January 5, 2021
I'm not too sure how to start this story and it may turn out to be a long one. Well, about two months ago there was a very sweet and overly scared dog that made her way to the Lodi Shelter. Officer Jordan called me right away to see if I could come and get her and let her do her stray hold with us and then pull her. I went right over and feel in love with her. The staff at the shelter on intake had to cut all her mats off because she could hardly walk or see out of her matted eyes. I literally cried for her. Well, I took her to my groomers for a good bath and then we went home to start the process of de-stressing her. Took about five days and she developed a very special bond. I didn't post her on my normal channels because she was helping me with other dogs and I wanted God to place the perfect family into her life and in the meantime she was mine! She helped with Mary and Moo Moo and also with Mo Mo. After those three were adopted I looked at her and I said I think now it's Mae's time.
Oh, I forgot to mention I named her after the sweetest, coolest and best quilter/crafter ever. Mae who lives in Arizona and I've been friends with she and her daughter Sherry for a long time. They actually adopted our first Dalmatian we had in rescue. They're very near and dear to our hearts. They had a trip planned to come and see us but Mae had a stroke. Her goal was to get herself better and stronger so they could come and see us and some other family in Fresno. So last month they were able to come out and she got to hold her namesake little Mae. It was so precious. Did I mention that Mae is 97 years young?
Ok now back to the doggie Mae. So last week I got a call from Bonnie and Otis. They recently lost two very precious dogs Nikki and Iris. Nikki was a standard Poodle and Iris was a toy Poodle. They really like having four dogs in their family. They already have two Poke-A-Dot dogs Lucy a toy Poodle from Taiwan and Kyle a mini Poodle who came from a family who couldn't keep him any longer. Bonnie and Otis said they would foster Kyle and Kyle decided to move in with them. Bonnie told me she was following Mae and was wondering if she and Otis could come over and meet her. Well, when Bonnie walked in she sat on the little dog bed, she picked up Mae and that was it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So, I took her in Tuesday to get a bath and groomed and then we packed up her goodies and went to Bonnie and Otis's house. She literally made herself right at home. So, after I played with all the dogs on the floor, took a few photos, I disappeared and left a little chunk of my heart in their house. Bonnie is also the lady that originally got Poke-A-Dot's involved in helping the 9 Toy Poodles last year. That was an experience Bonnie and I will never ever forget!
Love you Bonnie and Otis, Clayton, Lucy, Kyle, and Mae and of course Nikki and Iris too!! You guys are such a blessing to us and to the lives of many, many doggies.
March 19, 2021
Cami and FeBe are in their new home in Manteca right next door to Joan and Will who adopted Charlie almost 3 years ago. Their neighbors who are two sisters Beverley and Betty were ready for two new companions. We originally adopted Cotton Ball to them but she wasn't the right fit.
When we received Cami and FeBe back into Poke-A-Dot's I was thinking Bev and Betty may be a great fit. They came to meet them and they really liked them. The had a trip planned to Florida to see their sister so they stayed at Poke-A-Dot's a little while longer. They actually helped about 4 dogs adjust while they were here and are very good little girls.
Thank you Bev and Betty for opening up your heart and home to these two special Poke-A-Dot doggies.
Thank you Joan and Will for the referral!!!
August 18, 2021
Well, Maggie hit the jackpot! Maggie and I along with June packed Maggie's bags and took her to her new home about 5 miles from our place to Gina and Kevin's. In case you don't remember Gina came out and helped nurse Mama Ellie's babies. (Unfortunately, none of them survived.) Gina and Kevin also opened up their home to Ellie. And, previous to that, they opened up their home to Mocha and Izzy. Izzy bless her heart, had a stroke or heart attack and passed away. She is truly missed by all. Maggie joins Mocha, Ellie, and also Pipet who is a senior girl. Oh and we can't forget Carl who lives next door with their son and future daughter in law.
Thank you so much Gina and Kevin for all of your love. Maggie is going to love her life with you all so much!!! And, Kevin thanks again for installing the top of the kitty cat condo!!! You both are the best and we're so blessed to know you!!!
Oh, Maggie's back story is she was a stray that a really nice lady took in. I was going to help her place her son's two dogs and she said I have a third one. Can you help her too. Of course I said sure!!!
January 30, 2021
About two weeks ago a very special girl by the name of Hannah came into my life. A friend of a friend referred the family to Poke-A-Dot's. Her 89 year old mama passed away and the family couldn't care for her. So, she packed up her bags, and she came to stay at Poke-A-Dot's. After a Vet check up, we posted her and a really wonderful family entered into her life. Her new dad Ken has been searching for the perfect dog for about 6 months. The day he saw Hannah's photo and her story he told his wife Carol he was in love. They reached out to me and we all just knew.
So today, I packed up a bag of Hannah's favorite dog food, her really tiny bed she loves, her harness and leash and she climbed in a crate and then I put Thelma in the van and we were off to her new home in San Jose, CA. After the adoption, Thelma and I headed to Santa Cruz to stop by and see Happy and her new family for a short visit. Happy and her mom and dad are all doing wonderful. They love her so much and she's adjusted very well! Then we went a couple blocks down the street and I meet a sales manager for Natural Factor's a new line we just brought in to our health food store. Monique is all about rescue doggies to and I got to meet her to dogs. Then Thelma and I stopped by our favorite restaurant in Capitol called Dharma's in Capitola for take out and brought it home for Darrell and I. Oh and on the way home I stopped by Gloria's in Stockton to say hi and fix her shower. All in all a very rewarding and relaxing day for me that I needed. Oh, and the weather was fantastic!
A very special thank you to Ken and Carol for you compassionate hearts and thank you for opening them up to Hannah. She's going to love you both forever. Welcome to the Poke-A-Dot's Rescue family!!! And, Hannah remember you'll always be in my heart, and thank you so much for showing the ropes to Sophia and Dorothy when they got here so scared. You really helped them so much and now they're ready to help the next dog who takes your place.
P.S. Thank you to Auntie June and Auntie Dawn for coming over to check on our Mama Daisy, Heart and Soul and our new Mama Ellie Mae to be. I know all the doggies had a great time with you and I really appreciated knowing you checked in on them.
October 31, 2021
GiGi is home, sweet home! There is no way I’m going to finish this story with wet eyes. June and I picked up GiGi, Little Bit and Scamp who is now Sammy in July. They came from a breeder who didn’t want them anymore basically. I can’t share too much but let me tell you it was bad. They were all covered in fleas and ticks from head to toe. Stunk so terrible too. They were very broken down especially GiGi. However, June and I looked at each other and saw hope, love and compassion.
So, we loaded them into one crate, and we didn’t hear a peep out of them on the hour plus ride back home. They spent two nights in our pool bathroom so we could get them all cleaned up. June wanted to foster GiGi and Little Bit at her house and Allison was lined up to foster Scamp. It was perfect!
Scamp was adopted about a month ago and he was the best one personality wise. Not afraid of his own shadow like the girl. GiGi and Little Bit at first stayed in June’s master bathroom. All GiGi wanted to do was to put her head in the corner forever! Daily we saw improvement and soon they started to want to hang out with her other doggies. GiGi still has issues like bolting from being scared but let me tell you she doesn’t have a mean bone in her body. She may never be a “normal” happy go lucky dog, but with the improvements she has made since July we’re very encouraged.
We had a wonderful couple reach out to us wanted to adopt a dog with special needs. They originally were interested in Sierra, but I wasn’t too sure what was happening with her. That’s another story for another time. Anyways, I told them we had two dogs we hadn’t posted. I told them the whole story and they feel in love with GiGi. David and Colleen live in Minden, Nevada in a very quiet home with their dog Molly. They recently lost their Poodle Lindsey and had a big hole in their heart. They’re both retired and willing to help GiGi. When they arrived here today, June and I showed them the good and the couple issue she has. They both are the perfect people take over with her future.
June, thank you so very much for all the love you’ve shown to GiGi. All the nights where you had her on your lap for hours. All the times you picked her up from being the couch and told her she’s ok. All the time you spent getting her to finally eat out of a bowl. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING! Poke-A-Dot’s is so blessed to have you!!! Not sure what I’d do without you and our friendship that we’ve built. Thank you! All the dogs say thank you too! I can’t wait for you and I to go on a road trip over to see GiGi and the growth that will come with all the love and compassion she will be receiving from David and Colleen. Welcome to our Poke-A-Dot family and you’ve adopted a true “RESCUED DOG” in every sense of this word. May Gigi never have to look back at that nasty past. Thank God she’s out of there!
Well, I did pretty good holding back the tears until right now. A special thank you to Kerry a rescue and reached out to see if we could help by taking a few dogs. It’s been a pleasure the times we’ve worked together, and I thank you. And a special thank you to the very special lady involved for doing what you do!!! You saved these dogs and their freedom started with YOU!
October 2, 2021
Our two very special doggies Cash and Checker have been adopted!
