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 Lunch!


After foster-failing THREE TIMES (equalling 4 dogs) I thought that for the sake of my family, I should probably stop fostering.  Then I went to meet a transport full out pound dogs from Bismarck.  First off of the transport came a basset/chihuahua/freak of nature puppy, then came a screaming coonhound puppy, and the last bundle of ‘joy’ to come out of the truck was a tiny Chihuahua puppy that had bitten BOTH transporters before getting to Fargo.  Fantastic.

I figured my dog Peter would love the Coonhound pup, so begged my husband to let me take her home.  After scanning the three dogs, he pointed to the tiny Vampire/Chihuahua cross, who was at that point hiding behind a bush barking and snarling, and said “Let’s take that one”.  Figuring that I should follow my own advice and foster a breed I would never in a million years want to adopt (less chance of keeping them that way) we took her home. 

Sixteen hours later, the Vampire had 3 sweaters, my two sons wrapped around her teeny tiny toe, 2 new collars and a nametag… with my phone number on it.  Not to mention a new name.  And thus, Lunch joined our already insane household.  Compared to the rest of my dogs, she’s snack-sized. 

Lunch loves my boys, adores my husband, and keeps my tootsies warm at night.  She keeps my old man dog Oscar young and drives the rest of the dogs nutters with ALWAYS.  WANTING.  TO PLAY.  And thankfully, she’s kept her teeth to herself since she’s been a part of our family.  

Thank you 4 Luv of Dog for our newest family member!

Amy, Jason, Keaton, Grady, Dharma, Peter, Lucky, Oscar & Lunch

Posted by admin on August 26th, 2012 @ 11:29 am

Happy Tail for Stewie & Midge!


Thank you so much for rescuing our dogs, Stewie and Midge. Today, when I was walking them, a young lady pulled up and yelled “nice dogs”. I decided this was a good time to let you know how much we enjoy them. Stewie is a funny boy that is sooo attached and gets jealous very easily then pouts. Midgey is a wild and crazy little gal that just loves to be loved. Stewie shows remorse when he does something wrong; Midgey just “kisses up”. Our family loves them so much. Thanks for what you do for so many.

Rick, Carla, Val, Steph, and Joe Gartner

Posted by admin on August 21st, 2012 @ 8:41 pm

Happy Tail for Ozzie!

Last November (2011) I was able to make my acquaintance with Ozzy, a little apricot/caramel colored Cock-A-Poo. When I met him he was cuter than I saw in his picture on the For Luv Of Dog website. We hit it off right away, but he was still apprehensive about me. We got along wonderfully that night. I have to admit, I wasn’t sure about how well he would adjust, after all, the nick-name they gave him was “Bolt,” referring to his talent for slipping out the door then “bolt”ing away. Yes, Ozzie is FAST. I found out the hard way, when a couple days after Christmas day he “Bolt”ed. He was gone for 6 hours, but found his way home, THANK GOD!!! It was then when I realized just how much of my heart was won over by this furry little Houdini!!! lol I love Ozzie, I couldn’t see myself with any other dog in the world. Boy, is he a cuddler and he is one heck of a goofball. That is his “new” nickname I gave him. He loves to play with other dogs as well. He loves to run and egg-on the other dogs to play with him. He is also a doggie mediator, as well. If he sees two dogs starting to go at it, he will get the two of them to stop, and they listen to him! Everyone who sees him falls in love with him. He loves people and children. I am on disability, and he is there for me, watching me and protecting me in his own way. He knows if I am having a bad day and will stay close to me to make sure I am OK.

Yes, I would say that he is the best thing to EVER happen in my life. He gives me and everyone else he comes in contact with, happiness, joy and love. My little goofball. My little cuttlebug. My little Ozzie. I thank God every day for bringing you into my life. You are special and near and dear to my heart. You are also the most spoiled dog I know, but you deserve every bit of it. Thank you SOOOOOOOOO much For Luv Of Dog Rescue for allowing me to adopt him. Ozzie (a.k.a. Ozzy, and, Bolt) has found his “Forever Home”. He is truly loved and cherished. 

Gratefully yours,

Posted by admin on August 12th, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

Happy Tail for JR/Marley!


