April 12, 2020

Our precious little Sparkles has a new home!  She will be joining her new mom Katy in Sacramento, CA.  Katy is a friend of a family who adopted our little Rose about 4 months ago who went to live in Davis.  A very special thank you to Jelena for referring Katy to us.  Sparkles new name will be Mika.  Thank you Katy for your golden heart!!!

Sparkles back story is she was a stray in Stockton and we said we would help her.  She was actually found very close to the house where my friend Sheri and lived with Sadie, Piper and Elsa our new three girls.  She joined us either on our near the day Sheri passed away.  I wanted to honor Sheri and name this dog after her.  Every time I walked into her room with a dog, her eyes would sparkle.  So I thought Sparkles would be a perfect name for her.  Katy is going to change it to Mika, but in my heart I will always remember her as Sparkles.  I am so thankful that God picked us to help her doggies and this one as well. 

Thank you Mika for being such a wonderful, loving girl and I know Sheri is watching down from Heaven and very happy you found a perfect home.  Enjoy your new life baby girl! 

April 25, 2020

Well, Calli packed her bags up and Darrell and I drove her to her new home with her new mom Mischa in Marina, CA.  Mischa has had 4 Golden Retrievers from True Love Rescue.  I have become very good friends with Jill and Lynn from True Love.  Jill lives about 4 miles from us and we're always doing something together that involves a dog or two or three.  Anyways, about a month ago Lynn mentioned that Mischa was looking for a smaller, maybe Poodle mix to adopt.  When Mischa saw Calli she just knew that was the perfect dog.  Mischa and I spoke a few times over the phone and we agreed to drive her to Marina. 

When we got to her house, Calli who now is going to be call Mouse walked right in.  She was pretty interested in what I was going to do.  Mischa has a small backyard and I volunteered to bring our weed whacker and blower and tidy up her yard for Mouse.  Oh, did I mention Mischa has orange wing Amazon named Harvey.  His 45 years old!!!  Wow! 

After Darrell and I left Mouse whined for a little while and then she soon settled down and got lots of pets and loves from her new mama.  Mouse came from a single dad and he had a two year old son who tried to hurt the dog several times and one time Mouse snapped back.  She had enough of that stuff.  So, he told me he went all around Sonora where he was from and nobody would let him surrender her.  So, then he came to Lodi.  He got the same results.  One person at the Lodi Shelter referred him to us.  I received and email that said...Poodle she need to be gone today!  I have never received one like that before, so I called the number back.  He was in a state of panic and literally said is he can't leave her with someone today that he was going to drop her off in a park and leave.  I told him NOT TO DO THAT!  I grabbed Darrell and we jumped into the car and meet up with him.  When I saw her I just knew we needed to be her saving grace.  He passed her over to us, signed some paperwork, and off we went. 

My friend Jeweline volunteered to clean her up for us and she loved staying with Princess and Oreo, but her favorite was loving me!  She's a total love bug!  She even gave me a tattoo for a week.  I was sitting on a toddle bed trying to give the others attention too, and she took her paw that was sharp trying to get my hand for pets and she got my face.  It was pretty noticeable, but that was more than ok in my book!

Mischa, thank you so much for opening up your heart and home to Mouse.  I know you both were meant for each other.  I know God placed Mouse in my life for this very reason.  Jill and Lynn, thank you both so very much for your part in Mischa's and Mouse's future.  You both are near and dear to so many people's and dog's hearts!!!

Mouse, thank you so much for being such a good little girl.  Princess and Oreo say hi and next time we're down your way we'll come by for a visit.

On our way back home, we stopped by for a real quick hello in Hollister.  Jasmine who adopted Spotty and Lucy about a year ago had some doggie goodies to donate to Poke-A-Dot's.  Oh my goodness we got lots of awesome things!  Thank you so much!  You are your hubby are wonderful doggie parents and I am so proud to have you both in our Poke-A-Dot's family.  I could tell Spotty and Lucy rule the house! 

Thanks again to all who made this possible and Mouse always remember you'll never have to look backwards and you'll never have any worries anymore.  You're LOVED!!!

