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 Brutis!

My family and I adopted Brutis (aka Kane) back in August of 2011. Just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that he is doing wonderfully! He was somewhat trained when we got him, and has since been going through a home training program and has done beautifully! He’s such a wonderful addition to our family! He is very attached and just loves all the attention he gets. He loves to have a treat of ice-pops and smiles so big for them! 
I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank you for taking care of him before he came to us (his forever home). It feels as though he’s been with us forever! He is totally loved!
Katherine Lynn & Family

Posted by admin on February 15th, 2012 @ 9:51 pm

Happy Tail for Judge!

If you are debating on adopting…DO IT!!!!

Judge, formerly known as Tony, won my heart before we even saw a photo.  After misreading a post that a mastiff/bullmastifff was euthanized the day prior I went into panic and was determined to find and adopt him if he was still alive.  Glad to say 4LuvOfDog rescued him and after a short period of time we brought the big, but skinny, drool machine home.  Judge immediately fell in love with our other bullmastiff, Sheriff. He adores our 14 month old twins and is so gentle with them and sleeps with our 7 year old Gavin.  Sheriff and him share treats and he’s starting to gain some weight.  It’s tough because he spends most of his days running around the back yard with Sheriff bouncing around, eating trees, ripping the tires off bicycles, and shredding feeding bowls.  They are like two rhinasaurus’s with 4 brain cells and with the coordination of a brainless turkey, but may be the funniest thing you’ve ever seen. They were even kind enough to help me refill their bowls by ripping open several 50 lb bags of dog food and distributing it around their heated garage in an excited manner. LOL.  They are both in obedience classes and listen wonderfully, but “twins” always know how to stir up some trouble/fun.  He was learning to fetch but instead of bringing items back he just buries them in the yard.  Sheriff will dig them up and bring it back.  I guess it’s teamwork!!!  They love to help with laundry (as you can see in their “sitting together” photo) they have emptied the laundry basket while playing.
  Judge was shy at first but now he jumps in circles in his crate during the babies feeding time as he knows they will start poking treats through the door, dinner that the twins are supposed to be eating.  I think he thinks they are PEZ dispensers as everywhere they go they leave treats for him and Sheriff.  He’s taken up a love of Funions but due to our need for clean breathing air we try to limit the delicious snack.  We’ve lost all ability to sit on the floor as he thinks he’s a lap dog at approximately 100 lbs (vet says he’s 50 lbs underweight)…and makes sure you have a sloppy kiss anytime you need it.   We weren’t looking to add a dog to the family at the time but we’re so happy he was looking for us.  We love him and he is part of the family and will be forever.  I cannot imagine anyone putting him through starvation and neglect as he is the most wonderful sweetie and compliments our bonehead bullmastiff wonderfully.  We’ve even discussed adding one more down the road….When we have a bigger home, concrete furniture, and a 24 hour drool mopping service.
Thank you to everyone who made his life possible.   He is incredible and is the best friend to our already adored Sheriff.  And I have to admit, we’re pretty in love as well.  Updates to follow.
The Waltons (Neil, Stacey, Gavin, Magnolia, Stryker, Sheriff, and Judge aka Tony)

Posted by admin on February 15th, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

Happy Tail for Reggie!

 You will be happy to know that Reggie the big loveable bear is very happy in      his forever home.  He has learned some new tricks he waits in the window  waiting for daddy to come home from work.  We take a walk around a few blocks  everyday he goes to the grocery store and waits in the car very nice, when we  go to the bank the ladies there give him a treat.  We took him to pet smart the  last time, all the dogs were there he got to see some old friends but was a little  confused maybe thought we were going to leave him there, no way.  He is  spoiled rotten.  He chews up  toys quickly, got him a  nylabone and he sure likes that  but the ropes don’t last long  thats ok, it makes him happy.    He can fetch now but still  kinda likes to play keep away and chase me.  He sits up pretty, shakes, crawls, listens very well doesn’t like it much when you scold him but that rarely happens,  he was a big hit over the holidays we took him to the Cities to Stevens parents everyone loved him and even Grama he followed her around like no ones business and she even warmed up to him he got toys and treats. Never messes in the house and loves to go for car rides and walks.  He has brought so much into our lives that you very much,  Reggie is a godsend. 

