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 Via!



I wanted to drop you a quick “happy tail” for Miss Via, who came to live with us a little over a year ago. At first, Via was a little anxious around her new dad, but took to the rest of the family immediately. After a few weeks, all anxiety was gone and Via had fully settled into her new family. Via is such a sweetie – she gives “hugs” to greet us and is only slightly delusional in thinking she’s a lap dog (even though she weighs about 65 pounds)! J Via gets along really well with her older beagle brother, and is an excellent family protector. She has a lovely dog bed, but has claimed her spot on the master bed each evening. With this cute face, who could kick her out!?!

Posted by admin on May 24th, 2017 @ 4:09 pm

Happy Tail for Thor!



Hi my name is Thor (formerly known as Barrow). I am about 9 months old and loving my new home! I have been here for about 7 months now as I came as just an 8 week old puppy. I may have a big bark sometimes but I wouldn’t hurt a fly. I love it when my mom spoils me, which is usually a lot! We go to the dog park, the pet store, long walks and to visit my fur cousin, Sulley (the Great Dane)! I may be a smaller, 45lb pitbull but I can hold my own when we wrestle. I hardly sleep when we are together!

I get along great with people of all ages, and my butt goes crazy when I greet them! I’m a big fan of stuffed animals, I have been since I was at 4 luv of dog. My favorite thing to do with them when I get tired of them is rip all the stuffing out, mom doesn’t like that very much because she has to clean up after me. But I know she still loves me. I could not be happier in my new family!

Thank you to 4 luv of dog for saving me and my brothers and sister! I’m so happy to have found my furever home with my mom. Thank you again for everything you do for my fellow dogs around the community!


Thor and Whitney

Posted by admin on May 23rd, 2017 @ 7:50 pm

Happy Tail for Daisy!

daisy1Daisy Mae’s first year of life was pretty rough, but someone stepped in and brought her to 4LOD where she came to me as a foster. “Want to foster a super cute little pitbull who was just surrendered?” Silly question! I’m certain my eyes watered from cuteness overload when I first saw her. My other 4LODR, Miss Molly, and I loved her immediately! We fostered Daisy Mae off and on for approximately a year before I finally admitted to myself there was no way I could let her leave again. After numerous failed adoptions (no fault of her own!) Daisy Mae understandably developed some mental health issues. Those issues, coupled with her serious allergies made for a long road. I’m so thankful I stuck it out with her-she was previously failed too many times and I couldn’t do that to her again.

She loves going for walks, playing with her fur-sister, pontoon rides, but most of all she loves to cuddle! She is a tiny little bundle of energy and love! Who wouldn’t love those crazy ears, sweet smile, and huge heart? Thank you to 4LODR for your commitment to the dogs you rescue!  daisy2


Posted by admin on May 4th, 2017 @ 9:27 am

Happy Tail for Tracker!



We met Tracker in February of 2016 while on a random trip to PetSmart. We were casually talking about adding another fur-baby to our family, but weren’t really looking. On that particular day, 4 Luv of Dog was having a Meet the Dogs day. We stopped at each dog and played for a little while and chatted up the foster parents. We were just about to leave, when my husband saw a precious little (not so little) lady looking right at him. I saw the look on my husband’s face, and I knew he fell in love. We walked over to where she and Gale (Tracker’s foster parent) were standing, and Tracker instantaneously rolled over for a belly rub. That sealed the deal for my husband. While my husband sat on the floor and fell more in love, I talked with Gale. Before I knew it, we were walking Tracker around the store, and I fell in love.

One week later, I was on my way to Gale’s with Copper (my handsome fur-baby) to have them meet and bring Tracker home. I was really nervous about Copper and Tracker meeting due to Copper having some social anxiety. Within a half hour, they were both getting along well enough to know that within a few days, they would be inseparable.

