Happy Tail Stories!

Below are “Happy Tail” stories about dogs adopted from the 4 Luv of Dog Rescue who have found their forever home. If you adopted a dog from us and would like to share your “Happy Tail” story with us, please email pics and a brief write-up to happytail@4luvofdog.org.

Happy Tail for Reese!

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It’s been about 2 weeks since I’ve adopted Reese and what can I say, it’s a match made in heaven. From the first couple minutes of meeting him at his fosters house, to him putting his paw on my thigh when I put his new collar on the day I picked him up, Reese is a complete momma’s boy. Wherever I go, he goes. When I get home from work, he’s there to give me a welcome home hug and kiss. He was a bit hesitant about his new home at first but with a little bit of coaxing and showing him how to be a family member instead of just a guest, he has really come out of his shell and has taken the family member role perfectly. And let me just say he soaks it up every chance he gets!

Posted by admin on January 2nd, 2020 @ 1:41 pm

Happy Tail for Hank!



Our Happy Tail story is one with a very happy ending.  Our family lost one of our four dogs to cancer this past summer.  While 4 sounds like a houseful, 3 dogs just didn’t feel right and we began casually looking for a dog to adopt.  It had to be the right fit, one that worked in our crazy house full of middle-aged dogs and teenagers.  One that would not upset the apple cart.  Soon we saw a picture on the 4luvofdog website of a beautiful 6 year old sweet and petite golden retriever named Sterling.  We brought him home on October 6, fell in love, renamed him Hank, and the rest is history.   Hank is the most well-mannered dog who absolutely loves his human family as much as his new fur brother and sisters.  It’s as though he’s always been here, with us.  Hank loves to ride in the car, sleep on comfy furniture, swim at the lake, and roll in the snow.   He is truly living his best life and we are so incredibly thankful he is ours.  

Posted by admin on December 20th, 2019 @ 4:11 pm

Happy Tail for Burke!

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Burke here checking in from my forever home.  I’ve been home about a year and a half now and I’m loving life.  My tail wags from the moment I wake up until I’m too tired to wag at night.  Each day my family sees more and more of my stubborn but oh-so-loveable personality.  I really have won them over!  My toy box is full of fun stuff.  I get the run of the house all day when my family leaves for work and it’s been that way from day one.  I can nap in the sun, on the couch, you name it.

I have two human siblings who are great for getting me treats.  I love going for walks with my parents and also car rides.  My favorite is when we hit a drive-through, because I get treats!  Did I mention I like treats?  I’ll do most anything for treats.  I’ve learned new tricks like shake (with both paws), stay, circle, and speak, although I’m not a fan of barking.  Dad & I are still working on my hide and seek skills around the house, but I’m getting better at it.  I’ve even learned the hand signals for all my tricks.  Mom & Dad say it has something to do with communication if my hearing ever gets bad when I’m older.  But don’t worry about me, I can hear the frig open a mile away!  I love everyone we meet on walks and I get along with the neighborhood dogs.  Even vet visits are fun!  I do get grumpy at night when I want to go to bed, but who doesn’t?  If someone bothers me when I’m tired, I grumble a bit, my family laughs, covers me with my blanket and lets me nap.  They say it’s part of my “personality” coming out and I fit right in, so I think that’s a good thing.  Thank you 4 Luv of Dog for the awesome foster home and for finding me my forever home!

Posted by admin on December 15th, 2019 @ 10:34 pm

Happy Tail for Ole!



For years I had been wanting a dog of my own. I patiently waited and waited until I found the dog of my dreams. My dream dog has always been a husky so when I saw Ole on the 4 luv of dog website, I knew I had to meet him. It was truly love at first sight. Seeing Ole for the first time I knew he had to be my dog. He was so well mannered and calm, and his different colored eyes just melted my heart. 