- Roberta, Steven and Reggie

Posted by admin on February 1st, 2012 @ 11:16 pm

Happy Tail for Tinsel

As a foster home for 4 Luv of Dog Rescue we open our home and hearts for dogs in need. In the 1 1/2 years of fostering we have had 8 dogs grace our lives. We treat these dogs like they are our own. They learn our rules. They learn our routine and most importantly they learn that someone loves them. Unconditionally. We love them for who they are and ask nothing in return. Many people ask how we do it. How do we love a dog, live with a dog knowing one day it will find it’s forever home and how do we live with the sadness when it is time to let this dog go? This is probably the easiest question to answer in the world of dog rescue. You see, the true sadness is a dog who doesn’t have a home, a dog living in a shelter, wondering when their “time is up”, the forgotten dog. Are there tears shed when they leave us, when we pack up their doggy gear and bring them to their forever home? Yes, because we know our job has been done successfully. Tears of joy. Like a parent sending their child off to college, we wish for them the best and hope they remember everything we have taught them. 

And while they are off enjoying their new life, their new family, they are not forgotten by us, for they have left a paw print in our hearts. Have we ever failed? Yes! Our FOSTER FAIL is Tinsel! We fostered Tinsel for 9 months and in that time we often asked ourselves why she was being passed over. Other great dogs had found their home. Why not Tinsel? She was THE HAPPIEST dog we had ever met! 

She was obedient, loving, well mannered. A great sister to our dog Daisy and cat Apple. Tinsel was a perfect fit for any family. It seemed there was no explanation why she hadn’t found her forever home. Our AH-HA moment came in October 2011 when we heard there was an applicant interested in meeting Tinsel. OUR Tinsel? Someone wanted to meet OUR Tinsel? Tinsel who taught us that happiness is infectious? While some things can’t be explained, the feelings we had were evident, Tinsel HAD found her home. It was right here, with us, the entire time! Tinsel is our BFF. Remember the “Best Friends Forever” necklace you gave your childhood  friend with the heart split in two? You wore one and your best friend wore the other. Well, Tinsel has the half of our heart. She is our best friend. Forever. A true companion with a heart that had room for us, we often ask, “Who rescued who?”.


Mike, Susie, Daisy, Tinsel and Apple

Posted by admin on December 28th, 2011 @ 6:56 am

Happy Tail for Louie (previously known as Phineas)

Our family wanted a dog for many years. We knew we wanted a rescue dog because it is important to help out homeless, abandoned and abused animals.  After many years of waiting, we were finally able to get a dog! We looked at the dogs that were available for adoption, and we filled out the application. Some dogs that we really liked were already taken, and we were starting to wonder if we’d ever find a dog! Then our Mom saw Phineas on Facebook. He is a Maltese-mix puppy that was rescued from a shelter by a 4luvofdog foster mom. Our Mom immediately knew he would be a good fit for us. Our Mom and Dad went to meet him. They fell in love at first sight and now he is part of our family.

We have had Louie (formerly Phineas) since September. We named him “Chewy” Louie because he has chewed up lots of stuff, but he is only a puppy and he is still learning. We love to play chase, go get it, and we go for many walks. Louie is very smart, friendly and playful and has already learned a few tricks like sit, lay-down and high-fives.  Louie has already graduated from Level 1 Obedience Training, and will continue training to become a therapy dog.

 We love our Louie-dog, we are glad he’s in our family!! 

~ J (age 10)  & E (age 6)  
                      and family

Posted by admin on December 22nd, 2011 @ 10:12 am

Happy Tail for Moxie (previously known as Trixie)

We adopted Moxie (aka Trixie) from 4 Luv of Dog Rescue in the middle of August. She was adopted to become a competition dog in agility, and is doing amazing at that, but she is so much more than a competition dog. She is the smartest dog i’ve ever met and one of the cutest. Moxie does have her naughty days though, and those include chasing the cat, digging out plants, and chewing various objects, Moxie also has found out that she doesnt really care for small children.

