February 21, 2022
Our little “Brown Boy” has a new home with his new mom Stephine. Darrell and I delivered him to his new home in Oakland, CA. Stephine really wanted to adopt her first dog and it was important to help a dog who needed a new home. She lives at home with her parents, and they agreed to help with getting the puppy all situated. His new name is Scooby! Perfect name for a wonderful little pup. Enjoy your new life Scooby!
April 24, 2022
Jax is now in his perfect home. I packed up all his stuff and we made a short drive to Manteca. Guess where he went to live? Remember our first three puppies who the one and only Mama Gracie gave birth too? Coco is her name and now she’s got a wonderful big brother to play with. And did I mention all the awesome family members? Dad is missing from the photo as well as a few more kids. He will always be surrounded by all the love and attention that he deserves. I was very overwhelmed with all the people who came forward to offer to adopt Jax. I wish each of our dogs got all this attention. I’m so happy for Jax and I feel so blessed that one of our recent adopters reached out for our help. Her mother got Jax and decided he was to much puppy for her. It’s a longer story, but I’m choosing to make it short due to several reasons.
Thank you to Jennifer and her family for wanting to let Jax join their wonderful, loving family. May God Bless all of you! Jax, I really miss you, but I know your home! Thanks for being such a good boy while you blessed our lives. I enjoyed watching your nonstop energy and thank you for being such a great companion for Jasper.
January 15, 2022
We’ve had a very special visitor at Poke-A-Dot’s this past month. Her name is Penny, and this is a very special story.
I must give you a little history first. Before our rescue days, we used to have Mini Dalmatians who came from a breeder in Sale City, Georgia. We meet a lot of wonderful people thru our precious dogs. Many of which we are still wonderful friends with today. The original gentlemen, Gene, who started with the minis passed away almost three years ago. A wonderful couple Rebecca and Robb from Southern California purchased the business from Gene before he passed away. They’ve made so many wonderful improvements for all the dogs. During the past few years, Poke-A-Dot’s has been able to help with about 5 mini-Dalmatians. One bonded pair for some reason ended up in a shelter and we were able to help them find a new home. Another one if I remember correctly the owner passed away and we helped. The most current was a friend of ours who had two bonded dogs, passed away suddenly and we were blessed to be able to help.
Well about a 6 weeks ago, Rebecca called me and needed some advice from me. A man in Southern California adopted a young five-month-old and for reasons beyond anyone’s control needed to surrender the dog. I won’t go into all those details. So, we produced a plan. I have adopters who live 15 miles away from the location where the dog was located. They couldn’t wait to help us and drove to the home and the dog was surrendered. They brought the dog back to their home overnight and had lots of fun with Penny. Thelma, Sierra and I drove down the next day with Mike and his dog Mattie, who is an adopter friend of mine to pick her up. It was about a 13-hour trip down and back and we got lucky and missed all the traffic. We planned it that way and I’m so thankful that worked out.
Now enter Lisa who we met thru the minis. She and I are very good friends and she and her daughter Jennifer live in Canada close to Toronto. Lisa and her daughter are very much involved in rescued animals. Christina, who is like a second daughter to Lisa and a great friend to Jenn, had two deaf minis in the past and they’ve both passed on, the latest in 2020. She was so ready to help this special little girl who she’s going to call Penny.
So, during the past month Rebecca, Lisa and I all started working hard on a good plan to transport Penny back to Canada. So, last Friday Christina and Jenn flew into Sacramento from Michigan, rented a car, drove to our place, met Penny (which was amazing to see the love fly), had dinner, spent the night, had breakfast, and headed out on their journey back home. First stop Las Vegas. Christina has never been there before so she and Penny will get to look around for the first time. They traveled the southern route all the way to about Oklahoma and then headed north. They had wonderful traveling weather. Lisa and I kept in contact with them during their travels. We both got updates daily how Penny was doing on her big trip back home.
Christina told her two daughters who are 10 and 12 she was going on a transport, and they had no clue at all the transport was for a new doggie.
They arrived home late Thursday night about 10:30pm their time, and we received a video shortly after of Christina’s two girls finding out Penny was going to be theirs. Wow, it brought such happy tears to our eyes.
We’re so happy to have been able to help Penny and let me tell you, these two young ladies who we had the blessing to meet are totally awesome. They both work at the Toronto Zoo. Christina’s daughters want to visit us with deep pockets. So, they can take lots of dogs back home in their pockets! How cute! We already miss them, and all our dogs just loved them both. Thank you to everyone who was involved with this special story. Rebecca, thank you from the bottom of my heart for asking us to get involved and help you. This whole experience has been a total blessing all the way around! Penny, thank you so much for being such a good girl and travel dog while you were here. Poke-A-Dot enjoyed seeing another spotted dog around here!
August 27, 2022
Frannie just left with her wonderful new mama Ariella. Frannie will be making her new home in Oakland, CA. Ariella works from home so Frannie will get lots of love from her. She also has done a lot of doggie day care for other people. Frannie is a perfect name for this little bundle of joy. She takes after her mama Grace and is very, very smart. She was one of mama Grace’s 7 puppies who were all born at Poke-A-Dot’s.
Thank you so much Ariella for all the love you have in you heart and thank you for reaching out to us. May you and Frannie enjoy many years together.
