Archive for the ‘Pitbulls’ Category


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.

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

November 25, 2013


2 Bark Saturday-2

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.

zada car 1

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.


2013 – The First 6 months ROCKED

July 8, 2013

We’ve been so busy at the Squad, we can’t believe 2013 is already half over.   We are thrilled to report that so far this year we have found wonderful homes for 29 dogs!  

Included in the 29 is one of our long term Squaders, Oscar Lee!

Oscar Lee came a long way, starting from Denver, Colorado, where he didn’t stand a chance due to breed specific legislation. 2 years of “tough love” from our fabulous volunteers, especially Darrell, Patrick, and Terri; lots of exercise with our wonderful dog walker Amy, and a little spoiling from yours truly turned the formerly grumpy Oscar into quite a gentleman and he is now living the good life with a young couple in Hollywood!   We love you, Oscar Lee!

Oscar Lee with his new people

Oscar Lee with his new people

So what’s next for the Squad?

Well, two of our large, older dogs, Bobby and Rebuy, are still waiting patiently for their forever homes, as are our lovely adult females, Bayou and Nessie.  



For those who prefer small dogs, we have some great little guys, Pooky, Trooper, Noelle, Bridgette, Sundae, Catelyn, and Robb.

Pooky and Bridgette

Pooky and Bridgette

And of course, we have puppies! Lots and lots of puppies!

Sparky and Gravy are both beautiful, well-behaved pups who have been having a rollicking time playing together at our Founder’s home along with Connie, our special needs Rottie.  

















We named a gorgeous blue and white litter of pitbull/mastiff puppies after the great staff at Unleashed by Petco–Dan, Keillen, Jenn, and Tracy. Dan is by far the biggest, and yes, he is the manager; but it is Tracy, the spunky, beautiful female, that really leads the pack!

cute pic

Oh, yes, we can’t forget Popcorn! We are delighted to report that Popcorn’s skin is improving dramatically, and she is losing her bright pink appearance. But, boy, does she have a bright, pink personality! You just have to come and meet her!



Check out ALL the amazing Squad dogs at    Lisa is an amazing photographer who volunteers her time taking pictures of rescue dogs.   Thank you Lisa!

We will not be at Unleashed by Petco on Saturday, July 13th. Instead, we will be at Good Neighbor Park located at 2800 N. Studebaker, Long Beach, on Sunday, July 14th for a special community adoptions event. Please stop by anytime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. We will have lots of great dogs for you to meet and we are told that there will be a special drawing for a $100 Visa gift card! Come by to say hi, and you may meet you new best friend and win $100!