We adopted Marley back in May-his name was JR but the first family that took him named him Marley so we kept the name for him. He had a very hard start at life and went through 2 homes and a lot of shuffling around before coming to live with us. He got very sick about 4 days after I got him-it was from nerves-being shuffled around so much-but he came out of that ok and after being with us for a few months, he is doing great! He is a lively lovable little dog-we love him to death! He’s such a little character and very playful and smart. 

We have another dog, Baxter, and they get along great. Marley has been a great addition to our family. He took to my son, Grant, right away. He does have some fear with adult men but we work on that when he is in their presence and I can tell with patience and time, he can come around with that.  

I cannot imagine our lives without him now. He is in his forever home. We will love and care for him forever. 
Karen Duerre Bodway & Grant, Baxter and Marley

Posted by admin on August 12th, 2012 @ 1:53 pm

Happy Tail for Lila!

 We adopted Lila, aka Esmerelda.  She is just delightful!  She is goofy, energetic and full of love and wiggles.  She has learned to sit, shake, lie down and crawl.  She is a total foodie, so is very trainable.  Anything for a treat.  Plus, she is really smart and figures things out quickly.  She sleeps with me at night, and is such a good girl.  

Lila loves my 9 year old Boxer, and has brought out the puppy in her again!  Lila loves to ride in the car, and goes with me everywhere I can take her.  She has been to the lake a few times already and has met all the lake people and lake dogs.  She is very social, and loves everyone.  A little apprehensive around men when she first meets them, but when she finds out they are nice to her, she drops her timidness.  

Thank you sooo much for bringing her to Meet the Dogs where we met her.  I can’t imagine life without her!  


Posted by admin on July 15th, 2012 @ 1:52 pm

Happy Tail for Fozzy!

We adopted Fozzy at the beginning of February and he is one of the sweetest dogs we have ever met. He is incredibly well trained and we haven’t had any accidents in the house or behavioral problems. He loves to snuggle and he and my husband have daily wrestling matches. Every other weekend, we’ll go to the cabin where he can be off the leash, play with other dogs, wade around in the lake, and chase gulls. He LOVES going to the cabin! 

We feel really fortunate to have adopted such a great dog. He’s always making us laugh with his antics (like watching the movie Babe standing in front of the TV) and he’s brought a lot of joy into our home. Thanks for helping us find him!

Posted by admin on July 15th, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

Happy Tail for Priah!


Here is Priah, a boxer mix, with her sister Bella, sleeping in the living room.  We met Priah the first weekend in May and invited her into our home a few days later.  She was blessed with a loving foster home and we are blessed to have her in our lives.  As you can see she gets along with our olde english bulldogge just fine, and she’s a wonderful walking companion for me.  She will have a loving home as long as she will have us.  4 Luv of Dog was easy to work with, thorough with their background check and quick to move Priah into her forever home.  We will work with them again in the future for sure.


Posted by admin on July 15th, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

Happy Tail for Maxum!

Posted by admin on July 15th, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

Happy Tail for Brady!

We have now had Brady, the labramonster for 3 months.  He is such a gift to our family and definitely entertains all of us.  Not knowing much about his background proved to be a bit of challenge at first because Brady had some separation anxiety.  We had a hard time keeping him kenneled or in his outdoor runner kennel because he went to great lengths to escape.  But after lots of modifications to our outdoor kennel and learning to trust that we aren’t going to leave him has eased this tremendously.  I find it hard to believe that anyone would abandon Brady.  He melted our hearts the minute he set foot in our home along with everyone that meets this special boy.  We were told he has “holy energy batman”.  The ironic thing is that everyone that meets him can’t believe how calm he is for being so young.  He is absolutely perfect!

Brady has been on several adventures since he joined our family.  He loves to run like a maniac at my grandparents farm in Argusville and play with his cousins (my cousins dogs).  We took him to the lake and worked with him on swimming and he even liked riding on the pontoon.  He is a master at playing fetch and has a knack for sniffing out anything.  He loves playing hockey in the basement with our son.  Brady went camping on Lake Sakakawea and did really well sleeping in a tent with us.  Brady will also try his hand at hunting this fall.    

But most importantly Brady likes his people.  He is so good with our children.  We just adore and love our diamond in the rough.  Thank you 4 Luv of Dog for guiding us through this process and letting us be a teeny weeny part of the amazing work you do every minute of every day. 

