Archive for the ‘available dogs’ Category


February 1, 2015
It’s been a great start in the New Year for Dawg Squad, with Minnie, Duvel, Birthday, Rooster, and Pearl finding their fabulous forever families!
Minnie with her new family

Minnie with her new family

Duvel with his new friends and family

Duvel with his new friends and family

Birthday with her new parents

Birthday with her new parents

And have you met our fabulous little family from Arkansas?


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This is Qiana and her pups Becca Sue and Opie!  When a family member of our Founder heard about the plight of Qiana and her pups, they drove all the way from LA to Arkansas to rescue them from a terrible fate!
Qiana is a young Great Dane and Plott Hound mix, and is extremely friendly and loving! Becca Sue and Opie’s father is a purebred Catahoula. The pups, born 11/24/14, will be huge and both have spunky little personalities! Becca Sue has that beautiful gray Catahoula coloring and Opie is black with a spot of white.
You can meet Quiana, her pups, and our other Dawgs at Unleashed By Petco in Ladera Center Saturday between 10:00 and 1:30.  Hope to see you there!
And when Hollywood calls, Dawg Squad listens!    Our boy Ricky got a call to appear in a video shoot with Hip Hop Star 7 Crownz.   He had a blast and we think the cast and crew of the video fell in love with our handsome Rottweiler
Are you thinking about adopting a dog, but are unsure about making a lifetime commitment? Are you afraid that you cannot afford a dog? Are you interested in helping The Squad in a way that we need most?
Well, please consider fostering!
Our ability to rescue dogs from the streets and high-kill shelters is limited by our ability to find foster homes. Fostering helps the dogs by giving them love and socialization while giving our fosters the opportunity to become familiar with having a dog, or add a dog to their pack, without a long-term committment. We provide the dog with their food, bed, leash, collar, and vet care–all you have to do is provide love and agree to bring your foster to adoption events! If you are interested in fostering, please let us know!
oleg great face

Oleg needs a foster

sonia cute face

Sonia needs a foster


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Honey needs a foster. Should be an only dog


ricky amazing

Ricky needs a foster


Helen – Dawg Squad Volunteer



March 1, 2014

At the Squad, of course we love all of our Dawgs and ignore all their faults but some are, well, just perfect!

Meet Cedar and Rusty – our two perfect Dawgs!

cedar carrie great

rusty sit
These two are just plain good, kind and gentle, get along with most other dogs, walk well on a leash, ride well in cars.

cedar and marty

rusty and popcorn

Rusty will lean into you for hugs and roll over for belly rubs. Cedar will gaze at you with knowing eyes that make you wish she could tell you her story.

Both have gorgeous coats;  Cedar is blue/grey with white blaze and Rusty looks striking in various blended shades of light brown and beige.  They are only about 2 years old but seem to be “old souls.”

What isn’t there to love about Cedar and Rusty? Nothing! Either would be a perfect addition to any family!

Please come meet them Saturday between 10:00 and 1:30 at Unleased by Petco in Ladera Center where Centinela, La Cienega, and LaTijera Blvds cross.

A Big Red Dog

January 29, 2014

It seems like we all have a certain type of dog that we are attracted to–some like little fluffy purse dogs, some like the show dogs, some love the bullies, and, well, the list goes on…

What type are you?   Do you love the children’s books about Clifford the Big Red Dog?    Is one of your favorite books or movie Marley and Me?

Well, then we have the dog for you! Meet Brody!

brody tongue

Brody is a big red dog with a personality to match! Full of energy and with a heart of gold, Brody didn’t know his own strength, nor did he know his manners. But thanks to the wonderful people at K9’s OnlyWest in West Los Angeles, we were able to send Brody to “finishing school” where he learned to be quite a gentleman. Well, most of the time, anyway!

brody at k9

Yes, Brody now knows how to sit, stay, and walk nicely on a leash, but he still is full of energy and has so much love to give. It just breaks our hearts that he doesn’t have a home yet!

Is Brody your kind of dog?

brody great look up

Then, please come meet him Saturday, February 8th at Unleashed by Petco in Ladera Center where Centinela, LaTijera, and LaCienega Blvds meet.

He’ll be there from 10:00 until 1:30 and would be thrilled to meet you!




Forget about Black Friday….it’s all about BARK SATURDAY

November 25, 2013


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The Story of Shalom

October 5, 2013

Most of our blogs are about dogs that are available for adoption.  THIS blog is the story of Shalom, who has been in Dawg Squad for almost 11 years.

Shalom came into Dawg Squad as an adorable 5 month old puppy.

shalom baby

Her first day at adoptions, she bit a volunteer.    “Well”, we thought, “that was weird”.   Not so weird.    She was adopted out 3 times and was returned every time for “behavioral problems”.

