Archives for category: Furever Families

Everyone loves a happy ending, right?

We at BAPBR love to share adoption announcements, but that’s just the start of the next chapter for that lucky dog and that lucky family. We’re kicking off our “One Year Anniversary” series to let those special families share their stories with our supporters directly. We hope you like them!

Dwayne adopted Quentin on February 27, 2013.

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Quentin’s most common nicknames:

Q, Mr. Q

Do you have any other pets in the house?

I also have a 13-year-old female pit bull terrier and lab mix named India, who is now blind. My best friend Mark who lives next door has a 3-year-old male cat named Frankie and a 2-year-old female cat named Stella. Quentin and India stay with them each week when I traveling for work.

What’s been the most surprising thing about Quentin as she’s settled in?

I’m surprised at Q’s bond with Frankie, the male cat. They both vie for Mark’s attention like two siblings when I’m gone. The female dog and cat could care less! I’m also surprised at his continued fear of everything, from a crumpling piece of paper or the sound of my electric shaver — he leaves the room immediately. He’s also very sensitive and remorseful. When I come home, I know immediately if he’s gotten into something that he knows he shouldn’t have. He’s submissive and hesitant until I reassure him that everything is okay — even if he hasn’t done anything wrong!

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Does Quentin have any funny habits or quirks that make you laugh?

During the day, he sleeps on his doggie bed in the kitchen. But at night, he prefers to sleep in bed with me. He has to sleep up against my legs most of the night. He’s extremely affectionate when he first wakes up in the morning. Also, knowing that India is blind and slower now, he teases her with the stuffed animals that they share. He’ll walk by her slowly with the animal in his mouth until she realizes that he has it. She’ll try to follow him around as he moves from one doggie bed to another. This will go one for at least 30 minutes if I don’t intervene. He absolutely loves to be chased, indoors or outdoors. Another quirk is that he often follows so closely behind me in the house that his chin hits the bottoms of my feet with each step I take.

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What has Quentin brought to your life?


Q has brought youthfulness into the house again. He gives India a reason to get up out of her bed each day. Even though her eyesight is gone, I believe that having him there to help her is reassuring. He’s protective of his house and family. He’s not a dog that a stranger can approach — it has to be on his terms. But once he accepts you, you’re part of his pack.

Everyone loves a happy ending, right?

We at BAPBR love to share adoption announcements, but that’s just the start of the next chapter for that lucky dog and that lucky family. We’re kicking off our “One Year Anniversary” series to let those special families share their stories with our supporters directly. We hope you like them!

Marny and Bwana adopted Olive, formerly known as Adopt-a-Bull Olivia, on Februrary 25, 2013.

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Olive’s most common nicknames:

Olive Spoons, Sweedeedee, The Miniature Blue, Professor Wigglebottoms, Dorkus

What drew you to adopt Olive in the first place?

I have had a fondness for pit bull terriers for quite some time. When I started looking into adopting a new family membe, I found myself drawn to them — the combination of them being such an underdog, the sheer number of pits that need good homes, and how flipping cute they are tugged on me. I started going to the BAPBR website almost daily. Eventually we met a few adult pit bull terriers and then my lady fell in love with them. Soon she was staring at the site every night too, and in particular Olive. When we got to meet her, we totally fell in love. I liked her funny little head and eyes, and Marny liked how sensitive and soulful she was. She just seemed pretty mellow for a puppy. We thought she might be good with our cat and our girl since she was being fostered at a home with several other animals and a young child. She was so empathetic and thoughtful, we were drawn to her.

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Do you have any other pets in the house?

Currently we have two chickens, a hamster named Houdini, a cat named Grapes and a dog named Twillah. The chickens are out and about in the yard usually. Olive sees them as family and leaves them alone. Sometimes she does roll in what they leave around, though — yuck! Twillah is 12-and-a-half now and her legs are giving out on her but her spirits are still high and she enjoys nightly play sessions with Olive. This mostly means standing next to the living room coffee table and barking at Olive, who plays hide and seek and keep away with a toy. Olive sometimes mimics Twillah’s bark, just to playfully mess with her. Twillah is now the leader, which is a new thing for her. After our other dog Woody died a year and a half ago she was pretty sad but Olive has breathed new life into our old lady! Grapes and Olive are in love — they play almost every day. Grapes is like a rock star to Olive — she worships him. A few days ago, Grapes came into the house with a small wound on his lower lip. As always, Olive made a beeline for him, and after the usual sniff down, Olive licked the wound clean. Within a day it was getting better and healed up. They snuggle together, chase each other and try bites of each others’ food. Whatever the game, Grapes always wins.