March 8, 2020

Miss Cookie is in her new home!  She recently joined the Poke-A-Dot's family.  Her former family had too many dogs and they needed to find a new home for her.  They reached out to my friend Jeweline who has a grooming shop in Stockton and Manteca.  Her daughter from the Manteca store took her in and then I came and picked her up.  She's a very sweet little girl and she's going to love her new home. 

She backed her bags today with a little of help and we took a drive over to Petaluma.  Her new family consists of her new dad Joe and her mom Holly.  Her new husband as Holly calls him is Oscar.  They had previously lost a special family member and wanted to help out a dog in need.  Holly has been an avid follower of Poke-A-Dot's Rescue on our Facebook Page for a very long time.  She saw our dog Maggie and was interested but I already had a comittment for her.  The next day little Cookie literally fell out of the sky. 

They had a few things on their calendar and I kept her for about an extra week.  She was such a good girl and I just love her face and her loving personality.

Thank you so much Holly and Joe for reaching out to us and for opening up your hearts and home to Cookie.  She and Oscar and going to love each other!

And of course thank you to Jeweline and her daughter for all of their love!

February 3, 2020

Our dear sweet Curly now has a wonderful new home.  His new name is going to be Charlie.  His new mama Jamie, the middle gal in the photo reached out to us wanting to offer a new home to Charlie.  What a wonderful family who is all about helping rescue doggies.  Jamie lives with her mom and sister and all three of them love dogs.  Charlie is about 11 years old, and I am so proud to have this family join our Pokeadot's family.  They love the seniors!!!

Charlies new home is in the Sacramento area and he's doing really good settling in.

Thank you Jamie and family for loving Charlie!!!

February 24, 2020

Captain is home!!!  And his new mama Judy has him at the center of her heart now!  Judy just recently lost her husband and she really wanted to adopt a special little companion.  Judy stopped by the Lodi Shelter last week and feel in love with Captain.  One of the volunteers Suzanne referred Judy to Poke-A-Dot's.  She called me from the shelter and I was actually on my way to the shelter to see if I could pull Captain and have him join Poke-A-Dot's.  So, this is what happened...I pulled Captain, took him down the street to AA Groomers to get a good bath and groom and then he stay with us until today when he went to Lodi Vet for his neuter. 

Judy came out a couple times to visit with him while he got to relax from shelter life.  He was a frequent flyer at the shelter and he had an issue with his right eye.  I was pretty happy when our Vet's office called me today and told me they found a nasty foxtail in his eye.  Now with a few days of treatment, it should heal up and not leak out gunk. 

Captain is going to love his new mama and his new home.  I just got an update and he was following Judy all around the house.  He's still pretty mellow from his surgery.  Judy, thank you so much for wanting to adopt a dog who really needed a new and secure home.  He'll never have to worry about being unwanted ever again.  Thank you for all the love you and all your family members will be giving to Cappy.  Oh, and did I mention we have another local adoption?  Cappy and Judy live in Lodi, so I can't wait to go and visit him when he's all adjusted. 

Cappy, thank you so much for being such a wonderful boy this past week you were with us.  May God watch over you and your new mom always!

February 11, 2020

Sonny Albert "Walter" is now home!  We had previously adopted him around Christmas time and his new mom at the time made the decision that he needed to be in a much more active family.  So, she brought him back and we found the perfect active family and Walter with have his very own sister doggie to have lots of fun with around the house.

His new mom reached out to us.  Tarah remembered seeing Walter before when we previously had him.  Tarah and her husband Michael came here to meet him and it was a perfect fit.  Both dogs played till they were very tired and their precious little girl joined the fun.  I wanted to take him and get groomed before bringing him to their house this week.  So Tuesday, Walter got groomed while I was playing tennis and then we packed his bags and headed off to Sacramento.

Michael is a Captain at the City of Lodi Fire Station #2.  Remember Captain Dave who found our bashful boy hiding in a bush?  It sure is a small world!  Poke-A-Dot even got to go for a visit and get her photo taken on a fire truck.  Welcome to the Poke-A-Dot's family! 

Thank you so much for opening up you hearts and home to Walter.  He's going to love all of you!!!

