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House of Puppies - Lilo's in Charge

Yes, we've added yet another puppy to the household! But, not just any puppy... a Rescue'd Puppy.

Meet Lilo. "Lilo" means "transformation" in Hawaiian. And sweet Lilo has transformed our lives in just over a week!

Suspected to be part dachshund and part mini-pinscher, Lilo (not her original name) was found in a field in South Los Angeles after being left for dead from hot oil or boiling water burns over much of her body. The Rescue folks said it looked like gang activity. I wanted to throw up.

She then spent 4 days in a shelter where they did minimal care that didn't include pain medication or protection from the sun. Then Rover Rescue took her from the shelter and put her in a foster home and gave her wonderful veterinary care that included antibiotics, daily cleansing of her wounds, pain medication and then tons of love from the wonderful family who fostered her.

She was found February 8 and suspected to be about 9 weeks old. Rover Rescue got her on February 12 and we adopted her on February 24th. The vet, when we brought her in the 25th, said she thought Lilo was about 13 weeks old then.

Blessedly, this flippin' adorable dog hasn't had one iota of anything that came from being so horribly hurt and mistreated. She is a lover! She sleeps in our bed, nuzzled warmly... plays with Cash (the long-haired dachshund) like a banshee dog and loves all over Digit (the black lab), running, running, running all over the place... until she crashes like a toddler who's had the light switched OFF.

Some of her hair is growing back, but she will always have scars where hair doesn't grow in. I was putting bag balm on her (still scabby) wounds, but was having to put it on every hour or so to keep her moisturized. Instead, I found Bio-Oil and that has changed her entire skin situation.

Because she will always be scarred, we have now become the people we made fun of... DOG DRESSERS!

Lilo has to remain protected from the cold and sun, so will only go nudie-tootie once in awhile in the house. Otherwise, she has to remain dressed as protection from the sun and any chilliness in the air. We're on the hunt for adorable doggie clothes... they have to be FUN, not goofy, so if you have ideas, send them on! One of my clients made the brilliant suggestion that I get plain tee shirts and have them tie-dyed to match my clothes! We also found a tee shirt that says, "I (heart) my two mommies."

Lilo weighs 8 pounds 6 ounces and is expected to get no bigger than about 14-15 pounds full- grown.

Here are a few pictures of her burns so you can see how miraculous she is in her survival and healing. No pity, please! Just glorious triumph for her recovery - which is now, almost complete!

The majority of the burns are over her left side. They went under her belly (which is still pretty naked, too), onto her neck and down her paws.

The white patches you see are the areas that burnt the worst. Even now, it is still scabbed, but healing.

This is a really good picture to be able to see the extent of the burned area.

This is Lilo with Digit... to offer some perspective in size. Look how fearless she is! She did end up stealing that pig ear from Digit, too!

Reader Comments (11)

www.finnandsootie.com.au (though a little exxy)

http://www.petsbazaar.com.au have some good specials (that pink duffle coat is so sweet!)

I used to have lots bookmarked, but none that I can find at the moment

Lilo is beautiful!!!

March 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKristie

Congrats on your new addition! I have a super huge soft spots for dachshunds in any shape or form. Glad you have opened your lovely home to her. That's so terrible about her history.

March 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStudent Nurse Midwife

oh she is adorable. Thankyou for giving her a home! It makes me ill to think someone could do such a thing to a defenseless little creature

March 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKelli

I have (had) a Lilo, too!
People ask what kind of dog he is, and I say, "Small. Brown. Fluffy."
His parentage is unknown. hee hee.

His mother was my doggie for years, and had been spayed 5 years before she gave birth to 6 little puppies. We thought she was getting fat (some midwife am I!)She woke me up the night she went into labour by tugging on my nightgown, dragged me to the floor, and laid her head in my lap while she gave birth.
Anyway, she was poisoned by a neighbor when the pups were 3 days old and died under my bed.
So I woke up every 2 hours to feed the six puppies infant formula from a bottle. The kids took turns during the day. The five I wasn't feeding would suck on my toes while they waited to be fed. They all lived! I gave 5 away, and kept Lilo because he looked exactly like his mama.

He lives with my best friend now, because I had to move after my seperation from my husband into a No Pets apartment. So I get to see him often. My friend spoils him much more than I would!

March 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermamarose

She is precious--and so lucky to be in your loving care!

March 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHousefairy

Oh so cute! And dog abusers belong in a special level of hell, how can anyone hurt a dog (or any animal really), they show you such love so fast. My dog is too big for most clothes, but here's some of my favorite sites for dog stuff:



March 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterliz

Awww... he's so adorable. His story broke my heart, but it's so wonderful that he has found a wonderful home. Kudos to you for rescuing him!

March 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMommy Dearest

She's lovely! Try


Barb, they have tie-dye!

March 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAgatha

Oops, I meant "she." Isn't that funny, I always assume cats are girls and dogs are boys. :P We have a Jack Russell Terrier, and he is crazy! But we love him nonetheless.

March 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMommy Dearest

Awww... That little doggie is so cute. I can't believe that someone would want to hurt anything so sweet. It makes my heart ache but I'm glad she's got a loving home with you.

March 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGail

I am really happy to see this sweet puppy girl found a loving and caring home. There are some sick people out there. I once rescued a lhasa apso that had burns all over and was abused. She would not eat her food until she circled her food bowl several times, and would perform tricks before she would eat. I can only imagine, she was forced to do them by her previous abusive owner. She also enjoyed pig ears as a treat.

April 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPig Ears

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