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 Dex & Ben!



I adopted Dex (formerly Dixon) about 3 years ago and Ben (formerly Buckley) last year. When I adopted Dex I always knew I wanted another. I just never knew how perfectly it would work out. From the moment Ben walked through the door they were joined at the hip. I grew up around dogs but have never seen two more comfortable or more perfect for each other.

Posted by admin on November 24th, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

Happy Tail for Kody!

 We adopted Kody and he has been with us for over a month now. We are so happy and thankful that he has joined our family. He is always happy and sweet and greets us with his little smile when we come home from work and school. After just a few days of being shy and nervous, he now happily calls us his own as evidenced by his affection and protection. He lets us know when strangers visit, but listens and is okay as soon as he knows we are okay. Kody is happy to let us know when he needs to go out, and does not have accidents. He loves to run and fetch his toys for us. He enjoys going for walks with us but we sometimes need to carry him the last few blocks, when he gets tired. It is so fun to sit and watch TV or work on homework with a little friend next to you. Thank you again for allowing us to adopt Kody and make him a part of our family! The work you do is so important and valuable.


Paula, Allie and Camryn

Posted by admin on November 24th, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

Happy Tail for Irie!


My wife and I adopted Irie (formerly Ivy) about 6 months ago, Kirsten and Andy Knaus and our daughter Haley.  She’s doing awesome and has adapted as well as could be expected. Her and Roodie, our bulldog, annoy the heck out each other, as well as our cats, Shanti and Puma. We are so glad you guys are able to help unfortunate animals, we appreciate all you do. Thank you so much for this opportunity.

Posted by admin on November 17th, 2013 @ 6:04 pm

Happy Tail for Jake!

Jake has been the perfect fit in our home. I had been looking for a companion for my border collie/lab cross, Alice, and Jake fit the bill. 
He got really comfortable here very quickly, much more quickly than I expected. The first couple of days he was like glue on me. I could barely turn around without running into him! But within days we hit a turning point. He finally realized that since Alice is allowed on the sofa, so is he. Now, in the evening, I have my little corner of the sofa and the two of them often take up the rest. A little more than a week after he joined us, it’s now not unusual to find Jake on the sofa by himself during the day resting his head on the pillow and lying on his back with his legs in the air. It’s pretty easy to see he’s comfortable here! Alice is usually found within a foot or two of her “big brother.” And though Jake is a senior, Alice gets him moving, too, by squeaking toys or showing him how we play hide and seek with treats.
Jake has definitely an indispensable part of our family.


Posted by admin on November 17th, 2013 @ 5:58 pm

Happy Tail for Zeus!

We adopted Zeus over a year ago, but I’m just now getting around to his Happy Tail, and a very happy tale it’s been!

Zeus has become an irreplaceable part of our little family. He greets everyone with hugs and kisses, from relatives to the cable man. People always comment on his good looks, and how can you not?! From the first moment I first saw him, I’ve thought he was the most gorgeous dog ever.

Zeus has had a few accidents, but nothing major. His biggest downfall is his appetite for toilet paper! We have to keep the bathroom door tightly closed, or he’ll eat an entire roll. No joke.

Without Zeus, our lives would be so different. He loves unconditionally, giving hugs when we’re sad and kisses when we’re mad. Anyone who says pitties are mean hasn’t met Zeus, our little lover. Thank you, 4 Luv of Dog, for taking Zeus in and allowing us to adopt him. We love our Zeusiepoo!

Posted by admin on October 9th, 2013 @ 8:57 pm

Happy Tail for De’ja!

We are the lucky parents of adopting a 4 Luv of  Dog from the Wheatland rescue group. She is a little Shih Tzu, we named De’ja Blu Wickie (previously Freedom). She is around 8-10 months old. We love her to death. She is  a perfect fit for us. She is very affectionate & comical. Our two previous dogs were Daddy’s girls, this one is definately a Mama’s girl. So I am loving that.
This is our first time adopting & has been a wonderful expierence. We think our dog is doing so well because she had a wonderful Foster Mom who taught her trust & they had their own Shih Tzu that De’ja learned from. So she is doing excellent. She is a little leery of men, but will give them a chance, if they don’t grab at her. 
She likes meeting other dogs & loves watching children. We live by an Elementary school, so she is throughly entertained watching them from her front row seat atop the couch  or loveseat as she gazes out the windows.  She is very quite & hardly ever barks. She sleeps from 10:00 PM-7:00AM. She has definitely found her forever home, we would not take a million dollars for her. Please consider giving adoption at 4 Luv of Dog a try, we are so HAPPY we did. We would like to “THANK” 4 Luv of Dog for all the TLC & hard work they do.
Richard, Loretta & De’ja

Posted by admin on September 21st, 2013 @ 5:10 pm

Happy Tail for Gizmo & Mya!