Here’s their back story…
On August 11, 2021 Cash and Checker arrived at Poke-a-Dot’s! Their previous mama passed away and come to find out when her niece Leah called asking for help, Darrell and I knew Sharon and her husband who passed away about four years earlier Steve. Steve used to take Bart our good friend on outings because Bart was blind. Small world.
I went over and meet both dogs and I could just hear Bart in the back of my head saying…”you just have to help these dogs.” Both dog’s teeth had been neglected and Checker had a little growth on his back that really made him itch at it. The family agreed to cover all vetting expenses. This really was a blessing and beyond. Sharon would be so proud of how Leah treated and took care of her babies.
We really enjoyed have them! Cash is a super senior who is really kick back and Checker, a senior himself helps keep him going. And they both enjoyed the yard and walking.
We posted them prior to all vetting completed in hopes of finding them the perfect home. We had a few people interested, but their age was the factor. I never lost my faith and hope for a perfect family who loves older dogs.
Enter Audrey and her husband George. They lost their two precious seniors and were looking to fill their homes and hearts with two more seniors I may add. I was so excited to find someone with a passion for the older ones who really do get overlooked. Audrey, George, and their son Alec came over and meet them last weeks. I could tell they all feel in love with them and oh my goodness, Cash and Checker loved them the minute they walked thru the door. So, we set their delivery day up for Saturday, October 2.
Cash and Checker helped me back up their food, beds, harnesses and leashes and we jumped into the car Saturday morning and hit the road for a nice drive to Kensington, CA which is up in the hills by the bay area. Cash and Checker have a beautiful view of the bay. It was so relaxing. They also have a lovely yard that their new mama spends lots of time in making it so wonderful. They will get to take several walks and they get to share their house with two cats. One of the cats has three legs.
I received and update on Sunday, and the two boys are adjusting very good. Going in and out of the doggie door and exploring all around. They’ve been doing great going for walks too! When they see their leashes, they both get so excited!
Thank you so much to Audrey and George for your love and compassion. I also was very impressed with the love that your son has for dogs. Very touching indeed! Thank you so much Leah and family for your dedication to help Sharon’s dogs. I know she’s got a big smile on her face!!!
Cash and Checker thank you for being such wonderful little boys!!! Thank you for showing so many other dogs the ropes at Poke-A-Dot’s and for always having an open heart when I walked in the door with a new dog for you both to love. I really enjoyed helping and loving you with all my heart and soul.
Now, enjoy your new home and know you will be loved for the rest of your lives…Always and forever!
August 15, 2021
Note: 9/13/2021 My computer has been out of commission for about three weeks. It literally stopped and my new one is finally up and running, so now I am catching up on our adoption stories. I apologize for taking so long to get them posted. Thank God I’m up and running now! Thank you for your understanding!
Maci Mae has been adopted by a wonderful lady Lisa who lives in Folsom, CA. One of our adopters Lacy who adopted Stanley and Stella referred her to Pokeadot’s Rescue. Lisa was looking for a Yorki Mix and at the time she filled out our application, we didn’t have one.
Now, fast forward a couple weeks and my hairdresser Jayne called me and asked if I could help her granddaughter find a new home for her dog Maci? She has two kids and was really having issues juggling everything. So I said yes I can help! I called Lisa right away and told her the cutest little Yorki Maci just landed in my arms. She came down immediately and fell in love with her. Lisa and Maci Mae went home together and they both never looked back. They love each other so very much!
Lisa lost her husband and a while later lost her dog. She had a hug hole in her big dog loving heart and now Maci has taken over that special spot. Lisa was absolutely great during the adoption. We had so many dogs in rescue at the time when Maci arrived. Lisa agreed to take on the responsibility of all of Maci’s vetting. Thank you so much for helping me out and doing this. She was spayed about two weeks ago and fully recovered.
When I went up to Folsom to Lisa and Maci’s, oh my goodness! Maci was all at home in her new place. Lisa now has the biggest smile ever on her face.
Jayne, thanks for asking me to help Maci!!! She’s in the best home in the world! Thank you times a million Lisa for opening up your heart and home to Maci. And, Lacy thank you for referring us!
July 8, 2021
Little Miss Bambi now has a new home with Kathy from Elk Grove, CA. Kathy is a lovely lady. We have a mutual friend in common my friend Jill who does Golden Retriever rescue. Her sister Lynn is one of Jill's rescue partners. Kathy recently lost a very special dog and she had a hole in her heart to save another dog and promise to love her forever. She meet Bambi the second day we had her and feel in love with her. So after she was spayed, we packed up her things and we took a short ride to Elk Grove. She immediately made herself right at home and as you can see from the photos she loves her new family members!!!
Bambi originally came from the Stockton Shelter. I feel in love when I saw her and her pull date was the following day. There were two private parties a head of me on the list and they never showed up. So, I got a phone call saying she was all ours!
Thank you so much Kathy for all your love and compassion and thank you for joining the Poke-A-Dot's family! Bambi thanks for being such a good girl while you were here!!
May 1, 2021
After a little tough go around, Mama Gracie is in her new home with her new mama Judy in Carmichael. She's going to be the queen bee of the house along with her new sister Karma the kitty cat. Mama Gracie is going to be the solo dog and she'll be able to get all of the attention from her new mama. They have a really nice backyard that they'll be spending lots of time in along with sitting on the couch and making things with yarn. How fun! Oh and we can't forget about the walks that she'll be taking Gracie on. She loves walks!
Gracie came to us an owner surrender. Her original name was Daisy and her foster mama thought she was more like a Gracie and I totally agree. She was pregnant and due at any time. On Jan. 15 she gave birth to two big boys...Heart and Soul. Soul is now Arlo and lives in Kings Beach not far from the beautiful Lake Tahoe one of my favorite places. Heart is living in Tracy. Both dogs are doing fantastic with their new loving families.
I would like to say a special thank you to Shae for fostering Gracie after we adopted her puppies. I can't begin to thank you enough and thank you for your friendship. Tell all of your doggies and Nikki thank you for helping Gracie!!!
Thank you Judy for opening your heart up to Gracie! She's one very special dog who will always be in my heart!
P.S. A very special thank you to Officer Jennifer from Lodi Animal Services. She referred the former family of Gracie to me and I took it from there. Thank you for having faith in Poke-A-Dot's Rescue. You have no idea how much I needed Gracie and her puppies in my life. They will always be in my heart as is all the dogs we help! Her eyes and heart pierced my soul.
October 8, 2021
Wow!!!! This one is so exciting! Scamp who is now Sammie is in his brand-new home with his new family in Sacramento, CA. His new dad and mom Doug and Joanie and his new brother Beau.
He is Sammie’s back story. I received a call from a fellow rescue gal who runs a very large rescue. She and I have worked very well together in the past. She asked if we’d be interested in helping some dogs who were basically a breeder’s dogs. Another rescuer who really takes the word rescue to a new level ended up with about 13 Poodle/Yorkie’s. June and I took about an hour ride to meet up with the rescuer and the dogs. You would not believe the condition these dogs were in. There was no way that we could help them all. Some of them really need extensive medical care and not having hardly any fosters I’ve learned our limits. So, we decided that we could help with three. So, we drove home with one boy and two girls and there’s a good chance that the big Poodle we named GiGi was the mom to the little boy and girl. We came of with the names GiGi, Little Bit, and Scamp.
We got them home to my house and got them cleaned up. June wanted to foster the two girls at her house and a friend of mine Allison (I used to live across from her parents.) She told me these words…” I’m now retired and I want to do something now like fostering a dog to make a difference!”. I knew exactly what dog! Scamp! She and her family have a small dog Odie and they hit it off very good. Scamp was the best one f the three in terms of not fearing his own shadow. Allison and family did a marvelous job of fostering him. During his foster time, we had him all vetted and he recovered very nicely. Allison let us know when she thought he was ready for his new home.
Now, this is where it gets a little interesting. Enter Joanie and Doug Sammie’s new mom and dad. Allison’s parents have the same names! We couldn’t believe it! Allison’s dad passed away but her amazing mom is very active in Allison’s life. And, on Friday when Allison and I delivered Sammie to his new home it just so happened to be Beau’s birthday. Happy Birthday Beau with a new brother!
Allison, June, and I can’t thank you enough for fostering Sammie. Your family was awesome with him and because of your help he adjusted amazingly well. We hope you will want foster again!
And, Joanie and Doug and Beau, thank you for joining the Poke-A-Dot’s family and opening your hearts and home up to Sammie.
July 30, 2021
Daisy is in her new home! She packed her bags and will be living with her new mom and dad, Brent and Catharine who live in Benicia, CA. Benicia now has 4 of our Poke-A-Dot dogs living there.
Daisy is a very, very special dog. She was originally one of our dogs about 5 years ago. She was a stray who we pulled from the Lodi Shelter. I think it was in our first or second year. We found a terrific home for Daisy in Elk Grove, CA with a wonderful retired man and wife. They loved her and spoiled her so wonderfully. Her former daddy reached out and thought she would be better in another home. His wife was had to go into a rest home for a while and was going to be coming back home. He was scared that Daisy might get under their feet since they're not as stable as before. Just about broke their hearts along with mine.
