Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a beautiful time of the year, without all the commercial craziness, and my favorite holiday.

I am so thankful for having the opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful organization of people and dogs of the Squad. I am thankful that we have had the ability to save and find fabulous homes for our dogs. I am thankful for all of our fabulous supporters who have made all of this possible.

This year, Thanksgiving has brought us two special dogs, who on the surface, seem very different from each other yet I think, have very much in common.


Both dogs were found by former Dawg Squad adopters who have remained very close friends of the Squad.  Stone, formerly known as Blue, was saved from the West LA shelter after his rescuer received emails with photos of him, severely emaciated, laying in his own waste. Oliver, named after the legendary street urchin, was filthy, found wandering the streets.

Stone’s rescuer planned to take him to her mother’s home as the dog was supposedly about 12 years old and her mother is great with geriatric dogs. But first, Stone, an Italian Mastiff, visited the vet, where he very patiently put up with all the necessary poking and prodding. It turns out that Stone is only about 6 years old.


Never neutered, the best guess is that he spent most of his life in a crate, used only for breeding purposes. He is severely malnourished, his rear muscles are atrophied from lack of exercise, and he has periodontal disease.


But he is such a gentle giant! His rescuer took him home where he is getting along nicely with her two other dogs. He is eating nutritious food; his appetite is good. With our help, Stone will be neutered, his teeth will be fixed, and his muscles will strengthen.


Stone chillling at his foster home

Oliver is a little Chihuahua mix. He has the cutest turned up nose that reminds me of an elf. He prances like an elf too, but he has none of the nervousness that is so often seen in this type of dog. Oliver is kind of a creamy coffee and white color, with a soft and silky coat. Very alert, he seems to have a quiet confidence, and is quite dog and people friendly.



There is something very special about both Stone and Oliver. Something I can’t quite put my finger on. Maybe they are both wise, old souls.


This year, I am thankful for Stone and Oliver.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!


2 Responses to “Happy Thanksgiving”

  1. Patti Says:

    Give me the kleenex!
    I can’t believe the photo of Stone, how heartbreaking.
    But how absolutely WONDERFUL that he is safe and LOVED now, and has a 2nd chance after so much suffering.
    I’m digging deep in my wallet for DS today…in real THANKSGIVING.

  2. Amy Westfall Says:

    I so agree with Helen, both Oliver and Stone do have something quite amazing about them. It’s funny how they are complete opposites but somehow extremely the same…. LOL These two fellas are special.

    Great Post…. I LOVE THE DAWG SQUAD!

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