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What’s been the most surprising thing about Olive as she’s settled in?

I don’t think we realized how easily frightened Olive is — it’s the flip side of that compassionate sensitivity. The heater grate, a blowing leaf, a member of the family wearing a big hat — anything new or different is spooky. The more new things frighten her, the more she is comforted by the familiar and routine. She has taught me to watch her cues, know when she’s had enough newness. I’ve also learned that treats when she’s scared let her know that good things happen when a scary thing is around. I always assumed that chewing stuff up was just something puppies do, and we would have to manage it, but Olive never damages anything that’s not hers. Even though she is a shoe and sock thief, she just gives them back to us, unharmed, as a present. Also, I’m still surprised at just how cuddly she is. She can lounge on a lap as long as the lap is willing to be there. She will gaze into your eyes and smile as you blow raspberries on her tummy and snuffle her cheeks. My daughter will kiss her face all over, and she just wags her tail and kisses back. And her tail, holy moly that thing is powerful. The wagging is a full-body experience. Early in the morning she’s so happy to be awake that she bangs her tail on every surface in the house. She is also much smaller than we thought she would be — small maybe, but mighty, and fast! And if she doesn’t want to move from a comfy spot, she tenses all of her muscles — good luck moving her.

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Does Olive have any funny habits or quirks that make you laugh?

So many! Oilve’s lower lip is always doing something that makes her look goofy — it’s pretty tiny but commands a big presence. Her lip is always sticking out or crooked, like Bill Murray’s in Caddyshack. She also likes to get under the covers which is a constant source of goofiness as she worms her way around. She’s pretty smart and has figured out how to use her paws quite a bit. When she’s riled up and playing she does a crazy paws up pounce thing like a cat. Alongside the bike, she wants to mush like a sled dog husky and has a nose like a bloodhound. If someone is hurt, she knows exactly where — even if it’s just feelings. Her favorite toy is a push broom that she leaps in the air to conquer as we wave it around, just above her head — she can play this broom game for hours.

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What has Olive brought to your life?


Olive brought new life to our house. It took a while to get over the loss of Woody, but when the time was right, Olive was there waiting for us. Everyone who meets her says how special she is — they ask us if we realize it. We do. She just radiates love!

Everyone loves a happy ending, right?

We at BAPBR love to share adoption announcements, but that’s just the start of the next chapter for that lucky dog and that lucky family. We’re kicking off our “One Year Anniversary” series to let those special families share their stories with our supporters directly. We hope you like them!

Asher and Ellen adopted Eloise on February 25, 2013.

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Eloise’s most common nicknames:

Noo Noo, Noodle Head, Weezer, Wiggles

What drew you to adopt Eloise in the first place?

When we bought a house, adopting a dog was something we knew we wanted to do. It took a little longer to find the right one for us because we’re a cat household as well and so many profiles of dogs said, “No Cats!” When we saw Eloise’s profile on the BAPBR website, and her sweet face, it was love at first sight. When we saw that she was okay with cats, we knew we had to meet her. And when we did finally did meet her, we knew she was the one for us!

Do you have any other pets in the house?

Eloise has three kitty siblings. Frances and Oliver seem to think that Eloise is the clumsiest, funniest looking cat they’ve ever seen, and they prefer to watch her every move from a safe distance. Sierra, the baby of the family, is a 6-month-old kitten who has become Eloise’s best friend. They chase, wrestle, snuggle and love each other very much!

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What’s been the most surprising thing about Eloise as she’s settled in?

We have doggy beds in the kitchen, living room, upstairs, in the art room and at the foot of our bed. In every room she’ll go lay on her bed and hang out while we’re in there, which helps us keep an eye on her!

Does Eloise have any funny habits or quirks that make you laugh?

