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(Adopted July 29/10)
Male/neutered/shots current
3 years old
15 lbs

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Haha! Gottcha!  Bet you thought I was a police officer with that command and this neat looking vest I wear. Looks a little like a bullet proof vest, doesn't it? Yeah, I know, I look like an officer injured in the line of duty and in a way I was. I'm just a sweet, happy, dog with a joyful attitude about life but my former owners just didn't take care of me and I got flea infested so badly on my back half that it had to be shaved. Don't worry, all is well now and the fur is growing back. I'm going to be the most handsome dude you ever saw in a very short time, with or without my "vest".  

My good qualities are many and I still don't understand why someone didn't take care of me but such is life. Just so you know how great I am, here's the list: 

I'm good with older kids, ignore cats, get along with other dogs, and eat well. I love walks, do really well in the patrol car.....I mean, family vehicle, and I will follow you from room to room. I enjoy sleeping through the night and do very well with going outside to do my duty....  And, I will bark when someone comes home but I run to the door to greet that person and then all is well. 


I'm here to protect you and make life better if you'll do the same for me. 

Sammy has a great Dad, residing in Shelton, WA

(Adopted July 30/10)
Male/neutered/shots current
4 years old
15 lbs



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This is what you call tooting your own horn. One would think that with such important news that a newspaper reporter would come interview me but alas, I must tell you my story on my own. 

I went to the Doggie Chippendale's to try out for their show. After I lost my home I had to do something to earn money for food and sometimes you do what you gotta do, right? Well, I got high ratings on my nice bushy tail and they thought I'd drive the girl dogs crazy and bring in lots of tips because I'm so cute but.....I'm a little overweight so I was not offered a position on the stage. *sigh* 

As I was leaving the interview Mr. Big Dog yelled after me,  "Hey Buddy! Don't leave yet because we think you have a splendid personality. We noticed you liked being around everyone here. We read your resume and noticed that you sleep in a crate each night and never make a peep and you like humans, especially sitting by their feet while they watch TV or work on the computer. So we had a quick vote and want to give you the Mr. Personality Award for this month." Wow! Now that should look really good on my resume when people apply to adopt me. 

What Mr. Big Dog didn't know though is I'm a chow hound but he probably guessed that by my weight. But if you buy me the right food and measure out the right portions and we start walking, I'll be a hunk again like those Doggie Chippendale's. I also need to mention that I need someone to help me sharpen my housebreaking skills a bit. Just a little extra attention and consistency and I'll have it down pat. 

So I have one question for you. If you're my dream forever home, and even if I get my hunky body back, would you think badly of me if I chose to stay home with you instead of going to work with those Doggie guys? I'd sure prefer to be a homebody dog instead of traveling all over. How about it?

Rudy is now living with a lovely Mom and in memory of Pokey Joe, residing in Walla Walla, WA



(Adopted Aug.28/10)
Male/neutered/shots current
5 years old
16 lbs
*Sadly liver cancer took this precious boy's life March 28/17*


I have a whole slew of words you can choose from - adorable, cute, sweet, well behaved, cuddly, lovable, congenial, smart, devoted.  Oh heck, just pick them all and that means you'll have ME! 

My  foster mom is so infatuated with my eyelashes. Heh, all I have to do is bat them at her and bingo....she melts. She also says I am so well behaved. I go outside and do exactly what I'm supposed to do. I get along with all the other resident dogs. If no one is available with a vacant lap (which I prefer) then my second choice might be the back of the couch watching what's happening in the neighborhood. Oh, and don't worry, I don't gossip....much.... so what happens in the neighborhood, stays in the neighborhood. 

I like cats. I used to have a very good cat friend that I played with but we had to go separate ways. See, it's one of those deals where I was adopted by a really nice couple when I was a baby and I was adored but life is full of changes and change happened. Those changes just didn't work out so I have to find a new home. But I'm just really glad that my first family made sure I came to Furbaby Rescue to find my new home because I know I'll bat my beautiful eyelashes at my foster Mom, and she'll make doubly sure I get the best possible home. 