I went to pick her up and I had another gal who wanted to foster her for a week. She feel in love with her and wanted to adopt her. Well, when I went to do the paperwork a couple weeks ago, there was no paperwork to do because she changed her mind. (Long story and it's really not important so it's not getting told.) Anyways, a really nice couple reached out wanting to adopt a Poodle mix. I told them about Daisy and how we need to set her up for success and not failure and they were willing to listen and learn. It was love!
Daisy made herself right at home when she walked into the house and she loves lounging in their really nice backyard.
Daisy, thank you for being such an amazing girl and may God bless you and your new family.
To Daisy's old family, my heart is still hurting for you and I am so thankful that I can be here in this kind of situation for all of my adopters. You both are very special people and I thank you for all the love and compassion that you showed to Daisy while you had her. I promise to always watch over her.
Thank you to Brent and Catharine for adopting Daisy and for all the love that you'll be sharing with her. She's one very special little girl!
October 8, 2021
Nolly is HOME SWEET HOME with his new dad Don in Lockeford, CA. He’s practically next door to us! Vicky who adopted “Sheri”, se named her after me. What an honor! We’ve become friends and her friend Don just lost his dog and wanted to adopt a new buddy. Vicky brought him out one day and he meet Buckley and Fred but only wanted one dog. I was sitting on the fence about Nolly. So, the following week I invited them back for the Nolly meet and greet and Vicky and I looked at each other and said yes! I really wanted the absolute best for him with someone who had some experience with dog with high levels of anxiety. It took us about a month to work thru him loosing his 92 year old mama. He was used to being the solo dog, but he did not do good in my doggie condos, so I really had no choice but to bring him in with our pack and thank God he settled in very nicely.
I was hoping that someone would have some training experience and he does, plus the fact that Vicky lives very close by. Vicky has trained several dogs and she’s amazing and so are her dogs Roy and Sheri and I’m so thankful God brought them into our lives.
So, last Friday evening we took Nolly over to Don’s for a sleep over and he’s been there ever sense. When I went over to do the paperwork on Sunday, I saw a very relaxed dog! Made all the hard work and effort so worth it!
Don, welcome to the Poke-A-Dot’s Family and may you and Nolly enjoy your new life together!!
May 15, 2021
I'm not too sure where to start this and by the time I'm finished I'll be in tears. I received a call from an older lady who was referred by my Vets office to call me. She wanted to find a new home for her precious little Penny. She gave me a call after speaking to them and then I went to her place right away to meet her and her dog Penny. I feel in love with Penny the first moment I saw her. I also knew in my heart where she would be moving to! I'm not going to go into all of the details of why she surrendered Penny but she had all good intentions.
I asked her if she could keep her for a few days because I had way too many dogs to bring her to my place. I didn't want to stress her out. She agreed. So, while I was there I took Penny for a quick ride. We went out to Woodbridge to meet Terry. I have been working with him for about six months to find him a perfect little companion. Last year Terry lost his wife and his dog. You can sure tell he loved his little Bella so very much. He's got photos of her all around his place, all her dog beds still out along with lots of toys. I've shown him a couple of dogs and they just weren't the right fit...Until he meet Penny! Terry's eyes just about popped out of his head. They spent a little while together and then we came up with a plan. She'd stay in her current home until the following Friday. Then he'd have a few days to bond in a row.
So, about two weeks ago Penny's former mom brought her and all of her doggie goodies to my place and we were suppose to go to Terry's on Thursday but we had to change it to Friday. So, Penny stayed the night with us and after I got back from a early morning adoption in Sacramento we headed to Terry's.
The two of them are doing great! I got a text yesterday saying a lot of the neighbors have stopped by to meet her and mentioned they'd adopt her. He said no way! Penny is HOME!
I just stopped by and finished up some of the paperwork on Penny's adoption today and both of them are doing great. Terry is so happy to once again have a little dog in the center of his heart. I know his wife and Bella are in Heaven with a big smile on their faces. Terry and Penny live really close to us in Woodbridge, CA. Always love it when one of our Poke-A-Dot's doggie(s) get to stay close by for visits.
Now, I've got those tears. Sad for Penny's former mama, but ever so happy for Terry having a new companion in his life. This is a very special little girl and a very special man. I feel so blessed to be in the middle of all of this LOVE!!! Terry, I just know God would lead us to the perfect little girl who needed a new home. Thanks for having faith in me.
March 20, 2021
Written by June (our foster mama)
How does that old adage go? Neither rain, sleet, snow or horrific accidents on I-80 can keep Poke-a-Dot’s Dalmatian Rescue from enriching the lives of dogs and their future humans.
This weekend Sheri and I (took advantage of a break in the weather to take one of Daisy’s puppies up to his new home in King’s Beach (on the north shore of Lake Tahoe). The puppy who was named Soul by Sheri and referred to by me as Mr. Ed (because he was so much bigger than his brother) is now with Dorilee and Lebowski (their senior Dachshund-Australian Shepard mix). Dorilee lost her Sweet Sierra recently and both she and Lebowski were lost without their beloved companion.
Dorilee took a trip to Lodi and instantly fell in love with Soul – who is now Arlo. (You might remember Arlo from the Disney-Pixar movie “The Good Dinosaur”)
We left early Saturday and arrived with just a few dry snow flurries at the top of Donner Pass. Arlo took the trip like a champ – only getting a little carsick. When we arrived at Dorilee’s cute little Lake Take cabin, Arlo and Lebowski formed an amazing bond. It was like Lebowski knew that Arlo was going to be his forever brother! We have a feeling that when Dorilee is not holding him, Lebowski will be snuggling with him.
It was bitter-sweet adopting out Arlo as both he and his brother Heart were born into Poke-a-Dot’s at a time when they were needed most by Sheri. Sheri got such joy spending time with them and their best momma Daisy. Along with so many others!!!
Coming home was an adventure – we had the rain, the sleet, the snow and just a mile ahead of us on I-80 near Emigrant gap was a terrible accident that involved so many people and vehicles and closed down the freeway as far behind us as the Nevada state line. With some creative driving – we were able to escape the gridlock and take the long way around to Auburn. The weather and the unexpectedly long day were so worth it to know that one of our favorite sons is in a loving home and that the hole in his new family’s hearts is getting smaller by the minute.
Sheri's note: Thank you so much June for helping by writing the adoption story!!! And, thanks for always being there for Poke-A-Dot's! You're awesome and I'm so thankful God brought you into our lives.
October 19, 2021
Cynthia has a new little buddy, Teddy!
Teddy was the dog we took in that was a stay that an older gentleman and his son found. I meet him at our groomers when I went to pick up four dogs that were there. I joked I took four and came home with five! He turned out to be a very lovable boy and Cynthia has discovered he loves to hid his toys all over the place.
Teddy will be making his home with his new mama in Turlock. We’re so happy that Teddy has a new mama and Cynthia has a new buddy. May you have many years loving each other! Welcome to the Poke-A-Dot’s family Cynthia.
Oh, a very important tidbit…I didn’t post Teddy on any sights. I just prayed God would put his special person into our lives. One day Cynthia reached out to us, and she was the perfect match. He was helping me, so I wasn’t in a hurry to place him. God’s timing is perfect!
March 21, 2021
Heart is home and will be keeping the name Heart. It really does fit him in so many ways. Heart arrived at his new home this morning. Concluded about four days for adoptions with five dogs being placed in their forever homes.
Heart's family reached out to me almost a year ago. They really wanted a little puppy and when Heart and Soul were born I remembered this in the back of my heart. The whole family came and feel in love in person about a month ago. Heart will be living in Tracy, CA with his family Oneal, Mary, Teressa, and her son Jordon. Jordon loves basketball and he's been looking forward to having a puppy as well as the rest of the family. I know this little one will receive so much love!!!
Thank you for promising to love him forever! Welcome to the Poke-A-Dot's family and thank you for taking over to love Heart and give him an amazing loving home!!!
March 11, 2021
Little Boy Maxie is home, sweet home with is new dad and mom Walt and Sue. He's going to be calling Herald is new home...a real quick drive thru the country from us. He's going to love his new home. I was thinking about saying myself.
Little Boy Maxie came to us by the way of our janitor Penny who cleans once a week at our store Sheri's Sonshine Nutrition Center. Penny loves to help save animals! She called me up on the night she was scheduled to come and clean and told me a friend of a friend needed to surrender her dog. She said she'd drive to Sacramento and pick up the dog. So, she did and then she called me. I had a full house and he still needed to have his vetting so we made due and I sent up the bathroom at the pool for his little house. Worked out very well since he was potty pad trained.