I adopted Ole back in June 2019 and we have been inseparable ever since. Although he doesn’t love to cuddle yet, he is still always by my side when I leave the couch even for just a second. He LOVES going on walks, which keeps me active. He’s been a huge ray of sunshine in my life and has even impacted my family as well. 
I don’t know what I would do without Ole in my life. He’s officially my forever friend!
(He is also the most handsome, photogenic dog, which makes for a very happy photographer mom!)

Posted by admin on November 8th, 2019 @ 12:31 pm

Happy Tail for Ruger!



I have been wanting a dog since I was a little girl….so for my 30th birthday I decided all I wanted was a dog! So Ruger was for sure the best birthday gift I have ever gotten! He is such a wonderful addition to our home and we feel so blessed to have him! Ruger is definitely a people person. Anytime we go for a walk he just wants everyone walking by to give him attention! Personal space is not a thing for him as he loves to be right by your side and LOVES to snuggle! He loves to play especially with my husband! 

Posted by admin on April 10th, 2019 @ 2:21 pm

Happy Tail for Kona!


 We have had our pup for over 7 months now, so I wanted to share our story:

Kona (formerly Kit):

My husband wanted a dog and finally convinced me.  We knew if we got a dog, we wanted to get a rescue one.  We applied late in July at 4Luv, and we met Kona shortly after.  She is two years old, a lab mix, and such a sweet girl.  A few days later, we ended up keeping her when 4Luv brought her for the home visit.  We did have to rename her since our cat is also named Kit.  Kona was a great fit for our family right away.  She is energetic, yet sweet and cuddly at the same time.  She gets a little over excited when we come across other dogs, which we are working on.  I am so glad we got Kona, and can’t imagine not having her.  My 7 year old daughter tells me often that Kona is her best friend.  She has been a lot of fun for our family, and we look forward to having her here for several years!  I would tell those applying at 4Luv to not get discouraged if they don’t get the first animal they are interested in.  We had a couple before Kona we wanted to meet, but they already were in the adoption process.  I realize now, we ended up with the dog we were meant to have. 


Posted by admin on March 20th, 2019 @ 4:53 pm

Happy Tail for Durand!


Posted by admin on March 18th, 2019 @ 1:26 pm

Happy Tail for Aspen!


 Aspen arrived from the reservation on one of the “res runs” we did. She was tiny, limping and the only one of her litter, estimated at around 6 weeks old. She was our first dog foster as we had previously failed with our first cat foster.

Aspen was just a delight from day one. She adored my oldest border collie Smoochie and loved to curl up next to her. She also adored Disco, my other border collie and wanted to be his best friend.

My husband was home with her during this time of the year, so after Aspen’s wellness visit and I told him she was going to get posted, he said she’s pretty perfect and we adopted her. She has brought so much fun and laughter to our family. She gets our border collie Disco playing and they are the best of friends. She adores him and looks for him everywhere, and has brought a playful side of him out that didn’t’ exist before. She loves our two cats and always checks on them, licks them and chases the playful one. They have quite the bond and can often be found sleeping on the spare bedroom bed together in the sun. This girl finds only the most comfortable and luxurious sleeping places, and is often the subject of many iPhone pictures. I couldn’t imagine life without Aspen in our family.

Posted by admin on March 11th, 2019 @ 4:44 pm

Happy Tail for Sumo!



Sumo has been with our family for 1 year. Sumo came into the rescue very sick with Parvo Virus. 4 Luv of Dog Rescue got him the medical treatment that he needed, and he was able to make a full recovery. Sumo is a wonderful addition to our pack.. he is a sweet, funny, busy guy and we could not imagine life without him. He shares his home with 2 other 4 Luv of Dog Rescue Alumni, Ginger and Carson, together they make the perfect pack of Miss fits! We are so grateful to 4 Luv of Dog Rescue for taking Sumo in and allowing us to adopt him.. he is returning the favor by working hard to be a good foster brother for other 4 Luv Dogs that come into our home. We love him very much! 


Posted by admin on March 11th, 2019 @ 4:40 pm

Happy Tail for Gus!

CaptureWe adopted Phinneas in July of 2017, just after we had gotten back from a week long vacation out west. He’d been through a couple different foster families and didn’t always fit in.

