Our Success Stories

Brodie’s story starts with a desperate phone call from a distraught young woman who was being forced to give her blind dog up (Brodie was born without eyes). She was going through a divorce, had to move into an apartment and the managers said no to dogs. The husband was keeping their other dogs with him, but for some reason didn’t like Brodie, so he refused to keep him. It was either Have A Heart or the shelter for Brodie–the woman was out of options.  My husband and I picked Brodie up Sunday, Dec. 2 and brought him back to Tehachapi. He was a little confused at first, but quickly figured out who the alpha dogs were and made friends with them. By the middle of the week Brodie was one of the gang and I was in love! Thursday I got a call from a woman named Letty, who had heard about Brodie and wanted to meet him. She came over and fell head or heels in love with him. She took home an application, returned it and then on Sunday Dec. 8, I took Brodie to her home where he met her husband, her three children and her dog, Coco. After a home inspection, I left Brodie for a trial visit and cried all the way home! Thursday I got the call that they wanted to adopt him. Saturday, Dec. 15 Letty signed the papers and Brodie became a much loved member of their family.  This is why we nutty rescue people do what we do. This is what makes all the not so pleasant stuff worthwhile.Brodie is a dog I will never forget. He stole my heart but he filled it too.

Lucy’s story begins on Facebook.
BJ Hinds wrote on Facebook about a dog that was on her way to the pound. She was owned by a pastor and his wife who no longer wanted her. They said she wouldn’t bark and was not useful in protecting their property. They also had a young cattle dog that was harassing the gentle Lab/Retriever mix.
Needless to say, the Facebook excerpt angered many people– people who wonder how others can treat animals like throw-away objects. BJ told the pastor and his wife that the dog, if taken to the pound, would be put to sleep. Still they were steadfast that they could not keep her.  READ MORE

Hi Chelley, Here are some pictures of Callie, helping us on the ranch yesterday.  She provided entertainment all through our breakfast this morning by watching out for a gray squirrel, and then keeping him treed for almost an hour.  She and her new brothers are getting along great.  Here she is with Frodo, our 8-yr old Aussie mix we got out of the Mojave shelter 7 yrs ago. They are turning out to be very good for each other since she gets Frodo to exercise more.  Our 10-yr-old Sam is beginning to slow down — not surprising since he’s had cruciate ligament surgery on both hind legs in recent years, though he still gets around amazingly well.

You can also see that Callie has picked her favorite bed now.  And even the cat is no longer ticked off, so all is well here.


Rudy was dumped in an equipment yard at the end of South Street, in Tehachapi, with his mom, one brother and 4 sisters. We dubbed them “The Magnificent Seven” and put out a reward for the dumper, but nothing ever resulted. Rudy was adopted by Janet Devine of Tehachapi. She has lovingly worked with him at Thunder Paws Dog training on Santa Lucia, in Tehachapi, under the expert guidance of Rosemary Evans, the trainer. Rudy goes camping all the time with Janet and loves the outdoors. He is indeed a success!