January 25, 2020

Luke our little 5 month old puppy who fell out of the sky one day and landed in my arms is now in his new home in San Francisco.  He's our second doggie who moved to the Mission Bay area of San Francisco.  He will be living with is new mom and dad Monica and Mauricio.

Here's Luke's back story... About three weeks ago when I took two dogs into my groomers, a mention was made of a lady who needed help for a 4 month old puppy who looked just like a small Golden Retriever.  They gave her my phone number to reach out to me.  So, in the back of my head I knew this dog may be coming to us.  I was out at the Bank of America on Kettleman Lane in Lodi doing a store deposit (I normally go to the branch downtown) and my phone rang.  It was Tania the lady with the puppy.  I asked her what the story was behind the dog and this is what she told me.  She was at Walmart in Lodi last Sunday and this guy had a box of puppies.  I believe 7 of them.  He was giving them away free because he said he couldn't keep them at his house anymore.  This gal has a huge heart for dogs and she wanted to help at least one of them to a bright future so she took little Luke home.  Turns out one of her dogs isn't too fond of a new pup and she's scared to leave him home with her other dogs.  She's been taking him to work with her and he's been hanging out in her car.  She also said she works in a terrible location in Stockton and knew she couldn't keep taking him with her for his own safety. 

After I heard the story, I asked her where she was at and it turns out she was almost right across the street from my location.  So, I went to meet her and Lucas.  Tania put Luke in my arms and I could tell the need was really there.  She was in tears because she really had fallen in love with this special little boy.

I put Luke in my car and it was about 3pm and walk-ins just started at my vet and he'd had one shot and was due for his second round so we stopped by and completed his vetting.  He checked out very healthy.  He was born on August 26, 2019.  He weighs in at 16.5 and growing.  I had a parvo test done and it was negative.  Got him home to introduce him to the others and he's a little shy and scared still.  He's a very sweet boy!!! 

So fast forward about 3 weeks and Monica reached out to me the day I posted Luke.  She and her husband were looking for a young addition to their family.  She works at a dog friendly company and really would like to be able to bring him to her office.  Her husband works from home so they'll be able to spend some time "in training mode."  They came to meet Luke last Saturday and they immediately feel in love with him and believe me he feel in love with Monica and Mauricio.  So, Luke packed his bags and headed home to San Francisco. 

He's doing great!  Got his last puppy shot this week and he will be starting some training classes.  He's going to love his new life.  I can't thank Tania the lady who saved him enough!  She just knew she couldn't leave him in an unwanted situation.  Her heart was in the right spot!  She's been checking in with me to see how he's doing on his transition.  Thank you for your kind heart!!!

Monica and Mauricio, thank you so much for reaching out to us and making it a priority to help a rescued dog in need of a loving home.  The world needs more people like YOU! Little Luke, thank you so much for getting along with Rocky, Lavern and Shirley and being such a good little boy while you were with us.  We love you boy and can't wait to come and visit you when you get all settled in.

May 19, 2020

Thank you Pamela (she and her husband Bill adopted one of the 9 toy Poodles...Abigail.  Pamela referred Patti to us.  She was looking for a bonded pair and when she saw Princess and Oreo (now Roxy) she fell in love with them.  Patti and her niece Brittany and her daughter Alice came and meet them about 2 weeks ago.  They knew these were the perfect dogs!  And, so did I!  No doubt either for the dogs.  They both took to them really good.  Considering when they first got here they lived in a crate for about 2 weeks just coming out to eat, drink and go potty.  Then they started to trust again.

You see, they pretty much had to spend their lives living in a garage.  My friend Jeweline who has a grooming shop in Stockton took them in.  Owner came in with three dogs and only wanted to go home with one.  She said they both lost their jobs and thought the younger dogs would be best in a new home.  Mentioned to me on the phone that they pretty much were garage dogs.  Princess is Roxy's mama and both of them love each other so much! 

Pamela and family, thank you so very much for opening your hearts and home up for Princess and Roxy.  They're gonna love their new family so much!!!  And, Pamela and Bill thank you so much for the referral.  I can't believe it's been a year since all those 9 toy Poodles where climbing all over us.