We contacted 4 Luv of Dog with a specific request. We were looking for a small dog, adult, quiet, non-dominant and social. Our 14 yr old shih tzu, who lost her partner in January, is quiet and reserved, her new companion would need to be too. We were quickly put in touch with Gizmo’s foster mom and told she had the perfect dog. We met Gizmo (formerly Bingo) and knew immediately that he was going to fit in perfectly with our family. In fact he was such a great addition that we decided to look at getting another dog a few weeks later. A dog closer to Gizmo’s age that will want to play with him. Although Lily enjoys the company, she is not interested in fraternizing with her subjects. That’s how we came to meet Mya. She is the missing link in our dog kingdom. We can’t thank 4 Luv of Dogs enough, especially Amy and Kim. Being able to request specific characteristics in a dog, and know the foster family has seen the dogs in a home environment instead of a kennel so they can match you with the perfect fit, that’s an amazing service to both the rescued dog and new family. As with most rescues, Gizmo and Mya did not come from great beginnings. However, they have quickly become accustomed to the pampered life all dogs should enjoy. A rescue will spend the rest of his life appreciating all he is given just a little more and thank you for his second chance at a great life every day.

~ Chad, Shannyn, Lily, Gizmo & Mya  

Posted by admin on September 9th, 2013 @ 11:27 pm

Happy Tail for Agnes!

We adopted Agnes (the boxer) in January of 2013.  She was immediately welcomed into our home by our older dog, Cubby.  Agnes seemed a bit frightened when we first brought her home, but perked up when she saw that her new home came with a big brother dog!  They are best-buds.  She was underweight when we got her, but has filled out nicely, and adjusted to her new home quickly.  Agnes enjoys being outside, playing with Cubby, and snuggling into her favorite blanket.  Thank you for allowing us to adopt such a beautiful and loving dog!  My husband and I adore her!!

Posted by admin on August 28th, 2013 @ 11:48 pm

Happy Tail for Ace!

I have volunteered with the rescue for over a year, and I have been fostering for close to that. I own a Great Dane and my first foster was a Pitbull. I have never really considered myself a little dog person. When I was contacted about a Chihuahua that needed out of the pound ASAP, I agreed to foster him thinking he would adopted quickly. Little did I know, he would never leave my house. Ace was so scared when I picked him up that it took me ten minutes to get him into my car. He instantly bonded with my Dane and they became best friends! They are the oddest couple, but the perfect match.

About a week later, I was in a panic thinking that if someone wanted to adopt him, I couldn’t let him go. I happened to make a Facebook post about how much I would miss him, and a lot of friends actually donated money to cover his adoption fee! I knew he belonged with us! My fiancé couldn’t say no. The rest is history!

Ace is the perfect addition, and even though I still don’t consider myself a small dog person, he is my exception to the rule. We are still able to take dogs into our home and having Ace around keeps the new dogs in line! He really has no idea how little (12 pounds) he is. I thank this rescue every day for what they do for homeless dogs, but I will forever be grateful for them bringing Ace into our lives!

-Heather, Nick, Maverick and Ace!

Posted by admin on August 28th, 2013 @ 11:42 pm

Happy Tail for Jules!



I just couldn’t be happier with my first dog! Jules and I have already formed an unbreakable bond!! This experience has helped me more than I can express in a short email. I look forward to the many years of excessive energy and funny looks. Thanks again for everything!


Posted by admin on August 16th, 2013 @ 11:26 pm

Happy Tail for Oscar!


Oscar has been a great addition to the family and is already the king of the house. He loves his sister (our 1yr old pug Chloe) and plays and cuddles with her a lot. It’s safe to say he’s spoiled and he gets plenty of treats as well. He is such a sweet boy and we can’t believe how well and quickly he adjusted to our home. He hasn’t had ANY accidents in the house and shares everything with Chloe just fine.His only flaw is that he is a bed hog haha(he sleeps with me at night).  We are so glad we found him and can’t thank the rescue enough for such an awesome boy. :) 

Posted by admin on August 13th, 2013 @ 10:54 pm

Happy Tail for Lacey & Henry!

Lacey and Henry wanted to send you a note to let you know they are living the good life in the Big Sky Country and they want to thank you for making it all possible.  They have a home with a springer spaniel and miniature dachshund plus a senegal parrot, and chinchilla and they have become a part of their new family.  They like the warmer days and enjoy time on the deck in the sun when their family is enjoying the great outdoors with them. Henry and Lacey were very quick to adapt to their new home and they seem to be very happy with all of their new friends they have made.  Henry always gets a huge hug after he has been outside to do his duty and he really waits for that.  Lacey can find a lap to lay in almost any time and their favorite time is lying on the couch in the evening on their fleece blanket with one of their new family members.  They are very special little dogs and we are so thankful they remained together, they are very close.  We appreciate the opportunity to have Henry and Lacey in our home and hope they have many, many days to enjoy their happy life here. 