Sue reached out to me and after talking with her, they came to meet him and Little Boy climbed in their arms and the love connection started! So, I told them to go home and think about it and it didn't take very long for them to call me back and say yes. So, after he had his vetting done we packed his bags and we went for a short drive to his new home. He walked in just like I had hoped...HOME!
Thank you Walt and Sue for your wonderful hearts!!!
January 1, 2021
It's becoming a tradition for us to be able to do an adoption on New Year's Day. Today, Moo Moo and Mary got a little help from me to pack up their bags and move into their new home with Jim and Claudine in San Andreas, CA.
Jim and Claudine are friends of another adopter Dan and Pam who adopted Ivy and they live in Valley Springs. Pam and Claudine used to work together. Jim and Claudine recently lost their former dog Peaches and they knew it was time to help another dog(s) who needed a home. They came to Poke-A-Dot's last week and they both feel in love with Moo Moo and Mary. They both climbed up in their laps and that was about it. I could tell by the looks on their faces that they really love dogs.
Both dogs had got spayed on Monday to we set today up as adoption day. I know these dogs will be loved forever. They're both retired and will be able to spend a lot of time with these precious little girls. They originally were found running around on a busy street in Lodi. A very nice young lady who works at a local vets office took them home, cleaned them up and then took to the Lodi Shelter. So, we were asked if we could help these two. So, I went to the Lodi Shelter and got them and then they did out their stray hold here so they didn't have to be scared at the shelter. Poor little Moo Moo was so scared she didn't want to come out of her blanket.
Thank you Pam and Dan for referring Claudine and Jim to Poke-A-Dot's. I'm sure they will love these precious girls and provide them with a wonderful loving home.
Moo Moo and Mary, we're all going to miss you so much. Thank you for being such good girls. We love you and look forward to a visit when you're all settled into your new home.
P.S. Thanks Jim and Claudine for all your welcomed gardening tips and for all the egg cartons!
Happy New Year to everyone!!!
October 30, 2021
Another prayer for a senior lover has been answered in such an amazing way. Meet Trudy who lives in Santa Rosa, CA and loves to offer a loving home to seniors. I just delivered her to her new home on Saturday.
Peaches was originally a stray who had gotten away from a homeless couple who hung out at a park in Lodi. I was able to figure out all of this and to make a long story short, set up a meeting time. I had my owner surrender form in hand too. My will was very strong not to let this special dog go back to the way she was living. Peaches actually used to belong to the guy’s mother who used to bring Peaches into the Lodi Animal Shelter and give Officer Jennifer a hug from time to time. She passed away and her son and girlfriend cared for Peaches for about a year living in a tent and the days at a park. They agreed with me that she needed a better life and signed her over to Poke-A-Dot’s. I was very happy and we’ve been staying in touch.
Did I mention she’s a Pomeranian and Peaches is 14 years old? She also had to have all her rotten teeth pulled out. She’s an amazing dog for her age. She’s in really good shape! I posted her and I had a few people apply, but not the right fit. I wanted nothing but the best for her and then one day Trudy reached out to me in an email. I called her and I knew she was the perfect lady.
Once we made a commitment, we had to wait because Peaches had an issue that she needed to see a Vet for to have her anal glands expressed and then Trudy got a little sinus issue so Saturday was the day. Peaches and I along with Thelma and little Sierra packed up her goodies and headed for a nice drive to Santa Rosa.
When we got there Trudy greeted us outside and she grabbed Peaches and off they went to the backyard. I was letting Thelma and Sierra go potty in the front yard. I walked in the house and loved what I saw. Seniors relaxing, one was caring around a toy wanting my attention to play with him. Plus her kitty cats where pushing up on me for pets. I loved all her dogs and Peaches will fit in perfectly with all of them. She sent me a text last night thanking me for the precious Peaches!
Trudy spends her life and time helping keep all these dogs so comfy. She cooks fresh meals for all of them and gives of herself. She only adopts seniors! See there really are people in the world that care about seniors and this year I’ve found a lot of them!
A special thank you to the lady who originally called me to help with Peaches. Her name is June, not to be confused with our foster mama June. She had an older Cocker Spaniel who didn’t care for Peaches and that’s why she asked for my help. She just lost her dog recently and told me she may want to help us by fostering.
Trudy, there is no way I can possibly thank you enough for your love and compassion. You’re an example to all of us on how to care for the senior dogs. I’m very honored to have you join our Poke-A-Dot’s Rescue family!
Peaches, thank you baby girl for helping all the dogs adjust to life here, especially Bob who is visiting us. He’s 15 years old and his family needed our help while they dealt with a medical issue. Hopefully Bob will be returning home soon.
Peaches enjoy your new family!!!!
Rosie and Ryan are home with their new mama Carol in Ceres, CA! A very wonderful lady reach out to us. She had a very big hole in her heart and she said she'd love to offer these two precious souls a wonderful, loving home. She lost her previous dog and she knows what going above and beyond means when helping dogs.
Rosie and Ryan will have a wonderful home, great yard, and more importantly a home filled with unconditional love.
I'm not going to mention their back story because most of you already know it. It really tugs on my heart so we're looking forward to the future and leaving their past behind with all those dreaded foxtails too!
Welcome Carol to the Pokeadot's Family and thank you so much for blessing their lives with all the love that's in store for them. Rosie and Ryan, I have so many tears coming out of my eyes now, but they're happy tears and I'm so glad that I could help you both!!! My heart will always be inside of you and your hearts inside of me.
October 22, 2021
Aurora is home sweet home with Jim and Zoe in Sacramento. They’re previous adopters of LuLu. I believe it was in our second year. These people are awesome, amazing, loving, and the list goes on and on. They know what the word RESCUE is all about!
When Zoe called me about three months ago and expressed interest in adopting Aurora, I couldn’t of been happier. I told her she was going to take a while to get all fixed up. She had skin that needed healing. She was infected with fleas. They can do lots of damage to a dog’s skin. Once she was on the mend, we decided she really needed to have all her teeth pulled out, along with a couple of tiny growths on her back removed. She kept chewing on them and I wanted to do everything in my control to get her in the best shape for her adoption.
So, on the day we adopted Sammy in Sacramento, Aurora rode along so after the adoption we stopped by so Jim, Zoe and the dogs and cats could all meet her. She made herself right at home. She still wasn’t ready so back home we came. She still had some stitches that needed to be removed.
October 22nd finally arrived. Aurora and I packed up all her goodies and headed to her new home. It was so funny to watch her while Zoe, Jim and I were going over all her paperwork. She was HOME! She found all the dog beds and checked them out and jumped up on the couch and took a nap.
Thank you, Jim and Zoe, for your wonderful blessing to Poke-A-Dot’s. Your donation brought tears to my eyes and your love and support in the past has helped Poke-A-Dot’s be able to help so many dogs just like Aurora…ok now my brain needs to call her Rosie!
Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. I wish I could have each and everyone meet both of you. I admire you so very much and I hope as I get older, I want to grow to be like you both of you!
July 22, 2021
Remember the little red Poodle on Otis's lap that was dropped off at Jeweline's grooming shop Raining Cats and Dogs in Stockton? Her owner died and the family didn't want her so they literally walked in and dropped her off on July 22. So, Jeweline called me and she brought her to me. The minute I saw her I just knew where she was going to land. Bonnie came and got her right away and she blended in very nicely with Otis and Bonnie and all their Poke-A-Dot doggies. They've been one of our foster families with a few failures over the past years. And, those are great failures!!! They love their dogs so very much and their dogs love them! I love to go over and sit on the floor and let em love all over me. They lost two last year and I'm so glad they have such wonderful big hearts!!!
Thank you Otis and Bonnie for being the kind of people you are...AWESOME! You've been such a blessing to the dogs of Poke-A-Dot's Rescue and we all love you so much!!!
Thank you Jeweline for your loving heart and for always helping the dogs that come into your life.
July 2, 2021
This was so exciting! Ramona and her son Gus got to go back to their original mama Eden! Eden called me about three weeks ago and told me her living situation was changing and she really wanted her dogs to be reunited with her. After speaking to her, I prayed about it and I was very comfortable about letting them go back with her. I had been praying for a miracle and this was the miracle.
She came to pick them up on Friday and the photo just speaks for itself. She told me the hardest thing she ever had to do in her life was to surrender these two dogs. So, welcome back home Gus and Ramona to your mama.
I'm really happy for all of them and Eden's family.
April 1, 2021
Legs and Fuzzy have a new home, a new mama and will be sporting new names of Daisy and Minnie. They'll be sharing their new mama with their 14 year old Schnauzer/Poodle Annabelle. I delivered them is morning to their new home in Sacramento. They road beautifully in the car.
There new mama didn't want to be in the photo, so Daisy and Minnie ask me to join in for the photo. They're going to love their everything about their new home. Their new mama is a wonderful lady. She fell in love with them when she came to meet them before they were both spayed. Oh my goodness she loves dogs! My kind of person. She's retired and her husband passed away last year and then she lost one of her dogs and she told me she's always had three. So today her heart just receive two total blessings.