If you want to come see me, just fill out an application and my foster Mom will make the appointment.  I'll be resting up to give you a double dose of cuddling and eyelash batting.
Blake now has two doting Dads, residing in Coquitlam, B.C. Canada

(Adopted Sept.3/10)
Male/neutered/shots current
8-9 years old
13 lbs

"Dear Rigby passed away from uncontrollable seizures"

Who needs a psychologist? Me or people who won't give me a chance? 

I am starting to really get paranoid and may need counseling pretty soon if my forever person doesn't come to my rescue. I'm as cute as all get out. I'm a very good dog with just one quirk which isn't my fault but no one wants to give me a chance. Here's the deal - somewhere along the line in my life I was badly scared. I even blanked it out so I can't tell you what it was but as a result if I'm surprised by sudden or quick movement I jump out of fright. It's a very simple fix if you care enough to help me. Just announce everything as if I were blind so I'm not caught off guard. That's simple - "Hey, Rigby, how about if I pick you up?" or "Rigby, I'm going to shut the door."  If you were to do that along with slower movements, I know in time, I would be able to trust my surroundings and we'd be great pals. My foster Mom is so willing to give you help and advice on how to handle this one little situation. All you have to do is ask and realize that we can all learn new things in life. You can learn how to help me and I can learn to relax again. 

OK - so if that is something you can do to help me, let me tell you about all my really good traits.  

 First, 8-9 years old isn't that old for a dog.  At least I'm over all the obnoxious puppy habits like chewing up your shoes, furniture and anything lying around. I'm actually a very sweet natured soul who gets along with other dogs and I will leave cats alone. Who needs them? I am the best behaved dog on car rides especially if I can see out the window. Wow! That's a big old world out there from what I can see. My eyes are a bit cloudy or so I'm told. See, I don't know because I'm on the inside looking out so no one really knows what I can or can't see. I function just fine so I'm going to keep them guessing. 

Speaking of functioning well, I like to go for walks. I am very nimble and can easily jump up on the sofa if that's OK with you. I like to sleep on the bed with a human at night if that's OK. I'm warmer that way. I'll spend my nap time on a big doggy pillow on the floor if you would see to it I had one. If you just have to go to work so you can afford that doggy pillow, I'll be fine left alone for a reasonable amount of time but it would be nice if someone was available to check on me during the day. When you come home all tuckered out I'll join you to watch TV whatever program is on. 

A VERY special Mom was found for dear lil Rigby, now residing in Bellingham, WA

(Adopted Sept.10/10)
Bumper (nka Conor)
Male/neutered/shots current
2 years old
21 lbs

Can You Turn Sad Into Glad for Me? 

I'm two years old, so some of my very early memories are very vague, like how I got my name. I vaguely remember people being silly when I was named. Things like "rubber baby buggy bumpers" and referring to bumper cars as I played so hard that I'd bump into things. But geeeeee-whiz, puppies do that you know. 

I was reading other stories on this website and I think this must be the month for beautiful doggy eyes. It's mentioned on several other dogs and my foster mom has been raving about my gorgeous hazel/almond colored eyes. If you think my eyes look sad right now, you're probably right because I had a forever human but that person became very ill and couldn't care for me. So I went to stay with a friend but they didn't have enough money to take care of me with things like flea medicine. This economy is really rough on everyone, isn't it? Anyway, because they couldn't afford flea treatment I became infested and I was in so much pain with itching and the bites. But these nice people at Furbaby Rescue got help for me and now I'm feeling pretty good again. They told me that where the hair is missing on my back from the flea infestation that it will grow back so I'll be good looking from head to tip of tail. I might go back to playing and bumping into things to make people laugh once I'm feeling 100% good again. 