Fast forward a week, we were becoming a very happy little family. Tracker and Copper acclimated to each other really well with little to no issues. And we found out who the real princess of the house was. She figured out that those belly rubs were the best way to get out of trouble with her daddy. We also had our first vet visit within this first week. I felt horrible having the second car trip I have ever took her on was to go to the vet due to a deep sliver in her paw that became infected. Poor thing was stuck in a new home with a new brother and having to wear an e-collar. But, she still made sure that everyone knew that she was the princess sore paw or not.

From that week on, we knew that we were hers. She had become our second child. We couldn’t imagine our lives without our independent, stubborn, bossy, loving, cuddly, goofy, little girl. She had filled a little spot in our hearts that we didn’t know was empty. 

Posted by admin on March 7th, 2017 @ 5:23 pm

Happy Tail for Nigel!




This month marks a year since I adopted Nigel. He was a very nervous dog in the beginning. He is still apprehensive around new people but he is totally relaxed at home now. He very quickly showed that he is a big snuggler at night. Nigel enjoys playing fetch with his toys, chasing bunnies, pointing at birds, and barking at squirrels. When Nigel arrived Rupert gained a snuggle buddy and shadow. Nigel loves having Rupert as his leader. He also finds Rupert convenient as a pillow when they nap and as his hurdle when he zooms around the yard. Thanks to 4 Luv of Dog for taking care of him until I found him!


Posted by admin on February 27th, 2017 @ 9:03 am

Happy Tail for Bram!

PicsArt_1483206462468In late October, my dad, who has volunteered with the rescue for many years, told me about a road trip he was taking to rescue a male dog. A few days later, just out of curiosity, I checked the 4 Luv website to see if the dog he’d rescued was listed. I saw Bram (formerly Braham), and, based on my dad’s description, thought he might be the one. Turns out, he wasn’t. I showed his picture to a couple of my friends, because I thought he looked like such a sweetie, and that was that. Or so I thought. 

Three weeks passed, and I had not been able to get Bram off my mind. I wasn’t looking to adopt a dog. His wasn’t the first listing I’d seen from a rescue. Lots of dogs, sadly, need homes. But there was something about him that wouldn’t leave me alone. After more than a week of questioning myself and my capabilities, and talking with friends, I decided I had to try to give him a home. He’s large, he’s black, he’s a senior, and he’s cosmetically flawed, which, to many, means he’s unadoptable. I knew I could not sit back and not at least try to save his life. So, I submitted an application.
Bram and I met on November 22, 2016. A friend of mine captured our meeting on video. It was love at first sight. He gave me his ball – something I was told he just did not do, and I knew I was chosen. He came home with me on November 23. On the drive, he didn’t stop smiling. He leaned over and licked the side of my face. I cried, and promised him (yes, out loud) that I’d take care of him for the rest of his life.
Today is February 15. To this day, he has not had one accident or marking incident in our home. He hasn’t chewed anything he shouldn’t, damaged the apartment or anything in it, or been aggressive. He greets people at the door with sniffs and kisses instead of barks and jumps. He’s been a great listener and learned from the start, and only improved with his weekly classes at Down Dog, from which he’s since graduated. Everyone who’s met him loves him, and he’s become something of a social media star. Facebook and “Instabram” posts about him are always hits, and I get requests for pictures and videos of him on Snapchat almost daily. This “unadoptable” dog is the ultimate good boy, despite a rough history.
In addition to the notches on his ears, Bram has a lot of external scarring around his neck from either a chain or a rope being used on him at some point in his life. He also has internal scarring, which caused a limp and limited mobility in his back right leg, from some kind of injury. There are a handful of physical and behavioral issues that point to an unfortunate history of abuse.
Still, in spite of these things, he dances when I scratch or rub his rump and hips, and he perks up his ears, smiles, gives me kisses, and wags his tail when I scratch or rub his neck while telling him that he’s my beautiful boy. He now sits, lies down, and climbs stairs with ease, and his limp is long gone. His resiliency inspires me. I love him so much, and am so grateful that I found him. We’ve been together for almost three months now, but it only took a few days before I had a hard time picturing my life without him in it. 4 Luv didn’t just change his life – they changed mine. We are both “furever” thankful.

