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Meet Peach and Shannon!
“A friend/colleague sent me a picture of little Miss Peach. Ironically, when I first got to work that day, I told her how I had a dream the night before of a little red dog. I nearly cried on the spot because Peach looks exactly like the dog I dreamed of. I had been sad because on June 11, 2018, my beloved familiar Ginger Bean had died. She was 15 and my best friend.
She was absolutely the dog I had a dream about the night before. Even with her ailments (she has to be on a special diet because she can get bladder stones), and though she humps my leg a lot, and she licks me daily, I'm growing used to it and I still love her immensely.⠀⠀In the first few days after taking her home, she peed all over the house and I seriously wondered if I had made the right decision. Then we got very accustomed to each other. I realized her peeing was a sign that she was just sad that I was leaving her for work. She just wanted to spend time with me. She also really loves my partner, her "Daddy," Christian.⠀⠀The best part of being a pet parent is the stops I get. She is beautiful and incredibly unique looking. She looks like a miniature golden retriever. We are not sure what breed she is and likely won't get a "23 and Me" for dogs, but we love saying that she is a Chiweenie. She has a long body and a Chihuahua-looking face. She is beautiful and so loving. We just love having her as part of the Bobo-Cordeaux family. She is so sweet. She just loves and only wants to be with her parents. She's so happy. She loves her food. She loves going to play. She loves all of her toys. She brings me so much joy.
I wasn't sure if I was ready for another dog after Ginger died. When Ginger my Yorkie died, she left me two Gingers: My boyfriend who is a Ginger and was born the year of the dog, and our new adopted daughter, Peach, who is a Ginger in color. She’s the little dog of my dreams. I love her so much.”
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Meet Grace and Cait!
“Some clients recommended PetSpace. Most places weren’t interested in adopting a dog to someone who already had a cat. It was super demoralizing and I’d pretty much given up hope when I made it to PetSpace. Finally, I felt listened to. They asked about my cat and found the perfect addition to our family.
I knew I needed an adult dog that wouldn’t eat my cat. When they introduced me to Grace, I knew immediately she was chill enough to not turn our household upside down. She was super shy, timid, and you could tell she had ALL the trust issues. It took almost 45 minutes for her to come to me, but when she did, I knew I couldn’t leave without her. And I’m SO GLAD I didn’t.⠀.⠀The first few days were kinda tense, for me especially. She didn’t eat for two days. For a few weeks she wouldn’t eat in front of me. She only untucked her tail to go outside. She liked being pet but would look so scared if you came near her. It took about a full month to see most of her insecurities melt away.
I don’t think anything has ever loved me more in my life- EVER. I’ve had dogs before, and they’ve all been excited to see me when I’m home or when I enter the room, but none like Grace. Especially when that energy comes from a dog that used to be so scared to express that level of joy. I can’t imagine my life without her.
She is super obedient and low maintenance. She comes to work with me (I’m a boxing coach and personal trainer), she doesn’t bark much or run away... unless I run away. Then she’s right there. She has multiple standing appointments with several clients of mine who show up to class because they know Grace will be there. It’s how I’ve managed to motivate multiple people to take 5:45am classes.”
I feel like I could go on about her for days!! She’s so special.”
Meet Trish & Nacho (Formerly Binx, adopted 2/18/2019)
“A friend (who had been telling me to get a cat for years) told me about Annenberg PetSpace and then I started following them on Instagram. When I finally visited, you could really tell they cared and made the process as easy as possible for people looking to adopt.
I had actually seen Nacho (formerly Binx) online and he had the most amazing lion cut, which caught my eye. Then when I went to the center a few months later he was featured in one of the suites and all of the staff raved about him. They later told me he was 'highly food motivated' so I knew we'd be perfect for each other.
When I first got Nacho, he was a little shy and standoffish mostly hiding under my bed. I was worried he wouldn't warm to me. After a few days of feeding him (again food motivated), he started to get used to me and I think he realized this was a more permanent situation. He doesn't love to be held but is he is the BEST snuggler, doubling as an electric blanket.
He even greets me at the door when I come home from work with purrs asking for belly rubs - I think he thinks he's a dog. I think greeting me at the door is one of my favorite traits of his. He literally talks, says hello by rubbing against my leg and then falls over as he awaits his belly rub. He also loves to play fetch with treats, which is amusing. I'm always glad to come home and see him.
He is the most chill cat ever and the right combo of independent but affectionate. When friends come over, he just wants to hang, will rub against your legs or feet, but isn't at all needy. He's always nearby keeping me company.
Cats are known for being independent, but also having their person. It's hard to articulate, but having that bond is probably the best part. I had back surgery not too long after I adopted him and was basically laid out for 2 weeks. It was like he could tell and never left my side, which was pretty awesome.”
Meet Suzanne, Jeremy & Pierre (Adopted 4/28/2018)
“We wake up with him purring on our chest or making biscuits in bed.”
“It had been a year since our last cat, Kitty, passed away at age 17. We knew we wanted to adopt a senior cat when we found the right one. I couldn’t stop thinking about Pierre. It didn’t take long to realize he was a very unique cat and we definitely wanted to give him a forever home. But just in case, we thought we would sleep on it one night.