She also loves to make all sorts of blankets, etc and she's going to make some and we'll be doing a fundraiser. She's very talented!
A brief back story on the dogs...They were living with an older man I think in his 80's and he became ill and thought he'd be passing away soon. He reached out to his son and daughter in law for help with his dogs. Jill who has a Golden Retriever rescue, her husband works with the daughter of the family who was asked to help. So, Jill called me and asked if I could help.
Thank you girls for being so wonderful while you were here at Poke-A-Dot's. Enjoy your new everything. I made you both a promise for a wonderful life and today you received my promise!
March 13, 2021
Our little girl Joey is HOME! Home, sweet home in Petaluma, CA with her new family Chris and Nancy. Nancy reached out to us and then I just knew this would be the perfect home for Joey. People that are retired and will give her all the love and care that she so much deserves.
You see from what we've figured out from her past, she's been thru a lot. She was walking down a really busy road with her "boyfriend" and a really wonderful dog lover and rescuer Joey spotted them. Before he could save them both, a big truck ran over the boy. Unfortunately, the boy didn't make it. He was then able to secure Joey. He rushed the boy to the vets in Galt and had him cremated.
He took Joey home and then walked about 5 miles up and down trying to find where she came from. You see she had been nursing puppies and had so much milk. He had no luck finding her home. He placed her in one of his horse stalls because his dogs didn't want anything to do with her. He reached out to my good buddy Julie and then when I heard the story I went and picked her up and she came to Pokeadot's. So, Julie and I thought we really needed to name her after Joey because he saved her life in so many ways. She more than likely was a puppy factory. No more!
She was a very good girl while she was at Poke-A-Dot's Rescue. The day her new mom and dad came to meet her, they all feel in love with each other. She jumped up on their laps and that was it. The following Saturday, Joey and I packed up her things and headed over to Petaluma. She walked right in like she was home!
Joey's new mama Nancy is a painter and we came home with 2 paintings she gave to us. Going to hang them up in the doggie condo. Thank you Nancy and Chris for your generosity and understanding what goes into rescue doggies. May you have lots of special moments with Joey.
January 15, 2021
Our special little girl who we named "Christmas" now has a new name! When her new mama Vicki came to meet her she told me she wanted to honor all of my hard work and all the love that I put into this special little girl. So, her new name is going to be Sheri. I'm very touched!
Now, let me tell you about this wonderful gal who just came into our lives. Vicki actually lives very close to us in Lockeford. She has a Border Collie mix Roy who is about 6 and she recently lost her other small dog Sassy. Roy, is one amazing dog. Smartest dog I've ever meet!!! His mama has trained him so well as a therapy dog. He's got lots of ribbons hanging up on the wall behind this photo. They used to go all over the place visiting people. Hopefully soon they can return to all their friends. Vicki ran thru about 20 different things within a couple minutes that Roy knows how to do. Vicki's goal is in a few months to start teaching Sheri and train her to also be a therapy dog. I can't wait to see her progress. She's come so far from the day I feel in love with her.
Sheri came to Pokeadot's Rescue about a month ago. She was a stray who found a home for about 6 weeks in a dirt flower bed in front of a lady's house in Stockton. This gal feed her and she decided she needed help so a friend referred her to Poke-A-Dot's. I went in to Stockton right away and picked her up.
At first, I could hardly handle her. She was timid, scared and when I got close she'd get nippy. It took me about two weeks to help gain her trust and Otis and Bonnie really helped Sheri. I have a little kids chair in the doggie condo and she found that the first night and never left it. She was so thankful not to have to sleep outside at night and to be in a safe indoor environment. A friend and adopter Gina was over last week to meet Mama Daisy and Sheri and I told her that chair was going to have to go with Sheri to her new house. So, Gina went out and got her a brand new chair. THANK YOU GINA!
So, today was the official adoption day that Sheri got to move into her new house with her new chair. She jumped up in that little chair like she was home! Smart little girl. The first person who was interested in her fell thru the cracks. Vicki and I came together from a Facebook post on a re-homing dog sight. I have no doubt that God brought us together. Vicki is a very special lady and her heart is so huge towards dogs. Welcome to the Poke-A-Dot's family Vicki, Roy and Sheri! Again, thank you for your wanting to be Sheri's mama. You're going to love this special little girl so much and you will always have a piece of my heart and it's a big piece too!
March 26, 2021
Meet Ted and Sheryl from Denair. They're Auzie and Mollie's new family. Ted has been my business insurance agent for 35 years. Now his two sons are running the business and both Sheryl and Ted are enjoying retirement. I was speaking to him about a month ago and he asked me how the doggie rescue was coming along. Then he proceeded to tell me that they just lost their Shih Tzu and to let them know if we ever got one in who needed a new home.
Well, a friend of a friend put me in touch with the family who had Auzie and Mollie. They recently had a little one and he's about 1 and now they have another one on the way. They wanted to find a new home for the dogs because they didn't want it to be too stressful for the dogs. So, I agreed to help because one of our wonderful foster mama and papa Bonnie and Otis (they turned out to be the friend of a friend) said they would be happy to foster. I immediately spoke to Sheryl and Ted and she said yes!
So, Auzie needed to get spayed and both updated on their shots and we finished that within about a week and a half and then I picked up both girls and we took a ride to Denair. Denair is just a little past Turlock. The girls immediately made themselves right at home!!!
Then after I finished, I meet up with my former Lodi High English Teacher and really wonderful friend Don. He was like a father figure when I was in high school and he still is today. We went out for lunch together and had a great time along with Thelma of course.
Thank you Ted and Sheryl for opening up your hearts and home to these precious little girls! Thank you to Bonnie and Otis for your love and compassion. Thank you to their former family for having faith in Poke-A-Dot's Rescue!
January 25, 2021
Bonnie has joined Otis and are going to live happily ever after just like our people friends Bonnie and Otis. When I adopted Otis, Cheryl his new mama told me she really wanted two dogs, so I was keeping this in the back of my mind. Bonnie and Otis were roommates and they loved playing and sleeping together. They're about the same age. So, when Bonnie was spayed last week, I asked Cheryl if she wanted to adopt Bonnie? So, yesterday was adoption day for Bonnie.
When Bonnie and I arrived to Sacramento, we knocked on the door and when we got in, Otis was so happy. He and Bonnie immediately started playing with all the toys! It was so fun to watch! They were so happy to be back together!!!
So, Thelma and I made out trip back home. Now, fast forward to today at about 11am. I was folding laundry and I when done I was going to go up to my store for a while. My phone rings and the gal says "Are you missing a dog?" I said that's a really loaded question because I have a dog rescue. So, I asked for some more information and discovered it was Otis. She said "your number was on his ID tag." I gave her the address to return Otis too. It was only a block away. So, I called Cheryl and asked her if she knew Otis was missing and she said yes and Bonnie too! I told her Otis is on the way home. In the meantime I'm over half way back up to Sac. Then I got another call from a gal who had picked up Bonnie looked at the tag and called me. I asked her if she had Bonnie in her arms and she said no she's back on the ground. I grumbled under my breathe. I asked her to please keep and eye and see if she can find her again. Then I called Cheryl's cousin Erin (the gal who now has all my Hallmark ornaments) and told her the address where Bonnie was around. She drove over and some of the other neighbors knew the yard she adventured into. Erin was able to get her and bring her back home. She had a little dirt on her so she was getting a bath when I arrived.
So, we all went into the backyard and tried to figure out how they got out. When I was there two weeks ago I did a complete search of any way out. She always keeps the gate locked so we knew that wasn't it. In a corner behind a storage shed we found a neighbors fence post that had just enough wiggle room to fit thru. So, Bonnie and Otis ended up in the backside neighbors yard and worked their way out of it and down a couple more houses. I think we all had tears just me.
So, there is a lesson in all of this. KEEP TAGS ON YOUR DOG AT ALL TIMES! MAKE IT EASY FOR SOMEONE TO CALL AND RETURN. I always tell this to our adopters! Cheryl has new tags on order with address on them and she also is ordering a GPS tracker just in case. Better safe than sorry.
Both dogs where happy to get back home and they both got extra hugs and kisses and I told them never to scare me like this again. And, you can be guaranteed that I'm never going to miss an area behind the shed again!!! Now the dogs yard has been condensed and they can't even access that area anymore. Thank you Erin and Brian for all of your help you gave to Cheryl. Cheryl thank you for letting me us this as a learning experience.
If this wasn't enough, this afternoon I receive a phone call from Donna who is an older friend of mine and she does dog sitting at her house. I've helped her with a few dogs in the past. So, she asks me for my help with a stray dog she found across the street from her house last night. She housed it last night, bathed it, and loved it. So, I told her to send me a photo and I looked on the Facebook Lost and Found page for Lodi. I thought he looked familiar. I was almost 100 percent sure based on photos it was a match. So, I posted my number and a gal by the name of Roxana called me. I picked up the dog from Donna and meet Roxana down at my store. Roxana and Donna only live about five blocks apart so he didn't wonder too far, but he's been missing over one week. When Roxana got to my store, Soto was so happy to see his mama. I also installed a chip, registered it to Roxana, put a collar with a Poke-A-Dot tag and told her always to keep in on until she gets one with her address and number. I also told her that Poke-A-Dot's Rescue would be happy to get him neutered. She said she would take me up on my offer. So, tomorrow I will be calling to make an appointment for him in February to get neutered. He's about two years old.
