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Dolly

Dolly was adopted in October 2014, her adopters Marie-Anne & Dominik say she rescued them!  

Dolly became a Canine Good Citizen (CGC, an AKC certification) in October 2015.  She then received her Novice Trick Dog title in March 2017, her Intermediate Trick Dog title in September 2017, and her Advanced Trick Dog title in January 2019, all three from Do More With Your Dog!® Watch Dolly's special video "Follow your Dreams - Dog Tricks - Dolly" @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSyTKg6SnlI

Dolly is bright smart, very funny, and super affectionate. HER PARENTS LOVE HER TO PIECES AND ARE SO PROUD OF HER!

Do More With Your Dog!® is the world’s leading Trick Dog program and the first official sanctioning and organizing body for the sport of Dog Tricks.  


Flyer

Flyer has filled a huge hole in our family and brought us great joy, laughter and unconditional love. He has become a faithful walking companion to myself, a boyhood buddy to my son and nighttime snore machine to my daughter. I am thankful that this big 'ole guy crossed our path... he has been a true blessing to our family.


Nilla

Nilla is the most wonderful bestfriend, loyal, obedient, silly, charismatic, and I could go on endlessly listing her qualities. She is doing great and has grown mentally since we adopted her. We adopted her in July 2015 and by October we could see the transformation in her . Thats when she began to discover her innerself. She has become more comfortable with herself and is no longer compmetely codependent on me. At first I couldn't walk from one side of the room to the other without her in my feet ( which I didn't mind ) much less room to room of the house. Now she is totally OK with continuing to snooze in her personal chair while I go about my work throughout the house. She knows on her own when it's bedtime and when I walk in our room she's already there. I found her in bed , head on her pillow, and covered with the comforter up to her shoulders.  Granted that's after she has her fun rolling around in it , tossing all of the pillows off, only leaving the two we use. Since her adoption we adopted another small dog named Oti in November. The two are best of friends. Oti has helped her in many ways. His example of interacting with people has taught Nilla how a dog returns affection. That's when she finally began to lick us once or twice on our hands.The two are such a blessing for us to have in our lives. Nilla has accepted and become very accustomed to the spoiled life we provide her. The first time I met Nilla I had my doubts and really wasn't sure of her. She came down the walkway unsure of herself, resisting the leash, and slightly grawling. What made my decision to go ahead and adopt her was the reaction she had  to my daughter. I knew it when Nilla locked eyes with my daughter . Nilla then walked straight up to her and they touched nose to nose. Seeing the complete change in Nilla at that moment gave me chills and made me realize she was meant to be part of our family. I can't imagine what life would be like if we hadn't adopted her. My family and I would like to thank all of you at ARF for the long hours, dedication, and hard work you all put in to saving these animals. If it were not for all of you at ARF , we would not be blessed by having Nilla in our family. I will send pictures of her tomorrow to you . I apologize for such a long explanation. I am just a very proud mom of my Nilla and how much progress she's made over the past few month's . 

Thank you all again so very much, 
  


Axel
Axel

Hi! Our family adopted Axel from ARF-LA about 6 months ago. We were looking for a larger, protective dog with a very calm disposition who loved people and especially children. We were cautious about who to adopt from - we had heard horror stories about dogs who were really sick and dying, and certain agencies/animal control facilities keeping that information from the family adopting. However, the first time I took him to the vet, the doctor was impressed with Axel's excellent health! Axel is 5 years old and half greyhound, half German Shepherd. He has been as absolute joy! He is loyal and obedient. Everyone who comes to our home falls in love with him.  And I am not a very experienced dog owner, but it was so obvious that Axel was excited and appreciative about being a part of a new home. He does not try to run away AT ALL and is incredibly smart. He loves to run right beside me during my morning runs and doesn't pull on his leash (unless he sees a squirrel!), plays in the neighborhood with all of the children, and loves affection. We were not expecting this transition to be so effortless. And anytime I had a question about Axel, ARF-LA was quick to answer my question as best they could! We can not say enough wonderful things about this experience. We highly recommend anyone considering a pet, to view ARF-LA's animals! Our family is 100% satisfied. We can not imagine our family without Axel.


Dana

Dana is doing well. We have started training with her. She sits and lays, although stay is hard for her. She gets along well with our male boxer. They play a lot and cuddle. She is funny and has some cute quarks. She likes to head butt you in the mornings to go outside and eat. She also makes this sound that sounds like Chewbacca from star wars. We often tell our friends she can speak wookie.  She has fit into our family perfectly and we are glad we had the opportunity to adopt her. 

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