Princess and Roxy, we love you and thank you both for being such wonderful girls!

Well, this was FAST and AWESOME!!! I just got a text from June saying she was going to be a foster failure and asking for FiFi's hand in adoption. No thinking on my part...SO, FIFI IS HOME SWEET HOME!!!!

FiFi’s previous owner came in Lodi Vet and in a nut shell wanted to put FiFi to sleep because of a growth on her foot. After examining her the Vet said she could not put her to sleep. (Her toe nail was so overgrown it created an issue on her foot. Trimming the way too long toenails and an antibiotic and she’s on the mend.) So after telling her again she wasn’t going to put her to sleep the lady surrendered her to Lodi Vet. She’s been staying with McKenzie’s sister but her family is too busy for this little one and gone from the house too long. So, McKenzie reached out to us for help.

She's now with her new mama who’s going to foster her until we find a wonderful new home for FiFi. June recently fostered Buddy and now she’s ready to share some love with a dog who deserves so much more! Today, she's had her out for a little walk, introduced her to her dogs, played a bunch with her and now FiFi is fast asleep under her blanket. Thank you so much June! I am so thankful God put you into our lives to touch special dogs in need.

FiFi is 10-12 years old and in good shape. This is why the Dr could not put her down. Sweet and loving and knows the doggie door.

Thank you to the staff at Lodi Vet for caring so much!!!

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Jan. 19, 2020

Willie Jr who I we named after my stepmoms dog Willie now has a new home!  He moved in with Leilani and Bill who life in Stockton.  They lost their companion and wanted to help Willie feel loved and invited him to join their family.  When they came to meet Willie Jr. I knew it was only a matter of days before I was going to have to put Willie Sr. to sleep.  They were very understanding of what was going on.  I introduced them to Willie Sr. first so they could meet the dog I named Willie Jr. after. 

It was love!  He jumped in their arms and that was it!  So Sunday was going to be the big moving day.  Willie and I packed up his things and drove to Stockton.  He's such a great little boy!  We're so excited because Leilani and Bill are going to keep his name Willie.

The following day on Monday we had to say goodbye to Willie Sr.  However, his spirit will live on thru so many people who loved and cared for him.  Plus his name will live on thru Willie Jr.

Thanks to both Willie's for being the best boys ever!!!

And Leilani and Bill have a great time getting to know your precious boy.  He's going to enjoy you both very much and he'll never have to worry about being homeless again.

May 19, 2020

About two months ago, Jane reached out to use and really wanted to adopt a precious little one.  At that time we didn't have any available dogs.  Jane called me last week to check in.  I told her we had just gotten Honey and Miss Yorkie into Pokeadot's.  She beat me to the phone call!  They came over to meet them and you could just see it in their eyes they really had a hole in their hearts.  I showed them a photo of another dog we were getting the next day.  Mind you the dog in the photo was a mess.  Dirty and mats all over the place.  Jane's face lit right up.  So, the day after I got the new cleaned up little girl, she and I took a ride her over to Jane and Lyle's house in Lodi for a meet n greet and she decided she was home!  Perfect match!!!  So, she stayed there and this week she had her vetting all done.  Now, she'll never have to worry about being a stray dog living on the streets ever again.  A very special thank you to all the great people who helped with Maggie.  She will never forget your compassion!

Lyle and Jane, welcome to the Poke-A-Dot's family.  Both of you are wonderful additions and we're so very thankful to have you for Maggie's new dad and mom.

P.S.  Lyle makes some really cool looking bird houses and we're going to partner with him for a Poke-A-Dot fundraiser soon!

May 31, 2020

Our very special Miss Yorkie is now Bella and she's doing awesome in her new home.  We adopted her out to a couple in Dixon, but she had to come back because she needed to be the only dog.  I was bummed a little that she couldn't learn to share attention with another dog.  However, sometimes you just have to go with the flow and God will always provide another perfect family.  This time it was the beyond perfect home!