Yea…Shalom has a few screws loose.

She can stare at a blank wall and bark at nothing.

shalom sponge bob good

She loves to watch television – her favorite show is “Sponge Bob, Square Pants”.

She will only eat her food out of a ceramic bowl…no stainless steel for this girl.

We have a double diner for water in the kitchen – she will only drink out of the right side bowl.

shalom hat

But how can you NOT love a dog that lets you dress her up in silly hats?

shalom and stuffy

Or look so cute with a stuffy.

shalom at the beach

She does love Dog Beach.

No humans bother her there and Shalom is good with other dogs….mostly.  It’s just humans she is not fond of.

So Shalom is here to stay!  

And we don’t think we drew the short straw!        How can you NOT love this face.


Special is our Specialty

September 18, 2013

In case you hadn’t noticed, Dawg Squad has a soft spot for dogs with special needs.

Meet Popcorn and Sarge

popcorn with kong 2

sarge look up

These two genial dogs were very neglected in their former lives.   Both were neglected and left outside and their skin suffered….they have demodectic mange. 

Popcorn is just about done with her treatment and is looking pretty spiffy.   Sarge has only been with us for a few weeks and still is not looking his best BUT he will soon….very soon.
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And Ms. Connie has come along way since she came into Dawg Squad as a very sick puppy.

She was born with artresia ani which necessitated some major surgery at a pretty young age and caused her to not know when she had to go potty.    With the help of some special vets, Connie is now on a restricted diet and what an improvement!   She is now on a schedule and no more messes!

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Little Bridgette has juvenile cataracts and can only see shadows.   But never fear!   She’s been to see a specialist too and we are hoping there may be a surgery in her future that will help her see again!

And last but not least is Gertie.  Gertie has Subaortic Stenosis – a pretty serious heart condition.

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She’s only 5 months old and may not have the longest future ahead of her but we are going to make sure her present is filled with fun, treats, walks, snuggles and anything else this genial gal wants.

All of these special dogs are available for adoption.     If you can’t adopt, think about fostering.

If you can’t foster, a donation to help care for these pups would be more than welcome.

Thank you

Our Little Ladies’ Man

August 23, 2013

Isn’t Angelo looking handsome in his smart suit and tie!


Quite a lady’s man, Angelo is not only handsome, but loving and loyal.

There is nothing he would like more than walks on the beach or spending cozy evenings at home curled up by the fireplace, watching an old movie or listening to Frank Sinatra.

Is Angelo the just the guy for you? Meet him Saturday at Unleashed by Petco in Ladera Center. He’ll be there between 11:00 and 2:30, just waiting to meet you!

The Zada Chronicles Part Two….by Kelley Derr

August 6, 2013

Still separated from the rest of the house on Day 2, I made lots of trips into and out of Zada’s room.

She always cringed as I walked in, but she’d inch over for some attention as soon as I got down next to her.  Later in the day I was treated to a few small licks and a tiny, tiny wag – just the little tip of her tail – but it was there!    And later in the evening I got a skyward-pointed belly with a silent but understood request for rubs.

My heart has broken many times for Zada – it is obvious that she’s not just been ignored and neglected – but my heart shattered for her at about 3:00 AM on Night 2 when I heard her crying from our bedroom.  Not a request to go outside for a bathroom break, but a deep, dark nightmare from which I had to gently shake her awake.  Perhaps it was of her many pups being taken from her, perhaps from being disappointed by a person she loved, perhaps being physically intimidated or worse; only Zada knows.

On Day 3 I put a radio in her room for some soothing company; she likes classical music!

And on Day 4 we decided a together-but-separate walk in our neighborhood with the other dogs was in order. Only a few moments in and Zada was falling in stride with Nessie and it was obvious she wanted to be next to her.  Not wanting to push anyone too far on the first try, Zada spent the rest of the day in her Mozart-filled mudroom.   But that evening Daniel was certain she was lonely and would enjoy everyone’s company, so…another short walk around the block and then into the back yard and then (gasp) off-leash.

And…this dog is a faker.  

OK, not really; her pain and sadness are very real and I don’t want to diminish whatever it is she’s been put through.  But this dog is a dog!  Joyous day!

It was at that point that we started to see the real Zada – a big, burly girl who has found comfort in her new pack.  There was a lot of running, wagging, and jumping and zero growling.  For the past several days, Zada has had the run of the house and although she still darts from room to room and is unsure of her surroundings, she is only sweet, quiet, and affectionate.

Our trip to adoptions on Saturday was a huge success; she was friendly and dare I say outgoing with some of the other volunteers?

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zada at adoptions

But my favorite news to report is that Zada has, with the help of Nessie, discovered MY bed, and I caught her stretched out on it in full-frog position.

zada on bed

That’s how far she’s come in 7 days.  I would have settled for simply walking on her own, but she has given us so much more.