Posted by admin on February 15th, 2017 @ 12:03 pm

Happy Tail for Barrett!



Barrett has been in his forever home for almost a month now, and already we can’t imagine our lives without him! Barrett really enjoys running and playing in the snow and coming to work with his moms. He touches the lives of the residents living in the nursing home we work at with each visit. Barrett has done amazingly well adjusting to his new home that is so full of love for him. He also enjoys watching animal planet and making new friends on our walks in the park. Barrett loves to cuddle and currently weighing in at 49 pounds, somebody forgot to tell him that he’s not a tiny lap dog haha! Also included is a picture of Barrett from one of his first nights home with us and we soon realized his passion for makeup particularly my bronzer haha!  We have never met a more friendly and silly pup before and we are beyond blessed to make him part of our family! 

Posted by admin on February 15th, 2017 @ 11:58 am

Happy Tail for Vader!




Vader (previously Thatcher) came into our lives on July 26 when he was just 8 weeks old and we couldn’t be more thankful! He is truly a blessing and growing into such a smart and adorable dog. 

He spent his first summer at the lakes and loves it out there, but not too sure yet about all the water since he was so young. However, he ABSOLUTELY LOVES sunbathing. He also enjoys going for walks/runs, working out with mama, going to doggy daycare and the dog park. He is extremely friendly and plays well with other dogs. Vader also found his way up to our bed (which we said we would never do haha) and he quickly claimed his spot between us. Vader is a quick learner and doing very well with training.
We are forever grateful for 4 Luv of Dogs and everything they do for all the dogs they take in.
Thank you,
Shannon and Tyler 

Posted by admin on February 11th, 2017 @ 8:49 am

Happy Tail for Matthew!

Desktop12Hello friends, it is Matthew here checking in. When I first came to 4 Luv of Dogs, I was in pretty bad shape, but boy has my life changed since then! Thanks to 4 Luv of Dogs rescue and my wonderful foster moms, I am a happy and healthy boy and I live everyday to the fullest! 

I moved into my forever home in April and it didn’t take me long to feel right at home. My mom and dad chose not to rename me, but have given me the nickname of Matthew McConaughey (I am assuming it’s because I am so handsome).  

In my forever home, I have a brother Simon and a sister Daisy. My sister Daisy is my best friend and we have so much fun playing together, we could play all day.  Since being in my forever home, I have really come out of my shell. If one of my humans forgets to play with me,  I am sure to remind them of how much I love to play. In my spare time, I enjoy chasing after chipmunks, taking my human’s for a walk, and taking naps on my favorite blanket.

I am eternally grateful to my friends who saved me at 4 Luv of Dogs rescue! Without the dedicated volunteers and donors from 4 Luv of Dogs, I would have not had my second chance. 

Much Love,


Posted by admin on February 1st, 2017 @ 11:45 am

Happy Tail for Betsy Rose!



 My name is Betsy Rose; I was called Betty White when I was living with you but when I came to live with Grama Jo, she changed my name.  I love to sit on the back of the couch and look out of the window where I can see a lot of the neighborhood.  A beagle named Lucy lives next door and we don’t hit it off too well.  I like to go for walks with Gram and also for rides in the car. 
We go to the Dairy Queen once a week and I get a puppy sundae with a milk bone.  Gram gets a pecan mudslide and one day when she wasn’t looking, I took a lick of her sundae; it was very good. 
My cousin Amber volunteers and she is an officer for the MN Humane Society.  She is the one who told Gram Jo about me and so here I am loving my new home.
Gram says that I am definitely a keeper and I haven’t had an accident in the house in the 16 months she’s had me.  She tells everyone about me and tells people to choose a pet from the shelter, you won’t be sorry !!
Betsy Rose

Posted by admin on October 6th, 2016 @ 10:53 am

Happy Tail for Simon!

 Simon snugglingI’m Rosemary and just wanted to let you know that Simon the Chihuahua, who was adopted by me in August 2014 from 4 lov of dog, is really doing well here. The last 2 years have flown by.

