Meet Koshi!

Koshi 2

Koshi 6

Koshi is a large Russian Blue, and doesn’t feel his age (somewhere between 17 and 20) is relevant. After many years defending his Berkeley territory and befriending his generous neighbors, Koshi retired to an indoor life of leisure with his humans, Rhyen and Chris.

Koshi 1

Enjoys: Lounging by the fire, claiming the sunniest spot on the sofa, demanding fine cuisine (both in his bowl and from yours), contributing to business calls, head scratches, and visits to/from his doting fans.

Koshi 3

Begrudgingly tolerates: Daily subcutaneous fluids and steroid pills, as they allow him to continue said life of leisure.

Koshi 4

Meet Violet!


How we met:

We found Violet when she was two months old and living with a local foster family from the Sniffing Snouts pit bull rescue group. She was laid back and came with an adult-sized snore. Violet loves to play, especially with other dogs and her foster brother, Phife Dog. But she’s just as happy to be the center of attention in a roomful of people, too. A natural-born ham, we’re convinced Violet is equal parts pit bull and couch potato. We hope once she recovers from surgery that she’ll be able to chase the frisbee again at the park.




— frisbee
— playdates at the park
— naps
— Terry Gross on ‘Fresh Air’



— motorcycles
— rain
— watching basketball games instead of cat videos on youtube
— listening to ‘Fresh Air’ when Terry Gross has the day off



Meet Dorothy!

Dorothy was a senior rescue dog at Oakland SPCA when we met. She had a lot of spirit and we made friends easily. About a year later she was diagnosed with diabetes and she became blind, but never lost her curiosity. She is my constant companion and seems happy as can be!


Dorothy loves treats, being on the bed with her mama and oddly enough, the vet!

She’s less fond of her housemates (pups) when they suddenly jump on the bed to give her mama lots of surprise kisses!


Meet Chucho!


A note from Chucho’s family:

Someone came to me because she thought I’d like a dog who lived in the apartment below her, and was being badly abused . I wasn’t sure I was ready for a new dog, but after hearing a few horror stories, I was committed to getting him out of the situation. I gave her $50,and said “buy the dog”. She did, and the moment I saw him, I loved him.


My favorite thing about Chucho is, every day he makes someone smile. He’s cute, and he just loves everyone. He loves sitting in my lap in the morning while I read the paper, followed by a good walk, and he loves showing off his various tricks. He has no love for squirrels and isn’t so fond of a bath.


Chucho has a serious heart defect, and wasn’t supposed to live past 3. He just celebrated his 8th birthday, thanks to the team at Campus Veterinary Clinic. Thanks to Chucho for making me realize that every single day is a treasure.

*Heroine in Fur*

We first met Bella in an animal shelter with plastic-capped claws and a medical note stating that she was under medical supervision due to her refusal to eat. To be honest, I would never have taken a second look at her if Cynthia, her soon-to-be mommy, hadn’t stood next to her cage for the majority of our visit to the shelter. The thing that surprised us most was the fact that as long as we stood near her cage, Bella continued to rub up against the cage wall closest to us before heading to her food dish to eat. We talked to her and stayed with her until she had finished eating.
Bella Puzzle
Shortly after, we inquired about the adoption policy for Bella and found that there was an artifical embargo on Bella specifically due to the medical staff’s concerns about her lack of an appetite. We looked at each other quizzically as we had just witnessed her eat an entire dish of food, and began a campaign of calling each day to check upon any updates to the adoption policy for Bella. As the week went on, we were informed that Bella was extremely popular as proved by other people inquiring about her via phone. Paranoid that the little kitty that seemed to just need love and attention from caring people would get taken away, we visited and called the shelter regularly.

We then received word that we could visit Bella and spend some time with her in a play room where we could decide if she was the kitty for us. With bated breath, I stepped into that room, knelt on the floor and awaited my destiny. Out she came and soooo many head-rubbies and head pushies occurred shortly afterwards.

Bella Yoga

Want to know a secret? I believe the many calls to the shelter about Bella were our very own calls.

Bella Smoosh On the outside, it looks like we saved Bella from that shelter. Saved her from loneliness. Saved her from a hard and untimely demise, perhaps? Honestly, she possesses one of the best and most pure souls that we have ever encountered in our short lives on this earth and she saves me personally on a daily basis.



Bella Sniff TankBella loves people and she shares her love with everyone and through the simplicity of her example, I am constantly reminded of my desire to be more like her.

Bella Stretch

Bella TankLikes:
Belly rubs!!!
Playing with string
Cardboard boxes
Her squeaky mouse
Paper bags
Taking naps with mommy and daddy
Watching birds



Bella Tank SleepDislikes:
Loud noises
When people leave
The Vacuum

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