Friday, March 11, 2016

Dear Abby - Meet Lulu Belle (A Rescue Spotlight)

Dear Friends,

Thanks for stopping by today!  It has been a warm and spring like week here.  I love that, because it means lots of walks and time outside.

Today I would like to introduce you to my friend Lulu Belle.   She is a beautiful 6 year old longhair dachshund.  I love Lulu Belle's coloring.  As she wrote:  "As you can see, I am very unusual for a dachshund, being white with black, gray and brown spots all over."

Abby:  What is your background and how did you end up in rescue? 

Lulu Belle:  I was born on a ranch in southern Arizona, that was really a puppy mill, and I lived outdoors in a run there with other dachshunds. Later I had a litter of puppies of my own when I was 1 year old. We weren't stacked in cages like in some of the really bad puppy mills, or mistreated, but still we had almost no human contact. I slept in my own kennel with just crumpled newspapers to lie on. 

Abby:  How were your first days at your new home? 

Lulu Belle:  Very scary. The first day in my new home was the first time I was ever in a house, except for the day when I had my puppies. At first I refused to eat anywhere except in my kennel, and I didn't understand that I was being offered treats like hamburger and roast beef bits. But I learned fast by watching my mom and dad's other 2 dachshunds, Sadie and Rave. And after one accident in my first week, I have never, ever had an accident inside our home. My mom says I am the best behaved dachshund she has ever had.

Abby:  What are a few of your favorite things? 

Lulu Belle:  I love my toyfriends. I have lots of them -- Freddie Frog, Charlie Chameleon, Danny Dragon, Roadkill, and others. But I have to guard them because my pesty little brother Harley loves to grab them and tear them apart. And I love going for walks with my dad. In fact, a few months ago I met my father, Stretch, who got rescued from the same place that I did and now lives close to us. 

Abby:  Do you have any tips for people who want to adopt a rescue pet? 

Lulu Belle:  Be very, very patient. It took me a long time to get used to my dad, as I was very scared of men when I first arrived here. I still don't like it if we go on a walk and meet a man with a rake or hoe in his hand, but then I am okay when they put the scary things down. And at home, my dad knows it is okay to carry a cup of coffee or a small book around, but anything bigger, and he has to show it to me first so that I can approve it and not be scared. 

Abby:  Is there a rescue group you want to send a shout out to? 

Lulu Belle:  My rescue group was Belle Area Rescue Kennels (BARK) and little brother Harley came from Oregon Dachshund Rescue. We think a lot of both of them.

Thank you, Lulu Belle, for stopping by for the interview.  I loved reading more about your background.  I think it is wonderful that you met your father Stretch!

I am friends with Lulu Belle online from a special dachshund group.  She has a wonderful rescue story, and I hope you enjoyed meeting her too.

If you have a rescued dog or cat that would like to be featured here, please let me know.  Thank you for visiting today!


Abby xoxoxo


Crystal said...

Lulu Belle does have strange coloring for a doxie, but she's so pretty! She sounds very sweet too. I'm glad she found a wonderful home that cares for her so much. :)

Jean B. said...

What a great interview! Lulu Belle is a beautiful girl. It sounds like in spite of her rough start, she has become a wonderful member of the family.She sure is beautiful with her coat of many colors. I love hearing these happy stories.

Mandi P said...

This was so sweet + Im so glad she was rescued! I loathe puppy mills and believe all dogs deserve so much love and affection.

The DSRS of our lives said...

What a pretty doxie!

Nicole | Pharr Away said...

Such a cute interview! We eventually want a dog as our children get a little older and can help out a bit. I think it would be a good way to help foster responsibility and how to love and care for something that can't provide the same in return. I'd never considered looking into a rescue thanks for that. It's definitely now something to consider.

I'm glad Lulu Belle is starting to become acclimated to your family and home. So awesome!

Farrah said...

Awww, I loved this interview--Lulu Belle is adorable! :]

Sorry I've been lagging on mine--I'm hoping to be able to send it over soon! I love this new series--it's such a great way to raise awareness!

Abby said...

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I'm glad you enjoyed meeting Lulu Belle here. I've known her for years online, and really enjoyed learning more about her life for this post.

Love and xxx's,