Happy Tails

Have you adopted a cat or dog from us and would like to share your pet’s story? We would love to hear how your special pet has touched your life. If you would like to share your story and/or a picture of your pet with us, please email happytails@lostdogrescue.org.

Hachi aka Blackbeard’s Update

Posted on: Thursday May 18

Hachi aka Black Beard is doing wonderful. He settled in immediately. My son and I felt like we had him since he was born.  Vet report is great. Hachi has some worms but is on medication so he should be good soon. My son and I are so happy with Hachi. He is a big puppy when it comes to cuddling. Great watchdog at night. Loves people.
 I have enclosed some pics for you.
Thank you for checking up,on our Hachi aka Blackbeard.

Daisy aka Tabs’ Update

Posted on: Thursday May 18

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Daisy (Tabs) is doing great! She is healthy and is fitting into our family perfectly. Our other dog Lola welcomed her with open paws and we could not have asked for a better fitting dog. They are inseparable! We truly love her! 

Tom aka Mickey’s Update

Posted on: Tuesday May 16

My oh my! Mickey is the best thing that has ever happened to me. He has saved me and I (with y’alls help) have saved him! He is the perfect combo of loving and playful, and is very curious. He loves his Da Bird, Cat Condo, and his Cat Nip mouse, and he never EVER leaves my side. He likes to be in the middle of everything- cleaning, getting dressed, cooking, etc. He also LOVES people! He is very social. As soon as you walk in he will rub up against you, meowing, introducing himself. I also love how much a lover he is! He goes to sleep with me every night at my bed, and lays right next to me in my arms. The best part is, I’ll wake up in the morning and he’s still right there :) I’m so thankful for my little partner in crime and my loverboy. He needs me as much as I need him :)

China’s Update

Posted on: Tuesday May 2

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We decided it was time to adopt a 3rd dog, and wanted to adopt one that might have a little more trouble being adopted (age, special needs, etc.).  Luckily we were  adopted by China, an 11 year old golden retriever. She is a real love and has seamlessly fit into our family of 2 other dogs and 2 cats. She enjoys romps with the other dogs before settling in for a nice long nap. Please consider adopting an older dog – they will appreciate it and love you all the more for it!

Astro’s Update

Posted on: Monday May 1

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Astro is doing great. He’s really starting to settle in and get comfortable. He’s been great with our cat and is starting to become a full-fledged member of the family.  I’m attaching a couple of photos from the past two weeks: Astro lounging on his bed and another from a hike along the Potomac at Seneca Regional Park.  We really love the little guy!

Kali aka Mitzy’s Update

Posted on: Monday May 1

Mitzy is doing great, she now has the name Kali. She’s been to the vets, gotten her shots, and wears her LDCRF tag. She’s been a very fast learner, and loves just about everyone and everything. She got potty training down in only a week and enjoys learning new tricks. She’s really starting to settle in with the family and gets along with the rest of the family’s dogs.





I’ve attached a photo of her with one of her favorite things to chew on.

Leo’s Update

Posted on: Wednesday April 19

So this is the story of our dog Leo. My husband and I met and adopted Leo on February 5th of this year. I will never forget the moment we walked in at the petsmart location and I saw this sweet pup. I remember getting an unexplainable feeling that Leo was the perfect addition for our family of two. Leo was incredibly sweet but ofcourse there was a few things to work on. He was very shy and scared and would also bark at most dogs in a not so friendly manner. Although it has only been about 3 months since we have had him, Leo has made an outstanding progress! He is no longer shy, fearful or rough with other dogs. We have taught him to be gentle and kind to other dogs. Leo is a happy and energetic dog who wants to go out and explore the world. We love taking him on outdoor adventures, he loves to play with his toys, tennis balls, and also going on long runs and jogs. I would also love to point out that Leo was a rescue dog from Puerto Rico and it’s adorable how he seems tobunderstands much faster when we ask for basic commands in spanish. My husband and I are more than thankful to have met and adopted Leo! He is the joy of our lives and I will never regret giving Leo a chance. 

Thank you LDCRF

Rosie and Violet’s Update

Posted on: Sunday April 9

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As we celebrate our 6th anniversary of adopting our beloved Rosie (Waleska), and look forward to celebrating our 4th anniversary (in August) of our other precious girl, Violet (Hienna), we just want to share our gratitude and appreciation to Lost Dog Rescue.