February 18, 2022
Our little “Brown Girl” is in her new home! She will have two young girls to keep her entertained. Jessica and her husband (not pictured) reached out to us with such a warm and loving heart for rescued dogs. As of yesterday, the family was trying to figure out a great name for her. She will be making her new home in Manteca, CA. Hey Dottie, you’ve got another Poke-A-Dot doggie in your town. Have a great new life baby girl!!!
July 26, 2022
I know we’ve got several people who are waiting for this story, so I thought I better sit down and write it up.
Stormy is now in his new home with his mom Cherie and dad Bill and adjusting wonderfully. He’s glued to Cherie and following her all around the house. Enjoying couch time watching TV, and most importantly, he’s hidden 3 bones in the couch. He’s also been sleeping in bed with them! Both are retired and have lots of time and love to give to Storm. They live within 2 miles of us! How cool! Stormy literally is a full circle dog!
He is his full circle story…
A lady who lived in Jackson, CA reached out to us in July of 2018 when Storm was about one year old. She was no longer physically able to care for him. So, I went to meet him and off we went. The place he came from well, let me just say I wouldn’t have wanted to live there. He did have all his vetting minus being neutered so we got him in right away. Then we started working on finding him a perfect home. Enter Jennifer and Rolland who lived in Gold Beach, OR. We spoke a lot over the phone, and I felt very comfortable Storm would have a wonderful home with them.
So, Darrell and I (and Thelma too) hadn’t been away in a long time, so we drove him to Gold Beach. When we got to his new home, we were jealous! Right across the street from the beach! What a view Storm had every time he looked out the window. His new mom and dad welcomed him with loving arms. We spent the night in Gold Beach and headed home the next day. Great little get away. Thelma loved it!
Now fast forward to about 7 weeks ago, Rolland passed away suddenly. Then Jennifer ended up in the hospital about two weeks ago. Her beautiful granddaughter Taylor let me know. She said it was so hard to tell me that her grandma was about ready to pass away. A few days before she passed, God placed her so heavy on my heart, so I sent her some flowers. When she got them, she was so happy she took a photo of them and sent it to me along with this…Your flowers really cheered me up. I should get to go home in a couple more days and all I want is to be with Stormy. Well, that never happened because she ended up passing away in the hospital. The family called me and let me know that her wishes were for Stormy to come back to Poke-A-Dot’s so we could find him another loving home just like he had with them.
Now this is where it gets interesting. Before I found out Jennifer passed, Cherie reached out to me about wanting to adopt a Shih Tzu. She goes to the same church we go to and is in a bible study group with our neighbors and best friends Rico and Alyce. Alyce told her all about Poke-A-Dot’s. Their dog Myster had just passed away and they were ready to love another one! They both were praying so hard and now their prayers were answered. So, after I got the news about Jennifer, I called her back and said God worked FAST and your prayers for another special dog may come to reality real soon! I went over and meet them and chatted, exchanged photos and dog stories and all of us just knew God was working.
Sunday, Darrell, and I and of course Thelma headed out to Willets, CA which was about halfway to meet her son and his wife, Scott and Sheila. He rode perfect in his crate for the ride home. When we got to our house, he went pee and right back in the car for a quick and I mean quick ride over to Cherie and Bill’s. He walked in and made himself right at home with his new mom and dad. He’s been sleeping in their bed and loving the yard. And he’s really at home because he’s hiding his bones in the couch like he did in his home with Jennifer and Rolland. Today I stopped by this morning to do some paperwork and Storm as laying on the deck just chilling with Cherie and me. Thank you again Scott and Sheila for driving him the distance that you did and for all love and compassion.
I’d like to be the first one to thank God for everything in this full circle of love. Thank you for being with all the family who loved Rolland and Jennifer and Stormy. Thank you for respecting their wishes regarding Stormy and for letting us find him another perfect home. It’s so cool how close he is to us physically. (There is another story about how Stormy brought Jennifer and I close, but I’m not quite ready to write it.)
As I end this story, thank you to Cherie and Bill for reaching out to us and for trusting in God to provide you the perfect little guy to add so much love to your lives and share all the love in your hearts with him. May Storm bring you many, many years of happiness and please always know that there are two special people who I know are watching down from Heaven with big, beautiful smiles in their hearts and souls.
Thank you, God!
April 2, 2022
Maggie is home sweet home!!! Maggie was one of three dogs that came to us about a month ago. Maggie, Hans and Mikey. You see Maggie was the oldest one of the three and she’s 13. Maggie had to have all her teeth pulled out and she was so happy to get them out of her mouth. She’s a very active 13-year-old and ever so smart too! We had several people interested in her and when they heard she was 13 well that’s another story.
The three dogs used to live in Colusa with their older mom and dad. Mom passed away about three years ago and then dad had to go into assisted living. Their two daughters where trying to find a new home for the dogs and I just so happened to see the post on Facebook. I reached out to them and offered our help. That next weekend they brought the three dogs to us, and they adjusted very nicely. Mikey was the first to get adopted by a great couple in Sacramento, CA. Hans went to live with a family in Elk Grove, CA and now Maggie is living with her new family Russ and Frank in Aptos, CA. I was born in Santa Cruz, so this area is my also part of me.
