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 Kobe

We adopted Kobe last April from 4 Luv of Dogs. We fell in love with him at a meet and greet at Petsmart. After a patient waiting process we got to drive to his foster home and bring him home.

Kobe loves to go to the lake with us, camp and go on long runs with his daddy and bike rides every morning with his mom. His sisters run and chase with him daily and he loves to cuddle with them on their sleeping bags when they have friends over for a sleepover.

We feel blessed and know that he was meant for our family. Kobe is the best.

~ Jane, Jayme, Elora and Samantha



Posted by admin on May 21st, 2011 @ 12:51 pm

Happy Tail for Chino (Romeo)

We adopted Chino (formerly “Romeo”) from the organization in November of 2009. He has been a complete joy to have around ever since! My husband and I can’t remember what life was like without him.

He really likes the big backyard and we are making plans to build a fence so he can run outside as long as he wants. We discovered he loves going to the lake and playing in the water. He won’t swim but he likes getting wet and fetching his ball. He also really seems to enjoy boat rides.

As you see in the pictures, he almost always has a ball or a bone with him. He’s very smart and knows a lot of tricks already. He loves his daily walks and now that I’m walking him later in the evening so it’s not so hot, he lets me know that he’s ready for the walk! He’ll put his head in my lap whenever he needs to go outside…he doesn’t whine or bark just gives me a “look.” He’s definitely a “mama’s boy”…he follows me all around the house and always has to be in the same room as me. He is really good with our two cats and with kids and other dogs.

What a sweetheart…we couldn’t be happier! ~Allyson


Posted by admin on May 21st, 2011 @ 12:51 pm

Happy Tail for Bufford

Buford, the Blue Tick Coonhound, joined our family in October of 2009. He is a cute, fun and curious dog to be around. It seems like he may have been abused in his prior life due to some of his very noticeable dislikes such as the basement and bonfires. He has overcome his fear of the basement and actually spends time there when we have a bonfire in the backyard!

He can be very independent at times and has claimed his own bedroom in the house. He prefers to sleep alone on warm summer nights but during the winter he knows how to snuggle in with us. And snore…boy…can he snore!!!!!

He gets along well with others and has even been recognized at the park from his picture on the 4 Luv of Dog website!

He loves to go for long walks – but gets really sad when you turn to head for home. Not sure how he knows when we make the turn but we go from a good 4 mph walk down to about 1 mph. If we turn and head the other way we are back up to 4 mph!

He also loves to ride in the vehicles with us and let the wind blow his ears and lips! Being a hound dog – he has quite the nose on him. Not necessarily for other animals but for sweets and treats!

We could go on and on and on about Buford as he is such a cool dog and we are very happy to have found him.

~Mike and Penny

Posted by admin on May 21st, 2011 @ 12:50 pm

Happy Tail for Stella (Hope)

Hello 4luvofdog! Just wanted to give you an update on Stella (formally known as Hope) who we adopted in January. What can I say, she is the best dog in the world! Our family loves her dearly! She hardly ever barks, we had her for about 3 months before I ever heard her bark. She does howl in her sleep sometimes which always gives us a good laugh.

Our 2 little girls are crazy about her. When my 7 year old gets off the bus, Stella is always right there, ready to greet her at the door. We couldn’t ask for a better dog.

I work a lot of night shifts and Stella is more then happy just to lay in bed with me and sleep all day until its time to get up. She is very spoiled.

In one of these pictures she is sportin a new winter coat we got her, although I don’t think she liked it much. :) I wondered for a while why nobody adopted her sooner, and now I realize it is because she was meant for us, and we couldn’t be happier.

Thank you so much for letting us adopt the worlds greatest dog! We certainly love our Stella Bell! ~ Holly

Posted by admin on May 21st, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

Happy Tail for Scooter

Hello! We adopted Rocky about 4 months ago. He is definately an adventurous one. He loves to go to new places and meet anybody and anything. He loves to play with kids and dogs. He is very friendly and has done great with everyone he has meet. He enjoyed playing with my 9 year old sister. He followed her everywhere she went and would sit when she told him to sit. He also loves to sit outside and watch anything and everything move. When he isn’t outside watching everything, he sits at the top of the stairs and looks out the window so he can keep an eye out.