Thank you,

Ed, Leah, Easton and Ella Thvedt

Posted by admin on July 6th, 2012 @ 9:56 pm

Happy Tail for Lola!

Lola (previously Yvette) and Rowdy are best friends. She fits perfectly in our home. She is such a sweet dog; we couldn’t be happier! We’re so glad that she found her way to us :) Thank you so much for the wonderful addition to our family! 

Ryan and Cha’Von Wheeler
Patches, Rowdy, and Lola

Posted by admin on July 6th, 2012 @ 9:50 pm

Happy Tail for Bella!

Bella LUVS camping! She loves running, is such a tomboy and doesn’t mind getting dirty at all, however, she doesn’t like to just be on the ground like a normal dog… she had a favorite camping chair she’d lay in, and she even decided she’d rather be on top of the picnic table than the wet ground after it rained. Well, and it might have had a little to do with she was done being “wooed” by her new boyfriend, Ty the boxer :)  Bella’s definitely an outdoorsey type of girl, and we have many more adventures planned for her!
We’re so glad Bella found her way home to us… we love her! ~ Kelli & Tim

Posted by admin on June 13th, 2012 @ 10:35 pm

Happy Tail for Rocco!

We lost our miniature dachshund, Fritz, on Christmas Eve 2011 due to heart problems. He was a very special dog and we loved him very much.  Prior to Fritz, we had a female miniature dachshund named Heidi.  Fritz and Heidi were together for 11 years until we had to put Heidi to sleep in September 2010.  After Heidi was gone,  Fritz didn’t like being alone.  He hurt his back in December 2010 while in his kennel probably having some kind of anxiety attack since we were not home.  We nursed him back to health and his back was pretty much back to normal by May 2011. While we were grieving for Fritz, we were checking some websites looking to adopt another dachshund.  We love their personalities and we have had 4 over the course of our 32 years of marriage.  We did a search in Google and typed in – dachshund rescue in north dakota – and the 4 Luv of Dog Rescue came up.  We took one look at Rocco’s face and wanted him.  

He had such happy eyes, a cute face, and once we read his story, we knew we wanted him.  His story told about him hurting his back and since Fritz had hurt his back, we thought, yes, we can take care of a dog with a back injury since we have already been through that.  We were also thinking that with a back injury, he might be hard to place and he needed a home.  We filled out the application on line and waited for someone to contact us.  We were contacted the Thursday before Easter for the home visit.  And once we talked with Rocco’s foster mom, Heidi, during the next few days, we couldn’t wait to meet Rocco.

 Since getting Rocco on Friday, April 13, he has become a very important and loved member of our family.   Heidi had told us he was timid and very cautious around men. He took to Rhonda right away and it took a little over a week and Dave had won him over.  More and more of his personality came out bit by bit.  

We could tell we were exposing him to all kinds of new things such as being hugged, playing with toys, fetching a ball, playing hide and go seek with Dave, different kinds of dog treats, and 2 people that love him very much.  We took him canoeing (we even have a life jacket for him) and fishing last week.  He just loved sitting in the canoe and he wasn’t afraid of walking in the water and getting wet while trying to catch a minnow we threw in the water.

 We are so glad for finding the 4 Luv of Dog Rescue website because having Rocco in our family is the best result of that Google search!!!

 Dave, Rhonda, and Rocco Thill

Posted by admin on June 13th, 2012 @ 10:25 pm

Happy Tail for Matty!

My mommy tells me that angels sometimes come in different forms, and that I am her angel!  We found each other through 4 Luv of Dog when I was rescued by them after being abandoned and neglected.  I had to have half my teeth pulled, was covered in bug bites, and my hair was 5 inches and all matted against me, hence my name “Matty”.  My mommy says that one of the reasons she bought her little house was so that she could open her home to a re-homed dog, and that I was meant to be.  When I first arrived, I quivered and shook for days, but now I am much braver and I don’t remember the last time I did that.  I am a very sweet boy who just wants to be loved, held and cuddled.  I fall asleep in my mommy’s arms like a teddy bear every night, and I cannot get close enough to her. I had a hard time chewing when I first came home, but I can now chew my food now, and even like to play rtug of war with a toy once and a while, although I am older and mostly just like to look adorable so that people will cuddle me, especially my mommy’s college students.  That is when I am happiest!  I also love to be carried in a purse, and adore long walks because I “own” the neighborhood, man.  I don’t know how old I am, but I know that I am older, like maybe 10 or 11?  My mommy says that I will be loved and treasured for however long I am on this earth.  We are both so blessed to have found each other, and are so very thankful to 4 Luv of Dog for all they did for me, and for all they do for other abandoned, neglected, forgotten, unloved or abused dogs.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Matty Allebach 

