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Big Dogs/ Little Bodies

Muchacho Chihuahua de Mexico, the handsome Deer Face Chihuahua, a 2005 post-Florida hurricane season rescue brought nothing but laughter to our home & frankly anyone who saw his tiny body & rather large ears. He was a mighty giant at 3 months old. Well, in his little head anyway. When he turned 3 years old we felt he needed a little friend, someone that looked like him. We were lucky to find Chica Chihuahua de Mexico who was staying with a wonderful woman & her 2 small children. A lovely Apple Head Chihuahua who in the 1st photo we saw of her brought us thoughts of a cute little Bat. It was hard to take her away from her cast of little Savior's because they loved her, too, but since they were unable to keep her, in tears they handed her over to me at 8 months old. Her arrival was great surprise for Muchacho who appreciated meeting another with those trademark large ears & today they are the best of friends. Chica finds it hard to trust people right off, Muchacho loves everyone, so he is slowly teaching her that she has nothing to fear. She & Muchacho keep in touch with her first little family by email & photos & Chica still uses a little blanket that her 1st family gave to her those 2 years ago. These 2 little guys are the joy of our house & really give our rescued flame-point Siamese, Tazzi-Kat, a run for his money. Taz, however, gives them a snooty look down his sweet nose, the way only a cat can, & wanders off to lay in the sunshine. The 3 amigos are living the life of luxury & a very important part of our household.

Susan Travis-Russo
Hartsel, CO


This is Sophie! My husband was outside grilling one evening and this “stray” cat wandered up – She was skinny and had some hair missing off her back. I immediately gave her some milk and she lapped it up as if she hadn’t eaten in days! We started feeding and watering her outside on our deck and she stuck around – We noticed another ‘boy’ cat roaming around that never would get close to us – We ultimately came to the decision to have, who is now known as Sophie, spayed. We had no intentions of keeping her inside, as we have a mini long haired Chihuahua who rules our house already – but, we kept her in for her incision to heal – Sophie loves laying on our laps and gives us kisses on our faces! To make a long story short, she’s now our inside cat! Tater (our Chihuahua) is still adjusting to having a sibling – but we are now our own little family!!

Bridgette B.
Belton, SC


Please meet Sadie (on the left) and Smokey (on the right). I have a huge heart for animals - One day about 2 years ago, a lady at work emailed me a link containing animals with "expiration dates." I was DEVASTED because I knew that I would only be able to adopt 1 and maybe, just maybe, 2 at the most! I went to the shelter and looked at every dog at least 5 times...These 2 "had me from hello!" Sadie is sooo proper and prances around like a show dog, and Smokey is my playful one - He LOVES to lick your whole face!! I am sooo happy that I was able to give these babies the home they deserve!

Bridgette B.
Belton, SC

Tossed away.

This is our sweet Fiona. I was looking out my kitchen window one day and saw what I thought was a kitten that had been ran over and left to die. When I got to it I saw that it was moving and I love cats so I couldn't leave it there. I took her to the vet and he said she looked to be about 7 weeks old and looked like she had been tossed from a moving car. She is now a happy and healthy 3 months old and plays with our other cats all day. Some people are so cruel but she has brought joy to our lives and we will never toss her away.

Chris Penuel
Enterprise, AL


When we first met our Yorkie, Chessie, she was a bit of a mess. She had not been groomed for a very long time;she had recently been spayed and she also had several mammary tumors removed upon her arrival at our local animal shelter. My husband and I really wanted to adopt a shelter dog, but our first meeting with Chessie had us doubting if this was the right dog for our family,even though neither one of us said this out loud that day. Chessie passed the test of getting along with our 16 year old Yorkie, so it was essentially up to us whether or not this little ball of fur was to get a new home that day. Well, we made the decision to adopt her and as my husband says, "she was a diamond in the rough!" - or maybe I should say "a diamond in the ruff!" Regardless, Chessie is an amazing dog who brings us so much joy! We definitely made the right decision. PLEASE consider adopting a shelter dog, you won't be sorry!!

Temple, PA

Junk Dog???

