wanted to change the energy up around him, alleviate our anxiety and give Bentley a new beginning. We were overjoyed that Bentley was able to celebrate his third birthday at his new home surrounded by all of his human and canine family. We are so blessed to have found Matt and THE ZEN DOG and value them as one of our rescue partners.

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emma-diesel

June 2020: The Lawrences adopted bonded purebred senior siblings Emma & Diesel (rescued from Camarillo shelter) Into their home in December 2016. When sweet Diesel passed in May of 2019, the whole family mourned his death, especially Emma. But sometimes the best way to heal a broken heart is by expanding it to love another pup in need.

Enter Harvey, an owner surrender. This big goofy boy wormed his way into all of their hearts. Emma had some initial adjustment to his constant need for affection and snuggles but soon she too accepted her new best friend (we joke that Emma was forced to love Harvey because she liked his dog bed better than her own!) Emma & big Harvey now enjoy sunbathing together, snuggling with their little humans, begging for treats, sharing the same tiny dog bed and all the other typical ridgeback activities.

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chance

April 2020: We rescued Clover/Scooby from Hesperia shelter in mid-January. He was a 5-year-old stray who was “rescue only”, kennel stressed and had spent 32 days on the euthanasia list. Like many shelters in California, especially more rural ones, staff & volunteers are stretched thin so he had minimal networking and, therefore, little interest. We are so grateful to the dedicated shelter workers and volunteers for seeing potential in him, finding ways to stimulate him, teach him, and ultimately keep him alive (he was a rock star there – everyone had to say goodbye to him when he left the shelter!).

Luckily, one of our volunteers had recently applied to foster a dog, and we thought Scooby might be a good match. After 10 days of decompressing at their house, he was taken into the amazing Paws for Life K9 rescue training program at Lancaster Prison. They worked with him for six weeks and the rest is history! His family has renamed him “Chance” in honor of his second chance at life.

Sterling writes: “Chance has now officially joined our family. This is a perfect win/win! He LOVES attention and affection – physical as well as spoken – and he gets both in abundance. One of the best parts of his day is his morning wake-up routine. Let’s preface this with the analogy used by his trainer from Paws for Life, the prison program that he was in for six weeks. The trainer said ‘He’s like the kid who begs for 5 more minutes in bed before getting up.’ His morning starts with a warm, loving greeting as you approach his kennel. His tail begins to wag gently but there is no other movement. He lays there quietly while his door is opened and his human leans in and gives him lots of love, scratches, rubs, pats, etc. Only after 2-3 minutes of this is he ready to start his day!”

Sterling continues: “When we picked him up from Paws for Life, the prison program, he was transformed! Six weeks prior, he was wary. He was wounded, physically and emotionally. He was vulnerable. He was protective of what was his. And he was impulsive and reactive. …..But at the same time, he was passionate, pure, true, and giving. He was happy and caring. He was exuberant and unconditional. And he was majestic. On our “pickup day,” we entered the cell block, met Chance’s team of four and began the debrief and transfer. In his exit report he was called a gentle giant whose docile nature should never be taken for granted, as he pairs selective friendliness with noteworthy strength and speed. Due to his intensive training, he is now able to walk and interact with people and other dogs with very few issues. He is still quite reactive to small animals such as squirrels and rodents but can be redirected with the right techniques. He also LOVES his ball and runs with it tossing it into the air so that he can hunt it down when it bounces away. When he’s done playing with it, he likes to nap with it.”

Sterling concludes: “He has been home for over a month now and still imperfect but knows he’s with his pack. He’s taken the roles of protector and lap cuddler. His 92lbs serves very well in his first role; not so well in his second. He delights in lounging around the house on his bed, off his bed, anywhere really so long as it’s next to one of his humans. Our home has another layer of depth and connectedness and we are all grateful for this Chance.”

Ridgebacks and Friends would like to send a Huge THANK YOU to our area volunteer, Heather Biewend, for volunteering to assess him for us AND for transporting him. Thank you to Monika Jost for networking him. Thank you to Sterling and his amazing family; we couldn’t have asked for a better, more loving family for our boy. And Thank you, Paws For Life K9 Rescue for taking a chance on him and working so hard to transform him into a well trained and well socialized boy.

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Copper

Copper from Riverside shelter had developed kennel cough and was in danger of being euthanized. He was said to be ok with easy, mellow dogs and since Jenny and Jack have Juji, a very mellow senior female RR, they stepped up to foster him. However, Copper decided he wanted to be an only dog and was not a great houseguest. On the morning of the scheduled transport to another foster home, Jack and Jenny said things were getting better…and they’d like a few more days of fostering because they had fallen in love. Well, fast forward a month or so…and we are very happy to report that Copper, now WATSON, is in his Forever Home with Jack and Jenny and Juji. Big thanks to Stonecreek Animal Hospital for taking such amazing care of him and to Sherry Nativo of All About Training Dogs in OC for her expertise and assistance.

