This page is dedicated to the memory of the animals that have passed through our doors and our hearts. Each of them has a story and I am working on sharing those with the world, one dog at a time.
Scooter was rescued from Woods Humane Society in May of 2012. Vicki has just passed away and there was a huge hole in my heart. Like many people after losing a dog they loved so immensely, I swore I wouldn’t get another dog for some time. But then I saw Scooter’s picture online and in it, he was smiling. I knew then that I had to bring him home.
Scooter was my “ride or die” dog for almost 10 years. He was my best friend and companion. He showed all the new dogs who came to the rescue how to act like a regular dog and how to be loved by humans and learn to trust again. Scooter didn’t enjoy traveling so he was my homebody, always happy to just walk around the property and snuggle in bed. Scooter passed away of old age on Dec 29, 2021. I held him in my arms as he took his last breath and we said goodbye.
Lola was rescued by Meade Canine Rescue and came to live with us at Vicki’s Village shortly after Scooter came home in 2012. Chihuahuas are like a bag of chips, you can’t just have one. Lola was a spunky, quirky and playful dog who had a huge personality. She would dress up every day and strut her stuff for everyone to adore her. She was small but mighty and won everyone’s heart. Lola passed away from congestive heart failure in 2016 after several attempts of resuscitating her. We still sing Lola by The Kinks and Copacabana by Barry Manilow in her memory.
Clyde was rescued from the Orange County pound in 2015. Originally named Apollo, he was on the euthanasia list when I asked my Aunt Andrea to run down there and grab him before his time was up. Kelsey and I drove down south to pick him up and bring him home back to SLO County. We didn’t tell my parents and let him roam with the pack immediately to see how long it would take them to notice he was there. It took about an hour. Clyde moved with us to the High Desert house in 2016 and lived with us until he passed away in 2021. He was a fighter, resilient, strong. He was a cautious but adventurous soul. He was a Man’s Man kind of dog. We loved him very much.
Dersu came to us from the Mono County Animal Control in February 2021 and was only with us until August 2021. In that short time together, he made a lasting impression on everyone he met. Dersu was quite a grumpy and vocal old man, who could barely keep himself upright on his legs but had enough strength to always give someone gruff. He loved to have his belly rubbed and taking naps in the sunshine. When he came to us, he was already very weak and I thought I would lose him right away. I was able to give him a few more months with us, where he experienced so much love, affection and attention. We loved him very much.