Snuggle time with Balboa

Your donations made this possible. While Rocky aka Balboa was not a medical case he has still cost us roughly $700. He is the type of dog that is so mellow and comfortable when he is hanging out with his family, but the second you leave him he full on freaks out. He requires an anxiety proof crate and bark collar to snap him out of his panic when left alone. He does get better as his routine sets in, but Rocky will destroy any crate that is not top of the line built for this purpose.

There are many different steps to finding a forever home and one of them is giving the new family the tools to succeed. Thank you for making this possible!

Rocky has left the building

Our little rebounding Balboa has found his new family.

Yesterday we dropped him off at the start of his 2 week trial. We always recommend 2 week trials for adoptions because that is about the time a dog takes to really relax in their new home. If owners wait this time and don’t feel pressured to keep the dog they are more likely to give them the time they need to acclimate. We know that certain dogs are not for every family and vice versa. Sometimes red flags develop and we want the option for the prospective owners to be able to ask for help without feeling guilty or embarrassed.

We are so appreciative that this boy’s new Mom and Dad are so open to help and advice. We think it is a perfect match and hope it sticks. Keep your paws crossed!

Long haul Bear dog

Can you believe that this adorable face has been with us for nearly 10 months?!?!?

We got Bear from Orange County Animal Services in February this year. He was on the euthanasia list due to overcrowding and was the only one in his group to get a 24 hour extension. This boy came to us heart worm and energy positive. It was a difficult few months keeping his energy down while he was receiving treatment. One neuter and a lot of lonely nights later this crinkle face mutt is now out with all our personal dogs and is still looking for his forever home.

We have been working with Bear on his lack of social skills (shh don’t tell him I said that) and he’s been making a lot of improvement. We recently had a Saving Cyrus alum returned to us and Bear was not too happy about him being in our house. This is three weeks later.

Bear would do great with a family that loves to hike, bicycle, run, skip, hop, or pretty much do anything outdoors. After you’ve guys work up a sweat burning those calories he would LOVE to curl up and snuggle! If you’re interested in Bear please contact us.


Rocky part 3.5?

Earlier this week we had an awesome family come meet Rocky and they fell in love! They have two young sons and two little dogs. Rocky, as I’m sure you can tell from all the snoring pictures, is extremely laid back and gentle for a big dog. We use extreme caution when placing big dogs around kids and even more with a one year old in the home, but Rocky is made for kids. He immediately licked the baby’s fingers and toes. The couple’s other child is almost four and their son is a little afraid of Rocky because of his size. However, by the end of the initial introduction he was also warming up to him.

Tonight, we went to their home and met their two little dogs. As they told us, one of them is calm and even tempered and the other dog (funnily enough also named Rocky) is dominant and has the typical ‘little dog syndrome’. Our Rocky immediately hit it off with the mellow one and we took things slow with their Rocky. After about 30 minutes they finally met and little Rocky kept mounting big Rocky. While we would love for there to be no dominance displayed at all, we know that that’s not always the case. Since Rocky is big we primarily focused on his reaction. He didn’t seem to be irritated at all and actually submitted a couple times. They did play a little, but it was still a little intense. The potential adopters agreed to take things slow and meet few more times to make sure everything is safe.

Our next meet up is Sunday so keep your fingers crossed that everything keeps going well!

Rocky part 3

Wednesday I got an unexpected call from Rocky’s (Rhyno as his adopters called him) dad. Unfortunately, they have fallen on hard times and could no longer care for Rocky. As you can imagine I was very distraught to hear that Rocky would have to leave his home; however we were very happy they called us instead of turning him over to the shelter.

Rocky is such a great all around dog and loves kids and all dogs. This boy is pretty lazy and just likes romping in the back yard (with supervision) and lounging on the couch.

Rocky’s annual shots are coming up in December. Please donate towards his care at

Bear can’t go to Barktoberfest

For the past few weeks Bear has been working with dog trainer, Jason King from Diamond dogs in the Ruff, to get him better at meeting new dogs. He has a tendency to come on way too strong and give the impression of aggression. We both agree that he is not ‘aggressive’, but simply doesn’t know how to do the normal doggy sniff and introduction. Instead he just barrels them over, which no one really likes. As you’ve seen from some of our video’s and pictures, Bear is out with our four personal dogs all the time. He plays with them and there aren’t any issues. He has been making progress with training; however, after consulting with Jason we agreed that he is not ready for a public event. We firmly believe that safety comes first for all parties and so we want to continue his training. Hopefully, he will be ready for the next one.

We are working with Bear on basic manners, but this takes time. Since we think he is a young dog we don’t think he was ever taught these during his puppy years.

If you would like to donate to his training please go to

Thank you!

Bear’s first day of class

Yesterday Bear had his first training session with Jason from Diamond Dogs in the Ruff. Bear is very friendly with our dogs, but he had months to get used to them in our house before actually meeting them directly. Since we are trying to get Bear out in the public we have noticed that he comes on a bit too strong when meeting new dogs. This is a bit of a problem since he is going to more dog friendly events. We want to ensure all the dog’s safety and we know trainer, Jason King, has the expertise and experience to help us work on that. Bear and Anthony learned some basic commands that will help reinforce a positive greeting with other mutts. We are going to continue weekly training sessions to make sure Bear is in tip top shape when getting into a new home.