Last week Russ and Frank called me and said they love senior dogs and would love to give sweet Maggie a loving home. They recently lost their dog and had a big hole in their hearts. Saturday just so happened to be Darrell’s birthday so I offered curb service for Maggie then we could go to one of our favorite restaurants for lunch. So, Maggie, Thelma, Kalli and Sierra all took a ride with us to Aptos.
The minute we got out of the car with Maggie, Frank and Russ started loving on her. She took to them very fast! She’s learning the new ropes at her new place, and she loves walking around their neighborhood greeting all her new friends. She loves her new family so very much! This just warms my heart so much. The world needs more people like Frank and Russ who love the seniors. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for opening your hearts and home to sweet Maggie. Can’t wait to come and visit again when she gets all settled in.
I would like to give a very special thank you to the two sisters who helped their parents. They were awesome to work with and they really loved these dogs and wanted the very best for them. Their actions spoke loud and clear of the love they both have for their parents. Their dad is happy in his new home and even happier his dogs are in their new homes and being loved where he left off.
Maggie, my promise to you, Hans (his story coming soon) and Mikey is now complete. I love you baby girl and thank you for being such a wonderful little girl while you were at Poke-A-Dot’s. Poke-A-Dot’s spirit will live on thru you and all the other dogs who bless our lives and then the lives of others.
June 18, 2022
LuLu Bell is in her new home in Orangevale, CA. She will be living her best life with Deanna and Rick, her new dachshund mix brothers, three horses, a bird, and occasionally she will be visited by a pet pig (cousin)! Deana lost her beloved fur baby that was bonded to her about a year ago and was very excited to get LuLu Bell to sit with her, follow her around, and get lots of kisses. Lulu had been an owner surrender in foster with Poke-a-Dots for about six weeks getting her spay and learning to use a doggie door. We have no doubt that she will be spoiled to the moon and back! Congratulations Deanna, Rick, and LuLu Bell.
(A very special THANK YOU to June for fostering LuLu Bell. She puts her heart and soul into each dog who lives with her!!!)
September 25, 2022
Annie has her new very own Daddy Wayne. He former older family couldn't care for her anymore and we agreed to find her a new home.
Annie turned out to be a 10-12 year old Papillon Chihuahua mix who was used to being spoiled and was very set in her Princess ways. She really wanted to be the center of attention, favored men over women and was anxious around kids. The perfect match was found in Wayne who loves to spoil little dogs, is home all the time, and has been without a furry friend for a while now. Annie immediately settled right in, training Wayne to love and spoil her like Princess Annie deserves.
Thank you Wayne for your loving heart and welcoming Annie!
March 20, 2022
Welcome to a wonderful family Tiffie!!!
Here’s her story…a friend of mine Lynn reached out for help. He dad needed to move from his retirement home into a nursing home under hospice. She asked me if I could help with his 13 year Yorkie Tiffie? I picked her up yesterday. Before I went to get her, I called Cindy and Rick who just lost their little Yorkie Joey who they adopted from Pokeadot's if they’d be interested in her? Cindy said YES!!!!! So, after I picked her up yesterday, she came home with me for a while and then we packed up her goodies and made a short trip to her new awesome home in Stockton.
Cindy told me this morning it was 6 months ago yesterday the lost Joey and how thankful Rick and she were to have been blessed with another little Yorkie who needed lots of love. She’s already attached herself to her new daddy and follows him all around. So cool!
I’m beyond happy for this little girl who lost her daddy but now has gained a new dad and mom to take over for the rest of her life.
Thank you Rick and Cindy for all your love over the years. You truly live to make a difference in all the dogs who enter your life.
Thank you God for always directing our lives and filling our hearts with so much love.
Thank you Lynn for reaching out and asking us for our help. You and Steve are such wonderful people and we will be praying for your dad and for your family at this difficult time. Hugs to all of you! Please let your dad know she will be loved forever!!!
April 18, 2022
Kami was returned to Poke-A-Dot's Rescue because the she was getting aggressive towards her sister and the people felt it was the best thing to do for Kami and BeBe. So, the perfect lady came into our lives. Meet Carole! Kami was living in Manteca in the Del Webb community and he new home is in the Del Webb community in Roseville. I took her up to her new home and she made herself right at home. Carole's sister Jane was also there for the big day. Both Carole and Jane feel in love with Kami. I helped her with a few things around her house and had a wonderful visit. Jane asked me before I left if we all could pray together. I never had this happen before and it was so wonderful. Carole called me later in the evening thanking me for making her life feel complete! She lost her former companion and she had the spot all ready for Kami. I know the God placed this little girl right where she needed to be! Saturday was Carole's birthday, Sunday was Easter and she found a new church and she's getting baptized soon and on Monday she received the best gift ever....Kami! Thank you so much Carole for reaching out to me and for opening your home and heart up to Kami. Welcome to the best family in the world! The Poke-A-Dot's Rescue family!!!
July 30, 2022
Brownie is home sweet home!!!
