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Male Senior Shih Tzu

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About Gizmo

Gizmo is 11-years-old and we rescued him from the San Diego Humane Society on Tuesday, December 4th. We saw him a few weeks ago, but he needed to still be evaluated by the vet because he had just come in. Gizmo was surrendered by his owner who said she could no longer keep him. Gizmo is a little sweetheart with big googly eyes and an adorable underbite. He's looking for a home where they know the true meaning of family and will love him forever. Gizmo keeps to himself in the play yards, doesn't approach humans for pets, but if you seek him out he loves to plop on your lap and cozy up.  Gizmo loves cookies and meal time, barking happily for his bowl. Giz is trying to grow his hair out so he can get a handsome shapely cut. For now his great socialization, like the fact that he loves dogs, cats, and kids, will have to be his selling points! Apply for Gizmo at https://frostedfacesfoundation.org/apply. There is no adoption fee and FFF helps with medical expenses.

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Name
Gizmo
Age
Senior
Gender
Male
Size
Small
Shots up to date
Not Sure
Ok with kids
Not Sure
Housetrained
Not Sure
Hypoallergenic
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Spayed / Neutered
Not Sure
Ok with dogs
Not Sure
Ok with cats
Not Sure
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Bea

American Pit Bull Terrier

Bea is 10 years and was surrendered by her owner at the Baldwin Park Shelter. She is tiny and frail, terribly sweet. She is a doll baby... show more

Bea is 10 years and was surrendered by her owner at the Baldwin Park Shelter. She is tiny and frail, terribly sweet. She is a doll baby!  She is good with kids, cats, and dogs of all sizes.  She is spending some time on a Fling with a family so that we can learn more about her. Her Fling mama writes: "Bea is a very sweet, gentle girl. She seems to have a sadness about her for which I wish I could provide a quick fix but I think it will just take time. She has gotten into a routine with us. She only had one accident in the first morning right after I had take her out - she peed in our entry when we came back in, but that was ok, she’s been perfect since then  She doesn’t seem comfortable in the Jeep, maybe a car would be more comfortable for her but in the Jeep she just pants. We took her on a few adventures including dinner in Old Town, Del Mar beach for a walk and Dexter's Deli where she picked a few chewy things off the shelf but then wanted to get out of the store. We have laid low and kept her home after realizing she wasn’t getting any more comfortable in the car, in-fact she was trying to get away the last few times we tried lifting her into the car. Here she seems content. We take many big walks around the neighborhood and she always seems most excited when she sees our place and we actually get a bit of a tail wag as she’s runs towards “home”. We give her treats (she loves food!) and offer her blankets to lay on. We leave our door open to our front courtyard while we’re home and she just walks back and relaxes. Bea is an angel with our kitties, she doesn’t mind them at all. She only wants pets in small doses. She will roll over if we are petting her and she’s done with us   She loves to sleep on the bed with us and tucks herself in if we are up too late! She snores loudly and often runs and barks in her sleep. I’m hoping she is having happy dreams and not scary ones." Please consider adding sweet Bea to your family. Apply at https://frostedfacesfoundation.org/apply **NO ADOPTION FEE** **Frosted Faces Foundation will help with medical expenses.**   show less

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Blynken

Spaniel (Unknown Type)

Let us tell you a bedtime story about Wynken, Blynken, and Nod. It may not be the one you know, popularly called the "Dutch Lullabye," b... show more