I received a phone call from a gal by the name of Danielle.  I meet her a long time ago when I pulled a dog from the Oakdale Shelter.  She told me her grandparents were looking for another dog and they recently lost one.  Both of them wanted to help out a dog who needed a home and her grandma's lap!  So, I just happened to be up in Sacramento when I was speaking to her and I drove to their house in Orangeville to meet them.  Oh my gosh, I knew Miss Yorkie would love them and their home.  So, the next day on Sunday, Miss Yorkie and I packed her backpack and drove back up to Orangeville and she got to meet her new mom and dad.  They both loved her!!!   Her new name is going to be Bella.

I've gotten a couple updates from Ed her new dad and all is going great.  Danielle said Bella is doing great and her grandparents are so happy again to have a little dog in the house.

Bella, I'm going to miss you.  You reminded me of our old dog Hairball that we lost a few years ago.  Bella, enjoy your new home and I'll be up to visit you soon.  Thank you Ed and Dorothy for opening up your hearts and home for Bella!!!

May 16, 2020

I've been so excited to finally get to write this story up.  ROCKY IS HOME!!!  Rocky was part of the Lavern and Shirley trio.  I originally adopted Lavern and Shirley to a wonderful senior lady in San Rafael, CA on April 20, 2019.  At the end of August 2019 their mama Liz had a massive heart attach and she called 911 for her apt and Lavern and Shirley and Rocky their 9 year old brother watched the paramedics try to save her.  She ended up passing away at the hospital.  The family reached out to me the next day and I couldn't believe it.  I dropped everything and drove over to pick up the two girls and Rocky.  Rocky was such a good big brother to both girls.  I tried and tried so hard to place them in a home all together.  Well, about two months ago we found a beyond perfect home for the two girls.  I new in my heart Rocky would be fine because he was the solo dog with Liz for all his life.  The two girls have adjusted awesome.

I was beginning to think Rocky was going to be here forever until Julia reached out to us.  Actually, if I remember correctly my staff member at our business Marilyn mention that Julia was looking for another dog.  Her husband Bill and her had a Lab who recently passed away.  Bill had a stroke and is confined to a chair or a wheelchair.  He so wanted a little lap dog to be able to pet and love. 

So, last month Julia and I worked out a couple details and Rocky and I took a ride up to Ione.  Rocky was going on a trial run.  From day one, he was perfect!  Bill and Rocky get to spend lots of quality time together.  He also loves his new mama.  He also has Bill and Julia's daughter and son in law close by and their family of dogs to love.  Rocky loves going for walks on their property!

Rocky, I know your first mama Liz in up in Heaven with a huge smile on her face.  I can feel her presence all around you Rocky and I know she would approve of the families we choose for the three of you.  Enjoy your new family Rocky and always know you're the one and only Rocky!  Thank you so much Bill and Julia and family for promising to love Rocky.  This means so much to me and to his former mama.

Jan. 18, 2020

Georgia, the Shih Tzu is in her new home with her new mom and dad Diane and Randy and her new little sister Zooey in El Dorado Hills.  Georgia was a stray in pretty rough outward appearance.  She was found by one of our groomers.  No owner was located so she joined the Poke-A-Dot's crew.  What a wonderful dog! 

I named Georgia after a dear friend of mine who passed away last year of a brain tumor.  She was such a happy go lucky person and when I meet this precious dog the name of Georgia came to me.  Perfect fit.  Diane and Randy and going to call her G.G. for short.  I'm so happy their keeping her name.

She's going to have a wonderful new life and will never have to worry about anything ever again.

Thank you Diane and Randy for coming into Georgia's life and loving her forever!!!

calls or they missed out on a dog because of being adopted and the list goes on.  So this past Saturday, Dan stops by the SPCA and speaks to a really nice gal.  I forgot what Dan said her name was, but he explained his issues to her.  She told him to reach out to Poke-A-Dot's Rescue in Lodi.  She spoke very highly of Poke-A-Dot's.  Dan went home and found our website and saw the blurb on Buddy.  He reached out with an email and phone call right away.  We spoke and I just knew in my heart this was the perfect home for Buddy.  I really wanted him to have a young person to hang out with and Danica is beyond perfect.  Dan filled out our application, sent photos of their house and I said I would bring Buddy for a meet n greet Sunday.  I told him I was pretty confident he'd be staying!!!