Posted by admin on August 13th, 2013 @ 10:48 pm

Happy Tail for Vader!

Vader (formerly known as Jenner) has been with us for just about four months now.  We feel very lucky to have him as part of our family. When we met Vader, he really did not know any basic commands, but he has come a long way.  He is even being trained for hunting and is coming right along.  Our beagle, Murphy, and Vader have become best buddies and have so much fun together.

The whole adoption process through 4 Luv of Dog was great!  Vader’s foster mom was awesome and helped us out a lot and even came to our home to assist us in transitioning Vader into our family and giving him the home he deserves.  A big thank you to 4 Luv of Dog for bringing Vader into our family!
The Riskey Family

Posted by admin on August 10th, 2013 @ 6:34 pm

Happy Tail for Steve!

We have had Steve since February and he has very quickly become center of our family.  I can’t imagine how anyone didn’t adopt him sooner.  I am guessing it was fate that brought him to us.  He has been quite a large help to me right away as I was suffering from medical issues at the time we adopted, and he was wonderful when I would have a hard time getting up from the floor, he was strong enough to help me up by being my crutch and always was willing to give a lick when I was down. 

He was a bit playful for what we were used to, when he got here, and the rat and the cat didn’t exactly enjoy that, but our roommates’ dog was excited to have a new friend!  Now we are living in harmony (most of the time) and loves most he comes in contact with.  I have even caught him and the cat playing together! 

Grandma and Grandpa have even taken quite a liking to him and vice versa.  His love for them started when he came in at Easter and Grandma started feeding him right away, so he may be biased.  He had to travel 3 hours to see them and he travels wonderfully so this was most likely a wonderful welcome for him.

We have also found he is wonderful at waking us up before our alarm and though that habit is still not 100% lovable at 5:30am, we will never sleep in and it is great to wake up to his smile.  He also comforts us to bed with his snoring every night.  I can’t help but smile as I close my eyes to go to sleep.  He is quite vocal about most things and we have added his middle name of Chewbacca due to the noise he makes and the fact he responded well to it.  We had to keep his name as Steve because he just looks like a Steve to us!

He can catch anything thrown in the air (food and toys) and always knows when it is time for T-R-E-A-T-S (yes, we do have to spell it out or he will know….)!  My favorite is when we say “car ride” and he starts to run in place with his big smile and his tail wagging.  He loves going anywhere and any drive through window is sure to comment on how handsome he is (sometimes he even talks back).  He went on his first trip to the pet store (where he was recognized by someone) and did wonderfully so I couldn’t ask for more!  It was definitely a special mom and son day! 

I couldn’t imagine a better dog.  He isn’t perfect, but he keeps us on our feet and keeps us laughing too, so for our family, he is perfect!

I have to thank everyone at 4 Luv of Dog for the wonderful dog he turned out to be and the wonderful care he received!

Posted by admin on August 10th, 2013 @ 6:01 pm

Happy Tail for Molly!

We started fostering Molly (aka Olivia) in April, 2011, when she was 10 years old.  She came to the rescue with a mouth full of horrible teeth.  After having nearly half of her teeth removed, she felt so much better!   Sad to say but not many people want to adopt a senior dog.  That is SO sad because seniors have so much to offer.  After a year of fostering, there were no adopters interested in her.  Our family discussed it and we all agreed that even if someone was interested in her we would not be able to give up this gentle soul.   On April 4, 2012, she became a permanent member of our family!  
Don’t forget seniors!  They have a lot of love yet to give!  Molly has proven that and she has been a very much loved part of our family for over 2 years.
The Merkel Family

Posted by admin on July 21st, 2013 @ 11:05 pm

Happy Tail for Izzi!




We’ve had Izzi (formerly Taz) for about 3 months now and really love having her! She is so little, cute and full of energy! She was a shy at first but she now enjoys her big brother Otto’s company! They love to play, go for walks, give kisses, snuggle and bark at things together! Thank you 4Luv of Dog for finding Izzi for us!

Posted by admin on June 18th, 2013 @ 5:39 pm

Happy Tail for Rueben!

I adopted Rueben from 4 Luv of Dog Rescue in July of 2012. 

I was a volunteer at the new facility and this Chihuahua was waiting for a foster, but we were so full with no options so he had to stay at the facility.  He barked and barked, so I took him out of his cage.  We had a meeting and I decided to take him home for a few days until a foster was available. 

I have a Black Lab and a Rottwieller so I knew I definitely would not fall for this little dog.  Easy as can be, take a dog you will never will fall in love with, and you are safe.  Well wrong!!!!  The Chi’s get you every time.  He fell in love with me and I with him!!! There was no turning back and I “foster failed”. This means we fostered a dog and failed to let him go! All fosters fight this each time we foster a dog. We know we can help more and hope we can resist. Don’t doubt we let very special pups go, but only in the effort to help more dogs.