He is a great addition to our family! We love him very much and can’t thank you enough for helping us find him!

~Trisha and Al

Posted by admin on May 21st, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

Happy Tail for Scooter

Hello there! Scooter was adopted 4 months ago from this wonderful organization. He is 10 months now and full of love and energy. It was by chance I found him and he has been a blessing since the day he has come home with me. Scooter had a rough start as a puppy being sick and not feeling well for the first two months he got here, but I think he has forgotten all about his troubles and realized how fun life can be! He loves stuffed animals, playing outside, relaxing in the sun, taking rides in the car, going for long walks each day, and cuddling with everyone. He is currently enrolled in training classes and is making progress each week.

He can sit, stay, lay down, shake, come when called, and even roll over! When he wakes up in the morning, he will jump on the bed and lick you until you get up. A cute thing that he will do is bring his favorite stuff animal elephant, which I call Peanuts, upstairs to bed to cuddle with through the night; he his very attached to it. Since his birthday is coming up soon on July 4th, he will get to go to the lake and play in the water for the first time! Its only been a few months of his arrival and it feels like he has always been apart of the family.

Scooter and I thank you, 4-Luv-of Dogs, for giving him another chance at a good life and home.

~ Scooter and Megan

Posted by admin on May 21st, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

Happy Tail for Simon

Hi Everyone! Simon here. I just have to tell all of you that I am SO happy in my forever home! I’ve actually been here since April 29, 2009, and started as a foster dog with this family when I was only about 6 months old. Seemed like month after month that no one wanted me. Man, it made me sad. People found out that I was afraid of just about everything (other dogs, doors, people, sounds, you name it!) and then they’d move on to the next dog.

There have been dozens of different foster dogs here since then and I see them come and go. I learned to have lots and lots of fun with them but they would always get picked first by adopters. My foster family kept working with me and this really nice lady named Tara helped me and my foster family to understand what was going on with me.

Sometime last fall I started to feel a lot more comfortable and less afraid of stuff so I started showing my foster family what a super cool guy I am. I showed them that I can do everything from running super fast to cuddling on the couch. Guess what!??! On December 29, 2009, my foster family adopted me! I HAVE MY FOREVER HOME!

I absolutely love these guys and I absolutely love 4 Luv of Dog Rescue for rescuing me from a bad situation I was in as a pup and giving me everything I needed and what I needed most was this forever home! ~ Simon

Posted by admin on May 21st, 2011 @ 12:48 pm

Happy Tail for Dottie

Our beloved 9 year old Vizsla died and we got Dottie all in one months time. She has been a great addition to the family during a sad time. When we first adopted her, she was shy and didn’t seem to know how to play. It has been fun to see her personality come out as she became settled in her new home and now runs and plays and seems happy. She loves the kids and they think the world of her. We couldn’t be happier with our new addition and feel very lucky to have her in our home.

The volunteers at 4 Luv of Dog are wonderful. Thank you for all your help helping us through the adoption process!

~ Ellen

Posted by admin on May 21st, 2011 @ 12:47 pm

Happy Tail for Mauer

We adopted Mauer, a Boarder Collie/ Alaskan Malamute mix, when he was 8 weeks old, he was our first adopted dog. He is now almost a year old and loves to play. We have a 3 year old Cocker Spaniel mix named Cuddy and they love to play together, of course Mauer acts like a boarder collie and tries to “herd” our other dog wherever they go. Mauer has been a great addition to our family, he loves to go for walks and obeys about 6 commands and still adding on. We have a 1 year old daughter and I was very surprised how well he does with her. He likes to play with our whole family but has a special attachment to me.

4 Luv of Dog was great to work with and the adoption process was very easy. If you are looking to adopt, this is a great place to do it. We are looking for a small lap dog and will be keeping out eyes on their website.