I fell in love with him on sight, but my boyfriend wasn’t too sure about our new family member. We decided to rename him “Gus,” as we felt that fit him a bit better than his former name.Desktop

After a few months (and a couple escapes), neither of us thought we could love him any more. But the more our family grows, the bigger our hearts grow as well. In April we got a puppy and Gus has proved to be the BEST big brother our little girl, Echo, could ask for.

They aren’t always the quietest or the most polite, but we love them both so much. We are so lucky to have been able to adopt Mr. Gus. Our life would not be the same without him. He brings us so much joy and comfort.


Posted by admin on October 8th, 2018 @ 10:18 am

Happy Tail for Daisy!

Capture2Hey there, I’m Daisy (formerly Darla) and I was adopted about 1.5 years ago.  After I decided my new mom was OK I settled in right away. My new brother Tank, a dachshund, helped me figure out what apartment living was all about. For example, you have to smell every doorway you walk past.  Every time, no exceptions. I quickly claimed the back of the couch as my spot.  I just love looking out the window – I could do it all day!  Mom made me a cushion for the window ledge so I can sit right in the window if I want to (and I do!) I love love love going for walks!  100 above or 30 below – I don’t care – I’m walking!  I’m lucky our apartment is a 10 minute walk from a neat lake – right in the city, convenient!  When I first saw fish in it last summer I made a squealing noise that startled everyone around. Mom started laughing so hard I thought she was going to fall in the lake.    I also love soft toys now – I wasn’t so sure at first, but when I made one squeak that was a game changer. I tend to throw them over my head and lose track of where they go, so mom spends a bunch of time retrieving them for me; she sometimes mumbles that it’s supposed to be me retrieving them for her, but I don’t know what she’s talking about – this system works fine for me. 

The only thing I still don’t care for is being touched by strangers – I like to decide if I’m ready for some pets. This has been a little difficult – mom calls me a people magnet. I’ve got a neat bandana now that says I’m shy, and mom is quick about scooping me out of the way of grabby hands. Capture

Sadly, my brother Tank passed away unexpectedly earlier this year. I thought for sure mom had left him outside by accident. I sat in the window and looked for him for 3 days straight. I even took my food to the window so I could keep looking for him.   It was rough for awhile but I’m back to my sassy self.  Mom says if I’m good maybe I can get a sibling for Christmas!  We’ll see!
My foster mom, Karen, loved me a bunch so I hope she sees this and knows that I am well loved!  

Posted by admin on October 8th, 2018 @ 10:09 am

Happy Tail for Colter!

CaptureColter, formerly known as Benny, came to 4Luv of Dog after a very traumatic experience. When he was first found, he was dragging his back legs and had no feeling in his tail.  He was placed with a loving 4Luv of Dog foster family. Colter’s foster family potty trained him, crate trained him, took him to puppy training at Downdog Studio and took him to Casselton Veterinary Hospital for chiropractic care. 

When Colter (formerly known as Benny) was first adopted he was full of energy, constantly craving attention but not allowing anyone to pet him. We learned quickly, Colter was very smart. He learned new tricks within minutes and after a few months, in addition to the tricks he learned in puppy training (i.e. sit, lay, leave it, fetch), he understood commands like sit, shake, lay, speak, bow, place, play dead, walk forward, walk backward, sit in the corner, look, jump up, drink water, eat, and “Do you want go for a walk?,” in both English and Japanese.

Colter started to love snuggling, laying on or right beside us. As his foster family stated in his adoption profile description, he follows you everywhere and always wants to be in the know. He loves going to Yuppy Puppy Dog Hotel for daycare and sleepovers. He also loves to carry grocery bags to the kitchen, fetch deliveries from the front porch, go on long walks, swim, meet new people, and take naps.

Through continued chiropractic care and exercise, Colter has built even more strength in his back legs and regained feeling in his tail. He never allows his disability to stop him from living an enjoyable life. He has been on trips across the country, made lots of friends, and he even won a Halloween costume contest.