After Brownie's puppies were adopted and she had recovered from her spay, her foster mama June held on to her for a few weeks evaluating her for the best home possible. Then, just when Brownie was ready to be posted available for adoption, June went to have her hair done at the Hair Mill. June was her chatty self about all the recent fosters and was telling Kristin about how much she loved Brownie, but she just couldn't keep her and keep fostering due to Brownie's overwhelming need to be an over-controlling Alpha. Kristin, loved her the first time she saw her picture and wanted to meet her as soon as she finished June's hair. The meet and greet was on... Kristin and Brownie clicked right away. Kristin had lost her last dog about a year ago and was so ready to fill the void. We did a second meet and greet with Kristin and her husband, and the papers were signed. June was very determined to find the perfect home for Brownie no matter how long it took and was overjoyed that Brownie was going to that perfect home with the perfect "Mama" Kristen!
Thank you so much June for opening your home and heart to Brownie and her two puppies. You’re the BEST foster mama and Poke-A-Dot’s Rescue is very blessed to have you. I love you and so do so many other people and dogs too!!!
June 24, 2022
What a wonderful family who welcomed Emily (dog on the right in photo)! Emily is now living in Roseville CA, and she’s settled in nicely with her new sister Macaroon (the dog on the left in photo). Emily’s new family Logan, Kristy, Spencer & Josephine along with Macaroon made a trip here to meet Emily. Everyone loved her and she loved them! So, in a few days Emily and I packed her things and took a ride to Roseville. She walked in like she was HOME! It was awesome to see Emily so happy.
Emily came to us from the Lodi Shelter. They called us asking for our help. When I went to meet her, she immediately grabbed my attention. She was matted all over her body, and she had several mammary tumors that were removed. She recovered very nicely. We named her after our Vet Technician Emily who works at Lodi Vet and she’s also a friend of ours.
Emily, thank you for being such a wonderful little girl while you were at Poke-A-Dot’s. Wallace sends you his love and he went to his new home the day after you. Double blessings!!!
Thank you so much again to this wonderful family for opening your hearts and home to Emily.
March 22, 2022
Zoey is in her new home and right next to her new dad’s heart. Meet Matthew and his best new buddy Zoey! I couldn’t wait to sit down and write this story. Zoey has been with Matthew now for a couple of weeks and she’s all settled in. We just finished up the paperwork today and I hadn’t had time to write up the story and now I do, so the timing fit.
Zoey came to us from the Lodi Shelter. I was there one day seeing if anyone needed my help. Officer Jennifer showed my Zoey. Her former dad passed away and the family had just decided that they couldn’t offer her a home. I looked at her and she looked at me and off we went. Zoey had a growth on her leg that needed to be removed. She’s all recovered from her surgery, and it all went very well. The daughter of Zoey’s former dad and I have been in touch and she’s so happy for Zoey and Matthew. She also donated towards the cost of Zoey’s surgery, and we thank you!
My friend Julie referred the family of Matthew to contact us about possibly adopting Zoey. So, Zoey and I went over to Matthew’s and meet him a couple weeks ago. Matthew is one of the nicest young men ever! He’s a very special guy and his heart is so loving towards dogs. He previously lost his 14-year-old dog and was ready to welcome a new one into his heart and home. So, I went home alone and Zoey stayed! Both are so happy and they both enjoy several walks throughout the day together.
We’re so happy to welcome Matthew into our Poke-A-Dot’s family! Thank you so much for being Zoey’s new dad and for all the love you have given and will give her in her future.
May God always watch over you both!
Oh, and I forgot to mention that Zoey and Matthew live in Lodi, so I’ll get see them a lot! One of the best parts of rescue work!
August 7, 2022
Today is a very special day for one of our precious puppies and the beyond special mama Grace. Grace has been with her new family for a little over a week recovering from her spay surgery. Today was the day that one of her puppies who has been named Mercy joined her new family.
Here’s the back story…
Grace was a stray dog who was found in Manteca. Angel and Annette agreed to foster Grace. They found out she was pregnant, and the Manteca Shelter referred them to us. So, we said yes! They didn’t have any experience with a pregnant mom and puppies. They also told us they would love to adopt Grace when she was done being a mama. So, they brought the future mama to our place so she could bond with us and then have her puppies. We did just that and she had eight in total. One didn’t make it, so we had 7 very healthy little puppies. None of them really look like her, but they have their mama’s smarts!!!
So, that brings us to today when Mercy packed her bags up and headed home to Manteca, CA with her mama, and their new dad and mom, Angel and Annette. They are both the sweetest people ever and they will give these two dogs the best home ever. Thank you every so much for all the blessings and love you will give to Grace and Mercy. They both will bring so much joy into so many lives.
Thank you Lord for bringing them into our lives and for giving us the blessing of helping mama Grace and her seven puppies. Now, you girls have lots of fun together and enjoy your new life with the best family ever for you!!
June 25, 2022
Wallace is home, sweet home with his new mama Callie in Galt, CA. This was such perfect timing. I knew Emily was going to be adopted and I felt so bad for Wallace. I’d been praying for a retired person who needed a new best friend. The day before we adopted Emily, we received an application for Wallace. I called Callie and Friday afternoon Wallace and I took a short drive to Galt for a meet and greet. It went PERFECT! So, on Saturday I brought Wallace back for good. He’s all settled in and doing nicely with his new mom. Callie has a sister who believe it or not has a dog named Emily. So, Wallace will have an Emily in his life after all. I am so happy for Wallace and for Callie. Thank you, Callie, for being one of our Poke-A-Dot’s angels for adopting a senior. Wallace came to us as an owner surrender, and he’d been with his former mom for about 13 years. I was glad that Poke-A-Dot’s could help such an amazing dog. Wallace we will all miss you, but we’re so happy your home with your new mom!!!
