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June 26, 2022

Baloo Has Been Adopted!

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Written by: Judy Stevens

This big boy is another one for the ages-one of those rare dogs that doesn’t come around very often. Baloo is a 120-ish pound, Neapolitan Mastiff mix that we rescued from the Mojave Animal Shelter. He is an impressive physical specimen but what been remarkable is his emotional transformation. Dogs like Baloo showcase what Marley’s Mutts is uniquely capable of doing-converting a frightened, traumatized, massive, potentially dangerous dog into a lover-boy-companion with a limitless upside. Honestly, Baloo is one of those dogs that has a special countenance about him, almost like he’s a reincarnated human. That sounds weird but you’d know what I meant if you looked into his eyes. Baloo was an emotionally devastated dog when I met him. It was difficult to coax him out of his kennel and when we did he practically crawled, never standing fully upright and in a kind of constant cower. If Baloo didn’t come home with me, he would not be long for this world so, with Officer Suggs help, I shoved him into the truck and headed for Tehachapi. There was no telling how he would react to me, other dogs and all the other stimuli that exist up here at Marley’s Mutts. The first order of business was a bath and a brush, which took about 2 hours. He was just so scared of water and noises that it was near impossible to get him to stand still. Nowadays, however, BALOO IS A DIFFERENT DOG! Baloo has transitioned well into rescue life and is very good at most dog-related tasks, i.e. he is housetrained, leash trained, and ides well in a vehicle. Baloo has learned his place in the world and is comfortable with that. For the most part, he is content just being a dog and even taking orders from the much smaller dogs that we have up here, primarily Brooklyn, a Boston Terrier with a decisively “New York” attitude.

If you are interested in adopting Baloo please contact Zach at 661-972-3852.

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Judy Stevens



  1. Candye Anderson

    I would not normally comment like this but looking at Baloo stirred something inside me. This could be the story of Blue, a neopolitan mastiff who was my heart for almost 7 years. He was truly an old soul with a touch of human. Kind of like a wise old warrior. I rescued him about 2 months after I ended a relationship and moved into a new(old)house. He was about 18 months old. Blue, the house and I began a journey together that ended in February 2010 when I had to put him down becasue of bone cancer. His spirit still fills a huge part of that home. I know exactly what you mean when you talk about the look in his eyes. That’s what moved me to take on a dog that out-weighed me and was scared of loud sounds, thunder and anything out of the ordinary. By the time he left this earth, the neighborhood kids could run and fall all over him to try to get big slobbery kisses. He was truly the most amazing dog I have ever owned (or owned me). I hope Baloo finds someone who will love him and help him learn what it is to be that special.

  2. Judy Stevens

    Candye, what a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing it and sincere condolences on your loss. We miss them forever, don’t we.


  3. Michael howard

    Me my wife and four children have intantly fallen in love with baloo. To be short we want him bad. I called zacks number but unable to reach him also the mailbox on that number is full so we are unable to leave a messege. We have big house with plenty of yard for him. We also have owned another mastiff out heart soul SAKI. A dog we rescued from parvo and brought back to live. On short again someone please contact us our children are excited and cant wait to meet him. Call anytime. 7603730801. Or sarah at 7603730202 thanks again

  4. Michael howard

    Please contact me and my children immediatley we would love to meet and adopt baloo we have plenty of room and have owned a mastiff before our heart snd soul saki girl who left us. We have benn looking for a mastiff to rescue for quite some tome. 7603730801

  5. Judy Stevens

    Contact Zach and let him know of your interest.

  6. Zach, I am in love with Baloo! If I could fit that big boy in my small house, I would. Props up for all you do!!!!

  7. Lilly Nicola

    Hey Guys!!!
    It was great meeting Baloo. You guys truely work magic there. Hope to see him again soon!

  8. heather lea

    Has Baloo been adopted? if he is still looking for a home, please let me know.


  9. Elizabeth Siddall

    Love this beauty!! Is he still available.

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