Misunderstood Mikey

MikeyMy fiance I and I adopted Mikey from the SF SPCA almost a year ago, and we are so happy we made that decision. When we first got Mikey, our family and friends all thought we were crazy. Mikey is a wild man, with off-the-charts energy, and he had been in and out of shelters for the 6 months before we adopted him. He is still a wild man, with abundant energy, but over the past year we have worked with him on his manners, socialization and most importantly, his exercise!

Now all of those same family and friends tell us how far he has come, and how “he isn’t even the same dog you brought home.” Mikey now goes for long runs, has lots of friends at doggie daycare and is a bed-hog.

We always knew what our little man was capable of, it just required time, patience and lots of love from us. We quickly realized that it was US that needed to figure out why Mikey was acting out, and what we could do as owners to change his behavior. I wanted to share this story because a lot of people thought he was too wild, and too crazy, but it wasn’t him, it was because he didn’t have a permanent home, and a stable set of leaders to guide him.

Adopting a dog like Mikey can be challenging, but he has taught us, and the people around us, how resilient our little furry friends can be. We love him so very much, and are so happy the the SF SPCA took a chance on a dog like Mikey so he could now be a part of our lives.

- Katie

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Belvedere!

BelvedereBelvedere! “When I was first arrived at the SF SPCA I had a leg injury that made it painful to walk. But I’m better now and I’m dreaming of finding an active home with adopters who want to play, play, play! I have a lot of energy, and I often act more like a kitten than a cat. But after a long play session I love nothing more than curling up on my human’s lap!” http://bit.ly/1gNM3Lq

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Zinnia, My Grace

Zinnia Grace (affectionately known as Zinny, Zinnypoo, Zinzin, Rinzinzin, etc.) came into my life at a dark time. It was the depth of February and my long-standing depression had reappeared, full-force. I received an email from the SF SPCA one day advertising free adoptions for Valentine’s Day and decided to look at the website…you know, “just to see…” (I think we all know where this story is headed). I found a few online that I wanted to investigate further in person, including “Flower,” a four-pound papillon-chihuahua mix who had been found roaming around SOMA at the estimated age of 11 months. No chip, no collar, no one taking care of her. Such a small helpless thing on the street.

Zinnia and AmyWhen I entered the SPCA, I saw her immediately and went over to the room she was in with multiple other dogs barking and playing and generally being chaotic. Flower was sitting quietly by herself, and upon making eye contact with me, she came up to the window and lifted her paws up, reaching for me — whining and pleading for me to take her home. And that was obviously that — a couple of “getting to know each other” visits later, with a teeth cleaning and a surgery to fix and chip her, she was mine. And as I was soon to learn, I was hers.

Zinny started off shy. In fact, her name came from an SPCA staff person saying as I was mulling over names, “Well, she IS a delicate flower.” I knew immediately I’d have to stick with that theme because she certainly was….Poppy? Rose? Finally, Zinnia (and the Grace just flowed because what dog doesn’t have a middle name???).

We got home and she immediately curled up beside me while I rubbed her belly. She made no noises, no barking. She was slow to take to food, but after awhile warmed up and began to nourish herself once again, undoing the damage that living on the street had wrought on her tiny body. But her bond to me was instantaneous. We were inseparable.

My depression didn’t lift immediately, in fact it lingered for the months to follow, but it never got worse. I never got to the point of complete and utter despair. I had a small being depending on me, someone who loved me so unconditionally it warmed my heart and soul, and took away my lingering loneliness.

A year later, we’re still figuring things out. She a rescued dog, me a rescued human….working our way through the world, but always at each other’s side. Zinny has many aunties and uncles whom she adores (and in turn adore her), a pack of small dogs she walks with daily, a fiercely independent spirit that amuses me often, and an instagram page, to boot!

Some would look at adopting Zinnia Grace from the street as saving her life, but I look at it as saving mine.

- Amy

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A Rave About Bodie

Bodie (formerly Kringle)This may be a little early to post, but this puppy is worth raving about! He’s almost four months! We adopted Bodie (aka Kringle) on December 26th, 2013. He was a puppy in Macy’s Holiday Windows. We hadn’t planned on adopting a puppy on December 23rd (the day we walked into the store for last-minute Christmas presents) but we had been thinking about adopting a dog for a while.

We already have a dog, a 10-year-old chocolate Lab who is reactive to other dogs. We had been told by local shelters that a puppy would not be a good match for her, given the age and energy difference. This was what we assumed, as well. We would never dream that she could run around the yard with a puppy tailing her, but lo and behold, that’s what’s happening! They aren’t exactly best friends, but our lab has become less reactive on walks. This is a huge milestone for her. Bodie, while annoying her sometimes, is making our lab, Terra, more sociable.

Bodie’s heritage is a mystery that will be solved through a gene test. He could be a handful of breeds, from a rottweiler to a cattle dog to a pitbull to a labrador (his feet are webbed!) Whatever the test results are, we will love him no matter what. We went to a dog show recently and found out about agility competitions, which we are going to test his liking of.

Bodie is super smart, has an insatiable taste for shoes, and is loved by everyone he meets. We hope to introduce him to many more people in the years to come.

- The O’Donnells

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Chloe!

ChloeChloe! “When I arrived at the SF SPCA I had a terrible case of Demodex, which is a skin problem caused by mites. I spent several weeks recovering in a foster home, but I’m all better now and ready to find my forever home! I’ve got a lot of puppy energy and I’m still learning, so I hope to find an active household and adopters who will take me to training classes.” http://bit.ly/1mQVrpC

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