The Zada Chronicles….by Kelley

July 29, 2013

My boyfriend and I (and our own personal dogs) have been fostering rescue dogs for 11 years now. 

In fact, our boy Jack, was our first.  We obviously couldn’t let him go, but with some practice, we’ve been able to learn how to say goodbye when the time comes, and how to be happy for those we’ve helped find their way into new homes.

We’ve fostered dogs of all breeds, shapes, sizes, ages, and personalities.  Some needed more help than others.  Anya came to us with cigarette burns on her head and wanted nothing to do with myself and Daniel.  I give all the credit for her turnaround to Jack and Norah; they showed her what it was like to be happy and secure, and welcomed Anya into their pack right away.

Clover was so scared she wouldn’t stand up at the city shelter where I found her.  She urinated all over herself.  I remember seeing the surprise on the kennel staff’s face when I told them I wanted her.

Biggs came to us obese and shut down.  She didn’t interact with any of us for several weeks, and couldn’t even walk around the block at first, but eventually, she became my shadow.  My heart still bursts when I think of the first day she actually ran with my dogs off-leash on our morning walk by the L.A. River.

Yesterday we met Zada. 

I had seen her posted on Facebook; she had many fans at the South L.A. Shelter and her time was up.  She was an “evidence” dog there, but we don’t know the details.  She gave birth to three pups while incarcerated; they were all adopted or rescued, but Zada remained.  Scared and stressed, she was only sweet with everyone she met, but distant and sad.  Not knowing what we were really in for (we never are), Daniel and I committed to bringing her home and giving her what she needs to be happy again.  Or at least that’s the hope.

Day One:  I picked up Zada at Dawg Squad’s vet’s office.  She spent a few days there getting spayed, getting her teeth cleaned, and getting antibiotics for a skin infection.  (At the age of 7, one can just imagine how many litters of pups she’s had in her lifetime – I wonder where they all are now?)

She’s about 75 lbs., and could stand to lose a few, but when she doesn’t want to walk, well, she doesn’t.

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She was carried to my car and silent all the way home.  Amazingly, in our driveway, she decided to walk into the back yard, which both myself and my back were grateful for.  She has her own little room off of our kitchen, safely out of reach from Jack, who would never bother her anyway, and Nessie, our other foster dog, an amazing little Pit mix who is all wags and kisses for everyone she meets.

But Zada doesn’t know that yet.  She’s done a little growling, a little eating, and a lot of sleeping.  I’m pretty sure she’s never slept on a dog bed until now.  And I’m pretty sure we will continue to meet Zada over and over again, each day a little bit different, a little bit more herself.

zada bed

Stay tuned.


They are all special but ……

July 24, 2013

It’s no secret that Dawg Squad is partial to Special Needs dogs–we find it hard to resist a dog with a missing or broken part! So, we thought it might be a good idea to update you on the status of those special dogs still looking for their perfect forever home.

Bayou, our beautiful girl with only one clear blue eye, has been looking for her forever home the longest of all.

bayou adorable

Although born with only one eye, it doesn’t effect her vision at all as she seems to gaze at you in a very thoughtful manner! Although good with most larger male dogs, Bayou would probably be happiest in an only one dog household with no cats and very high fences or an apartment. She is quite athletic and could easily jump most fences!

Connie is our 6 month old Rottie who was born with an incomplete intestinal system, resulting in bowel incontinence.

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We are thrilled to report that a special diet restricted to duck and peas has made a huge difference and we are hoping for continued progress as she grows. Connie is gorgeous, very sweet and gentle and tolerates diaper changes very patiently!

Bridgette is our 7 pound scruffy terrier with juvenile cataracts in both eyes.

brig in pjs

As a result of these cataracts, she is gradually losing her vision and surgery is not an option for her. Quite a little personality, Bridgette seems to look forward to weekly adoption events where she happily takes on our biggest dogs! Bridgette is great with all small dogs and cats, but probably would not be happy living with small children.

Our latest Dawg Squader is Happy, another small scruffy terrier, similar in appearance to Bridgette.

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She came to us from one of the LA shelters with a broken leg. We have no idea how the leg was broken, but we don’t think she was abused because she is, well, as Happy as she can be, and seems to love all dogs, big and small, and is fine with cats too.

Finally, we can’t forget my personal fave, Popcorn!

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We are happy to report that Popcorn’s mange condition continues to improve, but she still has some pink spots and may have some further allergies that aggravate her skin. Popcorn continues to be full of joy and love and is quite the handful! She is still working on her manners!
None of these dogs know they have “special needs.” All they really want is some love, a warm bed, and good food to eat.

Please consider adding a “special” dog to your home!


Your Roving Reporter,