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Friday, May 9, 2008

The Shelter Chronicles: Old and New -- the best of the best

Midnite A933469 (photo by Seth Casteel)
lovely med/small mix. young nice dog,
easy to work with, knows some
obedience, great dog to go for a hike!

There are soooooo many dogs at the shelter and sooooo little time to spend with them. They are all deserving of a good home, patience, training and high quality food. No dog should have to live out his final days in a shelter, even a nice shelter. I just hope that you, the reader, will be inspired to tell your friends about my wonderful friends and maybe, just maybe, we can work together to make a match!

Here are some NEW faces that I don't think I've mentioned before:
Sorry for the sad shelter shots rather than the fabu headshots taken by our own fabu Seth Casteel.

Cabesa A701490
This awful photo may win for one of the worst pictures ever taken. This dog is actually a beautiful Pit Bull who, it seems, was used for fighting. I don't know how he gets along with other dogs as we haven't tested him. Otherwise, he is a really great dog. He would do best with an experienced dog person. Not because he's aggressive but because he needs some training and he is super strong. He's a real marshmallow though, as are so many of our Pit Bulls. Don't be put off by his scary appearance, he's a very nice guy.

Tiger A921702
Very shy, beautiful brindle female. She's probably between 1-2 years old. This little girl came in with a 5 month old puppy of whom she was extremely attached. The pup was adopted and Tiger was left behind. Being that she is a bit shy, being in the shelter has been very stressful for her. She does NOT make a good impression in her kennel (so what else is new?). However, when out of the kennel, she is a lover girl! She seems to like people a lot, she's just a little nervous about the whole thing. Once she sees you're a nice person, she's your good friend. With some patience and good training, this girl is going to be a wonderful companion. So, if you are a slacker about training...ehem...you know who you are, Tiger isn't your dog.

Precious A934994
I think this picture sums it up, this precious girl is scared at the shelter. She's been there a few weeks now, but still is very uncertain about who is friend and foe when she's in her kennel. She is a total sweetheart when you take her out for a while and she can relax. A very nice dog from my personal experience. This dog is a case of who knows what she's really like in a normal environment. She really doesn't show well in the kennel and must be taken out for a a little bit before she calms down. I didn't see her as hyper, just scared.

Brooks A933523
This guy is a big boy and very handsome. He is also one of those shy pitties who hasn't had enough socialization. He's a young dog and gets along with other dogs. Brooks is timid and needs some patience and understanding. Keep in mind, it's important to work with an experienced trainer when dealing fearful dogs. Once this guy gains his bearings, he will be a fantastic friend! He's already sweet, now he just needs some confidence.

Charles A938440
This guy is so cute in person! He's big and kinda bulky. He also snorts which is one of my favorite dog traits! I haven't worked with this guy personally, but my sources at the shelter tell me that Charles is a peach! Now, if you ask the guys at the shelter they may say differently. I think, as usual, that Charles is just afraid and uncertain of the things that the uniformed folks do, like hosing down the kennel! So, I take it with a grain of salt when they say a dog has "issues" when the woman working with him is about 100 lbs. and tells me he is easy to handle. Anyway, he's a very good boy and would love to meet some available ladies (or guys) to take him home!

Archie A751168
I don't know much about Archie, but he really touched my heart when I stopped by the other day. He's an older Pit Bull mix, probably around 8 years old. He seems very calm. He sits in his kennel and looks at you with such a sad little face. I went over to pet him and first let him smell me. I slowly went to pet under his chin and he moved in closer. Then he raised his paw as if showing me he was a good egg, I was hooked. I heard that the dog walkers are taking him out so I'll find out more tomorrow.

Rocky 899965
Rocky is a very good looking boy. He's a youngster under 3 yrs. He's a Chow mix so he has that amazing lush coat. He's very friendly and seems to like other dogs. He hasn't gotten a lot of attention for some reason. Probably the black dog thing... Anyway, he's medium size and easy to handle. I think he'd be a very good family dog. Aren't people always looking for an easy family dog!!!!

As for the old, i.e.old timers at West L.A. Here are some of them and they are ALL waiting for a great home. I admit, many are Pit Bulls who would've been put down months ago had this been any other shelter. Thank goodness we've been able to keep them safe, at least so far. I think each and every one of these great dogs deserves a good home!

  • Westchester A896771- Pit Bull/ Male/ Gray & White
  • Megan A897032- Pit Bull/ Female/ Black & White
  • Diamond A735002- Pit Bull/ Female/ Brindle
  • Paolo A922555- Pit Bull/ Male/White & Black
  • Sadie A902312- Bulldog Pit mix/ Female /Brindle & White
  • Angel A919365- Pit Bull /Female/ Black & White
  • Caramel A915679- Pit Bull /Female /Tan & White
  • Cooper A910483- Pit Bull Male White & Tan
  • Sugar A923887- Pit Bull /Female /Brindle & White
  • Cole A910874- Lab /Male /Black
  • Dino A915863- Shepherd Mix /Male /Tri color
  • Sam A915861- Chow Mix /Male /Red
  • Mollie (originally Sara)- Lab mix/Female /Black
  • Iyame A925520- GSD /Female /Tan & Black
  • Briana A893324- Pit Bull/ Female/ Tan
  • Shane A890083 - Pit Bull/ Male/ Black

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