Let us tell you a bedtime story about Wynken, Blynken, and Nod. It may not be the one you know, popularly called the "Dutch Lullabye," but it may help you sleep just as easy knowing three little boys are safe tonight. Wynken, Blynken, and Nod are three 12 year old brothers who were abandoned on a property, confiscated by animal control, and brought into Coachella Valley Shelter on January 23rd, 2019. They were so scared they trembled, huddled together, and would pee when you picked them up! The Rescue Coordinator, Michelle Bergeron, asked if we could exit them to safety because they were red-listed for behavior. We agreed immediately and Dave brought them to us on Saturday morning, February 9th. These boys are so cute you want to gobble them like a handful of M&Ms! They stay close together and climb all over doing things from licking to humping each other! We named them from thinnest to thickest coat, so the chi-most looking brother is Wyknen, the most white crazy-eared guy is Blynken, and the fuller darkest brother is Nod. Wynken is the most fearful as he hunkers down and tries not to make eye contact. Once you scoop him up in your arms, he presses his body into you!  He just wants someone to assure him he is safe! Blynken will offer you is paw and he is the king of humping and most treat motivated. Nod has the most balanced domesticated dog-like behavior, is pretty calm and approaches volunteers wagging his tail. We have no intention of placing Wynken, Blynken, and Nod together, that would be like expecting someone to adopt three puppies from a litter, but we are really happy that we were able to get them all safe together at Frosted Faces Foundation! show less

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Boscoe

Irish Wolfhound

Five years ago Boscoe's owner died and he was left fending for himself in a neighborhood where he kind of became a fixture. One day he w... show more

Five years ago Boscoe's owner died and he was left fending for himself in a neighborhood where he kind of became a fixture. One day he was caught and brought to Moreno Valley Shelter where he needed a rescue commitment because he was fearful and The Barking Lot rescue stepped up for him. I was the Foster Coordinator and cleaned kennels at The Barking Lot (TBL) at the time. I loved Boscoe. I would climb into his kennel and he would roll over for belly rubs and offer me his  paw. It was not surprising when he was placed quickly with a screened and home checked adopter. On Sunday when Andy and I swung by TBL to help I noticed an unmarked kennel with a quivering, cowering dog in the back of it who looked quite familiar. No! Not Bosoce. Sure enough, his owner had relinquished him back to TBL the previous day after FIVE years of ownership at the golden age of 9 years old. She said she was moving to Texas. She had destroyed our boy. Boscoe had a big play group of dogs five years ago, was fostered by a family with cats and dogs, and was confident. Now he presented with the same ugly brown leather collar he had on five years ago, his unique feathers were matted, and he is grossly overweight. TBL graciously accepted our offer to help care for and place Boscoe because of his age and because we love him. I want to offer kudos to TBL for always taking responsibility of their dogs again when owners fail them whether it is a week or years later. No matter how thorough the screening process, people will disappoint us, and more significantly, will disappoint their dogs. Boscoe arrived at Frosted Faces Foundation on Sunday, March 10th. We brushed out his mats, trimmed his nails, threw away his collar and dressed him in a martingale for safety. Boscoe is absolutely fine with all of the dogs we have introduced him to, he still likes his feline friends. We took Boscoe to High Valley Veterinary Hospital and his bloodwork and x-rays were normal! show less

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Dally

American Pit Bull Terrier

Dally, formerly Blaze, was rescued from Carson Shelter on June 4th, 2016. We loved him to pieces to the extent of debating whether he s... show more

Dally, formerly Blaze, was rescued from Carson Shelter on June 4th, 2016. We loved him to pieces to the extent of debating whether he should be an FFF Headquarters pack member, but we know our mission is family and our job is to let even the most perfect, handsome dogs go. Dally was placed with a family for the last two years who recently relinquished him back to us because they did not have enough time to spend with him. He lived comfortably with two other dogs, cats, foster kittens, and a frequent visiting baby niece. Our best guess is that Dally is a Great Dane, Boxer, Staffordshire Terrier mix, with his lanky body weighing in currently at 67 pounds. He is about 13 years old now with full body X-rays and bloodwork showing he is in good health for his age with the exception of terribly arthritic knees. Affectionately called Dally O'Malley, or Dollop (short for Dollop of Dally), is fantastic with dogs of all sizes, cats, and people. He loves to bury himself in couch pillows and his eyes follow you around the room until you call him where he eagerly prances over looking for approval and attention. Who doesn't approve of that much frosting? Dally even has frosted legs! Dally knows "Sit!" "Down!" and "Shake!" _____________________ Shelter Video: https://www.facebook.com/savingcarsonshelterdogs/videos/578838562288782/ Dally likes dogs of all sizes and is NOT food aggressive: https://youtu.be/fGee_Z-maXQ Dally loves the beach and all people: https://youtu.be/LtjB9Qk4MXM show less