Eloise has the impressive ability to destroy any toy she’s given in about two minutes. However, there is one toy she’s never chewed up — a soft hippo that was a gift from her foster mom. She loves to snuggle, she eats everything and anything her moms will let her have and she loves watching activity on our block through the upstairs window — birds, squirrels, people walking by. Eloise hates it when her moms are in different parts of the house — everyone should always be together in her opinion. She wants to play with every cat she meets and doesn’t seem to understand why they don’t all feel the same way.

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What has Eloise brought to your life?


Eloise has brought so much love and joy to our home, and a totally different energy. She inspires us every day — to get outside, to embrace every moment, to play. We’ve developed our calm, increased our patience and doubled our laughter. Eloise is the best snuggler and when I’m feeling down and she kisses my nose in the best way possible!

Everyone loves a happy ending, right?

We at BAPBR love to share adoption announcements, but that’s just the start of the next chapter for that lucky dog and that lucky family. We’re kicking off our “One Year Anniversary” series to let those special families share their stories with our supporters directly. We hope you like them!

Terra and Robin adopted Bruce, formerly Adopt-a-Bull Fergus, on February 5, 2013.

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Bruce’s most common nicknames:

Bru-Skee, Big Dog

What drew you to adopt Bruce in the first place?

Bruce is just the young, energetic, snugly dog we were looking for. We wanted a young male dog to be a partner to Mogwai, our grumpy yet equally snugly 11-year-old Boston mix. A friend sent us Bruce’s ad online and we decided we had to meet him once we saw his rocket run video. He’s a natural comedian, and does not hold back his personality. When we met him, it was obvious that Bruce would be a good fit when Mogwai met him and didn’t throw a tantrum like she usually does when introduced to other dogs.

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Do you have any other pets in the house?

Mogwai is our senior canine and has authority over all other pets that enter our home. She knows how to assert herself despite her 10-pound frame. Only after realizing and respecting Mogwai’s need to be the top dog has Bruce begun to tease her with his playful antics. Also, Bruce has already begun to adopt some of Mogwai’s quirky traits.

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What’s been the most surprising thing about Bruce as he’s settled in?

When we first adopted Bruce, he definitely had some anxiety. Friends would walk into our home and be greeted with nervous barking and raised hackles. After some help from Cecilia, Bruce has become much more comfortable with our friends and family. Now he loves visiting with everyone at get-togethers and impressing them with his repertoire of tricks. Bruce’s older sister Mogwai was also the center of some concern. Although she allowed Bruce into the house, she wouldn’t let him anywhere near her and we were concerned that the relationship might not work. Our moment of grace came when we left home with Bruce in his kennel and Mogwai free to roam the house. He cried the first few days we left for work, but on this day, he stopped as soon as we locked the door. Out of curiosity, we sneaked up to our bedroom window to see Bruce, calm and quiet in his kennel. Mogwai had pulled a blanket from the closet and made herself a bed next to Bruce’s kennel. Now her bed is next to his kennel and they snooze together there during the work-week. She still gets embarrassed when we catch them snuggling, but they do. It’s awesome.

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Does Bruce have any funny habits or quirks that make you laugh?

Every night we do nose work and hide chew sticks for Bruce to find around the house. We’ve been doing this for almost a year. Still, when he finds one, he sprints into the living room and does a dance, flinging his front paws up in celebration, then spinning around in tight circles before digging in.

What has Bruce brought to your life?


Aside from being a hiking partner, a running partner, a couch-buddy and a comedian, Bruce has been an ambassador for the breed to those who suffer from unfortunate stereotypes. We’ve had many nervous friends and family members meet him only to be impressed with his sweetness and intelligence. One member of our family who has a fear of large dogs froze in terror when he met Bruce. Bruce, however, is an intuitive dog and tip-toed lightly around this family member all night, walking alongside him periodically and licking his hand. At the end of the night, we caught a glimpse of this family member kneeling down to pet Bruce and even hug him.

Everyone loves a happy ending, right?

We at BAPBR love to share adoption announcements, but that’s just the start of the next chapter for that lucky dog and that lucky family. We’re kicking off our “One Year Anniversary” series to let those special families share their stories with our supporters directly. We hope you like them!