The things that can make you glad you adopted me are I'm very sweet and I love to cuddle. If you don't want to share your bed with me I'm used to a dog bed or blanket right by your bed BUT if you wanted me to sleep on the bed with you, I'm pretty sure I could learn to do that really quickly!! But either way, just let me be near you. I'm easy going, housetrained, love car rides and I'm used to being crated so we'll both be safe while driving. I love to play fetch and I love toys. I'm sure that having someone to play with and snuggle up to again would put a smile back into my eyes. 

I can be an only dog or I'll be easy to get along with if you have another small dog. Just help me be happy again for the rest of my life.

Conor is happily living with a great lady, who adores him, and in memory of Kira, residing in Mission, B.C. Canada
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(Adopted Sept.18/10)
Male/neutered/shots current
4 years old
12 lbs



Would you love me if I only had three legs?  Would you love me if I was deaf? Would you love me if I had one little simple problem? 


Well, the happy news is I have four legs. I can hear and see just fine. But somewhere along the line something happened so I'm not comfortable around small children. Now that seems like a pretty minor problem compared to deaf, blind or missing a leg, doesn't it? I love being with my one special person, sleeping on the bed or cuddling on the couch with them. I also love taking one of my toys, and sleep with it under my chin. I do fine with other dogs but would be happier as an only dog receiving lots of attention from my special person(s).  

I was adopted once and did really well until the people had small children come into their home  and out I went. Excuse me, I need to wipe away a tear.......sniff, sniff.  There - I'm back.  Anyway, that just didn't work for me. So I need someone who can read this and abide by it - NO SMALL CHILDREN, please.  

So loud and clear so I don't get displaced another time, I need adults only who will take me for walks and car rides (which I love) but will not have small children in the home. If you need to go visit someone with small children, I'll work with you to stay at home or wait in the car if it's cool enough. Just love me for the great dog I am and understand that sometimes dogs can't get over certain situations that cause these issues no different than humans. 

Will you consider giving me my dream home where I'll never be given away ever again? I'll reward you with total devotion. And you have to admit, I am as cute as can be, and I will make you smile all day long:-)

Darling Eli, now resides in Maple Falls, WA with his new lil brother, and two doting parents

(Adopted Oct.1/10)
Angel (nka Sadie B)
Shih Tzu/Maltese
10 months old
11 lbs

This lil "Angel" was adopted immediately by wonderful previous adopters, and in memory of Koko/Cuji, now residing happily in Federal Way, WA


(Adopted Oct.3/10)
Male/neutered/shots current
4 years old
17 lbs

Hi.  My name is Oreo because I'm black and white.  I'm about 5 years old and I'm a Shih Tzu!  I lost my home and am looking for a new one.  I'm getting excited about the leaves falling and love running through the piles and rolling in them.  I love to go on walks.  I get so giddy that sometimes I stop and have to roll and pray with my front paws.  My foster mom thinks it's really cute and is always trying to catch me doing it with her camera.

I am happy all of the time.  I have very good house manners.  I'm clean, I potty outside if you understand when I'm telling you I need to.  I actually prefer going on walks to do my business rather than just being sent outside but I make do.  I'm a good sport.  I don't bother cats and I'm good with other dogs.  (I have to be I live with a lot of dogs!)

I do not like to be in a crate.  I usually sleep on the bed or under the bed.  If I find a towel someone didn't pick up in the bathroom I will drag it under the bed to sleep with it.  Once I get to know you I might steal a shoe or sock and do the same but I don't chew things.  I just like having something of yours near me.

I bark appropriately at the sound of danger.  I will scratch at the outside door if I want in and you have left me out too long.

I want to be your companion, go places with you, watch TV at night or read along with you.  I've been on bike rides, ridden in wagons, love to be in the car.

I'm just looking for a home and someone to love me.  I have a lot of love to give.