Simon is 10 years old now and shares the home with my husband, our other rescue Frankie the Minpin (from Marshmallow Foundation in DL)  We’ve had Frankie for 6 years now.  We have a 13 year old cat since she was a kitten, Bella, as well.   Simon doesn’t like cats (he ignores them totally)  NOR does he like men with baseball caps on.   We all have our quirks.

Simon is enjoying either sitting in the sunspots with his brother (Frankie) or napping contentedly in bed with Frankie.  And then he likes to protect us all from baby bunnies that are outside and then also loves to snuggle in the evenings.  He also enjoys eating,  ear scratches and walks in the yard. 

I wish everyone would know that to adopt a senior dog is all pure joy and I’m glad that I get to have them in our lives.

Thanks again for allowing us to have Simon join our family.  He has a great retirement! 

Rosemary Sandau

Posted by admin on June 24th, 2016 @ 3:26 pm

Happy Tail for Milo!



Milo, formerly Tricks, is approaching 9 months and has been with me for 6 now. He has grown into a goofy 40 pound puppy. Milo graduated puppy kindergarten and loves his trips to the park. He gets to attend doggy daycare on rainy days and crashes as soon as he gets home from playing with his doggy friends all day. He is truly one of the happiest dogs. After our lab mix passed away, Milo made our house a home again and I am one proud dog mom! Thanks, 4 luv of dog, for rescuing Milo and all the other wonderful dogs you find homes for!

Posted by admin on May 31st, 2016 @ 9:19 am

Happy Tail for Jack!




I adopted Captain Jack Sparrow (Jack for short) on March 5th, and could not be happier! He is the best snuggler, and loves to chase birds! He was a little nervous at first around other people and other dogs, but I know understand that his bark is more than his bit! He loves attention, and loves to chase my parents’ three dogs around their yard!

Jack also loves going on car rides with me, and we go on lots of walks to see all of the little critters that he wishes he could chase. He LOVES his squeaky bone, and he is the goofiest little dog that chases a flashlight around the house! I am really glad that I could give Jack a comfortable home where he has been able to relax, be extremely loved,and grow into a better behaved dog! 
Jack has been a great thing for me in my life, and I know that I will love him forever. He has definitely found his forever home in my heart!

Posted by admin on May 20th, 2016 @ 10:38 am

Happy Tail for Poppy!

Poppy (formerly known as Paisley) came into our lives in January of 2016. She has been such a blessing in our household and it is hard to remember life without her here. She is truly one of the family! Poppy is so smart and loving. She is a pro at all sorts of tricks and is learning more and more each day. She is a people pleaser and loves to perform, she is even learning to sniff out deer sheds! Some of Poppy’s favorite activities and tricks include: playing fetch, going on runs, completing commands: sit, stay, shake, rollover, wait, lay down (that might be because of the treat that follows!) But just as importantly, Poppy loves a good nap and boy can she snore! 
There has been absolutely no learning curves for Poppy and she has been an absolute dream. We are excited for warmer weather so we can enjoy even more outdoor activities with Poppy. We learned recently, on my parent’s farm in Montana, that she is a fan of hiking and having some unleashed roaming time in the openness! A group picture has been difficult to come by because we are always out actively having fun and it is hard to sit still, but we included an attempt as well as a few others!
We would like to thank 4 Luv of Dog for helping bring Poppy into out lives and a big thank you for doing what you do everyday!
Jenna & Jared

Posted by admin on May 20th, 2016 @ 10:28 am

Happy Tail for Buddy!



In March, we celebrated our one year anniversary of the adoption our four legged baby, Buddy (formerly known as Chandler Bing).  He is a lab/retriever mix who is about 4 years old.  He is the most kind, gentle, most loving companion one could only dream of.  He absolutely loves to play ball and doesn’t go very far without one.  His “smile” always put a smile on our face.  He is the one constant in our life, always giving unconditional love.