Andrew and Lisa adopted Vera on January 20, 2013.

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Vera’s most common nicknames:

Vera Bear, Sister, Snuggle Bear, Bandit

What drew you to adopt Vera in the first place?

Our other dog Winston had been in our family for about five years when we realized it was time for him to have a sister and a playmate. We went back and forth for about a year trying to decide on what the best approach would be for bringing another dog into the home. Winston was formerly a rescue as well and we thought it would be best to provide a loving home to another rescue when we were ready, and that’s when we found BAPBR! We will never forget our first meeting with Vera, her trainer Cecelia and her foster parents. Vera was very shy around us at first. After her foster parents invited us to go down to her play room, we sat on the floor with her and Vera quickly became attached to Andrew. Both of us left the foster home knowing that Vera was the one. We immediately fell in love and hoped that she would be a Hubbell very soon!

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Do you have any other pets in the house?

Winston is a five-year-old male pit bull terrier and lab mix. He has a gentle yet playful personality and, at 75 pounds, still considers himself a lap dog! He’s a big boy with a big heart. When we first adopted him, he came with a collar that said “sandy paws, wet nose, warm heart” — this couldn’t be more true!
Winston is one of the happiest dogs we have ever met. When he was two years old, we were walking him in downtown Vancouver when he came across a complete stranger whom he automatically deemed his friend. This friend nicknamed Winston Mr. Wigglebutt because of all of the endless tail wags — and that has been Winston’s nickname ever since!

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What’s been the most surprising thing about Vera as she’s settled in?

Once Vera realized that she had found her forever family, she was quick to learn to trust and lean on us when she was unsure. This learning experience for Vera was provided through a great foundation given to her by her trainer Cecelia and her foster parents, who cared for her so well before we found each other — we will be forever grateful to them. We think what has been so surprising about Vera was her ability to thrive in situations that were once so stressful for her, such as cardboard boxes. For some reason, she had this huge fear of cardboard boxes — she was so scared of them! Once we taught her that these boxes were nothing to be afraid of, we eventually allowed her to start playing with them. Now, the bigger the box the better! Vera and Winston have a grand old time whenever a new box arrives at the house — it’s now become a great game that they always look forward to.

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Does Vera have any funny habits or quirks that make you laugh?

She has so many funny habits! First, she loves her rubber balls so much, she tosses them around herself and very often throws them right onto our laps to toss for her. She nudges them under pieces of furniture, bookshelves, couches, coffee tables — any and all hard to reach places. She will try desperately to retrieve her ball until we have to get down on our hands and knees and grab it for her. But, without fail, five minutes later, the ball is back underneath a piece of furniture — it’s her favorite game. Also, her water doesn’t always stay in her mouth when she’s finished at the bowl. We find the great quantities of water that follow behind Vera after she has finished drinking to be hysterical — you could nearly name the lakes of water that follow behind her after drinking! Something that comes naturally to her is her talking in the morning — she makes a variety of noises when she is trying to wake up — the funniest being a big loud Chewbacca yawn. What makes it so odd is that her throat actually does this weird vibrating thing that makes it sound like someone is shaking or vibrating her vocal chords. Can you picture that sound? It’s both the silliest and cutest sound in the world!

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What has Vera brought to your life?


Words cannot express the blessings Vera has brought to our lives. It has been such a joy to have a little sister for Winston. They’re our dog children, and now that we have two, everything is twice as special! Car rides, vacations, walks, games, family time, you name it! Winston is so much happier, Vera has found her forever home, and we have found our forever daughter — life is beautiful!

Everyone loves a happy ending, right?

We at BAPBR love to share adoption announcements, but that’s just the start of the next chapter for that lucky dog and that lucky family. We’re kicking off our “One Year Anniversary” series to let those special families share their stories with our supporters directly. We hope you like them!

The Park family adopted Stan Lee on December 26, 2012.

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Stan’s most common nicknames:

Muppet, Stampee, El Toro, The Drama Llama

What drew you to adopt Stan in the first place?

