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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.

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!




Busy, busy, busy!

March 21, 2013

We’ve had lots going on at the Squad lately!

First, thanks to everyone who joined us at our First Annual Poker For Puppies!  We all had a great time overlooking the beach at the beautiful Loew’s Santa Monica Hotel while playing poker – all for the benefit of the Dawg Squad! Very special thanks to our friends at West LA Poker for organizing and putting on such a great event!

We are also very excited to report that our long time Dawg Squaders Bubbles and Kincaid have been adopted!

bub home

kincaid pounces ball


Now, Oscar Lee, Dwayne, Bobby and Bayou, it is your turn!

Finally, we want to introduce our newest dawgs–Nola, Catelyn, Robb, Haley, Nessie, and Connie!

Nola is a very loving and playful pup who is great with all other dogs. She is just as happy to bounce around and play or sit in your lap and give you lots of hugs and kisses!



cate stand front


robb baby pic

Catelyn and her puppy Robb are Xoloitzcuintle (Mexican Hairless) and Chihuahua mixes. Xolos are a very proud, independent working breed, quite different in personality than that of Chihuahuas. Catelyn is the more reserved of the pair and quite protective of her puppy. Robb is so cute, with a shiny black coat and big eyes!

haley on grass cute

Haley is a 4 month old Rottie mixed with, well, who knows–but she will be a big girl! She is very sweet and plays well with other dogs.

connie adorable

Connie is our newest addition. Connie is a Rottie pup with special needs. She was born without a complete intestinal system. She had surgery done to correct the problem, but, unfortunately, she may not be able to completely gain bowel control. But Connie doesn’t know she has special needs! She is very loving and playful and very sweetly tolerates diaper changes!

nessie on floor

Finally, Nessie is a very gentle, sensative AmStaff who was so good with other dogs that she was used as a “temperment tester” at the shelter she came from. Nessie has quickly become a Dawg Squad favorite!

So, come out to meet Nola, Catelyn, Robb, Haley, Nessie, Connie and the rest of the Dawg Squad Dawgs! We will be at Unleased by Petco in Ladera Center Saturday March 23rd from about 11:00 – 2:30.

And the following Saturday, April 6th, we will be making a special appearance at Council Thrift Shop located at 12120 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles between 11:00 – 2:30.

Come meet our dogs and find some treasures at the Thrift Shop at the same time!


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,





Halloween Fun and Party in the Park

November 8, 2012

The Dawgs and people of the Squad have had lots of fun together over the past two weeks!

First, we participated in a Halloween costume party at Unleashed by Petco –congratulations to Kay Bug for winning 2nd Place! But she will always be 1st place in our hearts!

Then Sunday we participated in A Second Chance Pet Adoption and Pet Fair at Good Neighbor Park in Long Beach.

It was a beautiful warm day and the Dawgs had a great time playing and rolling around on the grass! Bubbles had an especially great time at both events. It is such a joy to watch her jump and play with all the other dogs!


We really can’t understand why she hasn’t found her forever home yet–she is such a good girl and would make a great companion for an active family, especially if they have a large male dog she can play with!










In fact, we have several larger dogs that would be great for active families with other dogs!


Both Tucson and Gypsy are only about a year old and both have some puppy-like energy still in them.


Gypsy is a terrier mix that loves people, dogs, and cats!


Tucson is a black lab that seems to like larger female dogs but I don’t think he would appreciate cats! Bubbles and Tucson had an especially great time together!

Finally, we welcomed Pookie, a friendly little chihuahua mix that one of our volunteers found wandering the streets. Pookie is about a year old and plays nicely in her foster home with Gypsy and several cats!


Hope to see you Saturday for adoptions at Unleased by Petco. Come by, meet our dawgs and play for awhile! We’ll be there from about 10:30 – 2:30.

Join the Fun!

October 20, 2012

We’ve been having lots of fun at adoptions lately!   We all love our new location – Unleashed by Petco – where our dawgs are having a great time playing with volunteers, customers, and each other!

KayBug and Carmel were exhausted after playing all day–they really are quite cute together!

Bubbles has become  quite the life of the party, with a personality to match her name!

And Oscar Lee has been showing off how smart he really is–he knows his commands and looks so cute when one of our volunteers gets him to crawl across the floor–he kind of looks like a fat little black seal!

Sundae and Noelle are always ready to socialize and Bayou–well, our little pirate can’t wait for Halloween!

So, come out and join the fun at Unleashed by Petco in Ladera Center (La Tijera and Centinela)!

We’ll be there on Saturday from 10:00 – 3:00.

And, for all you Rottie lovers, be there for the Dawg Squad debut of Rebuy and Pinta–they are looking forward to meeting you too!