July 30, 2022
Millie and Chewy are on their way with their new loving family Ralph and Tuesday, and their daughter Helena. Millie and Chewy will also have an older brother T-Bone (love that name) waiting for them when they get home. Their new home will be in Reno, Nevada. This family is above awesome! They’ve been down a couple of times in the past month. One to pick out the pups they wanted to adopt and the next time to play with the dogs and to celebrate my birthday which was a total surprise to me!
Millie and Chewy were born on May 27, 2022, to our Mama Grace. Mama Grace had eight puppies, one of which didn’t make it. She raised 7 puppies so wonderfully! I really didn’t have to do much at all except when she was done cleaning up after them and done nursing! She taught all 7 puppies how to go in and out of the doggie door and go some potties outside to make it easier on the clean up gal. Haha.
Mama Grace was delivered to her new home on Thursday evening after she was spayed. Angel and Annette fostered Grace and fell in love with her and wanted to adopt her after her babies were raised. Their story coming next weekend when they come to pick up Mercy, one of the black and white pups who will get to live with her mama. Their adoption story will be coming next weekend.
Chewy and Millie are such amazing little puppies. Chewy is very mellow, and he adores his sister Millie. Millie is the runt of the litter. She’s had a little rough go of a few things, but she’s improving, and Ralph and Tuesday agreed to continue terrific vet care for her. I am so grateful and thankful that God sent these amazing people to join the Poke-A-Dot’s family. Can’t wait to go and visit and watch them as they grow up.
Thank you all so much for your love, compassion, generosity, and the list goes on and on and on. May God bless you and always watch over everyone in your family. Millie and Chewy, you will be greatly missed, but we know you’re in the best hands in the world!!!! Love and Hugs as I close this story.
March 11, 2022
What a great couple! Beliza and Geoff reached out to use wanting to offer Mikey a wonderful, active home. Mikey is going to be loved forever by this wonderful couple. Mikey will be living with his new family in Fair Oaks, CA. Can't wait to go and visit him after he's all settled in.
He came to Pokeadots with 2 other dogs whose family could no longer care for them. All of the dogs were very much loved.
Thank you Beliza and Geoff for opening up your hearts and home to Mikey. Welcome to our Poke-A-Dot's Family!!!
June 18, 2022
Scooter is in his new home in Daly City, CA with Tricia, Brugess, and their son Dominic. Tricia missed having a dog and had initially wanted Skeeter (his brother) but then they saw the video of Scooter being his mischievous self and they fell in love! Tricia was a long time Woodbridge resident and still has family in the area. Scooter already had a cart full of toys waiting for him. We are sure that he will be enjoying the cooler summers by the coast. Congratulations to Tricia and her family!!
(A very special THANK YOU to June for fostering LuLu Bell. She puts her heart and soul into each dog who lives with her!!!)
August 13, 2022
Oliver is in his new home! Oliver was originally a Poke-A-Dot’s dog about four years ago. His current family was getting older and decided that he would be better off with a new family. So, we’ve been working on this for about two months finding the beyond perfect home for him. We found a wonderful couple Sheri and Geri. They live in Santa Rosa and when they came to meet Oliver a couple weeks ago, they fell in love with him. So, today was moving day for Oliver.
I picked him and all his goodies up at 8 am and we both headed over to Santa Rosa. We had a wonderful drive and of course Thelma was with us! We arrived about 10:15 and he walked in and made himself right at home! Thelma did too! Sheri was down on the floor giving both Oliver and Thelma belly rubs. Yes, there were too Sheri’s around today!
So, we did some paperwork, visited, and took some photos and Thelma and I welcomed Sheri and Geri into our Poke-A-Dot’s family. Sheri and Geri, thank you for promising to love Oliver for the rest of his life and for all the love you have in your hearts to give to him. And thank you Aubrey and Jan for trusting us to find another perfect home for him. He will always have you both in his heart.
Oliver, we love you boy and have lots of fun in your new home!!!
August 8, 2022
Max is in his new home with his new mama Judy right at his side! Max and I packed up all his goodies and we made a short drive to his new home in Elk Grove, CA. He’s got a wonderful new home and Judy just loves him!! He’s sleeping in bed with her, going for nice walks and going on outings with her. Thank you so much for opening you heart and home to Max. We are so thankful we were able to help this wonderful dog find a new loving home.
Max, thank you so much for being a wonderful roommate for Love and showing her the ropes. May your new life be so blessed!!! Love you Max and I will miss you boy but I know you will be loved and taken care of for the rest of your life.
A special thank you to Gloria for trusting me and reaching out for last minute help!
Back story of Max…June 30, 2022
Welcome to Poke-A-Dot’s Max. All I can say is that God and a very special angel by the name of Gloria were watching over Max today. I was on my way to the Lodi Shelter to check on a dog that really needs our help. She is going to be joining us tomorrow and will be Max’s roommate. I got a phone call from Gloria asking for my help. She was referred to call me from one of our adopters Shannon who works at Oakmont of Lodi, a senior living and memory care home.