Other than her few naughty days she is simply amazing. She goes to training class, jogging, roller bladding, and running. She spends a lot of her time playing and lounging with her brothers and sisters that include Ghost the malamute/husky, Sadie the rottweiler, Bear the newfoundland, and Cammie the cat. She is truly the dog that we were looking for and we could not be any happier with her.

We would love to thank 4 Luv of Dog for all that they do to help homeless animals, as well as all their foster families for accepting these dogs into their homes and treating them as one of their own. Keep up the amazing work, it really makes a difference.          ~Allie~

Posted by admin on December 21st, 2011 @ 7:59 am

Happy Tail for Molly (previously known as Sophie)


We had a friend who was adopting a dog from the 4luvofdog rescue in the fall of 2010. When our friend showed us the picture of the puppy she planned to adopt, we saw Sophie and it was love at first sight!! We needed to make sure that any dog that joined our home would be good with children since we had one grand-daughter and another on the way at the time of Sophie’s adoption. The foster Mom brought her four-year-old along for the home visit, and the little girl carried Sophie into the house up-side-down. When we saw that we knew this was the dog for us, and she joined our family in October 2010. Sophie is black with splotches of white here and there. We re-name her Molasses (Molly for short) and she joined Sugar, our brown and white Shih Tzu and Ginger, our golden colored Lhasa Apso. They jokingly refer to the three of them as the “Spice Girls”. I think if we had known Molly a bit better before we re-named her, we might have named her Licorice because she LOVES to lick. Ginger is a great foot warmer and Sugar loves to hug and snuggle, but Molly just can’t seem to give us enough kisses.

Molly also has an adorable personality. Her favorite thing to do with her humans is to get belly rubs. She will literally lay on her back for an hour or longer if she can find someone to rub her tummy that long. There are also not enough squeaky toys on the planet! She absolutely LOVES playing with squeaky toys! Besides belly rubs and squeaky toys, several times a day Molly tries to coax the other dogs into playing with her and chasing her up and down the half-flight of stairs to the bedrooms. When she does this, she growls at them and kicks her back legs out behind her like she is a bull getting ready to charge, Molly has the one of the funniest growls I’ve ever heard. She sounds like a cat purring really loudly! All it takes is for one of the humans in the house to say “Go get her” and the three dogs chase each other until they are exhausted. After that it’s nap time!



We’d like to give a special thanks to 4luvofdog rescue for giving us this very special gift! Molly is by far the sweetest, most affectionate little dog I have ever personally met. She has brought so much joy to our lives, it is hard to imaging what life was like without her.

~Pat & Russ

Posted by admin on December 20th, 2011 @ 10:14 am

Happy Tail for Jimmy

My Husband Jim was the one who went & picked out Jimmy at your adoption event at Pet Smart on Sept. 24th. I was at a wedding for the day and came home to find him. I was unsure at the time if I was ready to have another dog. We have a 7yr old female cockapoo that didn’t seem to get along with other dogs other than her companion that we had to put down last Dec. Of course just before the 2 week trial period was up, we just knew we were going to make this his forever home.

We are snowbirds  and Jimmy and his new friend Roxy,(who by the way decided it’s ok to have somebody new to play with), are having fun in the sun and warmth here in Arizona. Jimmy still needs some attention to deal with separation anxiety when I’m not around, but we are working on that, especially when we go out….I’m glad he’s crate trained….maybe one day he won’t need to be put in the crate…..

 Thank you    

~ Diane & Jim

Posted by admin on December 18th, 2011 @ 3:27 pm

Happy Tail for Penny and Bear

We never thought we would see the day where we would have furry pets as asthma and allergies run in the family. We are so thankful that the rescue has a trial period.

Penny, our yellow lab came into our lives bounding with energy. She loves all the attention she gets from three kids and two adults who spoil her to no end. On occasion she needs

to be reminded she is too big to be a lap dog, but she does try! It was easy to become attached to her and we found ourselves looking at the 4 luv of dog site frequently in search

for just one more dog. We brought Bear (fka Monte) home from the petsmart “meet the dogs” day. The two have brought much joy to our lives.