Recently, Colter visited his local veterinarian at Two Rivers Veterinary Hospital for a breed DNA test. Though Colter looks like a black Labrador Retriever, he is actually half German Shorthaired Pointer and half German Shepard.

In the past year and a half, Colter has become the perfect canine companion. He is definitely spoiled and loved.

Posted by admin on October 3rd, 2018 @ 10:04 am

Happy Tail for Kona!

Howdy! My name is Kona! 


My mom works for Froggy 99.9 on the morning show and they do “Wet Nose Wednesday” with Karen from 4 Luv of Dog Rescue every week. When my mom saw my picture on the website and noticed I needed a FUR-EVER HOME she just HAD to have me! I was found alone and cold underneath a trailer last year on Halloween, so I was pretty spooked! I noticed right away that I was in a better place with a family that loves me unconditionally. I feel so much safer knowing I have my big brother Kodiak (German Shepard/Black Lab) that looks out for me. He is 100 pounds while I am only 17 pounds so it is nice to have my big bro around that always has my back! I am 6 months old now and these are a few of my favorite things: I love cuddling like a baby, jumping like a rabbit, playing in snow, trying to eat Kodiak’s food, singing (howling) and sloppy kisses! Thank you to 4 Luv of Dog Rescue for taking wonderful care of me and finding me a FUR-EVER HOME! 

Posted by admin on June 6th, 2018 @ 10:11 am

Happy Tail for Daisy!



Hi I wanna tell you my happy tails story. My name is Daisy. My mom renamed  me, I used to be known as Daphne. I came to my new home 2 months ago. I love being at my new home. I have an older sister named Annie who at times likes to play with me. But mostly avoids me. It’s ok. I learned real quick I like my daddy’s left shoes. ALL OF THEM. He didn’t seem to mind. Mommy though got made when I took her last pair of sandals before they left for Paris. My mommy and daddy just got married. I did not go, but I got sleep in their bed. It was awesome. Since I have been living in my new home. I have my own bed…my own toys…and I love our walks at night. I am starting to learn my voice and love hollering at people. I love waking my daddy up at 5 am everyday. Even though he gets grumpy..I smile and rub on him and make him love me. I started to go to this cool place where all these other dogs are at. WOW I played all day….then I see my daddy and we go home. Then I nap….allot. I tend to get away with stuff with Dad around compared to mom. But they both love me. I am so thankful found my forever home. Everyone thinks I am a coyote and love on me….I hope to see you all sometimes at the park…or on the rides I take with Dad and Mom. See you all soon. 

Love Daisy. Aka Daisy Duke!

Posted by admin on November 15th, 2017 @ 10:12 pm

Happy Tail for Milo!



Reese and I adopted Milo in late August. I’ve been begging my husband for a dog since we bought our house because we finally had the space and a yard! I’m glad we looked and looked and looked some more because when we first met Milo – He was the dog for us! A few months later, Milo is incredibly loved. His best friend is my sister-in-law’s pup. Milo really loves his belly rubs and going to the dog park. He is an over-all great listener and a better snuggle buddy! Thanks 4 Luv for all you do for all the dogs you care for! You made the adoption process easy.

God Bless,
Reese & Sarah & Milo Streit

Posted by admin on October 25th, 2017 @ 8:05 am

Happy Tail for Bean!


Hi everybody! I am Bean and I’d like to tell you my Happy Tail! My parents adopted me about a year ago. They also adopted another dog I had never met before named Coors. Before I got to 4 Luv of Dog, my human passed away, so we had to go to foster homes. However, when I got to my new home, I adapted to my new mom and dad pretty quickly. I have separation anxiety and a little OCD, so at first it was hard for me when they had to leave for any length of time. I still have that anxiety but it’s definitely not as bad anymore. I now know that they always come back and that I’ll be able to live with them forever.

