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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.

All Shapes and Sizes!

August 31, 2012

We’ve got a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and personalities in the Squad right now! Meet some of our new dawgs, all available for adoption!

A good Samaritan found Cowgirl, a very young, small, probably puggle/pit mix, in a local park. She had obviously just had puppies. The kind man stayed with Cowgirl for quite awhile, hoping she would take him to her puppies. It didn’t happen; but fortunately, the man brought Cowgirl to the Squad! After some rest and recuperation, Cowgirl’s personality really started to shine! She is sweet and friendly with other dogs and loves to snuggle with anyone she meets!










We met Edwin at an adoption event we attended in Long Beach. He was on his “last day” at the Long Beach shelter, but because shelter volunteers loved him so much, they networked him to the rescue groups at the event. Well, we couldn’t resist. Edwin has a small neurological problem that causes him to “dance” instead of walk and he loves to be held on his back just like a baby! Other than those two unusual symptoms, Edwin has no other issues and he would make a great companion for a small dog lover!

Bobby is a big guy who lost his home when his family lost their home to foreclosure. Probably a Rottie/Chow mix, Bobby is very loyal, well behaved, knows his commands, and is great in the car and on a leash.   Because he is so large, he shouldn’t live with a family with small children.

Finally, meet Ernie! What a character! A Swiss Mountain Dog mix, Ernie is HUGE for only about 6 months old! He is very energetic, loving, and SMART! It was amazing to see him respond so quickly to a trainer who spent a few minutes with him last week!

To meet Cowgirl, Edwin, Bobby, Ernie, or any of our other Dawgs, join us at our new location, UNLEASHED BY PETCO, located in Ladera Center on La Tijera and Centinela. We’ll be there this Saturday from 10:00 – 3:00. Hope to see you there!