~ Scott, Brenda, Justin, Noah & Maya

Posted by admin on December 12th, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

Happy Tail for Echo

We added the newest member of our furry family on Friday November 4th.  His name is Echo and he is an Australian Shepard/Blue Heeler puppy that we adopted from 4 Luv of Dog Rescue and our lives have been better since that day. Echo is an extra special puppy as he was born blind, but he has not let this stop him being a normal puppy. I have always thought that things happen for a reason and the string of events leading up to us adopting Echo was one more thing to prove this to me. We had talked about looking for another dog, it was close to our daughter’s 8th birthday, we saw a news segment about a blind dog, and all these things came together with us adopting Echo.

We do have two other dogs, Darby and Dixie (big sisters for Echo) and they have truly enjoyed having him around and showing him the ropes. Echo has learned so much in his short time with us and we are amazed with how smart he is and how he manages to get around despite his blindness. He has now mastered going both up and down the stairs and it is so great to see him running with the other dogs and enjoying his new home.

We have also found that adopting a special needs puppy has also helped us teach our daughter that everyone needs a loving home but that some do need a little special attention. And, our daughter Taylor has taken that role and considers Echo her puppy.

We want to send a huge thank you out to 4 Luv of Dog Rescue for the great work they do in the community and a special thanks to Echo’s foster mom Susie for rescuing him and giving him a great start to his new life!!

~ Judy, Dan & Taylor

Posted by admin on December 2nd, 2011 @ 11:16 am

Happy Tail for Mickey

Mickey joined my family on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, that was the day we began our two week trial period but I knew as soon as I picked him up that I was going to be his forever home.

Mickey came to my attention actually after a dear friend of mine adopted a dog as well, a little blind puppy named Echo.  I had been considering a new puppy and then thought “hey, why not take a look at the dogs up for adoption”.  I began my search half-heartedly given I am a bit limited to the type of dog I can have being an asthmatic with extremely bad allergies to just about everything.   Have faith if you are in the same boat, you can have a dog!

I currently have a miniature schnauzer named Henry so knew I could tolerate that breed easily and he’s been a complete joy.  When I saw Mickey I was so excited.  I won’t deny that initially I was a bit apprehensive given Mickey was nearly 14yrs old but that lasted long enough for me to take a breath and I knew he needed to be a part of my family.   Mickey had been saved from being euthanized and I am so thankful to the 4 Luv of Dog Rescue saving this incredible little guys life because he truly does have so much life yet in him, it was only fair to let him live it entirely.  He has only 8 teeth left and arthritis but he manages to eat like a champ and is amazingly playful with Henry.  It’s so fun to watch.

In reading through the other Happy Tails I was touched especially by Ellen’s story about Tillie, and thought I couldn’t have worded it better than she did when she said:  “See, in this house it doesn’t matter if you can’t see well, don’t have any teeth, need your food chopped into tiny bits, can’t really hear, your kidneys don’t work the best and you are old. You will still be loved.”

Thank you 4 Luv of Dog Rescue for bringing Mickey into my and Henry’s life.  I applaud all the great work that you do.  The volunteers are amazing and have the biggest hearts, they truly are the meaning of kindness.

~ Holly, Henry and Mickey

Posted by admin on December 2nd, 2011 @ 10:03 am

Happy Tail for Ripley & Bear


 We started out being a foster home for Ripley, but after a few months, we decided we didn’t want to let him go, so he became a permanent addition to our family. This will actually be a Happy Tails for two dogs,we also adopted our first dog, Bear from 4 Luv of Dog but never filled out a Happy Tail for him until now.


 Ripley and Bear are like two peas in a pod, they go everywhere together, and they play exactly the same, so they love playing outside together. Ripley’s hobbies include playing with his squeeky ball, cuddling with Mom and Dad, and trying to make friends with my cats. He has succeeded with one, but my girl cat is being a bit more stubborn, she just hasn’t realized how sweet Ripley is yet! 

We adopted Bear 3 years ago and we couldn’t imagine life without him. Now Ripley is part of our family and it is complete now. We couldn’t ask for two better dogs!

Thank you so much 4 Luv of Dog and all that you do. Ripley and Bear thank you too, they couldn’t be happier!