We left, went to lunch and realized we couldn’t be without Pierre a second longer. We hit the pet store for supplies and rushed back to PetSpace before closing. We made it in time and the rest is history!
Jeremy works from home and Pierre is his co-worker, so the adjustment has been smooth. They love spending their days at the home office, enjoying afternoon snack time and taking conference calls on the patio.
Pierre loves rotisserie chicken, waking up early, and watching the neighborhood wildlife from his favorite chair in the sun. We wake up with him purring on our chest or making biscuits in bed. He cuddles into our arms at night and when he wakes up from a nap and sees you, he reaches out with a big stretch of his paw.
The best part of being Pierre’s parents is the love he gives us. He’s sensitive, he protective, he’s sweet, he makes us laugh. We never could have guessed we’d find such a special cat - we are very lucky."
Peach - Annenberg PetSpace
Meet Dina & Bitsy (Adopted 6/9/2018)
“I regularly volunteer at Annenberg PetSpace. Unlike many adopters, I wasn’t looking to add a new pet at the time. The minute I met Bitsy, I fell in love and knew that she was special. I think her sweet disposition reminded me of my dog, Beanie, who passed away three years prior.
Bitsy fit in perfectly with me and my other dog, Barkley. When I first brought her home, she immediately took to her surroundings, claimed her new bed, and was so quick to adjust to her new home and family. There was no “break in” period.
She is always curious about people, and wants to meet/greet them. If she senses that they have an interest in her, she will do her best to charm them into a belly rub or better yet… a treat!
She “purrs” when she is comfortable and is getting a good belly rub or pets. She can run very fast- but only at the sound of a bag of chips being opened. When she gets really excited, she will spin in a circle while sitting. When we are sitting on the sofa, she always has to have her body touching me, my hand has to be on her and it has to be moving. If I stop petting/stroking her, she will nudge me with her muzzle to keep it up.
The best part about being Bitsy’s mom is that I know I’ll have her unconditional love. I know that if I have a bad day at work, I can count on her to make it a good day. Although it may sound cliché, we are like two peas in a pod. You know the old saying that dogs are like their owners? So true in our case.”
Meet Sarah and her adopted kitty, Marisol!
“I think it is healthy for me to have someone else to think about and care for and to share some life and space.”
“I visited Annenberg PetSpace on a community center seniors’ field trip. I thought about adopting a cat but did not have any timeline or plan.
I have a fondness for what I call the marmalade color so Marisol caught my eye. I visited several times before she warmed up to me, although staff that interacted with her regularly made it a point to stop by and tell me what a sweet cat she is. I did look at a young cat that was so active that I raced back to Marisol, who is mature and sedate, and said, “When can I take her home!”
I thought Marisol adapted to our home quickly, although I realize as time has gone by, that her level of trust and comfort, establishment of our routines, and understanding of each other has grown a lot. I expect this process will continue and be fun and surprising. We are compatible in that we both get up early, like a bit of company, but also independence, are curious, but do not need too much stimulation to be content.
Marisol really likes being around people, just enough to feel included. She has a great deep purr – think diesel engine - but recently she also developed a delightful, almost melodic gentler purr that I think might mean a different kind of happiness. I think it’s healthy for me to have someone else to think about and care for and to share some life and space.
Recently in the middle of the night, Marisol made a long, dreadful sound that raised visions of an emergency trip to the vet because she sounded like something awful had befallen her. She was at the front window, but seemed intact, so after my heart calmed down, we both went back to sleep. There was a second episode some nights later when I found there was another cat in the front yard. After checking back with PetSpace and vets, the thought we are holding is that she has become territorial and this is her space… She’s found her home”
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Meet Benny and Coby (adopted at age 12, now 14) (Adopted 7/27/2017).
“Two years later, he is still happy and healthy!”
“I have a friend in my class at school and her mom is the vet at Annenberg PetSpace. I was curious about what was going on there, so I paid them a visit!
I love German Shepherds – I have always loved them. When I saw this German Shepherd, my brain exploded. Coby was sleeping and he looked like my dream dog. My aunt Mimi who took me to PetSpace, commented that he was an old dog, 12 years old.
We left, and I told my parents about Coby. I couldn’t stop thinking about him and I was crossing my fingers when I went to bed, hoping that I could adopt him. About a month later, we went back and brought our younger dog, Peeti to meet Coby. They loved each other and we all decided, even though he was old and might not live long, to bring him home. Two years later, he is still happy and healthy!
Coby fit right in to our crazy household. He was afraid to go up the stairs at first, but we trained him to go up with food. He loves snacks. He has completely changed our routine and barks at us when we eat. He won’t leave the house unless we all go and he LOVES car rides!
He is focused on guarding my mom and spends all day with her. He flops his ears, and he loves sitting in the middle of the street. He LOVES the ocean and loves to get his feet wet. He doesn’t like the sound of electric guitars and he loves to growl at Kyle, my mom’s assistant. He loves his pup-sister Peeti, and she licks his eyeballs!
The best part of being a pet parent to Coby is that he’s a great companion. He sits on my feet in my bed at bedtime.”
Pickles the Pig (@livingwithpickles) photographed at FUNBOX in Thousand Oaks!
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