What a day! I'm so happy it ended up with three dogs all returned home safe and sound. ID TAGS SAVE LIFE'S. If you're reading this and you don't have one on your dog, please get one. If you can't get out of the house, let me know and I will be glad to have one made and deliver to you or send it to you. I can also give you a Poke-A-Dot's Rescue tag temporarily. If you don't like the jingle of tags, you can get your number on a collar. There are several different options! Also, make sure your dog has a chip installed. They cost me $4.00 each and I would be happy to chip your dog for FREE. I learned how to do this without passing out!
Time for bed, so sweet dream Bonnie and Otis and thank you Cheryl for opening up your heart and home to two very special Poke-A-Dot's doggies!!!! And Erin thank you for referring Cheryl to Poke-A-Dot's and for giving my Hallmark ornaments a great new home!
February 22, 2021
April and Comet packed up their bags and I drove them up to Woodland, CA. Their new mom and dad KC and Robin absolutely love them. They lost their older dog and had a big hole in their hearts and they really wanted two bonded dogs. Bonded they got! These dogs have been together since they joined our rescue. Comet was about a 3 month old puppy and April was about a year old. They love each other so much! Last week when KC and Robin came to meet them, they both didn't make it too far past the door. They were both on the floor and both dogs climbed in their laps.
April and Comet returned to Poke-A-Dot's because their previous family had to move to a single story and the landlord would not allow dogs. They looked and looked for a place that would but had no luck. So, they contacted me like I always tell people once a Poke-A-Dot's dog, always a Poke-A-Dot's dog and they come back!
Thank you KC and Robin for all the love you'll be sharing with April and Comet. Welcome to the best family in the world...The Poke-A-Dot's Rescue Family!
August 11, 2021
Max is out of his foster home with June and crew and into his forever home in Elk Grove, CA!
You may recall that Max a 9 month old neutered puppy with lots of puppy energy came back to Poke-a-Dot’s from a loving home that we adopted him out to about 5 months ago. Unfortunately, his owner’s current situation made it impossible for them to keep him so back into Foster with June (one of our Foster Mama's and Adopters). We absolutely knew that Max would be a very smart and loving dog and that everything happens for a reason.
We are so pleased to announce that Max’s reason for coming back to us was so he could be adopted by Angela and her daughter Caillie. Angela lost her dog a few months ago and with Caillie heading off to college it was time for a loving companion. Max is already taking long walks and long naps with Angela enjoying his new life with his new family. We could not have asked for a better match.
Congratulations Max and Angela!
And, a very, very special thank you to June. We've been able to help more dogs because of her!!! She's been such a blessing to Poke-A-Dot's and all of the dogs love her so much!!! So do I!
April 7, 2021
Trace is in his new home with his new mom Jo and his new dad Carl. He packed up his bags and he and I and of course Thelma and we headed over to San Jose. We were just over there about a month ago adopting Hannah. Hannah's new mom Carol is a good friend of Jo. The two of them go walking together a few times a week. Speaking of walking, Hannah has lost weight! She looks amazing as she and Carol stopped by while I was there delivering Trace.
Jo and Carl recently lost their dog of 21 years and they had a huge hole in their hearts. Carol has been watching our website and when she saw Trace, she reached out to me and put Jo and I in contact with each other. We did a facetime chat and she fell in love with Trace. We decided on the adoptions day and it went so perfect...everything!
It's really cool where they live. Trace will share his new home with a kitty cat and lots of wildlife around their house. When I was there a turkey was grazing in the yard.
Trace came to Poke-A-Dot's last week. I don't want to go into all of the details because the person desired for me not to share the whole story. All I can say is the person is a really wonderful young lady and believe me she didn't want to have to surrender her dog, but do to circumstances beyond her control she had to. I was more than willing to help her thru this situation. Trace has been loved by her since he was a little puppy and I know he's been very much loved.
Today when I drove home, there were flowers and a balloon that said "Thank You." I picked them up and took them in the house and read the note. It was from Trace's former mama thanking me for everything I did for him. Wow! I was very touched and could feel all the love behind this token of her appreciation.
I called and checked in with Jo today and Trace is doing awesome. He went on a 2.5 mile walk yesterday and loved it and his new surroundings.
Carol, thank you so much for referring Jo and Carl to Poke-A-Dot's. I new the moment I drove away with Trace in my car that God was going to place a very special family into his life. Thank you so very much from the bottom of my heart for opening up you hearts and home to Trace. You and Carl have hearts of gold. And, Carol thank you and your husband for loving Hannah like you do. You both also have golden hearts and I appreciate your love and care that you're blessing Hannah with everyday.
I'm so very blessed each and every day helping all these wonderful dogs. I couldn't do it without people like all of you, so I thank you!!! Welcome to the Poke-A-Dot's family!!!
And a very special thank you to Trace's former mama. Thank you so much for reaching out to me and for asking for my help and trusting me with your baby boy!!
May 29, 2021
How wonderful and inspiring this story is going to be. Just have to get it all from my brain to the keyboard. So, let me try.
Two months ago we took in mama Peaches and daddy scruffy and their two four month old puppies Lou and Pinky. The came to us via the Lodi Shelter. Officer Jordan gained the trust of the family who previously had them and he convinced them to surrender them. Then I went to the shelter and picked up all four right away. They all have been wonderful dogs! Scruffy found a great home and now the pups found their new home together.
When we originally posted the pups we got a lot of interest but the perfect home didn’t speak out loud and clear. Then I got to thinking about how amazing it would be to let them stay together. They love each other so much and they’d be sad not having each other. So, I posted them as a pair. We had one meet and greet but it wasn’t the right timing for the potential family. Then one day I got a call from Jesse and I just knew good things were about to happen for Lou and Pinky.
Jesse and his wife Susan and their two children Claire and Chris came here to meet. They were all on the ground with seconds. The puppies loved them!!!!
These two young people are so inspiring. Claire graduated from Franklin High School in Elk Grove this year and is headed to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to major in Biochemistry with a goal of practicing some form of medicine in the future. She has been inspired by the doctors who treated her brother.
Chris was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer in 2015 at the age of 8. He spent a year in treatment, in and out of the hospital, involving chemotherapy and a partial amputation of his left leg. He was fortunate to go to Stanford children’s hospital and have a very rare form of surgery that allows him increased mobility and minimal residual pain or complications. He is fully out of treatment for over 5 years now and all signs are great for his continuing health. He has no complications and has played youth sports including soccer and basketball. He will be a freshman next year at Franklin High School and hopes to learn how to be a prosthetist and build prosthetic limbs. (Jesse helped write the info on Claire and Chris...Thanks!)
The minute I meet these two young people there was something that really touched my heart. Actually this whole family touched my heart. They wanted to help adopt two dogs who needed a home and in a very responsible manner. Seeing the love come out of all of their eyes with these two dogs was so awesome. I am so honored and so blessed to have been able to bring such happiness thru Lou and Pinky. Oh, Jesse just told me they're going to keep Lou's name and Pinky is going to be Lin after Frank"lin" High School. Not only did Claire graduate this year from there, Chris will be attending as a freshman and both Jesse and Susan are teachers there.
Welcome to the Poke-A-Dot's Family! All of us can never ever fall over because we all hold each other up! Thank you for reaching out to us and we're so blessed to have your family join us!
And, a special thank you once again to Officer Jordan from Lodi Animal Service for your compassion to help dogs with their future.
August 6, 2021
This is a really hard story to sit down and write because it really gets pretty close to the middle of my heart in so many ways. A little back ground for those of you who don't remember this dog. She was left to rot in a backyard in Stockton and nobody really knows how long she and another dog who was a really big Pit Bull had to suffer. When I was asked to help upon arrival I could barely stand to see the house where she was living. Trash all over the place and she was in really tough shape. One of her eyes was totally glued shut. We had to toss a blanket over her so she would bit upon being picked up because she was so scared. I dropped her off at my groomers and when I went back to pick her up I couldn't believe my eyes. Her eye was open and she could blink it and see. She had two bite marks above her eye. She hardly had any hair on parts of her body and what hair she did have had to be shaved to the skin because of mats. However, I saw hope in her and in her spirit and I made her a promise from my heart. I cried a lot of this little girl. We had to "hold" her for a while because there were legal charges being pressed, etc. The owner did an over the phone surrender and then she became ours legally!