~ Cathy

Posted by admin on November 11th, 2011 @ 8:23 am

Happy Tail for Jake

Jake (half min pin/half mini dachshund  , aka Jake –e-poo’s, joined our family Nov 2010 and  life for our family is just purely blessed by his presence. He is so full of love and energy and actually comes close if not surpasses the energy level of our 7 year old son.  We actually had to get a second dog Aero (from the courtesy page)  just so he’d have someone to play with when we are unable.  Jake loves  to snuggle and if you’re having a bad day he will come up to you and rub his head against yours until he senses you feel better.  He is always the first one up and will not lay done again  until we all leave for work.  Always excited and never down,  Jake just seems to love life and it rubs off on anyone whom he meets.  Jake’s favorite people are Grandma and Grandpa who live 4 blocks away.  If he goes for a walk or gets in a car and we’re not going  towards G and G’s he will let you know. Whenever another dog and him are playing and the game is not going how he’d like he will come and tattle on the other dog.  He will sit in front of you and whine and maybe jump up and down if he wants you  to go correct the situation.  It is soooo cute.  Jake surely has found his forever home. 

~   Josh, Gillian, Owen

Posted by admin on November 9th, 2011 @ 7:59 pm

Happy Tail for Lucy

We adopted Lucy into our home in April 2010.  She is a terrier mix and was about 5 1/2 months old at the time of the adoption. Our entire family has fallen head over heals in love with Lucy since this time.  She is a funny little pup who loves to play, go on long walks with her grandpa and has loads of energy!  She is very sweet and does so well with kids and other dogs.  This summer she had fun with the boys while they were out of school,  made friends with a few of the neighbor dogs, went to several baseball games and went on a few camping weekends with our family, where she loved being outside, playing with the other dogs and even went on a canoe ride!

Our cat is not quite as fond of Lucy as we are as Lucy wants to play and Sammy wants peace,  but the rest of us think she has been a wonderful addition to our family and we are so lucky to have found her.  My most favorite sound is at the end of the day when she cuddles up by my feet in bed and lets out a peaceful sigh….I think she is saying, “ahhh, life is good!”

Thank you to 4 Luv of Dog, what you do is amazing for these animals. It saddens me to think of all the dogs that have not been as fortunate as our Lucy.  We are very proud to have had a very small part in all the wonderful things your organization does.

~ Staci

Posted by admin on November 2nd, 2011 @ 7:57 pm

Happy Tail for Tesa

Tesa has been a great addition to our family.  She is very spoiled and we love her very much.  She likes to bring us a toy from her basket to play.  She has met all of the neighborhood dogs and has even snuck under the backyard fence to play with the dog next door! 

Your organization does wonderful things for animals and we are glad we got to be a part of one of your adoptions!


Posted by admin on November 2nd, 2011 @ 10:57 am

Happy Tail for Harry

I was a little chihuahua roaming around fighting a bad case of mange when my was life changed by 4 Luv of Dog Rescue and my foster mother Brooke.  Brooke took great care of me and with little to no hair she named me Harry.  With Brooke as my foster mom she brought me to the big pet store for adoption days where there were many other dogs looking for a wonderful family to take them in.  I was one of the lucky dogs who was adopted shortly after by my big brother Bear, a fat happy lab, and Ruby my older chihuahua sister who is twice my size (we don’t tell her because she is sensitive, and moody).  I now live the life every dog deserves with a family full of love. 

Thank you 4 Luv of Dog Rescue for providing my successful treatment of mange and helping me find my new family.

~Harry & Tiffany

Posted by admin on November 2nd, 2011 @ 10:06 am

Happy Tail for Tootsie

Hi! It has been over a year since we adopted Tootsie. Tootsie is a Jack Russel/Rat Terrier mix who was about 5 years old when we adopted her. She is a wonderful dog. Since getting Tootsie we have brought home another dog to keep her company during the day, her sister Daisy. Tootsie has come around to having the playful puppy in her territory and occasionaly enjoys a nap with her.

Tootsie loves squeaky tennis balls and is able to play soccer while having one ball in her mouth! Her favorite thing to do is go to grandma and grandpas’ farm outside of Grand Forks and run and run. She loves chasing the cats!

