I have a soft spot for rescues, particularly of the bully variety, as we found our 3-year-old puppy Agnes through the rescue organization Ace of Hearts. Ace of Hearts has dozens of dogs seeking homes (both forever homes and fosters), but their primary focus is on the American bulldog. I'd never even heard of the breed until I moved to Los Angeles. (For those unfamiliar with the term foster, it's when a rescue group funds your temporary "adoption" of the dog -- they pay for food, toys, bedding, everything -- until the dog has been placed in a forever living situation. I highly recommend this to anyone looking to adopt. It's a great way to get your feet wet as a dog owner.)
Agnes is nothing but a total love. Her only weakness is she is friendly to EVERYONE... and sometimes it gets her in trouble with aggressive dogs. The American bulldog may look intimidating, but they epitomize the term "gentle giant." Agnes is a 75-pound lapdog and as her grandmother will attest, she is happiest when she's hanging right by your side on the couch.
As business has picked up at Rascals & Roses, I have less time for volunteering with Ace of Hearts, though I continue to receive e-mail updates on their rescue efforts, in the event I read or see anything I can do in my neighborhood. And just as I'd hoped an opportunity came this past week.
Two dogs, Ricky and Lucy, were in need of walks at Londoloza Dog Den in Culver. I had an opening in my walking schedule so I could go and spend about 45 minutes with the dogs. They are adorable, loving and friendly dogs eager to find a home. I snapped a couple of photos of them on our walks in case they needed a photo boost online (if you click on their names above you will see this is absolutely the case). It also appears they are a courtesy listing for Ace of Hearts, so I'm not sure if they're getting pushed weekly at the volunteer adoption events (which are held every other Saturday at the PetCo in West Hollywood (508 N Doheny Dr).
I hope this post might reach someone who is interested in helping these great dogs find homes. If you read this, please post to as many social networks as you can and I will do the same. On behalf of Ace of Hearts and Ricky and Lucy, thank you for your help!