After our amazing rescue terrier passed away it became quickly apparent that our Sheepdog was incredibly depressed and lonely. I spent a lot of time looking through Petfinder but was overwhelmed by the number of dogs that needed rescuing. It seemed impossible to choose from all of the beautiful faces. Then one evening I saw this lanky little Spaniel that just drove right into my heart.

The foster mother said he was what the puppy mills call a "Junk Dog" accidentally born from 2 different breeds. At 6 months old he had never been trained and was afraid of absolutely everything, except our other dog who he fell instantly in love with. He would barely let us touch him and we thought he might never get better. It is nearly 2 years later and he is getting so sweet, loves to be scratched and is truly a happy little boy.

To those who adopt damaged pups or dogs... please don't give up! Patience pays off and you will find yourself so grateful you hung in there for this pet that just needed to be loved until they could love you back.

Harris Van Cleef
Bloomfield Hills, MI

Inky the Hurricane Kitty

Inky came to us during the 2005 hurricane season (Tampa, FL). He was not a good hunter and was losing weight. Jasper, our Brttany/Border Collie, made friends with Inky outside, first. While my husband, Frank, was helping people in Texas regain electricity, another hurricane threatened us. We decided Inky should join our other cats, rabbits and dog inside. The vet said he was a Norwegian Forest Cat and very lucky to have found us. We are the ones who have been blessed by Inky!

Vanessa Mortensen
Tampa, FL

Abbi's Story

My 93-year-old mother lived with me and would go to work with me each morning at a nursing home. One day, a shelter volunteer came with a collie mix pup who ran over to mom. She crawled onto her shoulder and snuggled up into Mom's neck. Mom grinned with pleasure. Every so often Barb would go over to mother and take Abbi and say "Time to go visit someone else." The other residents would pet her for a bit, and then she would jump down and make a beeline back to my Mom and up under her chin to cuddle as close as possible. This happened about 10 times as Barb attempted to share her with everyone that wanted to see the sweet puppy. Abbi would not stay with anyone else, she always ran back to mother.

When Barb picked up Abbi from Mom to leave, my dear, precious mother looked up at me and said "Aaahhh, couldn't we keep this one? When we brought her home a few days later, she spotted Mom, ran over to her and jumped on her lap and snuggled under her chin. My mom just melted.

One day while I was in the shower, the home health aide was vacuuming, Abbi (scarred of the vacuum) came over to her about 3 times. Crystal decided to follow her into Mom's bedroom and around behind the bed. There lay mom on the floor where she had fallen. The cat was laying on her bed watching her as if to say "You go get help, I'll keep an eye on her." Thankfully, Mom was unhurt, and we feel like we have a Lassie dog now. A sweet, loving and beautiful dog with doe eyes and a huge heart.

Christy Blue
Lincoln, NE

I am one Happy Dog

Hi I am Nevada human had 2 of her friend dogs die from cancer and was so very sad...she was looking through and found on a thingy called a computer..she put in a town and it brought her to a shelter that I was at. She saw my picture and read that I was 7 months old and had been their most of my life. I was wandering around in the road and someone brought me in. She called the place and they said YES she is here. My human called her human man and he said go get her. She drove 2 hours to the shelter and they brought me out, I was so scared but knew she was kind because there were tears in her eyes. She brought me to my new home on April 3, 2007 and gave me a neat name and now I have 3 more dog friends and 2 cat friends. I have no cage now and we go on long walks and go swimming and play fetch, I do tricks for her to let her know how much I love her. I am one Happy Dog!!!..she wanted me to say Thank You for helping her heal from her hurt of losing her 2 dogs but gaining a wonderful new friend, of course that is me Nevada Jean!!!

Becky Bolen
Beverly, WA

Drake the Bundle of Joy

Driving home from the grocery store I saw a small head peak out of a bush right pass a creek bridge. As soon as I had locked eyes on his I could hear him ask for help. When I pulled over he ran right up to the car. He had spots of missing hair and was just a bag of bones with ticks. I took him home washed him down and took him for a once over the next day. He has become my shadow, he is the sweetest puppy ever. He loves the kids and gets along most of the time with my previously rescued beagle. I am not always paying attention to the bushes on the way home but that day I'm glad I was he makes me laugh everyday.

Vanceboro, NC
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