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Amadeus

We rescued Amadeus from Devore shelter in March of 2016. He was a tough case at first, a ridgeback/pitbull mix who was so insecure and fearful that, at his initial assessment by a trainer, he would not let the trainer near him. We put him into bootcamp with The Pet Whisperers, where he improved greatly. Amadeus was a little imp. He loved romping in the yard and splashing in the pool. Over Memorial Day, he gave us a “run for our money” because, unbeknownst to his foster family, he ingested so much grass and mud that it became compacted and obstructed his intestines. After emergency surgery, we sent him back with lots of chew toys and ideas for (more productive) ways to get out his energy.

Amadeus is our resident Goldilocks: Many families fell in love with him, but he wasn’t the right match for them. He was not a fan of cats. He was unpredictable around male strangers. He needed an experienced owner. We tried many different homes and many different trainers. We sent him off with a family from Northern California who came down to meet him…we flew him back down from Northern California….we sent him to the Zen Dog for more training. Frankly, we started to think we’d never place him. But we stand by our dogs. Finally, we found the home that was JUST RIGHT! One day, along came the cutest retired couple, Jedda and Gerry. They fell in love with Amadeus quickly and hard, like so many others had before them, but we knew we had to take it slow… after quite a few meet and greets to make sure that he was going to be a great fit with their household, we sent him off on a two week trial period. And….. we are pleased to announce….. Spencer Amadeus Lorek is finally home.

There are so many people to thank, including Pet Whisperers and the Zen Dog. Much credit to his amazing foster family, the Matthews, who fostered him for the better part of a year and loved Ami dearly. A forever ‘thank you’ to our fabulous trainer Alexandra Gant of Behave! who took Amadeus on as her own special project and dedicated so much of her time and resources to working with him. She was so committed to setting him up for success and this match is a product of her efforts. And finally we must thank our beloved Soraya, who was so invested in Amadeus’ happiness and finding the right home. Unfortunately she passed away before seeing this happy ending but we know our 7lkystars will continue to shine down on this sweet boy.

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murray-gus

March 2020: The two livernose boys from the “San Diego Six” have found their forever ever in Northern California with Gretchen & Doug, who lost their beloved RR Moose six months ago. Gretchen writes: “We are so excited to officially have Murray & Gus join our family. We are already completely in love with them!! …even when we come home to a house filled with the stuffing of their beds or couch pillows!! How can we be upset? They never had those puppy years… or beds or blankets or chew toys. They do now!! They are figuring out the whole leash thing and we are figuring out the whole walk-two-dogs-at-once thing. We love their joy! It took them almost three weeks but they have found the love of lounging on the couch – Woo-hoo!! (Snuggling with dogs on the couch is one of my favorite pastimes).”

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Jaxon

March 2019 – Jaxson was an owner surrender from Summer 2018, due to a major illness in the family. He was briefly adopted to a different family as an “only” but his separation anxiety proved to be too challenging. Through his foster mom, Mary, Jaxson had a chance to go to Fiesta Island to play and meet some of the San Diego Ridgeback families. One family took a particular liking to Jaxson as a playmate for their female Ridgeback. His new family writes: “Jaxon is a big and very strong boy but amazingly amiable. He get’s on very well with his new forever companion Malaika. They both play very well and to see the two of them running together is a beautiful sight. The attached photos show them both together in the flowers at Fiesta Island. He walks beautifully on a gentle leader but without that he gets a little enthusiastic… He is surprisingly obedient to basic commands and normally comes when called. Certainly a great addition to our family.”

Thank you to Tricia for the evaluation last summer, to Bill for temporarily fostering Jaxson, and to Mary for always being willing to help our dogs.

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koda

March 2019 – In November 2018, a wonderful young couple approached us about surrendering their young dog Koda because they were unable to manage his health problems, which all their doctors believed to be IBD (Irritable Bowel Disease) even though all the tests came back normal. They had spent thousands of dollars on diagnostic tests and special foods but they simply couldn’t right the ship. He was a very beautiful, well-socialized, perfect-temperament boy except for a little separation anxiety and they felt he should have a chance at getting better. We took Koda into foster and with the help of a team of professionals, were able to manage his symptoms.