Both of our girls were “Satos” from Puerto Rica. The journey we have traveled since being a family has brought us joy beyond words. Both Rosie and Violet went from shy, fearful girls to out going confident, well behaved owners of their universe! Even though they didn’t know each other before- they had an immediate attraction and are never far from each other’s side, nor ours. 

They are so happy, healthy and wonderful and the opportunity to be with them makes every day special. So, in case you ever doubt the impact of the wonderful work being done by lost dog, or the outcome of the efforts of bringing our girls here from Puerto Rica… we want to remind you, it’s made all of our lives perfect!!

Thank you so much!

Zoie aka Christi

Posted on: Wednesday April 5

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We weren’t actively in the market for a second dog…but it happened and it was one of the best decisions ever! We are a Lost Dog alumni family; our beloved Carnival passed away from cancer in April of 2015. A month later, we adopted our Ziggy from another shelter and had readjusted to having a puppy in our home. Fast forward almost two years later and Ziggy and I were leaving Petsmart in Sterling when we ran into Zoië (formerly known as Christi), a gorgeous gray and white pittie mix. Ziggy and her hit it off immediately, and it was hard to tear them apart as they enjoyed playing with each other so much. I thought nothing of it at the time and we went about our day.  A few days later, I could not get Zoië off my mind and decided to check the Lost Dog website to see if she was still available. She was!!! I emailed Lost Dog to see when Zoië would be at an adoption event and a few days later we were anxiously waiting in line to adopt her. Zoië has seamlessly fit into our family and household and Ziggy and her continue to be the best of friends and love each other dearly. We are so happy that Zoië came into our lives.  We know how lucky we are as we could not even make our way out of the store after completing the adoption paperwork without everyone stopping us to see if she was available for adoption. We know it was meant to be and are so grateful that we are blessed to be her family.


Posted on: Saturday April 1

Lobo is doing very well- healthy, happy, and adjusting to our whole family. In fact, we bring him to the nursing home where my father in-law is staying and he brings him great comfort. Plus, all the nurses and staff absolutely love him. As you can see in the photos, he is looking pretty sharp these days. We took him to the groomer’s and now he can’t stop posing!

Simba aka Serge’s Update

Posted on: Tuesday March 28

I changed Serge’s name to Simba ! He seems to be very receptive to it. He’s a great dog I love him so much already. We travel a lot. I had him certified to be Psychiatric Service dog and his temperament is perfect for it. I’ve been teaching him many new tricks. He just learned Paw, and lay. He’s not really treat motivated but he does it just to please me. We go to the dog park daily I am working extensively with him to tame his aggressiveness towards other dogs. I notice it’s only with bigger dogs but he’s is progressively getting better

Olivia’s Update

Posted on: Friday March 24

Our family lost our very loving dog Mia after 14 wonderful years.  My husband suggested that I should try to look for another dog since I was very upset after losing Mia. So, early this month I went to an Animal Shelter and didn’t really find a dog that really caught my eye, even though they were all so cute.  Then one Saturday morning my daughter, myself and our other dog Bacci decided to do to 3 different Pet Adoptions.  Again, I didn’t see a dog that really caught my eye or my heart, and on the 3rd Adoption place which was a Petsmart in Fairlakes I saw Olivia, and I knew that I wanted this cute little dog.  I put my name on the list but seeing that there were 3 other people that wanted Olivia, my chances were not so good. I was told that in cases like this they will have to draw names.  Well, I was the lucky one, and they drew my name so it was meant for me to adopt Olivia.  Our Mia will never be replaced but we are very blessed to have Olivia in our family.  She is such a loving dog, easy to train, attached to Mommy of course and my family loves her so much.  She also gets along with our dog Bacci.  Thank you so much to Lost Dog Rescue cause we found the new addition to our family.  Here are some of Olivia’s pictures. 

Disko Dog aka Buddy’s Update

Posted on: Tuesday March 21

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We are so glad that Disko Dog (fka Buddy) rescued us.  It has been a little over 2 weeks now and he is settling into his new forever home.After jumping over another dog (or two) to get to us on adoption day, he was very shy and skittish for most of his first week with us. 

