Archive for March, 2011

Sophia Has Been Adopted!

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

This massive Bull Mastiff is Sophia.  She is 2 years old, 105 lb., spayed, vaccinated, and microchipped.  Sophia came to us because her owner (an awesome Airman and active duty soldier) is being deployed to Afghanistan and nobody was available to care for her.  It is a sad situation but she is in good hands, and we will no doubt find her a home that will love her like he did.  Sophia has a certain “hutzpah” to her that is undeniable-people just gravitate towards her.  Her girth and her imposing presence are misleading though; she is actually very gentle, even with very small children.  I have not heard her bark since she has been living me and the mutts but I have heard her snore.  She is elegant and debonair while at the same time daunting and impressive.  She has a personality about her that is very human-like; in fact, she almost seems to know what you are saying.  If I had to judge her right now, I would say that she is the perfect companion, a true man’s-best-friend.  She is wonderfully suited to be a family dog or loyal to one person.  She is whatever the situation calls for….so long as it involves a lot of lovin’!

If you are interested in adopting this MAJESTIC MASTIFF, please contact Zach at 661-972-3852 or 661-821-1327.

Hershey Has Been Adopted!

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Here’s that big ol’ lover boy with his new, loving family!

Sometimes it’s hard to say goodbye!

Meet Hershey, 3-year-old, pure-bred, neutered Chocolate Lab.  Hershey is dream dog.  He is definitely a starting line-up, 1st Team, All-American Labrador.  When little kids say to their parents “I want a doggy, can we get a doggy?” this is the doggy those kids are referring to!  Hershey was originally going to be used as a breeding stud but somewhere along the way he ended up at the end of a chain.  Sometimes well-intentioned families are just not meant to have a dog and Hershey is a byproduct of that.  Because Hershey is used to being chained up, we were very hesitant about his temperament and level of  socialization.  Hersh is used to barking, all day long, at things he can never reach-that can make for a very unstable dog; but this is not the case.  As I type this, Hersh is lying at my feet, next to Marley (Rot/Pit) and Tug (Lab), and is perfectly assimilated into the pack.  Hersh has shown himself to be excellent around children and terrific with other dogs-no aggression whatsoever.  I have been working with him on a leash and he has responded incredibly well. With a loving, nurturing family, Hershey could be an absolute dream dog.

If you are interested in adopting this Chocolate Chap, please contact Zach at 661-972-3852 or 661-821-1327.

Goodbye, Austin

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011


Today I had to put my friend Austin down.  Although he was a million years old (probably 16+), could not hear anything, was suffering from bone cancer in his shoulder, could barely raise himself up to walk and had refused to eat anything for the previous 3 days, it was still very, very hard to let him go.

Austin came to live with me only 2 years ago.  His owner had been arrested by the Bear Valley PD and when the tow truck came to haul away his small pickup, they found Austin curled up in the small space behind the driver’s seat, lying on a pile of tools.  The BV PD called Marley’s Mutts to see if we could keep Austin, and Zach and I immediately agreed. A few days later, when Austin’s owner was released from jail, he said he did not want Austin back.  Because of Austin’s advanced age, Zach and I knew that it would be almost impossible to get him adopted, so I decided that he would be my dog.  It was an easy decision because Austin had obviously become very attached to me in just a few days.

I got attached to Austin very quickly, too.  Even though he was already very old (he had a grey beard, very badly stained teeth and could only hear sharp sounds like a loud clap), he was surprisingly healthy and strong.

I soon found out that we shared a love for baseball.  Although he obviously couldn’t bat very well (my attempt at a joke), he would chase a thrown baseball for hours on end and bring it back to me every time.  Zach and I were convinced that if we kept throwing the baseball, he would chase it until he collapsed from exhaustion.

Plus, Austin was a good swimmer.  First time Zach took him to Cub Lake he took one look at the ducks in the water and jumped right in.  Within seconds, he was 40 yards away from the shore.  Zach tried calling him (forgetting for a second that he was deaf), but that did no good.  He was afraid he was going to have to jump in to save him but, before too long, Austin swam to shore.

Austin was a loyal dog with no bad habits and only a couple of unique characteristics.  When I would take him on walks (which I wish I had done way more often), Austin insisted on holding his own lease in his mouth as he walked beside me.  Austin also loved to ride in trucks.  Every time he saw one, he expected someone to open a door so he could jump in.

The main thing I want people to know about Austin is how genuinely good he was.  I am very lucky to have known him.