I was able to get her into my vet with a couple days and they cleaned up her bite really good. Thank God she'd already been spayed so she didn't have to go thru that process. I was still trying to figure out her name and about three days after getting her I found out my cousin Callie passed away. Well, I wanted to honor my cousin and I named her Callie. Well about three weeks later thru her chip, I learned that her real name was "Zoey". I called her Zoey one day and she came running to me and jumped up in my arms. Before that she had her timid moments. So, from then on I reverted back to Zoey because she knew it and was very happy when called Zoey. My cousin Callie would of done the same thing and called her Zoey.
So fast forward about two months and she's almost has all of her hair grown back and her bite marks on her eye are all healed up. I was really enjoying her and I decided not to list her and let God send the perfect people to me to adopt her. Meet Amy and Dan and there from Lodi! She's saying close to my heart. They were referred to us by PALS and their family is very active in PALS. Rescues helping one another...the way it should always be!!! Anyways, they came to meet Zoey and Amy and Dan feel in love with her. A couple days later, I took Zoey over to their house to do a "grandchildren" check and all went very well. So the next day Zoey and I packed up her suitcase and she moved in with her new family.
Zoey, thank you for being you and for letting your heart mend from your past. Thank you for giving me the love that I needed to help my heart from losing my cousin Callie. Thank you for all the snuggles and love you shared with me while my knee was healing. Zoey, you will live in my heart forever right alongside my cousin Callie. Life is full of things we don't have answers for and we need to always have faith in God no matter what speed bumps come our way. Callie we all miss you and your spirit will live on thru Zoey. You would of loved this precious little girl.
Callie's photo is on the bottom of this adoption flyer. She is with her doggie Levi and she loved him ever so much. He now resides with her daughter Jamie and part time with my Uncle Teddy and Auntie Sharon. Please keep all the people who loved Callie in your prayers.
May we all live each day as if it's our last and try and add as much love and kindness to other people's lives. "Zoey" Callie has been doing this since the first day I meet her. Her new family loves her to the moon and back and may you all have many years loving her and letting her share her love with others. Thank you Amy and Dan for opening your hearts and home to Zoey. May God bless you all each and every day!
Oh, one more cute tidbit about my cousin Callie. She liked to wink and Zoey does too! WINK WINK!
September 12, 2021
Sassy Sadie is home with her new brother Fergus and her new mom and dad, Danelle and David from Sacramento, CA. I posted her last week and within about 2 hours I received the perfect application. A very active, dog loving family! Sassy Sadie is going to have so much fun with her new family. She’s the doggie on the right…the black and white one.
She was a stray wondering around the streets of Lodi and ended up at the Lodi Shelter. She didn’t look at all like her current photo. She had matts all over the place, her skin had been eaten by fleas, and she smelled like she hadn’t ever had a bath. I remember the day I feel in love with her! I went into her kennel, and she jumped up in my arms and I’m sure you know what I did. She had one more day to stay, so the next day, my friend Deanne who is a volunteer at the shelter helped me out and took her to the groomer and then brought her to us. Thanks Deanne for always helping out and for all the love you give to the all the doggies visiting the shelter. The world needs more people like you!
And, thanks to all the staff at the Lodi Shelter. Once again we make a wonderful team!!!
Danelle and David, thank you from the bottom of my heart for opening you home and heart to Sassy Sadie! It was so special to see how she took right away to you when you walked into her life. May God watch over all of you!
June 25, 2021
Peaches in home with Richard and Bonnie and they reside in Los Banos, CA. What a lovely couple came into our lives and wanted to offer Peaches the best ever home. Richard and Bonnie came down the prior week to meet her and feel in love with her personality. I just knew they would because I certainly did. She is a wonderful dog. She had the pleasure of helping her and the daddy Scruffy and two puppies find wonderful homes. She was a big help to me since I hurt my knee. She helped show the ropes to a couple of new dogs we brought in and her spirit helped calm me during a time that I was only able to hobble around. (I'm improving).
So, Peaches and I packed her duffle bag, and climbed in my van and hit the road for Los Banos. First we had a pit stop to make at Janice's house who has Country Road Rescue in Modesto. We had some sheets to share with her for her puppies who were joining her that afternoon. After we were done there visiting we headed towards Los Banos on some nice country roads.
When we arrived at Richard and Bonnie's Peaches made herself right at home as if she'd been there forever. This always makes me feel so good when this happens. We did our paperwork, sat and visited while she felt more comfortable with her new family. Then I left and it was bonding time for Richard and Bonnie.
Got an update in the morning and Peaches slept with them in bed and they both are very happy with her. I am extremely happy that Richard and Bonnie reached out to us. They are so perfect for Peaches. Thank you for opening up your home and hearts.
A special thank you to Officer Jordan from the Lodi Shelter. Without his love and compassion these 4 dogs would not of had this opportunity for a new life. Thank you so much for going out of your way to get the family who had them to surrender them. I can't thank you enough for letting Poke-A-Dot's Rescue help this family for four. I love each one of them so very much.
May 14, 2021
Scruffy is now in his new home with his new mama Michelle and his two new sisters Anabella and Mikayla (KK for short).
Michelle originally came to meet Scruffy and Peaches two little puppies, but something else happened. Scruffy looked at her with his big eyes and she totally feel in love with him. Michelle is a really nice lady and I know he's going to love his new home.
They live in San Andreas, CA and they join Bocce, Moo Moo and Mary who all live in the same town.
Scruffy was part of the family of four who Officer Jordan from the Lodi Shelter was able to convince the family to surrender them and then he called me to let me know he had them. I went to pick them up right away and the rest is history. In the month of April all four had their vetting done and now we just have the two puppies to place in their new home. Hopefully this will happen very soon.
Thank you so much to Officer Jordan! All of these dogs now have the best life ever!!!
Thank you Michelle for reaching out to Poke-A-Dot's Rescue. Welcome to the best doggie and people family in the world.
February 18, 2021
Ellie Mae is in her new home tonight just about 5 miles from our house with her new mama Gina and her husband Kevin. They adopted Belle from Poke-A-Dot's about two years ago and Gina and I share a special bond. Gina loves the seniors! When she came to meet our puppies, she fell in love with little Miss Ellie Mae. She stopped by a lot to hang out with her and she also helped bottle feed her little puppies. When she mentioned she wanted to add Ellie to her family, I couldn't of been any happier. I wish there were more people like Gina out there who open their hearts and soul to the seniors.
Ellie was a stray who wondered into Manteca Shelter. While she was there (3 weeks) she started getting heavier. Turns out she was pregnant. A fellow rescue was going to pull her and help, but she had to help her mother with a medical issues. She reached out to me and asked if I could help. I thought what's one more pregnant one since Mama Daisy just had her pups, they could share the space in our doggie condo. So, a friend and adopter Shae who adopted Dottie the famous bubble girl went to pick her up for me since she lives in Manteca. She had a sleep over at their house then I drove down the next day to pick her up.
She got all settled in and within about a week, she gave birth. The first one was stillborn. It was the most amazing thing to get to watch. My very first time. I was crushed figuring out it wasn't alive. Ellie tended to it for a while and then she figured out it wasn't alive and wrapped it up in a blanket. Then about 4 hours later two more were born and then the other 2 about 2 hours later. They were so small. Around 3 ounces. All four added up to less than 13 ounces.
My adopter and friend June and her neighbor Dawn love Chihuahua's and all dogs for that matter. They came out a lot and helped bottle feed. Ellie wasn't producing milk. Probably due to her age, bad nutrition, etc. all the babies passed away one by one. We made a little grave for them in our garden so they will always and forever be remembered. June was recovering from surgery and she said Ellie could come and live at her house. So, we packed up her bags and she walked in like she'd been there forever. She made herself right at home. She took lots of great naps under the covers with June by her side.
Ellie was spayed on Wednesday and it was pretty funny what happened. She was a little firecracker after she woke back up as if nothing happened. She was ready go get out of there, so I was able to pick her up at the early pick up time and take her back to June's house. Then today, Gina came to June's house and Ellie packed her little bag, hopped into Gina's car and off to her new home. This afternoon I stopped by and Ellie has made herself right at home with her new mama, Belle and Pipit...all wonderful seniors! This evening I got a cute photo of Kevin and Ellie enjoying snuggle time together.
A special thank you to June and Dawn!!!! There is no way I could of physically of done this without both of you. You're so awesome and I know Ellie loves you both so much! And, Gina thank you for your beyond beautiful heart. I am so glad that your parents entered my life to adopt their two doggies, and the bond we share, and the love for dogs we share is ever so special. Enjoy your new baby and give her hugs and kisses from all of us who will always and forever love her.
July 28, 2021
Little sweet Jess is now Precious and her new home is in Fresno, CA with her new dad and mom, Reg and Susan. She will have two other dogs to keep her company as well as a kitty cat. Reg and Susan were referred to Poke-A-Dot's from Janise from Country Road Rescue in Modesto. Janise and I meet about 6 years ago and she was a foster failure and I helped inspire her to start her own rescue. I personally couldn't be more proud of her. She and I have so many things in common and it's so nice to work together on referrals. Reg and Susan went to her place to meet a dog and it wasn't a good love connection and then Janise told them to contact me. So the next week they came down and Precious jumped up into Reg's lap and that was it. She said..."let's go for a ride dad and go home."