Thanks again 4 Luv of Dog!! ~Carlos



Posted by admin on May 21st, 2011 @ 12:47 pm

Happy Tail for Bruno

It was a little over a year ago that I saw a picture of Bruno’s big brown eyes pleading for safety and 4 Luv of Dog’s post “Urgent: Injured Pitbull Desperately Needs Help” on the website. After the rescue’s generous supporters raised the money for his first surgery he was on his way to my house which was supposed to be his foster home. I could go on and on about how wonderful Bruno is and how I’m so lucky to have him in my life, but I really just want to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to 4 Luv of Dog and all the wonderful people who helped save Bruno’s life by donating for his care.

Bruno is now a spoiled rotten pittie living the life with his best friend Paydin (who was also adopted from 4 Luv of Dog), his canine sister Dakota, and 6 cats. Bruno comes along with me wherever he is allowed and has changed so many people’s perspective’s on the pit bull breed. Since he is a 3-legged dog so many people want to hear his story, and it gives us a chance to “show off” what pit bulls are really all about. I have yet to meet someone that doesn’t like Bruno!

A million thanks to all the people who knew that this extraordinary pit bull was worth saving.

~Jamie, his former foster mom and now his forever mom :)

Posted by admin on May 21st, 2011 @ 12:47 pm

Happy Tail for Elvis

Elvis became my first foster dog September 11th 2009. He then became my first adopted dog that December. As most foster parents will tell you, it becomes so difficult to give those dogs up. They just move into your home and your heart. And I found that out for myself! I never thought I wanted such a small dog, or a male. But that is what is so GREAT about being a foster parent. Sometimes you get exactly what you need, but never would have chosen for yourself.

Elvis was at the pound and nobody came for the poor little guy. Luckily, 4 Luv of Dog stepped in and was able to save him. He obviously belonged to a family at one point as he was very well behaved and totally housebroken. He absolutely loves his walks and was a perfect puppy this winter when he went on vacation with us to Blue Fin Bay north of Duluth. He loved walking along the boardwalk and listening to all the sounds and smells. Now all we have to say to him is “want to go on vacation?” and he runs and gets his little sweater. Looking forward to Summer time when we can spend time with him at the lake. Already have his little life jacket all ready to go. Just in case he can’t swim!

Thank you 4 Luv of Dog Rescue! You all do such an amazing job for the dogs that are searching for their special homes. You give them that additional time, love and comfort that they desperately are needing!

~ Becky

Posted by admin on May 21st, 2011 @ 12:46 pm

Happy Tail for Mugsy

Mugsy has adjusted fine to his new home and even is beginning to play with his new playmates, my 3 cats. We just love him. I am sending you a photo of how happy he is. Thank you.

~ Betty




Posted by admin on May 21st, 2011 @ 12:45 pm

Happy Tail for Coco

We adopted Coco in June 2009. We absolutely love her! She loves the kids and still has TONS of energy, although I know that our two boys exhaust her a little bit. She is so playful and always wants to play. Which is good! Coco is also very cuddly, which we love, especially me! :) We don’t know her true birthday but the vet claims her to be about two years old now.

We are very glad to have her in our life and she brings so much happiness to our family. We are so lucky.

~ Jamie and Mark

Posted by admin on May 21st, 2011 @ 12:45 pm

Happy Tail for Sidney

Hi, We adopted Sidney last year. She has become a part of our family immediately. We adopted her on Thanksgiving day. Not knowing her true birthday, we declared that Thanksgiving will be her birthday. So every Thanksgiving she gets her small plate and shares in the festivities.

She is a very lovable and happy dog. I was very surprised in how fast she can run and how much energy she has. If food is left out at night and she sees it, that’s is the first place she goes in the morning. She also prefers the laser pointer to any snack or toy. She will drop food out of her mouth to chase it around the house.

Thank you for the service you provide and giving us an additional family member.

~ Mike and Trish

Posted by admin on May 21st, 2011 @ 12:45 pm

Happy Tail for Penny

We adopted Penny a little over a year ago. She’s a 2 1/2 yr old english bulldog and It feels like she’s been apart of our lives forever. She’s made herself at home and is a true couch potato that wants to do everything her way. Training has been very interesting, since it’s like trying to train a cat. Our 2 cats despised her at first and tried to eliminate her twice, by opening up cupboards to dog food and chocolate. Needless to say, 2 vet visits later and a ton of child safety latches, the cats have warmed up to her presence.