She explained the story…Her very good elderly friend almost 90 ended up in the hospital and then need to move into Oakmont. Gloria was so worried about her dog Max. Her partner/roommate she was living with also needed to go to the hospital and the family said her dog needed to be gone today or they were going to put him to sleep. I meet Gloria at the house where Max was living and once, I saw him, I just about lost it. So, I put a harness and leash on him and off we went. First stop was the groomers for a little touch up. Then when I went to pick him up, we went out to Oakmont so I could let his mama know that he will be safe. Gloria was also there for our visit. Gloria is a wonderful friend to this lady and she and Max are so blessed to have her in their lives.
On our way home we stopped by the gym where I work out so I could see how he does with new people, and he loved everyone. He will be very easy to adapt. When I got Max home, he made himself right at home. He’s a great boy!!! I will have all his vetting paperwork tomorrow, but he’s about 8 years old, up to date on his vacs, chipped, neutered and he just had a dental done in May. He is all ready for someone to welcome him into their lives and home. He also knows the doggie door and is great with other dogs.
Max, we promise you to find you a perfect home. Thank you, God, for this miracle that happened today. Thank you, Gloria, for your compassion and all the love you have for Max and for your dear friend. I wish the world had more people like you in it. She is very blessed to have you in her life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
February 24, 2022
Cooper and Ginger are in their new awesome home. They joined a family of 9. Dad and Mom John and Lora and their 1 son, 4 daughters, their senior dog Paige (who was very camera shy), and their cat Willow. So, now it’s a family of 11. And the best news ever is they live in Lodi so lots of visits to watch these two grow as well as this amazing family. The family just recently moved to Lodi from Texas.
Cooper and Ginger came to Poke-A-Dot’s because the originally family who had them came into some circumstances beyond their control with their family members. They both felt it would be best for the dogs to find another home for their future. They have been long time customers of our business Sheri’s Sonshine Nutrition Center and they’ve been following Poke-A-Dot’s for a very long time. They both are so very happy for Cooper and Ginger. They really cared so much about these two special puppies.
These two dogs are going to bring this family so much love and happiness. Each one of them deserves so much love and these dogs deserve so much love and trust me, that got it with this family. John and Lora are awesome parents.
Welcome to the best family in the world! We are looking forward to watching these two grow up. Thank you so much for all the love you all will be sharing with these dogs. They are both certain to sleep well at nights with everyone to play with. May God bless you always and watch over all of you.
Cooper and Ginger, thank you so much for being so wonderful while you were here. We made your former family a promise and now it’s complete…you’re home sweet home!!!
August 28, 2022
Our last of our puppies from Mama Grace now is now in his new home in Stockton with his new family. Amanda, Shirley, and Israel will all be enjoying their new addition to their family. I’ve been calling him Little Boy and they loved it. Their former dogs name was Little Man. Perfect little fit! Thank you for reaching out to us and your little boy is going to have so much fun growing up with Little Boy.
A very special thank you to all the adopters of Mama Grace and her puppies. We’re so happy to welcome all of them to the best family in the world…the Poke-A-Dot’s family!
Skeeter is in his new home in Roseville to Cynthia and Tucker just in time for Father’s Day! This will be their first puppy together and you can tell how excited they were for Skeeter to arrive. They converted their dining room into a nursery complete with dog beds and toys – even one that their friend knitted for him. Skeeter was one of two puppies that were in Foster with Poke-a-Dot’s along with their mom just waiting to be weened and to get their first round of puppy shots. Congratulations Cynthia and Tucker!
(A very special THANK YOU to June for fostering Skeeter. She puts her heart and soul into each dog who lives with her!!!)
March 26, 2022
Sophia is in her new home tonight with her new sister Bella and her new mama Shannon. Shannon reached out to me sometime ago. Her sister Stacey and her husband adopted their little Lexi from us. She lost one of her dogs and she and Bella have been so sad. I promised her I would find her the perfect one, but we all needed to be patient.
So, last week when I stopped by Lodi Animal Services to get a dog license for Zoey’s new owner Matthew, Officer Jordan asked me if I was here to look at Sophie? Well, you know me know I had to go look at Sophie. I picked her up, she kissed me and that was it. I immediately contacted Shannon and told her I think Sophie is the one for you. So, the next day Officer Katie dropped her off at the groomer and then I picked her up and she spent a couple days at our place. After I picked her up from the groomer, we went to Shannon’s work so they could meet. The minute she saw her she started to cry. It was very touching.
So, tonight was the night we packed her goodies up and went to her new house. Right as we finished up the paperwork, in walks Shannon’s sister and her husband and our little Lexi and her brother Bentley. It was so special.
Sophia still needs to finish up some of her vetting and that will happen soon. Poke-A-Dot I sure do miss you girl and I’m so thankful we’re able to do help all these dogs and you’re the reason why.
Thank you so much Shannon and Bella for opening your hearts and souls to little Sophie. May God watch over you all! Oh, and Sophie is going to be living in Lodi.
August 20, 2022
Trixie, one of mama Gracie puppies has been adopted! Her new mama Valerie is so excited to welcome her to her brand new home and love her forever. She'll be able to take her to work from time to time to her office. She's going to love her new home and all the wonderful attention she'll receive. Trixie will be making her home in Palo Alto. We'll be posting photos of all the puppies as they mature.
Thank you so much Valerie for opening your heart to Trixie. Trixie, thanks for being such a good little girl and it's been so much fun watching you grow up. Now, we just have two more to place, a girl and boy.