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Maryann

Chihuahua

Maryann is a 12-15 year old chihuahua from Redlands Animal Shelter and has been residing in a long-term foster home. Maryann is a sweet... show more

Maryann is a 12-15 year old chihuahua from Redlands Animal Shelter and has been residing in a long-term foster home. Maryann is a sweet and social dog that enjoys the company of people and other dogs. She lives with five other dogs, big and small, and prefers to bed down with the other small dogs - she coexists with the large dogs, but does not want to share beds with them. Maryann loves to take short walks around the block and walks nicely on a leash. She does not care much for the dog park as she prefers a mellower crowd. Perhaps her favorite activity is being pet or held like a baby in the crook of your arm. She's a great cuddler for movie night or Netflix binging! If you stop petting her, she'll paw you to remind you not to stop. Maryann lives indoors and goes outside only when supervised. At only 5 lbs, we want to avoid her being mistaken for a snack by a bird of prey! When outside, she loves to sunbathe! Because she lives indoors, she is trained to use disposable potty pads. Maryann prefers a simple diet because she has Irritable Bowl Syndrome. This means out of the ordinary foods can cause stomach upset. After much trial and error we have learned that Maryann does really well on Costco brand canned dog food. Maryann can be shy at first with new people and dogs, but always comes around, especially once she figures out you just want to pet her! Maryann has had kitty foster siblings in the past and she could easily live in a feline or canine family. **NO ADOPTION FEE** Apply to be a Family at: www.frostedfacesfoundation.org/apply/ show less

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Max

Cockapoo

On Tuesday April 9th we received a call from a veterinarian whose clients had an appointment to euthanize their 13 year old dog, Max. Th... show more

On Tuesday April 9th we received a call from a veterinarian whose clients had an appointment to euthanize their 13 year old dog, Max. The circumstances were that the dog's mom had a poor health prognosis, and for an unstated reason the healthy dad was not planning to take care of Max. The vet wanted to know that if she proposed surrender to Frosted Faces Foundation if we would be willing to help. Minutes later the vet called back and her voice was quivering with anger and fear. The family was not happy that she had an alternative solution to euthanasia, and mainly because they did not want Max living in a shelter environment. They had reached out to no one seeking a safe refuge for Max prior to the appointment as relayed by the vet. I couldn't believe I was doing this, but I pleaded for the vet to show them photos from our social media pages and website of our facility and to let them know we cover lifelong medical costs, provide updates to the family through the Final Wish Program, and on average place our Frosted Faces within 3 months. Good dogs die in the shelter system everyday and there are plenty needing rescue. We don't need to go selling our program, nor do we typically take dogs where the owners haven't exhausted all of the options and there is a healthy living family member. It is an unexpected burden to have to decide which families get the satisfaction that their pet will be safe with FFF during hardship or surrender of responsibility. We have a capacity for only 30 dogs and receive more than 30 pleas every day of the week for help. While my sympathy and understanding was not sincerely with the family at the time, choosing to help Max was to relieve the conscience of this kind vet who acted has his advocate. She knew that if she declined to euthanize Max, the family would go elsewhere. I am not familiar with the standard of conduct for veterinarians in these circumstances, but I do believe they took an oath to do no harm and euthanizing an animal that is not suffering seems unimaginable. In the end, the family pushed their best laid plans and egos aside to let Max live and relinquished him to the vet. We picked him up later that day and he jumped right into the Prius of Freedom! The Buried Bone gave him an adorable haircut that made him act and feel 10 years younger. We vetted Max at High Valley Veterinary Hospitalwhere we did bloodwork and x-rays. Not one single value was out of range and his x-rays were unremarkable. We vaccinated him and microchipped him to his new owners- FFF!  Last night Max's previous owners did call and asked if we had him yet. I shared the results of his diagnostics and news of his haircut. With knots in my stomach, much to my surprise his mom exclaimed, "THANK YOU!" and through weeping shouted into the background, "They have him and they're taking good care of him!" It feels so good to be helping Max, and it felt good to hear the relief in his mom's voice. I am really proud of the vet who thought outside of the box and took advantage of her resources. show less