When we decided to look for a dog for our home,  we originally looked around and kept our options open.  We then discussed that we wanted a rescue dog.  We reached out to 4 the Luv of Dogs and the rest is history.  Words cannot describe how thankful we are that we did.  The love that a rescue has for their furever family is a love that one can’t describe,  only experiance.  It’s truly hard to imagine life before our baby, Buddy.

I would like to thank 4 the Luv of Dogs volunteers and for the work that you do for these dogs.  There is a special place in heaven for each and every one of you.  I would also like to thank Buddy’s Foster family and foster mom, Karen, for the loving home they provided Buddy during his adoption process.  It was very evident the love and care you gave  Buddy during his adoption process.

Thank you again,

John, Janelle, Noah and Buddy

Posted by admin on April 29th, 2016 @ 8:59 am

Happy Tail for Rose!

Rose came to us as a foster in July, 2014, from a local pound; they told us she was a horrible matted mess before they shaved her down.  It must’ve felt great to get all that yucky stuff taken off!  She was nearly blind but an ophthalmologist determined she had a disease called SARDS (sudden acquired retinal degeneration syndrome). 
It took a few months but she learned to trust us and realize that she was safe.  Our dogs had to learn how to give her space because she treated anything that bumped into her as a threat.  We have all come a very long way since then!
In December 2015 we decided we just couldn’t let her go so she became a Merkel!  She definitely has her quirks and can be grumpy and grouchy but she is our little cuddle bug, grumps, grouches, quirks and all!

Posted by admin on April 20th, 2016 @ 7:29 am

Happy Tail for Freyja!

Desktop5Freyja (previously Michonne) joined our family April 6th, 2015 and it has never been the same.  Our time together started out a bit rough, as she had not had much in the way of behavior training and had no idea how to let us know what she wanted.  After joining training classes and spending lots of time working with her, Freyja has come leaps and bounds from where she was when she first stepped into our home.

Since getting her we have learned that Freyja will do just about anything for food, except roll over.  She loves to swim at the lake, go out on boating trips, and loves long walks.  She has even made a few dog friends at the dog park, which is somewhat difficult for her. 

In October of 2015, we went on a road trip to Boulder, CO.  Once we were in Boulder, she got to go on a hike in the mountains and we even found a fenced in dog park with a walking trail and a lake.  Needless to say, she was in heaven!

Freyja has changed our lives so much in the year that we have had her and we cannot imagine ourselves with any other dog.  She has tons of energy and it has inspired us to become more active, to spend more time doing what she likes to do.


Posted by admin on April 3rd, 2016 @ 1:29 pm

Happy Tail for Merle!




Hello, I’m Merle ….formerly known as Bono.  Just wanted you to know I’m loving my new home with my mom and new brother Odin. I have lots of fun with them both, I love my food, bed and toys. Odin and I play in the back yard and lay in the sun on the porch.  Mom takes us for rides in the car and it’s awesome because we each have our own dog bed in the back seat, but I prefer to lay right next to Odin cuz I love him.  I would like to thank 4 luv of dogs and my foster mom Corrine for taking such good care of me.  The picture shows me in my new shirt with my brother. Love, Merle

Posted by admin on April 2nd, 2016 @ 10:35 am

Happy Tail for Watson!



It has just been a month since I found my new family and I have settled in pretty darn easily.  My name is Watson (formerly Tank), and I am the pumpkin colored, four year old Bullmastiff chillin’ next to my new brother, Fawkes.  Fawkes, the Wonder Pug,  was five when he joined this family seven years ago and he found them through 4luvofdog too.  I think we’re pretty smart pups and very happy to finally be home, loved, and happy!

Posted by admin on March 17th, 2016 @ 5:04 pm

Happy Tail for Gretchen!



This is Gretchen. We adopted her almost a year ago. She and Ginger our other rescue get along great. Gretchen adjusted to the farm and the freedom of going in and out the dog door. She does not leave the yard and meets us nightly out at the mailbox and races us back to the garage. Loves sleeping on our bed and we can not thank 4 Luv of dog enough for this wonderful addition.

Leon and Maggie Heller Leonard ND

Posted by admin on March 17th, 2016 @ 5:00 pm