“Who are you people? Where am I?”  We are very lucky to have a daughter-in-law (who was until very recently a professional dog walker) coming to visit, walk, and play with Disko while we are at work. She even took him out with her on the day the cleaning people were due to come during his first week so that he would not be scared of the vacuum cleaner.  That day was Disko’s turn around day since it was when he met Harvey (our son’s dog – also a LDCRF rescue). Disko was in love – “Oh Boy, a playmate!!!” – and that love brought him out of his shell. Not only did he have a blast playing with Harvey, he started playing with us and letting his personality begin to shine through. He loves all his toys – the old ones we had from Ivan (the first LDCRF dog that rescued us) (yes, we washed them for Disko) – and ALL the new ones that he is getting (such a spoiled pup).  He plays with the toys with us and by himself and with other dogs.

We had our first visit to the vet the first week we had him and he is doing well – although he needs to put on a few pounds. That shouldn’t be a problem since he has no problem eating his food. But he is not a beggar.  We have barely heard a peep from him other than some quiet whimpering when we were first getting him used to his crate. That has passed and he is doing pretty well with his crate.  We hope to give him free range of the house while we are out soon but are still getting to know him. He seems to be mostly house trained.  We’ve only had one accident in the house and that was our fault as we didn’t see the sign – he has been very good about waiting by the door or stairs to the basement when he wants to go out.  

He loves going on walks and is no longer scared of the cars, trucks, and buses as they drive by while we are walking. When he sees a squirrel,  he goes into alert mode – and if dogs could climb trees, he would be chasing them up them.

We are looking forward to many years with our little guy.

Peg aka Victory’s Update

Posted on: Tuesday March 21

In December, our family happened upon a Lost Dog adoption event at our PetSmart in Arlington. So we went in to pet some of the dogs, starting to get a feel for when our time to adopt came next year. Well, it’s not next year yet, and we have a dog! We all immediately fell for Victory, a 3-pawed pit mix who convinced us all now was the perfect time to add to our family. Now named Peg (for her peg leg), she has settled in amazingly well, loving all and loved by all who meet her. People say how lucky she is that we adopted her, but I think we’re the lucky ones. Thank you, Lost Dog, for giving us such an amazing gift.


Lily aka Flacko’s Update

Posted on: Monday March 20

Thanks for reaching out to us regarding Flacko/Lily (we stuck with Lily—the name her foster family gave her).  Lily has settled in very well!  She and our other dog, Russell, became fast friends on day one and – despite a little competition between them- are pretty much inseparable.  Lily is a very sweet, loving pup that truly seems to just want to be one of the family and we’re thrilled to have her in ours.

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We took her to the vet the weekend after we adopted her and got her on heartworm and flea preventative and had her micro-chipped.  The vet said that she’s in good health and that her incision from being spayed is healing well.   She needs to gain a little weight, but she’s working on that and has quite the appetite!


All in all, we couldn’t ask for anything more.  She’s happy, healthy and loved.

BTW—our other dog, Russell, as also adopted from Lost Dog Rescue about 1 ½ years ago— he is also AWESOME!

Thanks for all of the work that you do—it’s an amazing organization that is doing wonderful work!

Gershwin aka Gertie aka Ben’s Update

Posted on: Sunday March 19

In February, we were very lucky to have met and adopted Gershwin.  It was love at first sight.  Gershwin is a shepherd/hound dog mix.  We think he might be part Black Faced Cur, because of his markings and his long legs.   Gershwin is a sweet, lovable pup.  He is smart and has learned several commands very quickly.   We have beds in a couple of rooms for him and he loves snuggling in them.   We were worried about how he would get along with our cat, but he is great at reading cat queues and gives the cat space which has kept interactions calm.   Gershwin loves people and other dogs.  He loves to be very social when we are walking.   We just love our dog and are thankful to Lost Dogs Rescue for saving this special little soul.

Phoebe aka Cindy’s Update

Posted on: Wednesday March 15

Dear Lost Dog Rescue,
Thank you for bringing Phoebe (formerly known as Cindy) into our lives. She is the sweetest puppy ever, makes friends everywhere she goes (especially at the Banneker dog park in Arlington), and has firmly established her place in our hearts. She is a fast learner and is even convincing our two cats that she’s not as scary as her fast movements might indicate. I was so glad to read the updates on two of her siblings, so I thought I’d send along greetings from our sweet girl.

Thanks again for the amazing Phoebe!