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Muriel

Muriel was brought into the shelter as a by a field officer. She was wearing a green plaid jacket with a sticky substance adhered to the... show more

Muriel was brought into the shelter as a by a field officer. She was wearing a green plaid jacket with a sticky substance adhered to the outside and covered in fleas.  Gosh, this girl is too sweet for words.  She is a quiet observer and you can tell her wheels are turning!  She just started opening up by joining "the crowd" for treat time and wagging her tail.   Muriel is well socialized with dogs, cats, and kids, and she will easily join a family and fit right in! She got to go on a Frosted Fling so that we could learn more about her in a home environment. Her Fling Family writes, "Muriel is a quiet girl.  We nick named her Mimi, and she seemed to respond to the name.  It took a couple days for her to acclimate to a new environment.  She also was recovering from surgery, so she was moving a bit slow, and was picky with eating.  There were a couple accidents the first day or two, but no overnight accidents or any time after that.  We were happy when she starting giving us tail wags after the first day, and although she’s not one to lay in your lap, she would follow us around and come to us to be petted and have head scratches.  Mimi, at times, would bark at one of our dogs passing by her where she lay, but took correction well.  She is not food aggressive, and we would stand close by her as she ate, otherwise she would follow us if we walked away, and one of the other dogs would finish her food.  As she felt better, her appetite picked up, as did her energy.  At 13 she’s not fast paced, but still has some energy to go for a leisurely walk, or roam around our big yard exploring all the new smells.  Mimi can manage a few stairs, and occasionally would jump up on the bench on the porch. If we were outside, she’d nap in one of the dog beds on the porch after exploring, or find one of the dog beds in the house when we were inside.  Mimi is a sweet girl and we’ll miss her; but hope this Fling helps her to find her forever home!" Please apply for Muriel at https://frostedfacesfoundation.org/apply. We do not charge adoption fees. show less

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Nell

Pit Bull Terrier

6-year-old Nell (formerly Annelle) has lived among chickens and geese and even gently helps collect eggs! Because she was not well socia... show more

6-year-old Nell (formerly Annelle) has lived among chickens and geese and even gently helps collect eggs! Because she was not well socialized with other household animals, she lived in an outdoor kennel. Her owner did the best she could but we offered to help since we have the resources and network to give Nell a better life. We bathed Nell, got her vaccinated, chipped, and put a pretty floral collar on her. She is such a sweet girl! (Video of Nell snuggles: https://youtu.be/QARyNSau8ts). If you are looking for a running buddy, she's your girl! (Video of Nell's morning run: https://youtu.be/UItYFlhz4MU). We are grateful to a family that stepped up to foster sweet Nell. She has been thriving in a home environment and proved to be a wonderful dog. She has the warmth and comfort of a loving home and the softest beds and blankets to melt into! Her foster family shares: Nell is settling in so well! She’s LOVING home life. The lap of luxury is definitely her thing. Not to mention potty trained in less than 12 hours. She’s come out of her shell. At first we didn’t think she was a dog who loves toys, but we were wrong! She loves chomp on them, throw them in the air, and show them who’s boss. BUT turn on the camera and she’ll act as if she doesn’t know how to play! She loves watching people walk by and turns her big satellite ears to hear the birds. She was absolutely fascinated by a big red city bus. She’s experiencing lots of new firsts ...like a champ! She’s a sweetheart through and through. Eager to be with us and always attentive to where we are and what we’re doing. She gets to see and smell every little thing we open up as boring as it is. We want her to have every little experience with us. We’re absolutely convinced she’s a little girl in a dog suit! She’s a heart melter! If you are interested in meeting Nell, please submit an application at https://frostedfacesfoundation.org/apply.  show less

