Henderson’s story

Henderson is a pitbull puppy that defied the odds. When we first round out about him he was at the Riverside shelter. He had been brought in the day before by someone who found his lifeless body laying on the sidewalk. When he arrived to the shelter he was in urgent need of medical care. […]

Henderson is a pitbull puppy that defied the odds. When we first round out about him he was at the Riverside shelter. He had been brought in the day before by someone who found his lifeless body laying on the sidewalk. When he arrived to the shelter he was in urgent need of medical care. Our local shelters are so busy caring for the healthy dogs in their care – they don’t have the staff of resources to care for a dog as critically ill as Henderson.
We had him rushed to a local 24 hour vet. He was too weak to even make the drive to our local vet. He was just bones, weighing a mere 17 lbs (half of what a healthy weight should be). His skin was taught on his skeletal frame, his eyes were cloudy and covered with mucus. He did not look good.
We had him tested for everything. There are so many deadly diseases that can cause similar symptoms we did not know where to begin. It turns out he had bacterial pneumonia which can be fatal in dogs – especially a puppy as weak as Little H. was. He spent 4 days in the hospital and finally began eating on his own. Finally he was sent off to a foster home to continue his recovery.
His foster mom was meticulous with his care. She even kept a food diary for him to make sure he was getting everything he needed. Some days he did great and ate well and kept everything down. Other days he would vomit and had not appetite. He was not gaining weight at a healthy rate. So we decided to take him to a specialist for more testing.
After a costly ultrasound it was determined his intestines were twisting in on itself. He needed emergency surgery and there was no time to waste. We knew it was a risky procedure as he was so weak and emaciated. But we had not choice.
Happily the surgery was a success. They were able to remove the damaged piece of intestine and stitch him back together. He spent 4 days there recovering. His gentle nature and happy personality won over the hearts of the staff there and he was even invited to join in on staff meetings.
Happy Ending, he has been adopted by his foster family. He is strong and healthy – and so very lively. Thanks to everyone who donated for his special puppy’s medical care.

Handsome’s story

We found Handsome at a very busy shelter in the remote desert of Southern California. He had been starved nearly to death, he had a trauma to his right eye which caused him to be blind in that eye and his ears had been chopped off nearly to his skull. Handsome was in bad shape. […]

We found Handsome at a very busy shelter in the remote desert of Southern California. He had been starved nearly to death, he had a trauma to his right eye which caused him to be blind in that eye and his ears had been chopped off nearly to his skull. Handsome was in bad shape. In addition to all of that – he had PTSD. He would become severely agitated when he heard loud noises. We made sure to include that detail in his adoption bio. He spent some time in a foster home until a Vietnam war veteran saw him on our website. He immediately connected with Handsome and his story – he too suffered from PTSD. We were hesitant to move forward with the adoption at first as this adopter was located nearly 1000 miles away in WA state. However – he was persistent – and he offered to make the drive down to LA to pick Handsome up. Turns out – it was a match made in heaven and these were 2 kindred souls. Handsome lived for 4 blissful years in his forever home surrendered by love and as much food as he desired. He passed away peacefully in his sleep. RIP Handsome.

Dottie’s Story

Dottie was the first dog I ever rescued on my own without the support of a rescue group to back me. She was before Love Leo came to be. I saw her photo online and knew I wanted to help her. I walked through the shelter and stopped at her kennel. There she was, this […]

Dottie was the first dog I ever rescued on my own without the support of a rescue group to back me. She was before Love Leo came to be. I saw her photo online and knew I wanted to help her. I walked through the shelter and stopped at her kennel. There she was, this itty, bitty puppy, probably no more than 3 lbs., sitting on a gigantic dog bed all by herself. She looked at me with a mixture of curiosity and sadness. It was almost as if she knew this was not a good place for a puppy to be and wondered if I might be the person to get her out of there.
On the ride home she sat in the seat next to me and I could not shake how sad she looked. A puppy should be playing and chewing on the seatbelt, barking and generally being an annoying puppy. But Dottie sat there quietly. My heart broke for her. How did such a little dog find her way into an overcrowded shelter? How could someone not want her with her tan and white coat and funny half mustache?
I got her home, bathed her, fed and introduced her to Leo and Jimmy. And then a change occurred. It was as if she knew she was safe. It was quiet in the house – no more barking dogs. And she was clean. And her belly was full. The fear was gone. After her meal – she rolled around on the soft beds and finally relaxed.
She loved Leo and Jimmy and slept on top of them, or curled under them. She was sweet and trusting and turned into a puppy before my eyes.
A young couple soon adopted Dottie. They passed all the tests and the application looked great … ON PAPER! But after two months she was retuned to me for no apparent reason. I guess having a puppy was more work than they expected. We were happy to have her back and after one day – it was as if she had never left.
Soon another application for her came in. They were a dog savvy family and were looking for a second dog. The met her and it was an instant connection. She and her new brother were two peas in a pod and that became Dottie’s forever home.