We love Tootsie and are thankful to 4luvofDog rescue for helping us find “our dog.”

~ Amanda, Paul, Tootsie, and Daisy

Posted by admin on October 25th, 2011 @ 7:04 am

Happy Tail for Tillie

This Happy Tail has taken awhile to write because to be honest, it still hurts.  But if it convinces someone else to adopt a dog, it’ sall worth it.  What I love about this rescue is that my kids can be involved, they have been to the pounds, made bandanas for the dogs, been toadoption days. They see first hand what homeless dogs look like.  They know all the dogs on the website and of course there is Dottie who we got from the rescue last year.

We volunteered to run Tillie back and forth to several vet appointments. She melted our hearts and we knew she was meant to live in our home.  She was old and had health problems, we knew this from the get-go, but we didn’t care.  We loved her for who she was!  She made herself at home right away.  She loved to chase the kids and our other dogs. She went everywhere with us!  One day we peeked in her mouth and found alarge tumor which ended up being cancer.  The tumor was removed and we decided to just keep her comfortable and let Tillie tell us when it was time.  About 2 weeks after that she let us know, and she went to Rainbow Bridge.

So Tillie lived with us for 3 months.  She was extremely loved by her foster mom (thanks Jamie) and by our family the last few months of her life.  She was the best dog ever.  See, in this house it doesn’t matter if you can’t see well, don’t have any teeth, need your food chopped into tiny bits, can’t really hear, your kidneys don’t work the best and you are old.  You will still be loved.  Iam proud to be a part of this wonderful rescue, because as Tillie was a minority because she had some health problems, she was still given a chance.  Most dogs in the rescue are healthy and happy and just waiting for their forever homes, but there are some with special needs who are given equal chances too.

So does being involved in rescue hurt sometimes?  Yes.  Will we adopt again?  Absolutely.


Posted by admin on October 17th, 2011 @ 9:26 am

Happy Tail for Titus

I can’t believe it has been a year since I adopted Titus (formerly Coban), a min-pin mix, from 4 Luv of Dog!  I had known for a while I wanted a dog, and Titus is a perfect fit for my life.  He has lots of energy for going on walks and playing at the dog park, but also loves to snuggle on the couch while I read or work.  Some of Titus’ other favorite things include meeting new people, rawhide, peanut butter, and tug-o-war.  I couldn’t have asked for a better dog to come home too evertday.  He constantly keeps me smiling and laughing, especially when he gets excited and his entire body wiggles.

Thank you 4 Luv of Dog for helping Titus and I find each other, and for giving dogs a second chance. 

 ~Melissa and Titus

Posted by admin on October 14th, 2011 @ 2:14 pm

Happy Tail for Bruzer

Bruzer was one of three puppies needing foster homes and as soon as I saw his picture I was in love.  Thank you Jamie for knowing I’m a sucker and wouldn’t be able to say no to him.  :)  We were just going to foster him, but from the moment we brought him home he was part of our family.  We have three smaller dogs and had been waiting for the right large dog to come into our lives.  After fostering so many we knew eventually one would stick around. :)  At the time he was a 20lb puppy and it’s been so fun watching him grow.  He’s 9 months old now and is almost 70lbs.  We’re excited to see how big he will be when he’s full grown!

He’s more reserved than our other dogs, but once he warms up to you his tail wags like crazy!  He loves playing with our other dogs, especially our smallest dog, Dexter.  They’ve been BFF’s since day one.

Bruzer is a great listener and has been very easy to train.  Don’t tell the other dogs that though because we don’t want to make them feel stupid.  :) He’s very mellow and laid back, but almost every day he will get a boost of energy and run around like crazy.  It’s hilarious to watch because he’s still so clumsy with his huge paws.

Bruzer has been the perfect addition to our family and we can’t imagine nothaving him.  A lot of people might think having four dogs is crazy, but I think they’re crazy for missing out on all the fun.  :)

The volunteers with 4 Luv of Dog Rescue are an amazing group of people and I’m very proud to be a part of it.  Thank you!!

~Todd, Stacie, Oscar, Oliver, Dexter & Bruzer

Posted by admin on October 13th, 2011 @ 10:30 am