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Petty

Chihuahua

We saw a video created and shared on Instagram last week of this sweet little puppy-faced dog who could barely walk. Friday August 3rd,... show more

We saw a video created and shared on Instagram last week of this sweet little puppy-faced dog who could barely walk. Friday August 3rd, Elaine Byrnes whisked this little 8 year old to safety and brought him to San Diego Bay Animal Hospital. We are calling him Petty! We are hopeful "fixers" and the news was not good- it seems like we are running into this devastation a lot lately. Petty has severe degenerative joint disease in his left knee and his right knee has joint swelling with a likely cruciate injury. His back legs are atrophied as if he has not felt comfortable to use them for a very long time. His front arms are quite strong, but his shoulders have horrendous arthritis from supporting his weight in a way that his body was not designed to do so.  Petty's heart is not well. He has a 4/6 murmur and a large left atrium which means if there was anything to operate on, even his rotten teeth, it would be very risky. We have started Petty on prescribed maintenance heart medications and are working to manage his pain. We have gotten asked if Petty can still go potty normally, and the answer is "Yes! #1 and #2!" We took Petty on a field trip to Fiesta Island and he had a blast! He is a fantastic swimmer and he liked floating in the water to relieve the pressure on his joints. We carried him most of the way and his nose was working overtime as his ears flopped in the breeze! His Foster Family shares:   Petty really is the sweetest, most low-key dog I have. When I picked him up, I expected him to be a bit of a loner in terms of hanging with other dogs but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Petty loves my whole crew (except Maddie, who is the only big dog I have - he tolerates her) and is constantly cuddling with at least one other pup or play fighting as best he can (and considering his physical shape, he keeps up pretty well!). He’s a great “adventure dog” - you just stick him in a backpack or sling carrier and he’s ready to go. He loves “hiking,” with little breaks out of his bag to pee as he pleases.    Petty is 100% housebroken. As soon as you set him down on the grass or dirt, he will immediately pee/poo and then look back at you to be picked back up. He loves being around other dogs who are his size (he’s much less sure about big dogs). I will say he is definitely no friend of cats though, and he is very vocal about his dislike. I’ve also never seen him move faster than when he is trying to lunge at the resident cat. I’m thinking it’s a behavior he will eventually get over, it’s just going to take time and patience.    While Petty doesn’t lick or kiss like some other dogs, he shows his affection in other sweet (and adorable) ways. I wake up every morning to his little face resting on my shoulder (and it’s so cute, I don’t even mind his bad breath ). His little tail wags a mile a minute whenever I look at him, and if I leave the room, I often leave to the sound of him barking at me to come back. When he’s feeling sassy, he will head butt my side and hand over and over until I pick him up or play with him.   As for his orthopedic issues, he’s not super mobile but that just makes him a really easy dog. He doesn’t need long walks, thinks a day spent on the sofa is just fine, and likes being carried everywhere.   We help with veterinary care and cover medications.  **NO ADOPTION FEE** **Frosted Faces Foundation will help with medical expenses.** Apply to be a Family at: www.frostedfacesfoundation.org/apply/ show less

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Porter

Belgian Malinois

Porter is 10 years old and entered Baldwin Park Shelter on the 4th of July as an over the counter stray. He has been sitting at the shel... show more