It was his adorable expressions and the fact that he reminded us of an animated stuffed animal — hence the nickname Muppet). We entertained calling him Rudolph because he reminded us of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, but Stan just felt right. We changed it a little with the addition of Lee as a tribute to our beloved 14-year-old pug Portlee, who we had just lost a few months prior, and also because we think he looks a bit like Stan Lee of Marvel Comics fame. Sorry, Mr. Lee, but he really is adorable! What let us know that he was the right one though was the way he just connected with us and fit right into our lives. We can’t imagine what life would be like without him and don’t like to think about that — although it reminds us to be grateful for every day with him.

Do you have any other pets in the house?

Diojee is Stan’s best playmate. She is the eternal puppy even though she is almost 11 years old! He tortures her by biting on her scruff and wrestling with her and she loves every minute of it! I think aside from us humans, Diojee was the happiest to have Stan join our family. Bonsai is our older gentleman pug. He’s refined — if that word can be applied to a pug. He is the yin to Diojee’s yang and teaches Stan how to be mellow. Stan is a fine young grasshopper and imitates Bonsai quite well. They can often be found laying next to each other on the couch or sharing a ray of sunshine.

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What’s been the most surprising thing about Stan as he’s settled in?

Stan is amazingly intuitive and adaptable. He knows when it’s okay to play and when it’s time to relax. He was this way from the start — even as a 6-month-old puppy! Even more surprising than that is the fact that he observes people — not in a nosy way, but like he’s actually trying to learn their ways. We’ve never experienced anything quite like it and we’ve been around many dogs. Others notice it as well — he’s our little Einstein. We’re thinking he might be preparing to take over the world someday –- so be kind to your animals!

Does Stan have any funny habits or quirks that make you laugh?

Every single thing he does makes us laugh! One of the funniest things he does is to kick each of his back legs out like a bull in a fight. He does this when he’s anticipating a ball being thrown or in play with other dogs. It’s how he earned the nickname El Toro.

What has Stan brought to your life?


Stan has brought us so much happiness and laughter. We’ve always been a happy and jovial sort, but Stan has compounded that. Not a day goes by that we don’t laugh and smile at him. He’s such a clown and such a love. Life is good! Thank you for seeing what we see in Stan and for saving him. It pains us to imagine him in that Los Angeles kennel, even more so to imagine what could’ve happened to him had BAPBR not rescued him! All of you at BAPBR make the world a better place and have certainly made our lives a whole lot richer. We owe you more gratitude than can ever be expressed by mere words — our sincere, heartfelt, and eternal thanks!

Everyone loves a happy ending, right?

We at BAPBR love to share adoption announcements, but that’s just the start of the next chapter for that lucky dog and that lucky family. We’re kicking off our “One Year Anniversary” series to let those special families share their stories with our supporters directly. We hope you like them!

Sara adopted Mabel, formerly known as Adopt-a-Bull Sedona, on January 1, 2013.

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Mabel’s most common nicknames:

Mabster, Miss Mable, Mabel-Bell, Mabel-Bar, Cheeky Monkey

What drew you to adopt Mabel in the first place?

I had been kicking around the idea of adopting a dog for a while, but I had not actually been looking for one. I found out my sister and brother-in-law were fostering Mabel so I decided to pay a visit. I remember sitting down on the floor next to this shy, skinny dog that crawled into my lap, smooshed her head into my chest and let of this big sigh. I immediately thought, Oh, I think you’re mine! Over the next few weeks I spent as much time as I could with Mabel and I kept seeing all these great qualities in her. I am a pretty low-key, self-contained person and I was thrilled to see that Mabel and I shared these same characteristics. This made me start to think, Hey, this might just work!

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Do you have any other pets in the house?

I have a Segal parrot named Lucy. Mabel and Lucy cohabitate in the house very well, as long as Lucy is in her birdcage. When out of her cage, she chases Mabel. Lucy doesn’t realize she only weighs four ounces to Mabel’s 63 pounds – and neither does Mabel! We have created a daily schedule in which Lucy gets some out-of-cage time with me while Mabel hangs out in another room with a peanut butter filled Kong for a half hour — everyone seems to be happy with that arrangement!

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What’s been the most surprising thing about Mabel as she’s settled in and grown up?