Posted by admin on June 7th, 2012 @ 11:22 pm

Happy Tail for Tully!


Tully has had a rough start to his life. After being adopted once, through no fault of his own, had to be returned to 4 luv of dog rescue and put back into foster care. Thankfully we were blessed to find out about the unfortunate event and got to have Tully as our foster dog AGAIN! Not wanting to let such a wonderful dog get away from us again, we made the decision to adopt Tully. Tully is such a perfect addition to our family. He typically spends his days snoozing on the couch, cuddling, playing outside with our other great dog Scout or giving kisses to his new baby brother, Orin. We could not be happier with our choice!

Posted by admin on April 25th, 2012 @ 10:29 pm

Happy Tail for Ruby & Bert!

Before I was married I had two dogs that were my life.  Rusty the Dalmation and Chloe the Min Pin.  When I got married they accepted the new addition into our lives with open hearts.  A few years later we lost Rusty I was devastated but my wife surprised me with Bruno an Italian Greyhound, Rat Terrier cross.  Who had a rough beginning to his life. And he knew how to melt my heart.  He and Chloe were buds for about a year until Chloe got sick and we lost her too.  Devastated again.  But we grieved and when the time was right we started looking for our next love.  Now ever since Rusty had passed I missed having a big dog so I told my wife we were getting a big dog again.  I told her I wanted a Pit Bull.  Not because I thought they were the coolest dogs but because I knew they had a bad rap and needed the most help.   She refused and said absolutely not.  We started going to adoption days and meeting the dogs.  I kept gravitating toward the pits and my wife finally started to warm to the idea a little.  But was still a bit nervous.  Kish came over and was talking to us and asked my wife if she would consider a pup?  Maybe she said.  So we drove over to Jamie’s house to meet Ruby.  Bruno came with and it was love at first sight.  They played and played and made all of us laugh so hard that I knew my wife was hooked.  So Ruby came home with us a few days later and has been Bruno’s girl ever since.

Now we will fast forward a couple of years.  I had been wanting to foster for 4 Luv for a while.  I was waiting for the right dog.  Well when I saw Bert was back at the kennel and no longer had a foster I knew he was coming to our house.  So I put in that I wanted to foster Bert and a few days later I was meeting Sam to pick him up.  Ruby came with to break the Ice.  But there were no issues and I was walking them together almost immediately.  After a week or so he started to come out of his shell.  And come out he did.  He is a completely different dog.  Happy, bouncy, cuddly and a big giant lap dog.    A real gentle giant.  My 2 year old niece will attest to that.  Well I fostered him for a few months and never had anyone show any interest in him at all.  I was made a job offer in another state and couldn’t refuse it.  And I knew that I couldn’t let Bert go back into the kennel.  Especially knowing how depressed he actually was when I first got him.  So I adopted him. 

So now Ruby and he are in Oklahoma with Bruno, my self and the two newest additions to the family. Wesley a Lab pup that we rescued down here and The Blue Baron a blue and white pit pup.  Everyone gets along great and play even better.  

Bert absolutely loves the pups and his allergies are almost none existent any more.  We are just one big happy family!!  Trying to show the world that pits are gentle giants that are just misunderstood.

Thank you to 4 Luv of Dog Rescue and all the people and volunteers that are trying so hard rescue every animal out there.  And I promise to do the same everywhere that I go.  And you guys know that if you ever need help and I am able,  I will be the first to volunteer.

Shane Tommerdahl

Posted by admin on April 4th, 2012 @ 12:36 am

Happy Tail for Wyatt!