Daisy’s Update

Posted on: Monday March 13

I wanted to let you know that Daisy is doing well. She is finally to her full weight of 60 lbs and playful as ever. The scared dog we brought home is no longer. She loves to play with the kids in our big back yard, takes long walks, enjoys sittings outside hours on end on a nice day, learning new commands and follows the kids everywhere, particular my five year old . She doesn’t bark much, but sure is protective over my younger kids. We watch her hop around the back yard like a rabbit and just smile. She makes the kids laugh because she has all the room on our big “L” shape couch yet chooses to squeeze herself in the smallest space between all kids and myself. Daisy seems to think she is a lap dog and tries to sit on us all the time. We are just happy to have a gentle and happy dog. I will send you photos in another email. I can not attach anything in the email for some reason. 


Teddy’s Update

Posted on: Saturday March 11

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Teddy is doing great!  He’s been a very happy addition to our family and gets lots of attention from friends and neighbors too.

 Teddy had his wellness visit at the vet last week, and wears his Lost Dog tags proudly all the time.

 Thanks very much for helping bring Teddy into our lives.  We’re grateful to Lost Dog for all of the good work that you do!

Bran aka Coco’s Update

Posted on: Friday March 10

20170220_153505Coco, now named Bran (he’s a love muffin, the color of a Bran Muffin, hence his name) is doing great. We adopted Keaton from Lost Dog just a few months earlier, and he LOVES his new Lost Dog friend, Bran – if you want to see a great picture of these two unLost dogs, I’ve attached one that everyone I show it to says “awwww – that’s amazing”  Bran and Keaton are our 3rd and 4th adoptees from Lost Dog.


Zula aka Nancy’s Update

Posted on: Friday March 10

We just wanted to share an update on Nancy, now known as Zula.  She is doing great and is settled in.  She already knows how to “sit” and “lay down”.   Her favorite things are to snuggle and play with her brother McBain. (also from LDR).  She loves to follow McBain around and lay as close to him as possible.  She has been a perfect additional to our family!  We can’t thank Lost Dog enough for blessing our family with the best fur babies!


Panchita’s Update

Posted on: Friday March 10

We fell in love with Panchita at a pet adoption event two months ago. She was a rescue from a shelter in Puerto Rico and. according to her records, she had been on the streets for about a year before being taken in by that shelter and given care there for 5 years. She came to the US and Lost Dog Foundation in December. Despite having never had a family to live with, she is gentle, loving and very eager to please. 


We’ve taught Pachita to sit and walk on the leash, and she is almost fully house trained. She loves all of us, and even though she came with some anxieties about men, she is really warming to my husband to the point of snuggling next to him on the bed on cold nights.


Panchita has been a complete joy! I wake up excited to walk her and come home from work each day looking forward to our hugs and kisses and long walks. Having been on the streets most of her life, she loves to be outside and can’t get enough of her walks. She’s really helping me get in shape!


We are so grateful to the Lost Dog Foundation for bringing “Panchi” to Virginia where we could meet her and bring her into our family. Thank you!

Jake aka Negrito’s Update

Posted on: Tuesday March 7

I just wanted to update you on Jake (formerly known as Negrito) who joined my family on February 24. He was so shy and fearful when we first met, and now he’s so relaxed and at home here. He’s an incredibly affectionate and sweet little boy, and so eager to please! He’s completely housebroken, he’s learned “sit” and he knows his new name. He’s learned what toys are and has them sprawled all over the house. His favorite is a fleece bone that he carries from room to room. He loves his new “cousin”–my sister’s dog–and was racing around the back yard with her yesterday playing tag.He is still afraid of stairs, but we’re patiently working on that. Please know that he is VERY happy, incredibly loved, and well taken care of in his new forever home. I can’t thank you enough for bringing us together!

Cookie Monster’s Update

Posted on: Tuesday March 7

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Cookie Monster is doing great and has settled in very well. He had hook worm but we have treated that and he’s probably closer to 10 then 8 but otherwise he’s a wonderful addition to our family.


Bob’s Update

Posted on: Sunday March 5

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Bob, aka Super Bob, is settling in at our house.   We took him to the Columbia Pike vet office the Tuesday after we adopted him and the doctor said he is very healthy, if a bit overweight (over 12 pounds).  We have taken quite a bit of time to acclimate him to our home and 10 year old spayed female cat Pumpkin.  They are not best buds yet but are  getting along.  Bob really goes through toy mice!  He purrs quite loudly and likes to sit next to one of us on the couch and often sleeps by my feet at night.  He is a very nice cat.  I am attaching a couple of photos.
Thanks to all of you for doing so much for homeless animals!

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