Debra Jo Chiapuzio
for picking ME!
Day one I didn't even have a collar. I sat in the front
seat and stared at her all the way to Petco. I was so relieved;
I had my
Someone who wanted me, someone who'd love me,
I just couldn't stop staring at her.
AKA "Big Foot"
I came home at 4 months and 40 nearly
pound. I had HUGE feet and my humans called me, "Big Foot". I grew into
them in no time at all. At one year of
age I was 85 pounds of pure healthy dog and even thought my feet didn't
stick out like they use to my humans still call me, "Big Foot" now and
Emma was ultra calm even as a puppy.
So when you walked in the door instead of running, jumping, barking or
nipping. She would just walk, yes walk, in slow motion towards you with
her head held a little low and wiggle her butt like you've never seen a
butt wiggle. She has wiggled so hard that she has actually fallen over a
AKA "Butt Wager"
From the start we knew she had,
A very old soul!
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Image by Silver Eye Photography
It was the summer of 2007 and wildfires were roaring
from Santa Barbara to the US Mexico
border. The Santiago fire was one of many, it began on October
21st, 2007 in the foothills north of Irvine and east of the city of
Orange in Orange County, California.
The number of animal that became homeless or lost was
staggering. Shelters everywhere were filled to capacity. There were many displaced puppies and everyone loves a puppy. I was only four months old and forty pounds with feet as big as an ox.
I was worried
that I wasn't going to be the first to find a home.
Then she showed up, "my human", her name is Debra Jo
and she was looking for a dog just because it was finally time for her
to do so. Day one she saw me, day two she visited, day three a chicken
got lose in the kennel area and everyone came unglued. Dogs were barking
and people shouting you can believe the ruckus that a scared little
I never retreated
to the rear of the cage in fear and I never charged to the front in
hopes of landing a home. I just was, nothing more nothing less. So I
acted no different when the feather bird stopped panic stricken right in
front of my cage. I turned my head sideways to check it out as if to
say, "what are you?" and that is
when she fell in love. I was on a five day hold due to being lost
roaming the streets near the
Santiago fire areas. Debra Jo was there day three, day four and day five
too. The next
day I was free to go home with the first person who wanted me. Debra Jo
went home that night and couldn't sleep. She was excited, she was scared
she would lose me to some one who may get there first. She couldn't stand it! So she got
out of bed and went to the shelter and sat there with her back touching
the gate marking her place in line as place number one! It was 2:15 AM!
Right from the start I was
wanted, I was important and I was number one! I went home on November
6th, 2007 to my new family and home. I have two humans, a sister Sam who
is a Siamese cat and a couple of brothers Rocko and Daisy who are Sulcata
I am so lucky, I am such a lucky dog. Life is grand.
Now I can rest
We drove straight to the pet store because I didn't have
my own collar or leash. I got to ride in the shopping cart as all
puppies do and on my first day I even nabbed my first bird! It was the
start of many trips back to the pet store and many more birds in my
future. It was also the beginning of many great days to come!
I was born on
June 21st, 2007, which means my birthday is on the first day of
summer. What a great day for celebration.
I am a black
Labrador mix. My human says I am mixed with Donkey because I
tend to just lay down when I don't want to go somewhere. (Like
trying to leave Dog Park.) Though according to many canine
professionals it is more likely that I am mix with Black Great
Dane. I have many physical traits of both however my temperament
is all Dane.
I am a spayed
I have an
unusual white marking. A perfectly shaped downward facing arrow
on my chest. It matches my being so much that I sometimes get
referred to as
Emma Zen Chiapuzio.
I am, in name as in presences, a truly a
downward facing dog.
January 2009 Celebrating Success
OC Animal Care Critter Chronicles