How truly low-key and mellow she has stayed. I kept thinking that once she settled in, she would start doing normal dog things like chasing squirrels, barking, chewing up her toys — but nope! None of that for Mabel. She’s perfectly content just to hang out observe — and by observe I mean nap.

Does Mabel have any funny habits or quirks that make you laugh?

While I’m at work, Mable will gather up all my shoes left on the floor. I have a bad habit of kicking off my shoes as soon as I get home so there’s a lot for her to pick up. She puts them in a big pile on her dog bed and then lies on top of the shoe pile she’s created and naps — it can’t be comfortable!

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What has Mabel brought to your life?


Aside from being the best dog ever, Mabel really helped me create a much healthier work/life balance. Before Mabel, I thought nothing of spending 12+ hours at work every day and would sometimes put off my evening walks if the weather was bad. With Mabel waiting for me at home, those long work hours are no longer an option. Neither is skipping exercise — if the weather is bad Mabel and I head over to Home Depot to spend an hour walking around where it’s warm and dry.

We at BAPBR love to share adoption announcements, but that’s just the start of the next chapter for that lucky dog and that lucky family. We’re kicking off our “One Year Anniversary” series to let those special families share their stories with our supporters directly. We hope you like them!

Sarah and Martin adopted Dantes, formerly Adopt-a-Bull Donnie, on January 21, 2013.

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Everyone loves a happy ending, right?

Dantes’ most common nicknames:

Little Man, Mister

What drew you to adopt Dantes in the first place?

When our dog Blue passed away unexpectedly we were absolutely heartbroken. Although we were still healing, we also knew that we most certainly needed another dog, not just for us, but for our two-year-old dog Ruby as well. She was never the only dog in the house and was completely out of sorts being alone.

Then, we decided to contact BAPBR about some potential dogs. We were very interested in a puppy, mainly because we knew that a puppy would integrate best with Ruby. Soon, we received news that the rescue had just picked up some pups from California, and that we could come take it look!

So on Martin’s birthday we took the drive over to Portland from Bend. I remember seeing all of them walking into the living room, so little and precious. All of them were so different, one very shy and one very outgoing, but Dantes was right in the middle. I remember he did a few circles around me and then lightly took hold of my hand in his itty bitty mouth, wanting nothing more than to play. He then proceeded to wear himself out, and fell back asleep in his bed before too long — that’s when we knew he would be perfect. Ruby needed a pup that could keep up with her playful ways, but also know when it is time to take a snooze.

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Do you have any other pets in the house?

We have one other dog, Ruby, who is three years old. Ruby is also a rescue from BAPBR. She is an absolute sweet baby girl, but she does like to be the queen of the castle. As much as she portrays that she wants to be alone at times, everyday I catch her and Dantes snuggled up or playing with a toy. When we first got Dantes, he was curious beyond belief and just followed Ruby all over the place. At first Ruby didn’t know what to make of this, but over time she has developed a great comfort in having him around — now she truly adores him.

What’s been the most surprising thing about Dantes as he’s settled in and grown up?

Although he is a very active puppy, he truly loves to cuddle and sleep — a lot. If we aren’t out taking a hike and are just spending some time at home, Dantes cozies up by the fire and sprawls out for a hard ten.

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Does Dantes have any funny habits or quirks that make you laugh?

The way he sleeps is probably the funniest. He either twist and contorts his body to lay all zigzagged, or he is flat on his back, tongue out the side, legs sprawled out every which direction, but absolutely and completely asleep.

He also is beyond excited about being fed. He jumps for joy and spins his way over to where his bowl is.
But the best habit would have to be when Martin comes home from work. He hears the truck pull in the driveway, perks his head up, looks at me like “Mom, this is not a drill!” and then he lets out a bark of excitement and flies over to the mudroom door. As soon as he hears the front door open he doubles back for a toy and runs so proudly over to Martin to greet him — it never gets old.

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What has Dantes brought to your life?


Dantes has brought so much joy and happiness into our lives. With his goofy personality and his most sincere intentions, he fits so perfectly. He makes every day brighter and is growing into such a handsome and healthy boy. We love him beyond the moon, and we’re so blessed to wake up to him and Ruby hogging our covers.

Everyone loves a happy ending, right?