April 23, 2022
Jasper found his new home in Roseville, CA. He will be sharing it with his new mom and dad, Marshall and Sun and their daughter Jennifer and her dog Miso visit a lot. They recently lost their two beloved dogs, and they had such a hole in their hearts. Jasper needed a very quiet home with no children. He’s going to enjoy their wonderful backyard garden and getting so much love along with playing with all his toys. Thank you so much to the whole family for reaching out to Poke-A-Dot’s Rescue and for opening your hearts and home to Jasper. Jasper, enjoy you new home baby boy!!!
March 26, 2022
What a last couple of days! I never thought we’d have to say goodbye to Poke-A-Dot, but we had to but her to sleep yesterday. Last week I scheduled a meet and greet for Buckley and Fred and today was the day! The last thing I wanted to do is cancel this…Buckley and Fred have been here since August.
So, when Mitchell arrived and the minute he met the two best doggie gentlemen in the world, it happened! LOVE like no other. It was so fun to watch, and I could feel the peace and love in this special moment. Mitchell recently lost his very special Chihuahua, and he was ready to love two more. He fell in love with their story and just knew he was the guy for them!
Buckley and Fred’s former dad was a disabled Veteran who passed away suddenly. His name was Daniel. Daniel adopted these two boys from a Sacramento shelter. He loved them dearly. Daniel also was blessed with two people who watched over him and the dogs. Debra and John are their names and they were referred to us. They brought us the two boys at the end of August and in September Buckley had his leg repaired. They were so kind and helped with all the costs. True angels!
We’ve been holding out for the perfect home, and now they found it. I was starting to lose a little faith, but I know I can never ever give up. These boys are so fun and easy to take care of. Buckley loves his toys and Fred loves his Buckley and his blankets! He rats up inside and it’s hard to find him. Every morning when I would wake him up, he would make me laugh so hard.
Thank you so much Mitchell for opening your heart and home to Buckley and Fred. Thank you for being their new daddy and taking over what Daniel started. Thank you so much Debra and John for all you’ve done for these two very special boys.
Buckley and Fred you’ll be missed but knowing that you’re where you belong with your new daddy and all snuggled up with him in your new bed warms my heart and soul and that’s what Poke-A-Dot’s Rescue is all about!!!
February 9, 2022
Toka is in her new home with her new Dad Matt. What a wonderful man! He lost his previous dog and her told me he had dog stuff all around and no dog and it was time to add a new dog to his home and heart. Toka packed up all her goodies and headed to San Rafael, CA. She has settled in perfectly in her new home. Matt texted me a couple days ago saying he’s so much in love with her. Her former family is so happy for her and I’m so glad we could help Toka and her precious family out.
Toka’s back story is this…
Toka originally belong to a friend who went thru a rough time in her life. She had asked me if I could help her with some of her dogs and I did. They’re all in great homes. She had to move from one place into another that didn’t allow animals. She was very sad to have to surrender her loved dogs. I was so glad to be able to help her. Toka was one of her dogs and she found a coworker to take her in. Well, she had to move, and she took Toka back. She’s been hiding her out in her house, and she reached out to me for help again.
Thank you so much for trusting us with Toka. I know this was such a hard thing for you to do, but I promise you I would find her the perfect home and she’s there now with her new Dad. Toka, thank you for being a great Poke-A-Dot’s dog while you were with us visiting. Enjoy your new home and I can’t wait to come and visit you! The world needs more men like Matt in it who love dogs with of his heart and soul. Thanks Matt! Welcome to the best family in the world!!!!
January 25, 2022
The story I’m sure lots of you have been waiting for…Mama Rosie is now in her new, wonderful home in Stockton with her new very own mom and dad Jim and Carol.
Carol reached out to me within the first two weeks of adding Mama Rosie to our Poke-A-Dot’s family. They recently lost their dog Molly. They were both ready to fill the empty spot that only a dog could fill.
Carol came to our place and fell in love with Mama Rosie. She and Jim picked out her name and we started teaching it to her. A few days before she had her puppies, I took her for a ride so she could see the house where she was going to move into and spend some bonding time with Jim and Carol. She had a blast.
She had her 3 puppies on November 27th, two days after Thanksgiving. She had two boys and one girl. She was the best mama and taught all of them well. We just couldn’t let anyone but myself inside with her because she was very protective over her pups. And I mean extremely protective!!!
Last week one day I was going to go to Stockton to visit with Gloria, so Mama Rosie came with me, and I dropped her off at Jim and Carol’s house for a little bonding time.
Then this past Monday was Rosie’s big day at Lodi Vet. She got spayed and when I picked her up, she acted like nothing ever happened. I brought her home and she joined Buckley and Fred. They were all together before her puppies. I could tell she wanted to go find her puppies, so I called Carol and Jim and asked them if they were ready for Rosie? Of course, they were!!! So, last night we packed up hit the road. She made herself right at home!
She had a great first night and Carol just sent me a photo of Rosie taking over her chair every time she gets up…so cute!
