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 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.
March 30, 2021
Mama Peaches is home, sweet home in Stockton with John and Sue. They were referred to me by one of my adopters Mary who adopted Benji who lives around the corner from them. Along with on of my relatives Liz. What a small world and I am so very happy for Mama Peaches.
Mama Peaches and Daddy Scruffy along with their puppies Pinky and Lou were owner surrenders that have Officer Jordan from the Lodi Shelter to thank for his continued contact with this family. He told me about them a couple months ago and when he was finally able to have the family surrender them he called me right away and I went down to pick up this awesome family of four. First stop was for a bath for all of them. They stunk so back. Then afterwards we all stopped by our foster mama June's house for some fun in her backyard.
During the month of April all four got fully vetted and last week we felt they were ready to get adopted. Mama Peaches was the first to be adopted. We still have Scruffy, Lou and Pinky waiting for their beyond perfect homes. They're so good and mama and daddy raised them perfectly. Both pups go in and out the doggie door like clockwork.
Thank you so much to John and Sue for reaching out to us. Last night when you called to thank me for such a blessing to your lives, it truly touched the spot in my heart that only a dog and a wonderful adopter can touch.
And, Officer Jordan, Officer Jennifer and Officer Katie and all the volunteers at Lodi Animal Services, thank you from the bottom of my heart of your love, compassion and partnering with Poke-A-Dot's Rescue.
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!
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 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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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!!!
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!!!
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!!
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!
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!!!