Posts Tagged ‘LOS ANGELES’

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?

zada adoptions 1

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!

popcorn with kong 2

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!

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!





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,





It’s Hot, Hot, Hot

August 11, 2012

It’s really starting to get hot outside now, and that means we have to take extra care to keep our dogs comfortable, especially if they spend a lot of time outdoors. I thought it would be helpful to do a quick online search for tips to keep in mind:

If the dog must be kept in the yard during the hot parts of the day in the summer it is absolutely essential that there be a dark, shady place where the dog can escape from the blazing sun. A tree is probably not good enough. A ventilated dog house, or a pen with shade cover, or a covered patio is a must. Make sure that there is adequate shade at all times of the day that the dog is outside.

Dogs and Water
If the dog is outside, make certain that there is a good supply of clean water in a weighted dish (or two in different locations in case one gets knocked over anyway).

Keeping Dogs Cool
Some dogs enjoy water and can keep cool if a misting system is left on during the day, or if there’s a kiddy wading pool for them with a couple of inches of water in it where they can sit to cool off. Keep these in the shade, too. Sitting in a tub of 110 degree water won’t help the dog. Some people provide a sandbox with damp sand for the dog. Digging must be allowed in the sandbox–you’ll only frustrate a dog with a sandbox where digging is not permitted!

Dogs in the Pool
If your dog has access to your swimming pool or spa, make sure the dog is trained to get out of the pool. The dog needs to know how to get to the steps. If there are no steps or shallow areas, like in some lap pools, make sure the pool is fenced and locked so the dog can’t get in. Every year puppies and dogs drown in backyard pools because they could jump in, but they couldn’t get out.

Walking the Dog in Hot Weather
It’s best to walk your dog early in the morning or later in the evening, about an hour after the sun has gone down. That’s because not only is the temperature high, but the sidewalks will be too hot for the pads of the dog’s paws. They’ll burn. General rule: if the sidewalk is too hot for you to walk barefoot, it is too hot for your dog to walk on. If you choose to walk your dog in the summer, hopefully early or late, bring along water and make frequent water stops for the dog. Don’t take long walks or over-exert in the summer. Consider these walks light exercise.

Dogs and Heat Exhaustion
Heat exhaustion is common in dogs. It can happen your own yard, or on a walk. Dogs cool themselves by panting. If panting does not reduce the body temperature the dog will develop heat stroke. Early signs of heat exhaustion include rapid breathing, heavy panting, and salivation. Other signs are fatigue, muscle tremors, and staggering. If you see a dog that is experiencing heat exhaustion, take the dog to a cool, shady place, and apply wet towels or cloths to help cool the dog’s body down. Try to give the dog small amounts of water, and immediately call a vet.

Dogs and the Sun
Dogs get sunburned. Especially dogs with short hair or little hair on some parts of their bodies. Keep them out of the sun or use a sunscreen designed for children.

Hiking with the Dog in Hot Weather
Like to hike with your dog? Please do it very early in the morning. Carry plenty of water, and make it the easy hike, please.

Dogs Breeds That Don’t Like Heat
Overweight and older dogs will have more difficulty with the heat. As far as breeds are concerned, it is generally accepted that snub-nosed dogs, like boxers, bulldogs, pugs, Boston terriers, Lhasa apsos and shih tzus have poor panting mechanisms, and so are more susceptible to being affected by heat. These should be indoor dogs, and should not be kept in the yard during the day. They should spend their days lounging in air conditioned comfort. Dogs with heavy coats can be trimmed for the summer, but not shaved bare or else they’ll have a hard time insulating themselves and will be prone to sunburn and other skin irritations.

Dogs and Summer Exercise
It’s never a good idea to exercise your dog by having him run alongside your bicycle. If for some reason you do this from time to time, please don’t do it in hot weather.

Dogs in the Car
If you are going to run some errands, and it’s 100 degrees outside, and the dog wants to come along in the car, please do him a favor and leave him home. If for some reason you have to take him along, do not ever leave him in the car without the A/C on. Even with the windows cracked, that car will heat up fast enough to cause brain damage or death in just a few minutes.

So, all of us at the Squad hope you and your pets are having a fun, relaxing summer!

And please note that this Saturday August 11th only, The Squad will be showing our dawgs at a new site: Unleashed by Petco. They are located in Ladera Shopping Center at 5325 W. Centinela Blvd., Los Angeles, 90045. We’ll be there from 10:00 – 2:30. Hope you can stop by!

Keep Cool!

Helen, Your Roving Reporter

Why? We keep asking ourselves….WHY?

July 13, 2012

Sometimes a girl just can’t get a break…
Bubbles is fabulous…she is beautiful…she is smart…she loves all people…she loves male dogs (especially if they are handsome blue pitbulls)…she loves going on walks…she loves car rides….she is only a year old….

Why doesn’t she have a home yet????  This is the question we ask ourselves all the time!
Bubbles is probably a pointer/pit mix. She is very sleek looking with great brown and white markings and she really is everything I’ve mentioned above.

We understand that some people have concerns about a larger dog, especially pitbull mixes. Some people have reservations about making a lifelong commitment. We get that too.

That’s why we have our foster program!

If you or someone you know isn’t sure that they want to make a decision right away, fostering is a great option! Dawg Squad pays for dog food and vet care. All you need to add is love, walks, and play, and bring the dog to adoptions events!

So, if  you would be interested in fostering (or better yet, adopting) Bubbles or any of our other great dogs, give us a call!

We won’t be at Centinela Feed this Saturday. Instead, we will be at Pet Post USA Adoptions Event in Long Beach on Sunday. The event is located at Good Neighbor Park, 2800 Studebaker Road, Long Beach and we will be there from 10:00 – 3:00. Bubbles won’t be there, but some of our other great dawgs, like Bayou, Dwayne, Kay Bug, and Kincaid will be. Hope to see you there!