At the foster’s house, Koda thrived. His diarrhea cleared up and it never came back even after he broke into the microwave, pantry and refrigerator and ate things he never, ever should have eaten. Then, one day, Koda wouldn’t eat. We joke but it’s true: when a RR doesn’t eat – rush to vet. Koda didn’t eat dinner, breakfast the next day nor lunch so we raced him to the vet who xrayed and found a blockage. During emergency surgery they removed a piece of a dog toy, and as long as they were in there, they did a gastropexy and they biopsied his intestines because that was the only test left to do to definitively diagnose IBD. The biopsy results came back: normal. Koda did not have IBD. We consulted with all his vets and determined that Koda’s intestinal issues must have all been due to stress. This past month we felt his health had stabilized enough so we started looking for the forever home that would be willing to continue with his care and, most importantly, work with his separation anxiety. And we found them. Or more to the point, they found us. His new family says “We knew our Ridgeback Ruby would be thrilled to have a playmate to romp around the yard with, and as soon as we saw the posting for Koda, we had a feeling he was The One. His sweet, soulful eyes mesmerize us, and the way he coaxes Ruby to play is so fun to watch. Our son loves for Koda to cuddle up with him any chance they both can get, and we feel our family is now complete. Koda Bear is HOME! Koda is such a love. I cannot express how much we love him. It almost brings me to tears.”

A huge thank you to Mohawk Animal Hospital, Dr. Bianco at Metropolitan Animal Specialty Hospital, Svetlana, the IBD Facebook group, Pet Nutritionist Susan Lauten, and Drs. Gershenson and Soto at Veterinary Specialists of the Valley. Also thank you to Huxley’s parents Kristie and Nathan for watching him when his foster family was out of town. We hope that Koda’s fans understand that this was a very unique situation and can have compassion and understanding for his family’s difficult decision. What we have learned in this rescue business is that there are very few black/white scenarios and sometimes rehoming is truly the best outcome for the dog.

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Frankie

Youngster Frankie was pulled from Apple Valley a few weeks ago (huge thanks to Brandie at the shelter and volunteer Faline for alerting us and evaluating him!). Frankie, affectionately known as Frankie Delano Ridgeback, is now shown the way of the “Ridgeback world” by big sisters Ruby and Willa (both rescue pups themselves), especially in the art of sunbathing and couch snuggling. He is immensely loved by Joe and Trisha in Bakersfield.

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Knox

Knox was pulled from Apple Valley Shelter in January 2016. The vet told us they had to use a catchpole and muzzle when they had to handle him. Not a good beginning. We drove him to our friends at THE ZEN DOG. He immediately curled up, his back to us, refusing even a hot dog. After the first week, the owner reported he has NEVER seen a dog more shut down than Knox. He wouldn’t look anyone in the eye. He didn’t want anyone to pet him. He didn’t care about food. Knox just wanted to curl up and die. Several weeks went by with little progress. We all wondered if he was too far gone for us to help, yet no one wanted to give up. We could all see it in his eyes. There was someone still there. One day, he started barking for his food. Even though that was annoying, Zen was elated! Knox had found his voice. Zen started socializing him with other dogs but he wasn’t interested in playing. They kept trying him with different dogs but wasn’t really engaging. Then, one day, they put him in with a rescue puppy and.. lo and behold! We had lift off! We knew Knox was finally ready to go into a foster home.

A very special family stepped up to foster. Kristie and Nathan have a dog, Bodie, who had been a lot like Knox when they adopted him. They knew what to do to help show a painfully shy and scared dog what love was. They fed Knox the healthiest supplements and food, showed him the utmost love and security, and even consulted with an animal communicator to understand his background and needs. A gentle sweet dog began to emerge and after about 3 months, he was ready for adoption. We warned all of our applications that we didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings but we and his foster parents would be very picky about the home for this special soul. Along came Meg. One of the reasons we fell in love with her application was because, when asked how many hours on average will the dog be alone, she wrote: “I’m allowed to have my dog at the office which is the main reason I would get a dog as I don’t believe in leaving dogs alone, much like children.” Knox, now named Matisse, has found his forever home. Meg writes “Matisse has exceeded all expectations!!! He is not only a hit at home but my office has fallen completely in love with him. I want to adopt him permanently and be his safe haven.” Update: Matisse has received his canine good citizen certification is is working toward becoming a certified therapy dog.

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tawny

June 2019: Tawny (briefly Zora) was rescued from Riverside shelter in April 2018. When it was discovered she would need surgery (for a full break in her leg requiring a plate and seven screws), we realized She would need a quiet home with a strong foster parent to lift her in and out of vehicles. The stars aligned having Andy as a foster dad in our system, since he had an ankle surgery the year prior and was not able to walk for three months. He could relate! Being both physically and mentally strong to deal with the logistics and the ‘stubborn’ RR personality, they made for a good match.