So I called June and she started packing Buddy's bags up.  Darrell came with me and we picked up Buddy and headed to Vallejo.  Buddy did great riding in the car to his new house.  We went into the backyard first thing for a pee and then he was off playing with his toys with Danica and Dan.  Cathy was at work.  Couldn't of been a better match.  Dan and I both know that God was at the center of this whole process.  It was meant to be!  I've learned never to be in a rush to adopt a dog.  I normally want to get things done fast and efficient, but when it comes to the dogs, slow and steady is our pace!

June, thank you so much for being such a good mama to Buddy while he was at your home.  Dan, Cathy and Danica thank you so much for never giving up faith to find a special rescue doggie.  I'll be looking forward to lots of updates and I'm so thankful that you reached out to us and for that special lady who referred you to Poke-A-Dot's Rescue!  And of course, Jennifer and the awesome staff and volunteers at the Lodi Animal Shelter.  Thank you so much for finding June and for all you love and care you give to each and every dog who visits.  I am so honored and blessed to be able to partner with you!!!

Buddy, may God surround you with so much love, happiness and lots of dog toys!

June 13, 2020

Belle is in her new home with a friend of mine Gina and her husband Kevin and their two other dogs Cooper and Sissy Sue.  Gina and her husband love the seniors!  I personally meet Gina about 2 years ago.  Her mom and dad adopted two bonded dogs from us and she came with them on their meet and greet.  There's a whole other story behind the bond that Gina and I share, but I'll save this story for another time.  I still have to write it up and it may turn out to be a book.

Belle was living with a family in El Dorado Hills next door from one of our adopter's of two Pugs.  They referred her to Poke-A-Dot's.  Marissa who was Belle's mom helped save her life.  She brought her into her family and cared for her.  Well, over the past 4 years, her family has grown and Belle was spending all her time hiding under the bed from the three kids.  Marissa really wanted a better life for precious little Belle. 

So, when Gina reached out to me saying she'd take in Belle to love, I thought...PERFECT!  Beyond PERFECT!  We set up a meet and greet and little Belle made herself right at home.  She climbed up into Gina's arms and pretty much never left.  She really liked Cooper and Sissy Sue too.  Oh, and did I mention they also have horses? 

Gina and Kevin, Cooper and Sissy Sue, thank you so much for letting little Belle move in with you.  Thank you for your special hearts.  Gina, I will never ever forget the special connection we have and how God brought you, and your parents into my life.  (Promise to share this store when I have time to write it up.)


Marissa, thank you for trusting Poke-A-Dot's Rescue to find the perfect home for Belle.  Thank you for loving her and watching over her!

July 2, 2020

Cowboy who is now Ducky is doing wonderful in his new home with his new dad and mom.  Paul and Alonna and their dog Gibbs welcomed Ducky on Thursday to his new home in Linden.  He also has 2 kitty cats to call his own too.  I have known Alonna and Paul for about 4 years.  They're so compassionate and giving to Poke-A-Dot's.  We wouldn't be where we are today without their love and support.  You both are awesome people we're blessed to call you our friends and now you're officially Poke-A-Dot family members.

About four months ago, they lost two of their senior dogs within a couple months of each other.  They adopted Gibbs about a month ago from another rescue.  When they meet Ducky, their hearts knew he was the one to add to their family!

I have a friend Jeannie who lives in Alabama and she was recently diagnosed with cancer thru pretty much her whole body.  It all came on very suddenly.  She actually passed away today with her boyfriend Joe at her side.  When we pulled this dog from the shelter, I really wanted to honor Jeannie and her former dog Cowboy.  Now, Jeannie and Cowboy are running free up in Heaven.

Paul and Alonna, thank you so much for all the love you have to give!  Enjoy Ducky and may you have many, many years ahead with Gibbs and Ducky and the cats!

March 26, 2020

Scrappy who was originally at the Lodi Shelter is happy and so much loved in his new home.  Scrappy's name is now Frank.  We pulled Frank from the Lodi Shelter the day after the shelter had to close due to the virus situation.  He went in a couple days later to our Vet for his vetting and then we started his search for a new home.