We at BAPBR love to share adoption announcements, but that’s just the start of the next chapter for that lucky dog and that lucky family. We’re kicking off our “One Year Anniversary” series to let those special families share their stories with our supporters directly. We hope you like them!

Bjorn and Aurora adopted Skoll, formerly Not-a-Bull Ezra, on January 8, 2013.

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Skoll’s most common nicknames:

Skollish, Skoller, Da Skoll — we named him Skoll after the Norwegian dog god who chases the sun across the sky each day

What drew you to adopt Skoll in the first place?

We first found him because we were looking for a Doberman or a Kelpie and he was initially miscategorized as a Doberman/Kelpie mix. Later we learned that he’s a Formosan Mountain Dog, which is a Taiwanese breed, and that he was born in China.

Do you have any other pets in the house?

We have one other dog, and his name is Vishnu. The best part about adopting Skoll has been how much happier Vishnu is now that he has a friend. Before we got Skoll Vishnu would be very upset whenever we left the house without him and we would actually throw him food to distract him as we left — now Vishnu and Skoll are usually too busy hanging out with each other to notice if we head out the door.

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What’s been the most surprising thing about Skoll, as he’s settled in and grown up?

Skoll was extremely skittish when we got him. He actually wouldn’t even come over to take food out of my hand at first. I’m amazed at how much more confident he has become. He’s still skittish around new people, but now usually once someone has come in and sat down he will come over to give them a sniff, and if they give him a treat he quickly decides that they belong.

Does Skoll have any funny habits or quirks that make you laugh?

Whenever he is nervous or excited he furrows his brow. I’ve never had a dog who expressed himself physically so much.

Everyone loves a happy ending, right?

We at BAPBR love to share adoption announcements, but that’s just the start of the next chapter for that lucky dog and that lucky family. We’re kicking off our “One Year Anniversary” series to let those special families share their stories with our supporters directly. We hope you like them!

Cory and True adopted Zoey, formerly Adopt-a-Bull Bibs, on November 12, 2012.

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Zoey’s most common nicknames:

Zoey Bear, Zoey Girl, Zo Zo

What drew you to adopt Zoey in the first place?

We saw a picture of Zoey online and were very interested to meet her. We had an opportunity to visit a Portland pet store where she was available, and we immediately felt a connection with her and felt that there was something about this first meeting — almost like she was meant to be a part of our family. We feel very fortunate and blessed that we were chosen to adopt her.

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Do you have any other pets in the house?

Yes, a turtle and two cats.

What’s been the most surprising thing about Zoey as she’s settled in and grown up?

Zoey is very uncomfortable around barking dogs, even little ones. She is very tough physically, but she has a very soft, sensitive personality. She plays differently with each of our family members depending on our own individual tolerance for how rough she can get with us. We see that she tones it way down with our 2-year-old, but she gets very excitable when playing with dad.

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Does Zoey have any funny habits or quirks that make you laugh?

Zoey loves running in the sand at the beach, but she is afraid to go into the ocean water. She is extremely attached to her dad and wants to follow him around literally everywhere he goes. She loves naps and cuddles and we often find her and our 2-year-old napping, huddled together on the couch. Sometimes when she gets off the couch after a nap she stretches out and moans really loudly while her back legs stay straight back on the edge of the couch cushion, until only her toes are left holding her hind weight. Then she drops her legs straight off onto the floor with a loud “Thump!”

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What has Zoey brought to your life?


Zoey has brought so much joy to our family. We couldn’t have asked for a better addition to our family. She is very loving, loyal, patient and very well mannered. She never barks and is very friendly with everyone she meets. Many people say rescued animals are fortunate to find their forever homes, but we truly feel it is us who are the lucky ones to have found her.

Everyone loves a happy ending, right?

We at BAPBR love to share adoption announcements, but that’s just the start of the next chapter for that lucky dog and that lucky family. We’re kicking off our “One Year Anniversary” series to let those special families share their stories with our supporters directly. We hope you like them!

Morgan adopted Koko-Bear on October 31, 2012.

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Koko-Bear’s most common nicknames:

Koko, Koko-Burr, Koko-Butt, The Bear, Mama

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What drew you to adopt Koko in the first place?