The last 3 months of Austin’s life were very difficult for him as his body began to let him down and took away the things that made him happy, one-by-one.  Throughout all of his pain, he always tried to be a good dog.  For my part, I tried my best to give Austin the support and care he needed -I hope I did a good job.

Good bye, my friend.

Andrew Skow

Athena Has Been Adopted!

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Athena has found her new forever home!!!

This young goddess is ATHENA, an 8-month-old, 55 lb.,spayed, vaccinated, Anatolian  shepherd.  We rescued Athena from the Cal City Animal Shelter, where she was brought in as a stray.  After we loaded Athena in to the truck, the team kicked in to action:  The groomers at the Pet Lodge hooked Athena up with proper grooming and the staff at the Tehachapi Veterinary Hospital got us right in for a spay & vaccination.  Athena is a true goddess, with beautiful coloring and a statuesque pose.  She has an awesome disposition and does very well with other dogs.  She has made the rounds with me in town, and everywhere we go, she is a hit.  She seems to be very comfortable with children and adaptable to any scenario.  She will definitely add some pounds as she gets closer to full grown-probably topping out at around 80-90 lbs.   She is still a pup and takes very well to instruction and correction. 

Athena’s life may have started out rough but her fortunes are changing.  If you would like to be a part of Athena’s future, please contact Zach at 661-972-3852 or 661-821-1327.  


Pearl Has Been Adopted!

Friday, March 11th, 2011

This sweet Pearl has found her new forever home!

This sweet mother is Pearl…and what a pearl she is. She could be a show dog, or at least win a beauty contest for vagabonds and street tramps. Pearl was saved while dodging traffic in Arvin. She was as skinny as I have ever seen a dog, fully engorged and had obviously just had puppies. Had she not been picked up that day, she would surely have perished within a few nights. Pearl is good with children and is GREAT WITH OTHER DOGS. She is perfectly housetrained and a great leash-walker.

If you are interested in adopting one of the SWEETEST and most beautiful Staffordshire terriers I have ever seen, please contact Zach at 661-972-3852 or email zach@MARLEYSMUTTS.COM.

Big Baby Has Been Adopted!

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Meet Big Baby, a female, 5ish-month-old Border collie/Terrier mix.  This sweet  little girl and her rescue mate were found on the railroad tracks in Bakersfield.  They had rag-tag, makeshift collars on and were filthy and pretty beat-up.  They were rescued by a local Good Samaritan who is a close friend of Marley’s Mutts, who I’m pretty sure wears a cape and a shirt with an “S” on it in her spare time.   They probably wouldn’t have lasted for too long…at least not Baby.

Baby…She’s your typical puppy.   Very rambunctious when she’s around people, but does know when to calm down & take a nap.   Loves to give kisses!  That girl is all tongue!  GREAT around children & other animals.   Likes to bark a bit when playing, but overall is pretty quiet like her brother.   She is nearly completely housetrained and goes every time she is let out.  She has got very thick fur that is almost contradictory to her Staffordshire appearance.  This puppy is ALL GOOD and could serve to bring joy into a loving household.

If  you are interested in adopting Baby, please contact Andrea at 661-304-3055 or Zach at 661-972-3852 or email

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Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Rondo Has Been Adopted!

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

This wonderful charmer has found his new forever home!

Winston Has Been Adopted!

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Winston is a very kind hearted St. Bernard. Winston had a rough start in his first year of life. The family who originally purchased him had to flee their home and could not bring their two puppies with them. In that time period, the family who bought Winston and his sister could only feed them “maybe” three times a week. A lot of the time he and his sister were without food or water so when I brought him home, he was way under weight. Most of their first year of life, Winston and his sister lived in a small kennel. Winston’s puppy collar was never removed from his neck and had to be cut off because it grew into his neck. At one point he escaped from this horrible environment and ended up at the dog pound. Through all this horror, Winston kept his happy spirit. My brother was able to rescue Winston and his sister and he placed his sister in a new home and we brought Winston home. For the last four years Winston has been a wonderful part of our lives. He loves to play to with humans, especially when my husband gets on his hands and knees. Winston loves to bark right in my husband’s face one minute and in the next minute, he snuggles up to my husband. He also loves people to pet him on his head. Winston loves long walks and friendship. He loves to go camping and go places. I would like to see Winston go into a quiet home where he could spend most of his time in the house get all the attention he wants. He deserves it. Winston is a good friend. He also could care less about most things. He just wants to be loved. Winston is around 170 pounds.

For more info on adopting please contact Zach at 661-972-3852 or 661-821-1327.


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