Heather and her husband Morgan reached out to us previously but it wasn't the right timing.  They had an ill dog and had to say goodbye.  So, they were ready to add another dog and fell in love with Scrappy.  They came to meet him and the we scheduled the best day for me to bring him to their house to move in.  He loves his new little brother Fred and he's got his very own human sister Rachel.  Rachel and Frank love to take walks together.

He's adjusted very nicely and the whole family loves him so much.  Thank you so much Heather, Morgan and Rachel for your opening your hearts and home to Frank.  Welcome to the Poke-A-Dot's Rescue family!!!

May 15, 2020

Chloe was saved by a very special gal.  She almost got hit by several cars and eaten up by other stray dogs.  My friend Jill who has a Golden Retriever rescue told me she had a friend by the name of Linda who really wanted to foster a very small dog.  Well, when Chloe arrived, she only got to spend a couple hours with me if that.  I called Linda and off Chloe and I went to her house.  The minute she saw her it was "foster failure staring me right in the face.  For the past month or two, Chloe has never left Linda's side.  She's fit in good with her two cats and has a puppy next door that she loves to play with.  Linda, welcome to the Poke-A-Dot's family!  Oh, I almost forgot to mention this...Linda is a teacher and she knew of another family wanting to adopt 2 dogs.  April and Comet are happy in their homes because of Linda!  Thank you Linda for loving Chloe forever!  And, Jill thank you for your friendship and we always know we can always count on each other and always have the dogs interest first!

January 25, 2020

Our two precious brother and sister duo Ace and Macie are now in their new home and are doing absolutely fantastic!  They came to Poke-A-Dot's from a family who felt it was best to find them a new home due to several different reason of which I am not going to list.  This was best for the dogs.  So we agreed to bring them in to Poke-A-Dot's Rescue.  They were both very scared at first, but after about a week they started to adjust and then they were all over me and able to give and receive love.

I knew it was going to be hard to place them since they needed to be adopted together and then add the fact that they're 11 years old.  Well, God provided a wonderful family for them.  Venus and her husband Larry wanted to open their hearts and home to them.  Venus initially stopped by to meet them and the love happened right away.  The next evening I took them both over for a meet and greet with their other dog which is actually their sons dog Penelope and their kitty cat.  They both had no issues and made themselves right at home.  So, Venus and Larry came the next day to pick both dogs up and their bags of goodies and moved them into their place.  They've settled in very nicely.

Thank you so much Venus and Larry for your love, compassion and above all your gift for loving 2 older doggies.  Poke-A-Dot's Rescue welcomes you into our family and another great point is they live in Lodi so I'll get to visit! 

Ace and Macie, I love you both so very much and I am so happy for you both!  Hugs and kisses!

February 9, 2020

Hot Doggie Blue has a new awesome home!  I delivered him to his new home in Stockton.  Steve his new dad came to meet him on Saturday and fell in love with him.  So, we packed up his bags the next day and off we went for a short ride.  Hot Doggie Blue made himself right at home! 

His new mom Denise had a really bad stroke and it's left her pretty much in bed.  They recently lost their dog and they both had such a hole in their hearts and wanted to help a dog who needed a home.  When I put Blue up on the bed she broke out into tears.  It was so touching!  Blue is going to love his walks with his dad and snuggle time with his new mom.

Blue came to Poke-A-Dot's by way of my friend Jeweline who has a grooming shop in Stockton.  Literally a gal walked in and told her she didn't want him anymore.  He was left in the backyard and sometimes she said she forgot to feed him.  He was pretty skinny, but he gained some weight and looks much better.  Thanks Jeweline for your kind heart once again!!!

Steve and Denise may your hearts be filled with lots of love from Hot Doggie Blue!