I’d known for awhile that I wanted a dog, specifically a pit bull terrier — it got to the point where I was thinking about it all the time. As fate would have it my friend Justin had been watching Koko for his friend who could no longer care for her, so I started bringing her along when I’d go camping and hiking. The weeks turned into months and it became obvious Justin’s friend wasn’t going to take her back when I learned he was trying to get rid of her on Craigslist. She had been bounced around to so many different homes that summer and when I found that out there was no way I was going to let that happen to her again. Plus, she was such a sweet, gentle girl — I just knew I had to keep her.

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Do you have any other pets in the house?

Nope, just Koko — but her best friends are a mini poodle and terrier mix named Opie and (BAPBR board member) Ty’s pit bull terrier Butter.

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What’s been the most surprising thing about Koko as she’s settled in?

She has so much personality, and she impresses me everyday with how smart she is. Her previous person kept her inside all day and didn’t pay her much attention, and when I first got her she had lost her appetite because she was being fed cheap food, she was overweight due to inactivity and she just seemed really unsure of herself. I started taking her with me everywhere I went and tried to include her in any activity I could. Ty even talked to Holistic Pet and they donated three big bags of high-quality food and soon Koko not only regained her appetite, but her confidence and zest for life as well!

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Does Koko have any funny habits or quirks that make you laugh?

Anytime someone she likes comes over to the house, she wiggles her whole body and starts snorting like a pig! She will also give you kisses on command, and loves to snuggle up on the bed to keep warm. And she hates the rain, which is funny because she’s such a good swimmer — but she refuses to go outside if even the slightest drop hits her on the top of her head, which makes for challenging mornings during the rainy season!

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What has Koko brought to your life?


She’s my companion for adventures and my buddy on lazy days. I take her everywhere, and everyone absolutely loves her. I have a tight-knit group of friends, and she’s just another one we’ve added to the group!

Everyone loves a happy ending, right?

We at BAPBR love to share adoption announcements, but that’s just the start of the next chapter for that lucky dog and that lucky family. We’re kicking off our “One Year Anniversary” series to let those special families share their stories with our supporters directly. We hope you like them!

Dennis and Barb adopted Dahlia on October 28, 2012.

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Dahlia’s most common nicknames:

Dahlie, Little D, Sporty, Squirt

What drew you to adopt Dahlia in the first place?

We first saw Dahlia at the Pet Expo in October 2012. She had only been with BAPBR for short while and was at her pit stop living with small children. Knowing that she was trusted to be around small children made her more appealing — of course, she was also very cute and the perfect size too.

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Do you have any other pets in the house?

Dahlia did have an older brother, Tony, our German Shorthair. He was a senior dog and lived with us part time until he passed in September of this year. Dahlia was always so excited to see him. Someday we will get another dog to keep her company.

What’s been the most surprising thing about Dahlia, as she’s settled in and grown up?

We took her to training classes from December to January. She did well but the surprising thing was that she started to become dog reactive. We then had private lessons where we learned to work on commands and her reactiveness, but our forward progress was hampered by her knee injury.

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Does Dahlia have any funny habits or quirks that make you laugh?

One of the main things that makes us laugh is that she is very vocal. If you’re not paying enough attention to her she will talk to you. Whichever one of us is second to come home is usually greeted with her running towards us as she is talking.

What has Dahlia brought to you and your family’s life?


My husband and I have now been married for 4 years and have grown children not living at home. Dahlia coming into our lives has given us a family to call our own. She is our common bond and we were devastated when we learned that Dahlia needed to have knee surgery. She had the surgery in May, then came eight weeks of no activity and six weeks of rehab. She is doing great and now we are looking forward to getting back into training and getting her socialized with other dogs.

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If you would have told me five years ago that I would adopt a pit bull I would have thought you were crazy. When my daughter adopted her pit bull, Bella, almost 4 years ago, I wasn’t thrilled. I was never against pit bulls, but I was very unsure about them. Well, Bella is such a wonderful ambassador for the breed. Some of you might have seen her at Strutt Your Mutt — she was the one in the pink tutu. Our goal is to work with Dahlia so that she too can be a great ambassador for the breed. Many thanks to BAPBR for their ongoing efforts to save these wonderful dogs.