From Slaughterhouse to Rescue Dog!

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Happy National Rescue Dog Day!

I am a little behind but I just learned that today is NATIONAL RESCUE DOG DAY! I have two amazing dogs (Shadow and Hastings Alyosha) who we adopted through local rescue groups in LA/Ventura Counties.

Shadow’s Story

I don’t remember who rescued Shadow but boy are we glad we found her. It was Summer 2006 when we adopted her in Los Angeles. She and her siblings were rescued from a ditch. A man owned the father dog (German Shepherd) and when he found the stray mom dog (Australian Shepherd) and the newborn puppies he just left them in the flea infected ditch by the street. A lady who volunteered at the rescue got permission and rescued the dogs. Mom fell in love with Shadow (originally named Shelby) — because of her black coat with only a couple brown spots — thinking she looked the most like our late dog Sheba. Little did we know she would end up getting more and more brown fur. She is a lover and an amazing big sister to Hastings Alyosha. Sadly the vet says she is now in her “extra years”. Can’t even imagine how it will be when she eventually passes on…

Captain Hastings Alyosha

Our other dog, Captain Hastings Alyosha, was adopted as a gift for me from my parents on February 4th in 2017 to keep me company while I recover. I named him after Captain Hastings from Agatha Christie’s Poirot and Alyosha from Brothers Karamazov. When we first got him he was super skinny and had health problems with his rectum becoming prolapsed due to eating dry hard foods so we found a fabulous vet, Dr. Eric Kane, at Conejo Vet and put him on a diet of wet foods from Hills Prescription Diet. He had been rescued from a slaughterhouse in Yulin and cared for by Soi Dog Foundation, No Dogs Left Behind, and Life Animal Rescue (in Agoura Hills). He is amazing and extremely loyal and protective of me. When we first adopted him, he was apprehensive of being touched and cuddled but thanks to Shadow’s example, he has grown to love being petted and loved and has even started to cuddle on my side which I love!! He loves playing with Shadow and keeps her young which is something we had never expected. They play chase at least three times a day. And boy does he love his food! I have never had such a food-obsessed dog before.

A big thanks to all these lovely organizations that have taken such good care of Hastings and to the wonderful vets at Conejo Vet (especially Dr. Kane) who have taken such good care of both dogs and our late dog, Sheba. x

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  1. Lalatomama

    May 20, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    Rescue dogs are the best! We have rescued 3 so far! Our first was from the Agoura Hills animal shelter also! We lived in Simi Valley at the time. We miss our Deyo. He was a Samoyed mix which is very rare to find in a shelter. Adopt don't shop!

  2. Leland West Insurance

    May 24, 2019 at 6:04 am

    Agree. You can rescue someone…you can rescue a dog…you can rescue someone's dog. The dog you rescue could make all the difference to another person.

  3. Heather

    May 20, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    We rescued our dog when she was 6 months old. They found her and her brothers and sisters roaming around the streets in Puerto Rico after the hurricane.

  4. Paolo

    May 20, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    You have a good heart! I love dogs and it breaks my heart seeing stray dogs

  5. Marie Phillips

    May 21, 2020 at 4:50 am

    Thank you for having the heart to save these beautiful animals! My cats are rescue cats. 🙂

  6. Steven Morrissette

    May 21, 2020 at 6:15 am

    Good for you that you got rescue dogs there are so many abandoned dogs that need a good home. We always get rescue animals in my family.

  7. Nina

    May 21, 2020 at 9:45 am

    i love dogs, i have a puppy. his name is cookie ! you have a good heart 🙂

  8. Trot.World (Harshi & Aman)

    May 21, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    Giving a home to rescue dogs is the best and the most kind act to do. And they are just so precious 🙂 We have a friend who also adopted a dog from the rescue centre and he is the sweetest dog ever!

  9. Kuntala Bhattacharya

    May 21, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    Nice and warm post. Saving the dogs from the rescue center and giving them a house and name is a kind act. In India there are many street dogs, and now because of the pandemic many are not getting food. But many kind hearted people provide them food everyday and take care of them.

  10. Elicitfolio

    May 21, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    You have the cutest babies! My husband and I were just looking at adoption options for puppies. Sending him your post to get him to commit 😉

  11. Matt Taylor

    May 21, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    Those look like wonderful dogs! 🙂 I really like their names haha. 🙂 🙂 I keep meaning to rescue some animals from shelters.

  12. Rosey

    May 21, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    Rescues are so important. We have a cat we rescued a few years ago who was 10. She has been a treasure for us.

  13. Pati Robins

    May 21, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    aww such a heart warming story , we also have our girl adopted and shes the best dog ever

  14. Jessica Collazo

    May 22, 2020 at 8:23 am

    Wow it’s so amazing to see what love and nurturing can do to a dog. Looks healthy and happy and living in peace.

  15. Emmanuel Damian

    May 23, 2020 at 2:45 am

    I didn’t know that there’s a National Rescue Dog Day! It should be celebrated as they also have life. They bring joy to our families!


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