My boyfriend and I met Wyatt for the first time at a meet and greet at Petsmart in February.  We immediately fell in love, we had him over for a home visit/play date with our year old Olde English Bulldog Mix. They played the entire time and Wyatt seemed reluctant to leave his new found best friend! Wyatt had no problem adjusting to his new home and very easily became another part of the family.  

Wyatt is a lover, he will kiss our faces until they are full of slobber! There is never a dull moment in our home now that we have two dogs.  Wyatt is really smart and catches on really quickly. Wyatt has not met a person or dog that he hasn’t liked yet.  He is a ball of energy and a great addition to our family.  Wyatt is very tolerant to his new brother pestering him.  They are usually found snuggled up on the couch together or wrestling on the floor.  We could not have found a better match! 

Thanks for the great care 4 luv of dogs gave him while he patiently waited to find the perfect family.  We are so grateful we were able to adopt Wyatt! 

Erin, Eric, Tank & Wyatt

Posted by admin on April 4th, 2012 @ 12:27 am

Happy Tail for Avery!

My husband and I adopted Bobby January 23, 2012 (my husband’s birthday!) We renamed him Avery after the duck hunting line. (my husband’s hoping he will be a hunter…)

He learned potty training very quickly! But he stands at the door without making a sound so if we aren’t paying attention he potties right in front of the door…ops!  He knows come, sit, fetch and heal. He’s not perfect at them yet but he knows them! Our first night we 

had him he only cried for the first ten minutes we put him in the kennel, after that he’s been quiet ever since J We’ve socialized him with all different kinds of dogs and little kids to…he LOVES them all J he’s such a good boy I’m so glad we decided to adopt! we love him and can’t wait to see him grow…he’s going to be a big boy! We recently bought a house to! more room to run!! We can’t wait to take him for walks and go to the lakes with him this summer!

 Thank you 4 Luv of Dog for letting us adopt Avery!!!! 

 Christine Johnson

Posted by admin on March 18th, 2012 @ 9:01 pm

Happy Tail for Arne!


We lost one of our dogs the middle of January. He was almost 13 years old and a treasure. He left a hole in our family as we all missed him very much. Especially our other 12 year old dog, Gus. We have always had dogs. I can’t remember a time in my life where I haven’t had one. And now I was used to having two! After much thought, we decided we wanted another one and would like to rescue a dog that needed our help. 

We were in Jamaica and I checked your website and saw Arne. I knew he would be a good fit for our family from the moment I saw him! The day after we got home, we met Arne and knew immediately that we would keep him. He was pretty shy and scared at first, but who wouldn’t be after all he had been through in a short amount of time? He is such a good boy! He has such a wonderful personality and can be pretty entertaining! We love him very much!

Thank you so much for all you do! Keep up the wonderful work!

Steve & Tara Johnk

Posted by admin on March 14th, 2012 @ 9:42 pm

Happy Tail for Buddy & Louis!

We adopted Louis and Buddy on December 30, 2011. These two seniors fit in nicely with our other two adoptees. Now a dog family of four. Buddy was groomed shortly after we got him but Louis was too skiddish to be groomed normally. He had to be sedated at the vets then groomed on site. Both came out looking nothing like the dogs we took in. They look great although Louis seemed embarrassed at loosing so much hair and now nearly naked. They are both laid back, quiet friends. Louis will paw at you as a polite request to be petted. A request easily given. Thank you 4 Luv of Dog. It is an honor for this family to provide a forever home for Buddy and Louis.

The Bugbees

Posted by admin on March 6th, 2012 @ 10:49 pm

Happy Tail for Bentley!


We love our Bentley (formerly Brunhilda)! We adopted her last September 2011 and she’s a great addition to our family. She came to us as approximately a 9 week old puppy that was a bundle of curiosity. Not going to lie, she was definitely a “nipper”! She has tore her way through her share of toys, shoes, drivers licenses, credit cards & carpet. Luckily we’re past that stage!

Now she is a confident 8 month old puppy who loves to lay in the sun and take naps on her “special chair” or the couch.  It’s so fun to come home every day and have her wag her ENTIRE body because she’s so happy to see us. She has her own unique personality that we love.

She is one of the most loving and care free dogs we have ever met; she doesn’t have a mean bone in her body. We couldn’t imagine our lives without her.


 Chris & Allie Paul


Posted by admin on March 6th, 2012 @ 10:44 pm