Why we mourn.
We lost a very special little dog the other night. There was a horrible accident with the neighbor’s dog, and the result, death is so final. I could go on describing how wonderful, personal, inquisitive, and charming Beasty was, or how much love and joy she gave us.
Actually I want to discuss why it matters in a world of millions Syrian refugees trying to escape violence, children dying trying to get out of central America, and horrible human cruelty a daily occurrence as viewed via the internet.
Love is important part of life. Love opens you up to joy and wonder but also to pain. Being part of the solution, regardless how small a roll, is a vote for a chance to change things. Can one compare the love of a dog to the love of a child, and conversely the death of a dog to the death of a child? NO. It almost seems spoiled to try to equate the two. But it is not about the dog or the child it is about how one feels, and those feelings, that pain, that grief and questioning of life it stimulates in you, is very personal. If one devotes ones life to rescuing animals, if one has seen and found homes for hundreds and hundreds of dogs, if one has gotten to know thousands of animals, the loss of one dog that stands out above almost all the other hurts. Period.
She was a very special emotional little dog. It was nice to know you Beasty. Thanks for being part of our lives.
She is gone. I don’t know how I am writing this as I still can’t believe it’s real.
Anyone that knew her knew she had a larger than life personality. She was a sparkling, precious gem full of kisses and sweetness. A shooting star that rained glitter and happiness on everyone she met.
She had so many funny habits I don’t have enough space to include them all. She loved everyone and was a total lapdog but could also hike 6 miles no problem. At night, she slept in a cat condo.
With that giant personality came a 5 lb dog with a Napoleon complex. That’s how she got her name. She was charming with the foster dogs in the house and always got the shy dogs to play with her. But – with unknown dogs she was very aggressive. She would charge at dogs without any care of her size. For the last four years I did my best to keep her safe from her bad ass self. I picked her up when we passed other dogs, she was on leash unless I had a 360° view of our surroundings.
Last night there was a tragic accident. In the blink of an eye Beasty slipped into the neighbors backyard and was grabbed by a larger dog. The other dog is a good dog with zero history of aggression. They had in fact met before and had no issues with each other. But it was dark and the other dog just reacted. It was over in six seconds. We raced her to the vet but she was dead on arrival.
I don’t know how to make sense of this. I don’t know how the universe works or why it does what it does… But I do know that I am grateful for the 4 years I had with her. She gave me so much joy and laughter.
Thank you Beasty for letting me your guardian. Thank you for showing me the big love of a little dog. You were a true rockstar. You lived life hard and you didn’t give a single shit. You tried to chase motorcycles and 18 wheelers. You were my beautiful, crazy beasty girl. I wanted to see you grow into a cranky, little old lady dog. But you’re gone. Too soon. Much too soon.
Rest easy my angel. I love you forever. 💔
LoveLeo receive a wonderful write up in the Tijuanalinea.com online news service commenting on our work spay and neutering dogs and cats.
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Tijuana.- Love Leo Rescue es una organización que ayuda a salvar la vida de perros enfermos, heridos, maltratados y olvidados que nació en la ciudad de Los Ángeles, California y que tiene entre su misión el proporcionar servicios gratuitos de esterilización en comunidades de bajos ingresos y áreas marginadas.
Fue fundada en honor a Leo, un pitbull que Sasha Abelson, presidenta de la organización, rescató del abuso y que logró encontrar un hogar aún y a pesar de que las estadísticas son sombrías para los perros de su tipo, ya que según datos solo 1 de cada 600 pitbulls de refugios en California son adoptados.
La grave crisis de sobre población de perros y gatos que afecta a la ciudad de Los Ángeles (y a la mayor parte del país y del mundo) fue el motivo para que Sasha Abelson se involucrara más en el rescate e hiciera trabajo de voluntariado en una asociación.
Pronto sintió que era su obligación hacer más y fue entonces cuando Love Leo Rescue nació para buscar darles una segunda oportunidad a los animales en abandono.
En años recientes la organización decidió cruzar la frontera para ayudar a los perros y gatos de Tijuana, a través de campañas de esterilización gratuitas realizadas en colonias de bajos recursos y en donde se ha detectado que hay gran cantidad de animales en abandono.
El próximo 16 de noviembre en el Cañón del Sainz, Love Leo Rescue volverá a patrocinar una campaña de esterilización y se espera que sean más de 100 cirugías las que se realicen.
El legado de Leo, quien vivió sus últimos años en el sur de California sigue vivo en cada vida que la organización logra salvar y en evitar a través de la esterilización que miles de perros y gatos nazcan para vivir una vida de sufrimiento en las calles de Los Ángeles y de Tijuana.
OUR 2ND ANNUAL FUNDRASIER WAS A HUGH SUCCESS.
We had twice as many supports, a wonderful group of companies, large and small , donating their time and products that made this years event just great !!!!
