Dogtown: This amazing dog will blossom with some TLC

Redwood Pals Rescue has the lovely Holly available for adoption. Does she look familiar?

She is the daughter of Rosie, a shelter dog who was featured here recently. Mother and daughter look very similar. Holly was in the care of Redwood Pals when she was just a pup, along with her mother and siblings. 

We took in the little family so that they could have a warm and dry place to live for their first two months. All of the puppies were adopted when they were old enough.


When Holly was just about a year old she was separated from her family and abandoned on a country road. It is not a very nice story involving family drama, but luckily for Holly, she was found by a good-hearted person and brought to safety. 

Holly got along great with the finder’s dog and has been fostered with them for a few months while the foster debated whether she could keep Holly for good. 

Large veterinary bills for the foster’s cat (unrelated to the dogs) have left her feeling that she is not in a good financial situation to have multiple pets. So once again Holly is looking for a forever home. She is a smart girl who learns new skills easily and gets along well with other dogs. Her foster says she has been a good influence on the house dog! 


Holly does have some prey drive and would not be a good placement for a home with livestock. She has not hurt anything but is very interested in the alpaca and horse where she lives. Our trainer says she is an amazing dog who will really blossom when she has a person with some time to spend on her. Are you that person? You can reach us by email at [email protected] or leave a voicemail at (707) 633-8842.

And in the ongoing series of dogs that remind me of my own, we have Susie, a 7-year-old Kelpie mix. One of our volunteers describes her this way: “Sweet, petite Susie is about the easiest, most cooperative leash walker possible! She is very endearing and docile, and very affectionate. She seems quite housebroken and knows ‘sit.’ She enjoys cuddles and treats! She really loves to be touched, and would be a great, easy companion. She is a playful ball dog! Susie is a real sweetheart.” 

At 7 years old, Susie is considered a senior dog at the shelter and is eligible for a reduced adoption fee. 

My Susie look-a-like at home, Lily, is 10 years old and shows no sign of slowing. Susie should have many good years ahead of her. 

This lovely little dog is available at the Humboldt County Animal Shelter located at 980 Lycoming Ave. in McKinleyville, open Monday through Friday. More information is available at or by calling (707) 840-9132.


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