Andy writes: “Despite Tawny’s injury and medications, she had quite the strength and desire to chase rabbits! The rains made for a lot of visits to the doctor for cast changes, but she patiently made it through seven months of it before being cleared briefly before another month of the cast after the hardware was taken out. With Tawny healthy, her personality shows all that much more now when she conveniently reminds me it’s time for her evening rabbit hunt walks. When not walking with Elmer Fudd, she lounges on one of the many dog beds strategically placed throughout the house before the next hunt. Tawny has been a huge blessing in my life. Not just as a social magnet, but also to have as a furry companion to go with on adventures. She is extremely submissive and EVERYONE loves her!! The vets even remember her and melt when she is around. Rescues are special and the way to go!”

Tawny has been a sweetheart and a super tough girl through all her pain, surgeries and setbacks… and we are so thrilled that she is healthy and chasing bunnies and being the best girl. Thank you to her loving dad, Andy, as well as our friends at Stonecreek Animal Hospital and Animal Surgery Center in Tustin for her desired care. Thank you also to Jenny Harris (Watson the wondermutt’s Mom) for assistance with transport to appointments.

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brutus

February 2019 – Remember Brutus, the first Soraya Senior we rescued? We placed him with a loving family (and he and the toddler were BFFs) more than a year ago but they had a hard time keeping him safely contained and they asked us to take him back. We found a foster family for him and…. we are pleased to announce that it is a LOVE MATCH. His new dads write: “When we decided to foster to Adopt, we wanted a puppy. We never thought we would adopt a senior dog named Brutus, but as soon as he walked down the street after being dropped off from his foster house, I knew we couldn’t let him go and his name wasn’t gonna change. Brutus has brought so much joy and laughter into our lives we couldn’t imagine life without him. He has taken over our bed and we are totally ok with it. He’s been with us for 4 weeks and we are so excited to give him the best years to come of his life. He is the love of our lives and we know he is so happy to finally be home. We love every part of him and we are so happy to be his doggy parents forever. Hopefully more people will consider adopting senior dogs. They deserve all the love because they give more than we could ever give them!”

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ruby

RUBY, our Apple Valley beauty, has found love in Carlsbad with mom Melissa, dad Doug, & Ibizian Hound/Ridgeback sister, Jade.

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Willow

Willow is a 5 year old people-loving “mini” – 35 lbs, ridgeless, RR-beagle mix with liver nose coloring. She now lives with a great mom & dad & two cats!

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Rhodi

Rhodi, our purebred owner surrender, now lives a great life with Wayne & Terry in San Diego where she gets daily walks and lots of love!

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Rocket

Puppy Davis from Lancaster shelter is now named Rocket and his name sure describes him to a T! Mom Nagga says he is a “bundle of puppy” and keeps his sister, dad, and grandpa busy and very entertained. Enjoy your new life, little one!

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Our “old man” Boscoe, age 12, has been adopted by the most fabulous family. We rescued Boscoe on September 29, 2017 from East Valley Shelter in Los Angeles. His mom writes “We just want to thank you for helping us bring Boscoe Boy into our family! He is such an easy dog and so full of love! He and his new brother Denver are getting along so well as you can tell from the pictures. He is such a wonderful boy!!! It’s funny how he knows that he’s “older” and definitely chooses to play the old man card when he doesn’t want to listen — like an old guy who turns down his hearing aid when he doesn’t want to hear his nagging wife! Hahahahaha! He is such a good boy though and we are so in love with him! Love,
John, Sandy, Denver Dog and Boscoe Boy” First we must give our thanks to his loving fosters Erin, Calais (when Erin was out of town), and Lara and her family (who fostered him over the holiday season) who showed him he was safe and loved! Thank you also to Rita Earl Photography For the fabulous professional photos of him (we truly think your beautiful work make the difference for our harder-to-adopt pups).

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Chewy

Chuy (now called Chewy) is a 6 1/2-year-old purebred owner surrender who we took into rescue in March. Her new mom, had previously applied to foster with us but was also looking to adopt if the right dog came along. Chewy caught her eye and the rest is history!

Jenny reports: “Chewy is bonding with her new pack and she enjoys her walks with Molly. They are all finally playing together and Chewy took to Peanut, a four pound Chihuahua that belongs to my son. Chewy and Peanut like to take naps together and Chewy is becoming quite the mother hen. ..Chewy copies everything Molly does and it is so cute. If Molly rolls on her back in the grass then Chewy runs over and does the same thing. Thanks again for sending her my way.” Big thanks to her foster mom and dad, Mary and Nick, for taking such good care of our girl!