Just to name a few of our supporters:
Hilary Duff, Whitney Cummings, Oliva Munn, Maria Menounos,
Rolling Greens, Petrossian, Miraval, Tito’s,
A cameo appearance by Carl, our poster puppy of 2019, along with a few other forever homed dogs was especially appreciated by the crowd.
a cake by ?
sasha and carl
Today I had to say goodbye to my bestest boy. Don’t get me wrong, all my dogs are the best. (And all of your dogs are the best too.) But Jimmy was special. He had a pure heart, a sparkle in his eye. People always gravitated towards him and wanted to say hello and give him a pet. And he always had a kiss and a tail wag for them return. Even on his last days, he was meeting strangers with a sweet hello.
I rescued him from the Baldwin Park shelter at three months old. He had a broken femur and the cold hearted kennel supervisor told me not to bother with him because the surgery would be too expensive. Needless to say I ignored that ill advice. He spent the next 10 years leading a truly blessed life with me. He went on hikes, he ran on the beach, he always enjoyed a three day weekend at a nice hotel… His favorite food was pizza. He never met a person or a dog he didn’t like, porcupines were a different story. 😮
He was kind and gentle. He fostered hundreds of puppies and helped them become better dogs. He had a fierce corrective growl but never so much as touched a hair on their heads. He was goofy, and he was a class clown, he made everyone laugh. And he was a #breedambasador – helping people understand and love this misunderstood breed.
I wish his time here on earth was longer… But one thing I promised him was I’d never let him suffer. When I found out the cancer spread to his brain, I knew his days were numbered As soon as the tail wags stopped, as soon as he no longer wanted to play the water game with the hose, I knew I had to let him go with dignity.
I loved every day I got to spend with him. I’m so grateful I got to care for him for 10 years… Jimmy … you were my wild and crazy boy and I love you forever and —- I miss you already. i’ll see you some day – somewhere over the 🌈 rainbow.
Rest easy you handsome boy.
The 2nd annual Love Leo Rescue Fund Raiser is being planned for 2019. Save the evening of November 6th. Bring your friends and help save a life by donating to our rescue. Or sponsor a spay and neuter clinic and prevent unwanted litters from being born !
Link to Fund Raiser
TEAM CARL CLOTHING
Baby Carl was found on a construction site – clinging to life. He was 1.5 lbs and severely emaciated. Two construction workers did not know what to do when they found him and they brought him to the shelter. He was scheduled to be immediately euthanized because the shelter is not equipped to deal with critical medical cases. A shelter volunteer asked us if we wanted to take a chance on him. Of course – we said YES. He spent 5 days in the hospital and needed blood and plasma transfusions and had a feeding tube for a few days. Now he’s made a full recovery and is loving life in his foster home and will be ready for adoption in a few weeks.
Purchase a groovy Team Carl tee shirt and help Love Leo make more second chances possible. This special silk screen run of clothing will close on June 1
How to choose the right training tools for your dog: for more information go to “decodingdogsla”.
Remember – there is no ‘one size fits all’ so it’s important to recognize what works for you and your dog.
• A toggled slip leash (top R) is a good starting point. All collars they should be fitted so they stay high up on neck under the jaw line.
• A martingale collar is safe for a new or shy dog because it will not slip off. • A sporn harness is a good pick If more corrective pressure is needed for walks.
• A halti (L) works well for pullers and alleviates pressure on the neck.
• A herm sprenger prong collar is effective for powerful breeds and extreme pullers (bottom R).
• Start by using the leash in the house. Guide the dog around and teach them where they can and can’t go. For example guiding them off the couch so they don’t turn it into a game or become hand shy.
• Start by having your new buddy sleep in a crate at night and when no one is home. Your dog can earn more freedom as a routine is established . Put the crate in the bedroom to represent his bed and a dog bed in the living room to represent his couch.
• Always have a collar and tag with your phone number on your dog at all the times!!!
First a little cautionary tale:
Hamlet was adopted after having a rough start. His former home was not very good to him. His forever family was dedicated to him and wanted to set him up for success. But there were a few hiccups in the first weeks in his new home. Basically, Hamlet ate part of their car. His humans didn’t blink an eye but rather got on the phone with “decodingdogsla” and discussed how to deal with these issues.
“decodingdogsla” and LLR thought this was a good opportunity to start a weekly post about the common issues that occur when bringing home a rescue dog.
BRINGING HOME YOUR FOREVER DOG:
• The first 2 weeks are key!
• Set up a structure with rules and boundaries. It’s easier to add more freedom later than have to take it away.
• Start with a solid foundation of sit, stay and come.
• Let the dog know where they can and can’t go, where they will sleep and where they will be when left alone. Creating this structure helps to establish your relationship with your forever dog.
• Use treats/affection to reward the desired behavior. Dogs learn by association so treats and affection reward what the dog is thinking or doing at that time.
• Do NOT do or expose dog to too much to soon.
• Have realistic expectations as this is all new to your dog as well as you. –
• Remember – it’s better to say “we could have done that sooner” verses “oops we did that too soon”.
Your new dog is looking to know their place in the new family pack. Creating this structure in first 2 weeks helps establishes that.
On Valentine’s day Loveleorescue launched a campaign to cloth our supporters. By purchasing a T-Shirt, Sweat Shirt or Hoodie LLR received part of the cost the item. We had a great response. There are now over 150 folks walking around supporting our and your mission. We will do this again in the fall of 2019. Thanks