Posts Tagged ‘dawg squad’

A letter to Hadlee, my dog for 9 weeks

August 30, 2015

You can’t see me on Facebook.  You aren’t on Instagram, and you don’t have a cell phone, so I can’t call you or text you right now.  You don’t read emails.  But I’d like very much for you to know…

-For the past week, I dreaded dropping you off at your new adoptive home this afternoon.  Not because I don’t think your adoptive parents are as good as it gets (they are), but because I don’t want you to think I have abandoned you.

-I don’t know where you came from, or how you ended up at the Los Angeles city shelter where we found you with a broken leg and two broken teeth, but I assume that you’ve been through heartache before, even in your short life thus far of only a little over a year.

-I didn’t give you up to your new home because I didn’t love you enough to keep you.  Quite the contrary – I couldn’t love you any more than I do.  Same goes for your foster dad and your doggie foster siblings – Nessie, Maple, Fergus, and Ellie.  We love you more than you know.

-I didn’t abandon you today at your new home.  It took every ounce of courage I had to say goodbye to you and to walk out of that door today, especially as I saw the confusion in your eyes before I was about to leave you there.  I am here for you now, as I will continue to be every day of the rest of your life – whenever you and your adoptive family needs me.

-You were my foster dog, but more accurately, you were MY dog for those 9 weeks that you lived with us.  I love you as much as I love my adoptive dogs, and I will continue to do so, for as long as I am capable of loving anyone.

To those of you who question the long application process, the home visits, and the “hoops” you have to jump through to adopt a rescue dog – too bad.  We have invested in them, loved them, and have given them up, even when our hearts don’t want to.  We love them as our own, and we will do so for the rest of their lives.

My love to you, Hadlee, always.


Hadlee just out of the shelter

Hadlee just out of the shelter 

Hadlee's new home

Hadlee’s new home

So much to tell……

December 11, 2014

Last weekend we had a stellar adoption and if all goes as planned, FIVE dogs will have found their forever homes.

The ever popular Rooster received an awesome application.    The couple is going out of town but will be back 12/22 and Rooster will be on his way to Sherman Oaks.    It really makes us sad since Rooster is our “teacher” dog – he helps the shy dogs go on walks and learn how to have some fun.   rooster

lady sitLady is going to meet her new (hopefully) English Cocker sister this week.    Her new guardian has lots of experience with English Cocker Spaniels so Lady will feel right at home.







Mickey stole the heart of a wonderful couple.    They do have a cat so in the cat’s best interest, we are letting them foster for awhile to see if everyone loves each other.     Our paws are crossed!???????????????????????????????





And Fergie and Eloise…..well, we are pretty sure they are adopted.    Who wouldn’t want these two adorable little doxie mixes.     We’ll know for sure at the end of this week!    from kelley


Dawg Squad has partnered with The Guy On Motor At Venice

Donate your items to Rick’s store, tell them you are a Dawg Squad supporter and a % of the sales with come to the Squad.   OR go shopping….buy something amazing and tell him you’re with Dawg Squad and the Squad will get a % of the sale.   Just in case you can’t find the store (it’s on Motor at Venice), here’s the link


There’s a new pet sitting service in town that is unique – 5% of all services goes back to dog rescue.    No dog is too tough, too old, to silly…..We Will Walk You is at your service!   Call today for a quote.

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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!

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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!




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.

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.

connie 1

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.

cute face

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,


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!

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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!




Who will be YOUR special Valentine?

February 12, 2013

Here it is, only a few days away from Valentine’s Day! Are you still looking for that special someone?  Someone that will happily listen to everything you have to say? Someone who will never, ever tell your secrets? Someone who will be totally devoted to you? Someone who will love you forever?

Well, we have just the right Valentine for you!   ♥ ♥

Like hot looking chicks that like to work out?    Meet Bubbles! Lithe and athletic, Bubbles has a personality to match her name!

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Like “bad boys”?     Meet Oscar Lee!

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Although tough looking on the outside, privately he is a marshmallow–but he’ll keep that a secret between just the two of you!

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 Love a comedian?     Then meet Kincaid! He is the life of a party and will keep you and all your friends, both human and canine, laughing all the time!

kincaid happy

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Looking for an older gentleman?

rebuy with terri

Meet Rebuy! Kind and dignified, Rebuy is happy to sit by a fire while you read a book, watch TV, or knit.

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Looking for a dark and handsome lover? Meet Bobby! He promises to be totally and completely devoted to you and you alone!

bobby sit

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Looking for someone that needs some TLC?  Well, Goofus is just your guy! Diagnosed with epilepsy, Goofus needs to take medication daily; without it he has seizures. But he doesn’t mind taking his meds and he is a great, easy going guy who just needs someone to love him!

dwayne adorable for thumb

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Like a cool, sophisticated type?

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Meet Bayou! With beautiful markings in various shades of gray and one light blue eye, she is striking! And she has a sparkling personality too!

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Bubbles, Oscar Lee, Kincaid, Rebuy, Bobby, Goofus, and Bayou are waiting to be YOUR SPECIAL VALENTINE!

 In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Dawg Squad are reducing our adoption donation to only $150! But you must act quickly, Valentine’s Day is only a few days away! So, call or email us today! 


November 16, 2012
Did you know that November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month? 
We have some wonderful seniors and try to match these special dogs with the perfect companions for their remaining years; yet often people don’t consider adopting a senior because they are concerned the dog may not have much time left.
However, these older dogs not only adjust and settle in quickly, but they are easy to please and bond immediately!

Nessie – 6 year old female Rottie who found the perfect home filled with grandkids

We did a little online research about dog life expectancy and found that researchers do not know what causes aging and why some dogs live longer than others.
All dog breeds are the same species, yet they age at different rates, with the average life expectancy 12.8 years. The key appears to be weight, with dogs weighing less than 30 lbs. living the longest, 15-20 years.


Dogs greater than 50 lbs. live an average of 10-12 years, with giant breeds such as Irish Wolfhounds having a life expectancy of 6-8 years.


Chihuahuas live an average of 15 or more years; Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherds, 10-14 years; Boxers 11-14 years; Rottweilers and Bulldogs 10-12 years. Mixed breeds; and, interestingly, females, tend to live longer.


And, of course, people play a big part in increasing their pet’s life span by providing good nutrition, proper exercise, preventing obesity, and regular vet care!
So, please consider opening your heart and home to one of these deserving pets! And, if you are a senior citizen yourself, please ask us about our “Seniors for Seniors” program!

Archie – our first pup in the Seniors for Seniors program

Rebuy is a gorgeous Rottweiler who is about 8 years old. He is a very kind gentleman who was found in a school yard. He is great on a leash and good with other dogs.


Bobby is a large Rottweiler/Chow mix, about 7 years old, who was a favorite of the volunteers at the West Los Angeles shelter. They contacted us because they were concerned that Bobby had been at the shelter for a very long time, probably not adopted because he is older, large, and black. Lots of people missed out on a great dog! He is lots of fun and very loving!


Britney is our newest addition to the Squad. She is a blond shepherd mix, who, as you can see, is quite a lover!


So give a Senior a 2nd chance.   Come and meet these oldies but goodie on Saturday at Unleashed by Petco, 5325 W Centinela Ave, Los Angeles 90045 from 10:30 – 3:00


Your Roving Reporter,