Rueben has become an amazing part of our family.  Rueben is loved by our family, extended family, and my friends at 4 Luv of Dog Rescue, and we are all glad I took that little Chi home that day!   

I still volunteer for 4 Luv of Dog because I believe in the mission and the dogs we help!

Posted by admin on June 5th, 2013 @ 10:12 pm

Happy Tail for Johnny!

I have been wanting a dog for years but knew I wanted to wait until I had a home of my own and a yard for my furry friend to play in. Well, this spring my home dream came true and I must admit one of the biggest perks I was most looking forward to with being a homeowner was being able to adopt a dog. :)

I began the search through several rescue sites and when I viewed Johnny’s profile I instantly fell in love. His long face, perky ears, and big puppy eyes won me over. I knew I wanted a medium to big size dog and I had always loved Pitbull mixes so he seemed like the perfect match!

When I showed his profile to my boyfriend, Bret, he had deja vu. Coincidentally, Bret met Johnny at PetSmart during one of the “Meet the Pets” weekend events a couple months ago. He remembered how well-tempered and relaxed he was and wanted him as well. So, the adoption process began. 

When we finally got to pick him up from his foster, we learned he was living with a lovely Great Dane. I was nervous Johnny was going to suffer some anxiety transitioning to our home with him being the sole dog, but once we got him home he started playing with his toys and acted perfectly comfortable with our home. He cuddled up on our bed that night and has been a cuddle bug with both of us ever since.

He is very well trained and so lovable – yet is a good watch dog. When I am home at night by myself I have no worries of any intruders with Johnny keeping watch. He loves being my shadow as I move throughout the home to see what I’m up to and is always by my side. 

And although he may seem tough, he has such a soft heart. Once I introduce him to a new visitor, he wags his whole body with excitement. If the visitor decides to rub his belly Johnny instantly loves them. 

I am so happy to have found Johnny. He has made us so happy and is a great companion. My boyfriend and I couldn’t ask for a better dog. :)

Thank you 4 Luv of Dog and his foster for bringing Johnny into our lives!

Posted by admin on June 5th, 2013 @ 9:54 pm

Happy Tail for Decoy!


Here is Decoy (formerly known in 4 Luv as Claude)! He stole our hearts from the moment we met him. We took him home on Memorial Day and it was hardly more than 24 hours and we were emailing 4 Luv to say that there was no way we were giving him back…EVER!! He is an absolute perfect fit for us. He is fast becoming our current dog’s best bud and even our 2 cats have warmed up to him, and that is saying something!  He is so sweet, a cuddler and does great in everything he’s done so far. He loves his walks, toys, chewies, playing in the backyard and will soon be checking out his weekend home at the lake. He is so attentive and a quick learner. He has such a mellow personality and just goes with the flow. He had great, GREAT foster’s who taught him so much in the short time they had him, and had excellent care while with 4 Luv. Without this great start Decoy (Claude) would not be where he is now…healthy and in a loving family. I can’t say enough good things about 4 Luv, and can’t thank everyone enough for what they’ve done. We are head over heels for this little guy and are absolutely amazed by what a great puppy he is. We are the lucky ones to get Decoy (Claude), not the other way around.

Ronda and Kreg Kercher

Posted by admin on June 5th, 2013 @ 9:37 pm

Happy Tail for Indy!

I just wanted to update you on one of your rescues, Indy! He is absolutely the best thing that ever happened to our family (well, maybe except our grandbaby) and we just love him to pieces.
Things started out a bit rocky. He had a terrible bout of diarreah for the first couple of days, but after withholding food for a bit, getting on a good schedule and him just starting to relax, it resolved itself. He also chewed up my favorite blanket and then my favorite pillow. But we learned with a little patience, proper chew toys and perseverance that he was very teachable and knows several tricks now as well as good manners.

He’s a high energy, spunky, little comedian that likes to play hide and seek, both with his ball and with me, fetch, tug o war and is a great little bubble bath taker. He’s got personality plus! He’s also extremely gentle with our little 10 month old grandson. He gently licks his little fingers and sit’s by his side when he’s drinking his bottle.
He gets along great with our other dog Rupert, although there was a bit of tension for a couple of weeks. But a week or so ago, Indy had his bone and was chewing on it up on the couch. Rupert whined a bit down on the floor and Indy set the bone down and nosed it off the couch so Rupert could have it. Now THAT’s sharing!!
I just want to thank you for all the good work you do. Without you, I wouldn’t have my work buddy (Yes, Indy comes to work with me every day!), my walking buddy and just the lovely little brown wiggle worm we call Indy!
Jane Larsen

Posted by admin on June 5th, 2013 @ 9:32 pm