Precious came to Poke-A-Dot's by way of a gal by the name of Liz. She has a heart for rescue doggies. She saw someone wanting to find a new home for her and scooped her up so she wouldn't end up in the wrong hands. Thank you Liz for having the best interest for all the dogs you help number one in your heart.
Thank you so much Janise for your, well everything! I am so blessed that God brought us together and so very proud of what you stand for in this world we share.
Reg and Susan, thank you so much for all the love and compassion in your wonderful hearts. May Precious bless your life each and every day!
March 12, 2021
Gina did it again! She's got one of the most compassionate hearts for the "underdog" I have ever seen. About two weeks ago she lost one of the dogs she adopted from us. Little Bella went to Heaven. She was about 14 years old and Gina only had her for less than a year, but she had the best final chapter in her life. Gina recently added Mama Ellie the little Chihuahua who lost all of her five babies. Gina came out and helped bottle feed the babies and she also feel in love with little Mama Ellie. So a couple weeks ago, Gina and her husband opened their arms to Ellie. Ellie is such a wonderful little senior with so much life, love and energy.
So, last week Gina and I were talking and she says to me..."I think Sophia and Dorothy need to come and live with us. I was so happy! We've had them here for about 3 months and only one application, but it wasn't the perfect home. So, last Friday afternoon a very special day finally arrived. We took a short ride over to Gina's house and they were greeted with open arms by Sissy Sue and Ellie. Sissy Sue gave Dorothy a welcome home kiss. It was so cute! They're going to have a little name change...Sophie and Izzy. I love em!
Sophia and Izzy were originally stays that my wonderful friend Julie helped rescue. When I saw what she had them, I came right over to her house and they joined our Poke-A-Dot's family. They did out their stray hold thru the Lodi Shelter, got all their vetting and now they will be loved forever!!! Thank you Julie for your compassion to help doggies! Our bond will never, ever be broken!!!
Gina, I truly wish the world had more people like you in it. I absolutely love the kind of person you are and we indeed share a very special bond. Thank you so much from the bottom of Sophie, Izzy and my heart for opening up your heart and home.
March 30, 2021
Jumping Jack in home!
This is a very unique story and ever so true. I have a lot of dogs posted on PetFinder and AdoptaPet. This is the hardest part to figure out who is the best match for the dog. Being I do most everything myself it can get just a little overwhelming at times.
I get a lot of compliments that my customer service level stands far above other rescues. I'll take the compliments and I really do get a lot of them from adopters and interested people. I do what I do for the dogs because their little hearts and souls are so worth it!
So, my phone rings about noon. Heidi says "oh you actually answered your phone." Then she told me she had an appointment at the Lodi Shelter to meet a dog, but she wanted to stop by and meet Jumping Jack as well. Well, for those of you who know me I don't normally do this. I like to have an application, speak to the people and then set up an appt. Then we started talking about tennis. That's when I couldn't believe what we found out. Long story short, her mother plays tennis with my aunt Sharon at Johnson Ranch in Roseville for a very long time!!! What a small world. So, then I told her the answer to her question to stop by was yes!
So, she stopped by on her way to the Shelter to meet all of my crew. Then she left and went to the Shelter and spent about an hour with the potential dog there. Then she called and wanted to know if she could stop back by my place. When she got her she told me she meet with the dog and a volunteer named Deanne. She said Deanne seemed to know all about Poke-A-Dot's. That's because we're good friends and she helps me at times! The dog at the shelter was a lot bigger and she was looking for a dog around 10-15 pounds. She feel in love with Jack. She wanted a very active dog and that's Jack!
Jack was found as a stray in downtown Isleton along the Delta. A really nice gal who works at the City Hall reached out to us for help.
So, Jumping Jack packed his bag and off we went up to Orangeville to his new home. He made himself right at home. The next day he got to go to Folsom Lake and he loves to swim. Thanks so much Heidi for reaching out to Poke-A-Dot's and welcome to our Poke-A-Dot's family!!!
January 8, 2021
Otis has an interesting story. About a month ago I decided I wanted to find a new home for all my Hallmark Ornaments from over 20 years ago. I was thinking I'd be happy with a nice donation to Poke-A-Dot's. So, enter Erin and Brian from Sacramento. She saw my post on Facebook and she reached out to me. After speaking she agreed to make a wonderful donation to Poke-A-Dot's. She and her husband drove down to our place and loaded them all up. She left a happy camper because she got a tour and got to meet a lot of the dogs. I think she wanted to take a few home with her.
Well, she referred her cousin Cheryl from Sacramento to us. She was looking for a small dog preferably a Shih Tzu. Well low and behold one literally feel out of the sky. She recently lost her very much loved Maxwell and she really wanted to have another little one in her heart. So, Cheryl and Erin and Brian all came and meet Otis. Otis really loved her and oh my gosh the look and love on her face was so special.
So, yesterday (Thursday) Otis backed up his bags and paperwork and Thelma and I took him to his new home. He literally made himself right at home. He found the toy basket right away. After some playing, and paperwork I disappeared so Cheryl and Otis could start bonding.
Thank you so much Cheryl for reaching out to Poke-A-Dot's and Erin an Brian thank you so much for giving all my all Hallmark ornaments a brand new home!
Bella and Lucy are in there new home in Stockton, CA with the new mom and dad Cindy and Jann. What wonderful people to join the Pokeadot's family!!!
The two dog’s were surrendered due to the person not being able to take the dogs where he moved to. I know it really did break his heart since he had them since they were puppies. Karrie from Lodi Veterinary Hospital referred their former dad to Poke-A-Dot's.
I posted a preview of them on Facebook and a gal by the name of Lisa who loves to help rescue dog’s noticed them and told her friend Cindy. Cindy has been looking for two bonded females for a while. Cindy and Lisa just do happen to be good friends and neighbors as well. So we set up a meet and greet and they all feel in love and then a few days later I went and picked them up and delivered them to their new home.
When we got there we all went outside, they both went potty, and entered their new home and started checking it out. I looked at them and said my promise to help you has come true!
That afternoon the settled in very nicely in their new home where they will both be spoiled and loved forever That’s what we want for all of our dogs.
Thank you Karrie for referring their former dad to us and thank you Lisa for all the compassion you have to help dogs. And, thank you Cindy and Jann for opening your hearts and home to Bella and Lucy. They couldn't have gone to a better home!
P.S. Just got an update and Bella loves to take sunbaths and they're going to work on some new names of Lucy "Pebbles" and Bella "Pin Ball". Love these girls so much!!!
Goldie our special little girl with the heart of gold now has her very special home with this wonderful couple. Taylor and Alyssa have been looking for the perfect dog for a while and stumbled up a pot of gold...Goldie! Goldie will be making her home in Sacramento and will never have to worry about wondering the streets lost again.
She wondered into the Motel 6 in Lodi one weekend. A nice couple and their daughter cared for her in their room. On Tuesday when the hotel manager Julie found out what happened, she immediately ask me if I could come and check out the situation. I went right there and she had no chip. Goldie and I got into my car, drove to the shelter, she got logged into the system and she came to our place to do her stray hold. Then we got lucky and scored a spay appointment with our vet and now she's all healed up and in her new golden home. Thank you Julie for reaching out for help.
And, thank you from the bottom of my heart Taylor and Alyssa for reaching out to us. Welcome to the Poke-A-Dot's family and may you have many years loving you new girl.
July 24, 2021
Hi! It's Catie! I adopted Wei Wei and Vera (the Poodles from Taiwan) and Maya the 3 legged doodle all of which came from Poke-A-Dot's Rescue. My girlfriend Christina's mom had a Shih Tzu, Clarabelle, for 15 years and she crossed the rainbow bridge in March. We were all heartbroken, but especially Nicole. Clarabelle was her whole world. Well, Nicole was finally open to the idea of getting another dog, but didn't plan to do it until October. The name "Sadie" kept coming to her, and she was saying she wanted a Yorkie mix. I opened Facebook the other day and the first thing I saw was Sheri's post of Penelope (now Sadie). I immediately sent it to Nicole and she filled out an application right away. Saturday, Nicole and her boyfriend Justin, Christina and I all came out to meet her. Nicole fell in love instantly.
She came home with Nicole and Sadie spent her first night in her new home barbecuing with all of us including Maya, Vera and Wei Wei (our 3 Poke-A-Dot doggies). Sadie ran around with the poodle pack and even went for a walk with Wei Wei. As I'm writing this, she's curled up on the couch with Nicole, so relaxed and happy for her new life.
Welcome to your new life Sadie!! You have the best mama in the world, and 3 cousins who you'll spend lots of time with!
Thank you Catie for writing the adoption story! I love you more than words can express!