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December 2011 Happy Tail: "Greta" - A Senior Pup Finds A Fabulous Home

Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks.

greta in hbTo see Greta, aka, Coco today in her fabulous Newport Beach Townhome, one would never suspect that this sweet senior Chihuahua ever had it rough.  Coco was turned into the Baldwin Park animal shelter after being found wandering around an apartment complex. She must have walked for miles because the bottom pads of her paws were torn and bleeding.  When we first saw her shelter mug shot with her tongue hanging out the side, we immediately put a hold on her before we had even met her! We rushed over to scoop her out of the scary shelter and held her in a soft blankie the entire way home. We still wonder how Coco got separated from her owner. She appears to have been someones pet – she was already spayed, her coat was downy soft and she appeared to have had teeth extractions previously. Did her owner pass away? Lose their home? Did she get lost?

While her past is still a mystery to us, we quickly learned that Coco is quite the diva and certainly has a mind of her own! She knows how to get what she wants and is a very smart little girl. Coco is a 9 year old, 3 pound purebred applehead Chihuahua with no teeth (we had her last two pulled) and bad knees.  Some may ask themselves who in the world would want to adopt a dog like Coco but her adoptive parents, Bill and Tammy Walsworth can’t understand who wouldn’t!

greta-coco2Bill and Tammy have remarked at how easy it was to transition Coco into her new home and integrate her into their daily routine with their other rescued Chihuahua, Tinkerbell. When asked to comment on her adoption, her family replied “A senior pet is the best pet! We did not have to worry about chewing, she was potty trained very quickly, was already the perfect size and had a wonderful personality ideal for our home and lifestyle”, says Tammy.  

Coco and thousands of dogs like her, just need someone with an open heart and a warm lap to show you the joy their companionship can bring.  These sweet discarded and often over-looked senior pets, have hearts as big as lions and nothing but love to share.  We hope that Coco’s story has inspired you to consider a senior the next time you adopt.


January 2012 Happy Tail: "Olivia" - From Emergency Room To Miracle Recovery

Found matted on deaths door in an overcrowded kennel.

oliviaOn a trip to Riverside Shelter we found sweet Olivia getting trampled in an over crowded kennel.  Olivia was skin and bones, hiding in the corner of the kennel completely shut down. We took one look at Olivia and we decided right then and there to take her with us.  During Olivia’s first 24 hours in the rescue, it became increasingly obvious that she was a very sick dog.  

As her health continued to decline, day 3 began with Olivia’s first trip to the emergency room. Memorial Day, 2011 at 6:30 am, is where we began the long journey to diagnosing her illness.  Olivia was poked and prodded for days on end and her foster family feared they were simply providing hospice care to make her comfortable until she passed.  She was painfully thin, refusing to eat and rarely leaving her bed until the day her doctors finally found the answer we were looking for.  Olivia was suffering from liver failure likely resulting from eating something toxic during her life of living on the streets.  Now that we had an answer and a regiment of medication and a proper diet, we could start down the road to help Olivia recover.  The road to recovery was not without some sizeable bumps.  At only a year old, Olivia still had the personality of a puppy and as she began to feel better, she began to show us her mischievous side.  She chewed and swallowed parts of her toys, ate twigs in the yard and finally chewed through an electric cord all the while educating us as to the importance of Olivia-proofing any home she would ultimately live in.

olivia1Family after family applied to adopt Olivia and each time the adoption coordinators at Lovebugs carefully explained her condition to every family telling them that she would likely need a special diet and a watchful family for the rest of her life.  One by one, the families decided not to adopt Olivia until one day… an application came in from the Maggay family.  The adoption coordinators called this family just like all the others expecting another disappointing outcome but to our surprise this family was open to meeting our little Lovebug even with her health concerns.  We primped and polished Olivia in hopes that she would make her best impression and off we went to our adoption appointment.  Of course Chris and Mary Maggay thought Olivia was adorable and loved her delightful personality but we still did not know if having a dog with special needs was what they had in mind.  Little did we know, Olivia was actually directing this adoption appointment and SHE was choosing her new family right before our eyes.  On August 20, 2011, Olivia began her new life as a pampered furry member of the family she was always meant to be part of.

Happy New Year!

Cheers To Saving More Lovebugs in 2012!

pupkissWith the arrival of a new year inevitably comes a variety of new year's resolutions.   Many people vow to be more organized, eat healthier, keep in touch with family better, and so on.   How about becoming a foster parent for a shelter dog in need? Our rescue would not be a success without the wonderful, loving foster homes our dogs live in until they choose their forever families.  One of the most rewarding things you can do is to help guide a homeless dog on his/her journey to start their new life.
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lovebugsheaderheart Thanks to All Who Helped Us Fundraise To Bring Jewel Home! Thanks to yur generous donations we were able to bring Jewel back to her foster home for the holidays.  She has made 100% recovery and is currently in on a trial adoption with a loving family.  To donate towards Jewel's medical bills - Visit Our Firstgiving Page

lovebugsheaderheart January 2012 Happy Tail: Reader Rescue Story: Kota the Lovebug
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lovebugsheaderheart January 2012 Happy Tail: "Olivia" - From Emergency Room To Miracle Recovery
Found matted on deaths door in an overcrowded kennel.

lovebugsheaderheart December 2011 Happy Tail: "Greta" - A Senior Pup Finds A Fabulous Home
Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks.

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