April 23, 2020

Comet, who used to be Dusty and April are both in their new home TOGETHER.  I'm not too sure where to start with this story.  I'll try the beginning.  A very kind and caring person who loves dogs, found an abandoned puppy who we took in and her name is Chloe.  We agreed to take her in and she moved in with her foster Mama Linda.  Linda is a friend my Golden Retriever rescue buddy Jill who has True Love Rescue.  She told me her friend Linda really wanted to foster and hopefully adopt a small dog.  Well, little Chloe was the perfect one for her.  She's officially a foster failure and I'm so proud of her!  Haha!  Adoption photo coming soon.  Now, the same person who discovered Chloe, discovered another abandoned puppy.  This one we named Dusty and agreed to help too.  Both these dogs were in pretty rough shape.  Little Chloe was full of worms!  Yes I said worms.  Her little stomach was so full of them.  Poor little Dusty who is now Comet, well he had about 16 ticks all sucking blood out of him.  My friend Jill taught me how to take out ticks.  Can't say I'm looking forward to doing that again.  He felt so much better when they came out!

Linda is a teacher and she knew a family who really wanted to adopt not one but two dogs.  So Sheila the mom reached out to me.  Her two twin kids are amazing young people and Linda is one of their teachers at high school.  So, they adopted Comet and love him to pieces.  Comet has developed a very special love for her son as you can see in the photo.

So, when April joined Poke-A-Dot's I had a funny feeling she was going to be joining their family.  When they all came to meet her, well it was so perfect.  April's foster mama Bonnie brought her over and got to watch Comet and April meet and play together.  April loves to play and so does Comet.

So, April got to back her bags up and join her new family.  April was a stray who came into the Lodi Shelter in really bad condition.  Now, she'll never have to look backwards again.

Now, there's an interesting end to this story.  Sheila's son and I were on our way to their car and I was in the process of opening a door to our driveway, looked down and I saw a SNAKE!   For those of you who know me I MAKE IT LOUD AND CLEAR I AM SCARED OF THEM!  Well, I screamed, jumped and ran away.  Darrell heard me and came out, I got him a shovel and he tended to it.  Now, I need to do a better job of looking ahead when I walk.  I had a dog on my mind, not a snake!!!  Hope you got a good laugh!!!

Thanks again to everyone who was involved with Comet and April and Chloe too!

June 19, 2020

Gracie is home and loving her new family.  Jenny & Curnell and their daughter Aaliyah (she has Gracie on her lap) were our first adopters of our first puppy we had in rescue almost 4 years ago.  They named him Chewy and he's the large dog in the photo.  Well, they were ready to add to their family and little Gracie was the perfect dog.  Jenny and Aaliyah came down a week ago and meet and couldn't wait for her to join their family.  I didn't want to take her away from her buddy Becky until I had a possible family for Becky.  So, this past Friday, Gracie and I packed up her bags, got in the car and headed to Orangeville.  She walked in the house, went to the back yard, went potty and made herself right at home.  Everyone was so excited!

Thank you Jenny, Curnell and Aaliyah for opening your hearts and home for another Poke-A-Dot dog.  Chewy and Gracie will have lots of years of love, joy and happiness ahead of themselves together.  Thank you for giving Chewy and now Gracie the perfect family to call home. 


May 28, 2020

Our precious little Rachel who will now be Jenny now has a home with very good friends of ours...Larry and Doris from Lodi, CA.  We used to go to the same church and attend a bible study at their house.  I used to always keep their dog Fancy on my lap.  She was an older dog, set in her ways, not too many teeth, but just the sweetest little girl.  They lost her a few years ago.  They also had a dog by the name of Sadie, who they recently lost leaving them with just one dog Maddie. 

Doris and Larry reached out to me about 3 weeks ago wanting to know if I had any good matches.  Well, we just got little Jenny into rescue.  She was a stray and a really great lady helped her and no former home was found and we agreed to help her.  We did a couple a meet her, then I took her over to their house for a walk one evening and the next time for a play date in the house.  She and Maddie did fine.  So, last Thursday was move in day for little Jenny. 

She's doing great adjusting to her new home.  She's going to love Larry and Doris and her new sister Maddie.  Thank you so much Larry and Doris for asking for our help.  We love to save a life and then it brings us so much joy to see him/her join their new family.  And, we've got one more doggie local so I can go love one her from time to time.  I love to do that!!!