When I arrived in my new home, I was given the job of teaching my new brother a few things about being a dog. It’s a good thing I’m a good teacher and am very excited about everything I do! He was so scared so I taught him how to play with toys, especially squeaky toys – those are my favorite! I think he likes me a lot and I secretly like being with him too. I’m sure glad I have him to help keep me calm when our parents have to leave to go to work. I also like to sleep with him because we keep each other warm. Did I mention I love squeaky toys? Throughout the day I really like to gather every toy I can find and put them all on my parents’ bed. (I used to hoard them in my kennel but we don’t have kennels anymore.) So every night before we all get into bed, either dad or mom has to try to sneak all the toys off the bed and put them back into our toy box. If I catch them trying to do this or they accidentally squeak one of the toys in the process, it really bugs me. So then I have to go dig a toy or two back out of the toy box and put it back on the bed before we can go to sleep.

I am definitely a snuggler and I love all kinds of affection. I especially like getting belly rubs and will present my belly to pretty much anyone who is present. (FYI – it almost ALWAYS works!!!) I also LOOOOOVE going for walks. I must mark every single tree and usually pull my parents along – I wish they would walk faster, or even run! We’ve been getting to go on more and more trips lately and sometimes I get a little nervous in the car. But once we get there I adjust well. I hear we get to go back to Itasca State Park next weekend. Maybe this time I’ll stand still for a picture by the Mississippi headwaters. I especially like to go to the lake cabin. Even though I don’t like the water very much, I really like pontoon rides. Dad lets me sit in his lap and be the co-captain and it makes me feel pretty important. We also like to take naps during pontoon rides because it’s so relaxing. Well, I guess I like to nap anywhere, really. I basically run at two speeds – go-go-go-go-go and napping. I’m very good at both.

I am very happy living here and my parents seem to like me too – my mom tells me she loves me several times a day and gives me kisses. I am so glad to be part of this little family. Thank you 4 Luv of Dog for taking such good care of me in the meantime. You are all such very special people.



Posted by admin on September 18th, 2017 @ 5:34 pm

Happy Tail for Coors!

Desktop19 Hello my name is Coors and this is my Happy Tail Story! I’ve been with my new parents now for about a year. When I first came to my new home I was very scared and was having trouble trusting my new humans. I didn’t eat very much and would avoid getting close to them as much as possible. But little by little I learned that they would never hurt me and only wanted to show me love. They don’t have children so I think I am a pretty important part of their lives. I don’t think I really knew how to be a dog when I first got here. I had a pretty sad start to my life and I didn’t know any different. After being rescued from a barn, I was adopted, but my new dad passed away and I had to go back foster care. Then, my new brother, Bean, came along. (He was adopted the same time as me.) I didn’t know him before we arrived at our new home together. But he has been so helpful in showing me how to play with toys and just run around and be silly with him and our parents. He is now my best friend and I love to snuggle him.

I have come so far in the last year. I wag my tail all the time and get really excited when my parents come home from work. I now go to them looking for affection – I never used to approach them. I love snuggling with them on the couch and especially before we get up in the morning. (They let us sleep with them every night so that is nice.) Mom tries to kiss on me ALLLLLL the time and tells me that she loves me about a million times a day. I learned that their affection makes me feel really good. I am still pretty scared of other humans but my parents are slowly introducing and exposing me to more social situations so that I can get used to being around different people. Nowadays, I absolutely love being outside and just like to wander around in my backyard sniffing or lay in the sun. I will protect my backyard at all costs from bunnies, squirrels and seemingly harmless people walking on the sidewalk 50 yards away. Our parents have brought us to the lake cabin a few times this summer and I feel so relaxed when we go there. And do I ever like going for pontoon rides! I don’t swim yet but I got pretty brave and waded into the water up to my belly. Maybe next year I’ll go a little further – that water felt really nice.

This year we got to go Itasca State Park. It was our first family trip overnight, and cold and rain kept us in the camper a lot of the time, so I was a little nervous. But I heard them talking about going back there next weekend to try it again. I am excited – I do like going for car rides and now I’m more used to going to different places.