Porter is 10 years old and entered Baldwin Park Shelter on the 4th of July as an over the counter stray. He has been sitting at the shelter a very long time waiting for an adopter or rescue to notice him. Porter has returned from his Fling relaxed, happy, and with lots of new experiences under his belt! Here is an update on his time in foster: "Porter is such an amazing dog, he transitioned into my home fantastically! He tried to mark in the house once on the first day but didn't have a single accident after that, even visiting family member's houses. He got along great with my other dogs, large and small. My chihuahua didn't really like him, so Porter just kept his distance and gave him his space which was great. He slept through the night (and most of the day) but did enjoy walks around the neighborhood and playing chase with me in the yard. He loves squeaky toys and bones to chew on but can be protective of them so I would give him playtime separate from the other dogs. He will let you take a bone or toy out of his mouth no problem though! He traveled in the car 4+ hours to visit my mom's house for her annual Christmas party and he slept the entire time both ways! He needs help getting in and out of my 4-Runner which he didn't like much, but he got into the routine quickly. I think that he would learn to use a ramp quickly! He also met 30+ new people and kids at the party and was great with everyone! Porter is such a good boy that just wants to please you. He will sit staring at you soulfully until you give him some attention but isn't too needy and is perfectly content sleeping on a comfy bed while you are gone. For as big as he is, he doesn't take up much space and will be so happy with a family he can call his own!" Porter moves slowly and presses his face into your hands trustingly. He was in play groups at the shelter, so we know he is social with dogs. He will steal your heart. show less

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Viva

Cattle Dog

This little princess was brought into Riverside Shelter as a stray. She is an estimated 14 years old and on Wednesday, November 28th sh... show more

This little princess was brought into Riverside Shelter as a stray. She is an estimated 14 years old and on Wednesday, November 28th she was scheduled for euthanasia.  We got there as quickly as we could to save this sweet girl.  Viva earned her name because the very first night of freedom at Frosted Faces Foundation she stole a roll of paper towels from the feeding cart!  One of our dedicated volunteers, Rick, welcomed Viva into his home for a two-week Frosted Fling: Rick was so patient with her and truly, whoever adopts Viva will need to be the same. Viva is a super senior and shows some signs of dementia. She does some pacing and doesn't always remember that food is yummy. After a whole lot of trial and error, just a few piece of dark meat and some pepperoni pizza bits mixed with dog food got this girl to chow down. Cream cheese helped the pills go down. An elevated feeder made Viva much more comfortable at meal time, and possibly made her feel like she was sneaking from the garbage can- which she loves to do!  Viva leans into and loves pets. Viva is great with dogs and cats, mostly ignoring them.   Our girl returned with fuller, softer fur and a little more light in her eyes. We know her quality of life may be diminishing, so we would like to see the last days where she is brighter in a home patient and doting. It is a life changing, rewarding experience. Might your New Year's Resolution be to be part of something bigger and beyond yourself? Please consider adding Viva to your home as a Foster or Forever! Apply at https://frostedfacesfoundation.org/apply/ There is no adoption fee and Frosted Faces Foundation helps with medical expenses. show less

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Wynken

Chihuahua

Let us tell you a bedtime story about Wynken, Blynken, and Nod. It may not be the one you know, popularly called the "Dutch Lullabye," b... show more

Let us tell you a bedtime story about Wynken, Blynken, and Nod. It may not be the one you know, popularly called the "Dutch Lullabye," but it may help you sleep just as easy knowing three little boys are safe tonight. Wynken, Blynken, and Nod are three 12 year old brothers who were abandoned on a property, confiscated by animal control, and brought into Coachella Valley Shelter on January 23rd, 2019. They were so scared they trembled, huddled together, and would pee when you picked them up! The Rescue Coordinator, Michelle Bergeron, asked if we could exit them to safety because they were red-listed for behavior. We agreed immediately and Dave brought them to us on Saturday morning, February 9th. These boys are so cute you want to gobble them like a handful of M&Ms! They stay close together and climb all over doing things from licking to humping each other! We named them from thinnest to thickest coat, so the chi-most looking brother is Wyknen, the most white crazy-eared guy is Blynken, and the fuller darkest brother is Nod. Wynken is the most fearful as he hunkers down and tries not to make eye contact. Once you scoop him up in your arms, he presses his body into you!  He just wants someone to assure him he is safe! Blynken will offer you is paw and he is the king of humping and most treat motivated. Nod has the most balanced domesticated dog-like behavior, is pretty calm and approaches volunteers wagging his tail. We have no intention of placing Wynken, Blynken, and Nod together, that would be like expecting someone to adopt three puppies from a litter, but we are really happy that we were able to get them all safe together at Frosted Faces Foundation! show less