She loves short walks, animals, wrestling, food and of course cuddling. She hates car rides, strange men and vaccums (loud wurring noises). I have never had someone so excited to see me when I get home. Her body shakes so hard, when she’s excited, that we’ve nicknamed her tremors. We love her and thank you for all that you do!

~ Chad & Alicia

Posted by admin on May 21st, 2011 @ 12:44 pm

Happy Tail for Deuce

Dear 4LuvOfDog,

Hello there! I adopted my family about 3 months ago and I am glad I chose them. The first night they brought me to my new home, I got to sleep on the bed. I try to take up the whole bed every night and kick my mommy off. I love to go for walks and even have a friend down the hall who joins us sometimes. He is a rat terrier named Duke. He always wants to play and sometimes I don’t so I have to tell him to calm down and behave. His mommy is really nice too. My brother Tristyn is 3 and we get along most of the time. I am his first doggy so he is learning how to help feed me and play with me. I love going in his room at night and laying on the floor by his bed until he goes to sleep. I have to guard the couch during the day. Mommy says I am napping but she doesnt know I am just pretending waiting for the chance to protect the house.

I have some issues with being left alone. I tore up some carpet and I thought they would be really mad but mommy said I was in trouble but she still loved me. I also tore up the bottom of my kennel and bent some wires. I am doing better now but still get very anxious when they leave me alone. They don’t leave me out of the kennel anymore. Maybe eventually I can talk them into getting me a doggy brother or sister to keep me company.

Well thank you so much for finding my family for me to adopt.


Posted by admin on May 21st, 2011 @ 12:43 pm

Happy Tail for Charlie

Dear 4 Luv of Dog Rescue,

It has been almost a year since you rescued me from the pound and found me a new home. I wanted to send you this letter to let you know what I have been up to in 2009.

Click here to read the letter received from Charlie.

I wanted to thank all of you at 4 Luv of Dog Rescue for taking such good care of me and for helping me find a great home and family. I hope you and all of the other dogs at the rescue have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Luv, Charlie

Posted by admin on May 21st, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

Happy Tail for Radar

We invited Radar into our home in late August and he has been a great addition to our family. We purchased a house in June and knew that we needed a dog running around in the backyard as soon as possible. After some searching we came across pictures of Radar and knew he was the one for us.

Radar is the biggest lap dog I have ever had and loves attention. We found that he loves to take car rides especially when the window is cracked to his liking. He is a very quick learner and is obeying orders better and better every day.

We couldn’t be happier to have him a part of our family and can’t thank 4 luv of dog rescue enough for what they do and how they helped make our home a little brighter.

~ Todd

Posted by admin on May 21st, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

Happy Tail for Duke

I adopted Duke in June of 2008 and it was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. Duke has been an awesome addition to my house. When I started to look for a dog I wanted a unique dog and wasn’t looking for a black dog that was part Lab or a male. I decided to meet him anyway and I instantly fell in love with him. Everyone who meets him loves him and thinks he is one of the most well behaved and polite dogs they have ever seen. He has also proved to be an interesting character and not a day goes by that I don’t laugh at him. He has made an awesome running and rollerblading partner and is also quite the hunter. This last summer he caught a bird in the backyard and brought it in the house for us. When we told him to drop what he had in his mouth out came a live but stunned bird. He has also learned directions so when we are rollerblading we won’t trip over each other.

Duke got a sister in July this year. He wasn’t sure exactly what to think of her at first but he now loves her very much and is very protective of her. Duke is a perfect testament as to why someone should not overlook the black dogs in shelters becasue if you do you may be passing on the perfect dog for you. Thank you Kish, Sam his foster mom, and all of the 4 Luv of Dog volunteers for rescuing Duke and for giving all the other dogs out there another chance at having the life they deserve.

~ Sarah

Posted by admin on May 21st, 2011 @ 12:40 pm

Happy Tail for Millie (Honey)

Its been over 1 year now that we adopted Millie (aka Honey) from 4 Luv of Dog Rescue and I can not imagine my life without her. Millie is such a lover. She loves to just snuggle up with you and take a nap. We are all doing great!!!

Here are some pics of her and Josie.

~ Stacie


Posted by admin on May 21st, 2011 @ 12:39 pm