Sometimes I get to visit my foster mom, Penny, and my foster brother, Owen. I really like seeing them and I’m so thankful and fortunate they were there for me when I needed it most. They are so patient with me and love me like their own.

I really like living here and I am glad we all found each other. I know for sure mom and dad couldn’t imagine life without me and my brother – call it a hunch. Thank you so much 4 Luv of Dog for taking such good care of me, and for everything you do to help other dogs like me. I know that some dogs aren’t as lucky as I am, so that makes me sad. But I’m encouraged that there are wonderful people out there that have only our best interest at heart. 

Posted by admin on September 18th, 2017 @ 5:31 pm

Happy Tail for McKenna!

Desktop18It all started when a neighbor had lost a dog and was going through the adoption process.  We really were not looking for a new dog, but we were out shopping for dog food and our neighbor was picking up supplies for her adoptee.
It was at a PetSmart meet and greet of dogs.  We were in the back of the store and looking at all the dogs that were on show.  We saw some really large dogs and some older dogs and there was this extremely cute, small eyed red dog named McKenna there. 
I thought about the processes involved and talked with my partner and we both agreed that she looked like the right size and temperament to be with our older dog.  So I started the application processes not believing that she was going to be available by the time the approval process completed.
After the approval process, we learned that she was not yet adopted, we were overjoyed that she was potentially going to be ours.  Yes adopting a new dog is an adjustment for both you and the dog.
We finally were able to get the appointment to have the older dog Natasha meet McKenna.  At first our older dog was like “why did you bring me this thing?”  We were all set to travel on vacation back to our home states of Pennsylvania and New York, so we had her home for about 2 weeks and the expiration date of the trial was ending on our trip, so it was a mutual decision that she was going to be ours.  We boarded her at the kennel that she was housed at when we picked her up–she was dropped off and had the personality of “Ok, it was nice while it lasted, I’m back where I started.”  Over the course of vacation, we both had wished that she was able to be with us, but knew that the recent events of her short stay with us would not be beneficial to everyone involved. Our older dog made the journey, but looked really saddened without having her newly adopted sister with us.
We returned and went to pick her back up from the kennel.  She was a bit confused and out of sorts like “wow, I think these guys came back for me.”  The older dog was happy to see her back although she probably would not admit it if she could talk.
It has been since around May 15 that we took on a very happy energetic dog named McKenna.  in that time, yes we have had some adjustments to deal with–like how to get 2 dogs to walk together and be together.  McKenna is an amazing dog–she is quirky but we both like the quirks it makes for a very interesting time.
As we learned from the first day that she was with us, McKenna loves to give kisses.  She would walk by Natasha and give her the “run by licking” and Natasha at first was a bit afraid of this; however, now she will just sit still and appears to enjoy those kisses.  McKenna when she first meets someone a person or a new dog is very happy and energetic to meet them–she is slowly learning that to meet other dogs, I have to wait for them to come up to me, as with everything learning takes time–we are working on the new introductions and she is showing vast signs of improvement each time.
Looking through the Facebook pages, I located a video of McKenna on the TV from February which was surprising to see.  With this TV air time it shocked me that she was not adopted before we even met her.  
Looking back, over the past 2 months, I am happy that McKenna was picking her new home. It is said that you don’t pick the dog, the dog picks you.  McKenna certainly fits in with our unique family unit.  
Thank you for having such a kind, sweet and loving dog available when we were not looking for a dog, but had talked about having a second dog.
McKenna chose us not sure why, but I am sure glad that she did.
Earl E. Cottrell, Jr.

Posted by admin on August 2nd, 2017 @ 11:32 am

Happy Tail for Reptar & Adele!

AdeleI grew up with golden retrievers and yellow labs so I always knew I’d have dogs of my own, but never in my life did I imagine I’d have two little black dogs! Sometimes life has other plans for us, though, and I’d love to tell you about my babies, Reptar and Adele (formerly Pepper Pots).

