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We pride ourselves in taking discarded Lives into our own – Healing them – and righting the wrongs heaped upon those innocents.

We are Humans. We are flawed. And that is why we rely on each other. We are at our Finest as a Collective…and that is the place we serve THEM best. We know that THEY need Our Help – Just like we need YOUR Help. That is why we are Community Faced. To Educate, Negotiate, Support, Empower, and Enable individuals to Help their own…and then Assist Others.

THAT is the way we GROW. THAT is the way we Save MORE Lives. We will not adopt our way out of pet overpopulation in L.A. This NOT a shell game, nor a shuffle. We must go Wider. Deeper.




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We lost one of our own this week. Vanessa - whom we often refer to as our Foster Supreme - said Goodbye and Goodnight to her beloved Companion a couple days ago. Samuel - aka Sammy - was a rescue from East Valley's medical room, when Vanessa was a mere teenager, and stayed with her as they grew up. They navigated Life together and were the rock each other relied on. As Vanessa became more involved in Rescue so did Sammy, and in fact the little man assisted countless numbers of severely abused, 'in transition,' and neglected pups as Vanessa would bring them home to Heal, and then learn much-needed social skills. Sammy was always there as an experienced, thoughtful guide, a Friend to lost souls, and an ambassador of adorable.

When reflecting on all Sammy's contributions, I wrote him a letter of Thanks from The REAL Bark, that was read aloud to him on his last day. And what a day it was. As seen in the pic, there was a beautiful trip to the beach, a pot roast and cake made in his honor that he feasted on, and in addition to his Family, Sammy was surrounded with all his human and canine friends - as he left this Life and headed to his next.

As we celebrate Sammy's Life, we have included the letter read aloud, below. Feel free to add any thoughts in the comment section below. The hearts that need healing now are the ones Sammy left behind. Kindness is Welcomed and Appreciated. Thank You.

Dear little man Samuel:
I am grateful to know you. As one of the individuals that heads up The REAL Bark, I am fortunate to call your human momma, Vanessa, a friend, as well as our Foster Supreme. As you well know, there have been countless damaged, abandoned, lost, abused pups, and injured souls that have made their way into your home - and into the world that you and Stella share so generously with your lovely human. Sammy, without your acceptance and guidance none of these many dogs would be onto their new Paths, with their new Families, and in their new Direction. You Welcome and you Teach. You Affect and you Direct. And you do this all on your own. Instinct - not ego - is your guide, and we are SO VERY thankful to you, for being exactly who you are. You remember. You know what it was like to be where they are, and you graciously pull them through.

Out here in our human world we are in chaos. So much separation, building hatred, and senseless killing. I am forever thankful that these devastations are not part of your reality. I can tell you, though, in the midst of all this, people worldwide are all looking toward those that Inspire and Lead, that are Solid, and Loving, and Brave, and True. They are looking for heroes. And, little man, in our collective eyes, here at this Rescue - and behalf of the many lives you have saved: YOU, Samuel LaRose, are a HERO.

That you should be leaving your body, and this planet so very soon has all of us upset. Your mother, sister, and new brother, Bruno, are beside themselves in heartache. You have fought the inevitable with such Strength, and Nobility, and Sweetness, and you have stood up and over to protect your Family for so many Prideful years. We just want to remind you how much you have done, and will continue to Inspire. Do not be frightened, kind kid, as you have walked so many through Healing, your Family will be at your side to see you onto the bridge...onto Peace. Without illness. Without compromise, and without body you will be free to soar. As Heroes do Soar.
Visit your Family, please, when you are able. Be that Sunset they look up to admire, and that Flower growing alone, unattended, and unafraid. Let them know you made it. And Heal their aching Hearts that will beat with your Loving Memory, for their entire stay here on this earth.

We will watch over your Family, here.
You have our Respect, our Gratitude, our Love, and our Missing.
You have done SUCH FINE work here - Thank You, little-big man.
Gentle, Beautiful Sleep, Sammy.

Jf and The REAL Bark Team.
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{[ SURVIVOR: IN HIS OWN WORDS ]} Given what is going on in the world, we thought you might enjoy a simple SMILE today. THANKS to the many of you that Wrote, Commented, or Donated to this SWEET kid. Bully Bob Thornton was a former sickly, homeless pup, found wandering the mean streets, with not a lot of promise in his world. When we pulled him into The REAL Bark, he went straight to the vet, and spent a couple weeks in ISO to help get him on the Road to Wellness. Glad to report, Bully Bob is feeling SO much better - and Happy - and attended our Weekend Mobile Adoption at Echo Bark Inc. Here he is - along with his handler & pal Demetrio - working his GIANT pup Smile that is ALWAYS on his Handsome face. This pup Loves other dogs, and is quite the Charmer. Soon he will find his way into the Heart of some Lucky person, and begin a New Life as a Wanted, Adored, and Celebrated pup.
Once Adopted, we are certain that Bully Bob will want to give a Speech of Gratitude to all that have helped him get HOME...and the words will all be his own. Guaranteed.
Have a GREAT Day. Thank You. #theREALbark
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04 June Weekly Adoption Event
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Burbank Pet Plaza
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Pasadena Farmers Market

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