Rosie came to us by way of Lodi Animal Shelter. She was in a car at a DUI stop and the people in the car had to go bye-bye so she was taken to the shelter. Her former family never came back to get her out, so we got asked to help her. When she arrived at the shelter the staff noticed she was getting larger and after an extra was determined she had three little ones. So, we pulled her, and the rest is history. We’re so thankful to have the relationship we have with the Lodi Shelter. We work awesome together with always the best interest of the dog first. Thank you, Officer Jennifer, Officer Jordan, Officer Katie and the rest of the staff and volunteers. You’re a total blessing!
Thank you so much Carol and Jim for opening your hearts and home to our Mama Rosie. Thank you for all the love and compassion in your hearts and souls. We hope God will bless you both with many, many years of Rosie’s love. Welcome to the Poke-A-Dot’s family!
Oh, and Rosie thank you for being the best mom you could be! You taught your puppies so well! They’re all doing great without you, and you made my job so much easier taking care of all of them. They’re all going potty so well on our sheets we set up as a giant potty pad. Thank you, Julie and Motel 6 Lodi, for all the sheets. We love them!!!
Whoops one more thing…Rosie is all set with her 49er football collar we had here for her. Her mama and daddy are hug 49er fans as is my hubby Darrell.
August 24, 2022
June’s good friend Dorilee has adopted Annie! She’s been in her new home for about a week and is loving it. Do you remember Arlo one of our puppies from last year? Well, Arlo and her other cool dog Lebowski now have a sweet little sister. They just moved into a new house in Cold Springs, Nevada and all of them love their new place. June spent about four days up their enjoying Dorilee and all the dogs. She took Sadie, Vanna and Honey too! All the dogs had a blast.
Thank you Dorilee for adding Annie to your family. We can’t wait to watch her grow up. Oh, did I mention that June had Annie over at her house for about 3 weeks. Thank you, June! I am so glad that God put us “together.” You’re one of a kind!!! Love you!!! Thank you for all the love, time, compassion and the list goes on that you give to all the Poke-A-Dot’s doggies.
March 28, 2022
JoJo is home! You probably remember her from being adopted in January of this year. Her original name was Rebecca. It wasn’t the perfect fit with the family, and they really want her to thrive, so they brought her back. This is exactly what’s supposed to happen!
So, we’ve had her back for about two weeks, and I’ve really been enjoying her and her energy. If I got feeling a little low, she’d pick me up real fast! So, on Saturday my personal trainer Abraham said that his brother and his fiancé were really interested in meeting her. So, Saturday afternoon Abraham, Ahmed and Carina (and their dog Dolly) and Carina’s mom all came and feel in love with JoJo. What a great family. Now Abraham is officially in the Poke-A-Dot’s family as an uncle to JoJo!
JoJo is fitting in very nicely and everyone just loves her. Thank you, Ahmed and Carina and Dolly, for opening you hearts and home up to JoJo. I’m sure she’s attached herself right to your hearts. Thank you, Uncle Abraham, for your help in making all of this happen. You’re a wonderful young man and I’m so thankful that God placed you in my life. I’ve almost totally recovered from twisting my knee and I have Abraham to thank for all the great training he has offered me.
JoJo, enjoy your new home and I can’t wait to here about your new life!!!
February 13, 2022
Happy heart’s day Lola one day early girl.
Today was her very special day. We got up and Lola, Thelma and I all took a short ride to Tracy, CA. It’s a special town because our very first rescued dog Bandit lives in Tracy. Along with one of our puppies from last year Heart.
Her new family is wonderful. They reached out to us last year in September and were referred by a previous adopter Amy who are good friends with Gordon and Debbie. Amy and her husband adopted the poor little girl who was abandoned for over two weeks in a duplex and in terrible condition.
When I originally posted Lola’s “Welcome to Poke-A-Dot’s” post, I was in total shock. I think I had about 5 previous adopters who expressed interest in adopting her. I felt happy, and terrible at the same time. I knew based on her personality Gordon and Debbie would be the perfect home. So, I had to tell all the others that I was very sorry. They all understood.
Anyways, when we got to Lola’s new house, she made herself right at home. She’s going to be so happy. She came to Poke-A-Dot’s thru Penny, who cleans my business. She got such a heart to rescue dogs who need help. This is I think the third dog she’s saved. The people who previously had Lola wanted to surrender her to a shelter and Penny heard them talking and she said NO, I’ll take her!!! I’m so glad she did!!!
Thank you, Gordon and Debbie, for reaching out to us. I told you if you had patience, the perfect dog would fall out of the sky. Welcome to the best family in the world! Enjoy your new little girl!
March 14, 2022
Hans is in his new home and doing great with his new family. His new family is awesome for him. Jeremy, Nichole, their daughter Brooklyn and their Doodle Dixie welcomed Hans into their home. He made himself right at home way before I left. He’s sporting a new name of Hurley and gets to go on lots of long walks with his new mama.
Hans came to us from an older family in Colusa, CA. Their mama passed away about 3 years ago and their daddy had to move into a retirement home. Their two daughters did an amazing, loving job trying to find an option for them. When I heard, I offered to help Hans, Mikey and Maggie. All three of these dogs are doing wonderful in their new loving homes! The way the family handled everything with these dogs was awesome. I truly wish all owner surrenders were like this one. They truly cared so much about these three special doggies.
Thank you, Jeremy, Nichole and Brooklyn and Dixie for opening your hearts and home to a very special Poodle. Hurley, thanks for being such a wonderful boy while you were with us.