After getting married, my husband and I knew we wanted to get a dog but we never thought it was “the right time”. We constantly browsed the 4 Luv website just for fun, though. In 2014, a dog named Reptar was posted. My husband was immediately obsessed! I, however, thought the dog looked funny and wanted nothing to do with a small, black mutt. I wanted a golden!! Andy talked about this dog constantly and would show me pictures daily. One weekend when Andy had to work, there was a Meet the Dogs at PetSmart and Reptar was going to be there. I agreed to go meet this dog to prove I didn’t like him just so my husband would shut up about Reptar. WELL…I fell in love with Reptar the second I met him and I sped home to fill out an adoption application. My husband called and asked how it went and was shocked when I said I’d submitted an app for him. Shortly after, my favorite little weirdo officially became a member of our family.
We loved how much Reptar adored my mom’s dogs (a golden and a yellow lab), but again, it never seemed like “the right time” to get a second dog. Also, I was reluctant because I was very attached to Reptar and he actually became my assistive animal and helped me overcome severe anxiety. The universe had other plans for us in the summer of 2015! Dana Holscher, an amazing volunteer with 4 Luv, sent me a photo of the saddest looking dog from Standing Rock and said everyone was commenting that she looked like Reptar (he’s kind of hard to forget once you meet him haha). I text her back immediately and said I needed this dog! Dana was Pepper Potts’ foster mom and we “accidentally” ran into the two at Natural Pet Center right after Dana got her. Pepper Potts’ first reaction was to walk up to my husband and show him an endless amount of affection. It’s like she knew she needed to win him over and it absolutely worked!! A couple days later Reptar and Pepper Potts met and they hit it off perfectly. I guess it was time for us to get a second dog! We renamed her Adele because Reptar has a million nicknames, including many that are incredibly similar to “Pepper”. Reptar
To say adopting a rescue dog is easy is the biggest lie I could ever tell. We thought Reptar was a lot of work until we got Adele. Adele had extreme separation anxiety. She escaped from kennels and crates at her foster home, so knowing that would be an issue, we put 25 zip ties on her metal crate. What I didn’t expect was for her to shred the bottom of the crate and move it from one room to another, putting holes in the wall and shredding clothes on the floor in the process. When I was sobbing in our hallway because I was at my wits’ end, Andy suggested we return Adele, but that was absolutely not an option in my book. I took Adele back to the vet and let the vet know every non-prescription remedy for separation anxiety just wasn’t cutting it for Adele. She prescribed fluoxetine - we had to up the dose a couple times - but we’ve never looked back. We also added 60 lbs of landscaping pavers to the bottom of Adele’s kennel so she can’t move it even if she tried! 
To say adopting a rescue dog is absolutely worth it is completely true. The love Reptar and Adele have for us is unbelievable. I honestly don’t remember what life was like before them! It is so rewarding to see them learn something new. Adele didn’t know how to “dog” for about a year but she awkwardly initiates play now and it brings tears to my eyes. Reptar loves to play fetch and tug and is an epic snuggler. Adele loves to chase birds and bunnies and gives an obnoxious amount of kisses. I am so proud of my babies and I’m so grateful for 4 Luv giving these dogs a chance at life. Our family wouldn’t be complete without your rescue efforts so for that we thank you!

Posted by admin on August 2nd, 2017 @ 11:09 am

Happy Tail for Jeter!



We have had Jeter (formerly Gypsy) for almost a year now, and she has been such a blessing!

Jeter was a bit timid the first few days, but warmed up and adjusted very well. She is such a happy dog, who loves perching on the couch to keep a lookout on the neighborhood, digging for rocks at the lake, going on runs, wading in her pool in the summer and destroying every new toy she can get her paws on. She is very smart! Sometimes mischievously smart, but we love her adorably spunky attitude. She wants to be best friends with every dog she meets, and loves every human friend she has.

Thank you, 4 Luv for everything! We cannot imagine our family without our sweet girl.

Posted by admin on May 24th, 2017 @ 4:20 pm