Oreo has a great new Dad and new brother, residing in Snohomish, WA

(Adopted Oct.10/10)
Female/spayed/shots current
8 years old
15 lbs

Cherry is an eight year old spayed Shih Tzu of about 15 pounds.  She has lost her home and is looking for a new mom (or dad as she loves men) and companion.  She is a quiet but inquisitive gal.  She is so soft and velvety you can't keep your hands off her.  She loves sitting on your lap and really likes to be outside. 

She has lived in an apartment her whole life and learned to use newspaper for voiding.  She would be fine in a condo but if she had a wee bit of yard to call her own she would be ecstatic.

She gets along with other dogs, is pretty submissive, doesn't bother cats or children, she rides well in the car, she sleeps through the night.  She's absolutely charming and will win you over.

She is up to date with all of her vaccinations, she is microchipped, and recently had a dental and two crowded teeth removed.  she has had a recent blood panel, as well to rule out any hidden medical issues.

Cherry is happy and spoiled, residing in Tacoma, WA

(Adopted Oct.19/10)
Male/neutered/shots current
3 years old (will be 3 in Nov)
14 lbs


Hi there, 

My name is Yogi. No, I'm not related to Yogi the Bear, or Yogi Berra, the baseball player. I'm just Yogi (or if you want to get fancy, my AKC name is Mystical Heaven Yogi) and I'm a little sad right now. I need someone with a heart of gold to match my beautiful fur and to match my heart which is as good as gold although it's aching a little bit right now. 

I was living with this lady who adored dogs and she made a home for quite a few of us. The sad part is she was just transferred across the country to help serve her country. Unfortunately, when I looked in her eyes, I knew there was bad news coming. I couldn't go with her. "sniff, sniff, sniff" But I was also quickly told that Furbaby Rescue was the best place for me to go in order to find the very best FOREVER home which means I'll be loved, cared for, and NEVER have to leave my home ever again. 

I have a couple of situations that I need my "forever person" to understand and help me with. First of all, I need someone who understands how to refine my house training skills. I know, I'm almost three years old and I should have it down pat but when you're a member of a large family, sometimes there isn't enough time to fine tune some things. The lady who interviewed me for this write up, said her Shih Tzu was three years old before that little dog quit making mistakes and she was there full time to train her dog. See, there is hope. If you need help with some tips on how to make me the best I can be, just talk to my foster mom. She's a very wise and knowledgeable lady. 

I'm also a little shy of hands . So I'll need time to learn to trust that your hands mean kindness and I know I can overcome it with time and patience. HOWEVER THE REALLY GOOD NEWS IS - If you get down on the floor with me, especially if there's another little dog in the area, I'll trot right over to you. I'll follow you everywhere and cuddle on the couch with you. And if you can give me just a few days to warm up to you and know that all is OK, I'll smother you with kisses. And I say my doggie prayers every night for a "forever person" who will let me sleep with them. I really don't take up much room but I need to feel special and loved, even at night. Besides, I can help keep you warm on a cold winter night. 

My foster mom has insisted that my new home needs to be fenced because I am a little bit shy and if I got scared I could run in fear and get lost. She also says I should have another Shih Tzu or Lhasa or similar breed to be my mentor. I'm not sure what she meant when she said "monkey see/monkey do" because I'm no monkey. But again, my interviewer said it's just a funny human term that means I could learn faster and better with another little dog of a similar breed who has all the training down pat. 

In a nutshell, I'm not aggressive at all. I'm just a lover in a golden colored coat waiting to share it with just the right person(s) with hearts of gold and who will give me lots of one on one and security. 

I can reward you after a few days by showing you my special trick. If you stand and say "One, two, three" - I'll jump into your arms! But be careful, because I'll jump into your golden heart, too, and I want to stay there forever. 

How about it? One, two, Furbaby........oooohhhh, that rhymes.  :-)

Update: Yogi is doing fantastic with housetraining, just be consistent, and he has it figured out, and his shyness of hands ebbs completely when he knows you,  he is filled with glee, and his tail never stops wagging.

Yogi has new parents, lil dogs to hang with, happily residing in Ocean Park, WA


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