Sunday, January 25, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Finally, this dog has his day

Doogie gives a wet kiss to his old friend Renee Lancaster during a checkup by Dr. Richard Thornburgh at Valley Oak Veterinary Hospital in Woodland. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

By
From page A1 | September 06, 2013 |

WOODLAND — Doogie, the once-malnourished dog nursed back to health by a Yolo County animal rescue organization, has found his forever home.
Roughly 25 pounds underweight when a passerby found him starving and nearly hairless along Highway 113, Doogie is living large — literally, at a robust 109 pounds — at the Lodi home of George and Stephanie Brown and their son, Travis.
“He’s probably one of the best dogs we’ve ever had,” George Brown said Thursday during a visit to the Valley Oak Veterinary Hospital in Woodland, where Doogie underwent a routine checkup.
There to welcome him was Renee Lancaster, owner of Rotts of Friends Animal Rescue, which took in Doogie after he was discovered on a cold day in November 2012. In addition to his skin-and-bones condition, the mastiff/hound mix suffered from a heart murmur, inflamed ears and eyes that had been crusted over.
Over the next eight months, Lancaster and her band of volunteers embarked on an intensive recovery effort, giving Doogie frequent baths, special meals and medications for his various ailments. His reddish hair began to grow back, and his shy demeanor gave way to one that was boisterous and playful.
Donations of toys, clothing and funds for medical care poured in following media reports of Doogie’s rescue. So did contributions toward a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the dog’s previous owner, but that person was never found.
In June, Lancaster took Doogie with her for an appearance on Channel 31’s “Good Day, Sacramento” to promote her annual Mutts & Martinis fundraiser. He caught the eye of Stephanie Brown, who had just lost her beloved Great Dane.
“When I saw him I started crying,” she recalled Thursday. “I told my husband, ‘I have to have that dog.’ “
Lancaster said there were about 15 families in the running to adopt Doogie, but the Browns proved to be the best fit — down to Stephanie and Travis Brown’s complementary red hair.
His adoption became official on July 9.
“He’s the sweetest dog in the world,” Stephanie Brown said. “He’s my shadow — if I’m upstairs, he’s upstairs. If I’m in the office, he’s lying by the chair.”
That’s typically where he is when 11-year-old Travis gets home from school. “He’ll come running in, and he gets on the floor, too,” George Brown said.
Lancaster had hoped Doogie would be weaned Thursday from his medication for mange — a skin condition caused by mites — but veterinarian Rich Thornburgh said he wasn’t quite there yet.
However, “he looks a lot better than the last time I saw him,” Thornburgh told the Browns. “His heart sounds great.”
After exchanging gifts — a blue-and-yellow stuffed bone for Doogie, photos of Doogie lounging and playing for Lancaster — the Browns and Lancaster agreed to meet again next month for another veterinary checkup. Lancaster also plans to visit Doogie occasionally in Lodi.
“He’s like a little Velcro dog — he really sticks to them,” Lancaster said. “I had no idea he was going to blossom like this.”
— Reach Lauren Keene at lkeene@davisenterprise.net or 530-747-8048. Follow her on Twitter at @laurenkeene

Comments

comments

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Bridges of Yolo County: Wear, tear … repair?

    By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Four days of unusual, adventuresome music

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Spanish police arrest 4 suspected members of a jihadi cell

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Rockets kill 30 in Ukrainian city as rebels launch offensive

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Abe ‘speechless’ after video claims IS hostage dead

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    GOP presses state bills limiting gay rights before ruling

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Abortion opponents express renewed hope at California rally

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Share your love (story) with us

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Sip wines at St. James’ annual tasting

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

    Fake schools draw federal scrutiny

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Winter produce available at Sutter market

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

    Vote for your favorites in Readers’ Choice poll

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Donations to be distributed during homeless count

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A4

     
    Speaker will share computer security tips

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Logos Books celebrates 5 years, offers language groups

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Australian olive oil company opens U.S. headquarters in Woodland

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Explore at the YOLO Outdoor Expo

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Pedal around Davis on weekly bike ride

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Yolo animal shelter seeking rawhide donations

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A5

    Woodland Healthcare employees take Great Kindness Challenge

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

     
    At the Pond: Nest boxes give birds new homes

    By Jean Jackman | From Page: A6 | Gallery

    California ranks worst in nation for guidance counselors

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

     
    Davis, Woodland are saving water

    By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A12

    Words and Music Festival events

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A12

     
    .

    Forum

    Family isn’t keen on relationship

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: A8

     
     
    Caring for the aging mouth

    By Samer Alassaad | From Page: A8

    Big utilities’ nightmare begins to play out

    By Tom Elias | From Page: A10

     
    Mayor’s Corner: Let’s renew Davis together

    By Dan Wolk | From Page: A10

    We have the right to choose

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    We don’t have to suffer

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

    City helped immensely

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    Rick McKee cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A10

    When measles spreads from Disneyland, it’s a small world after all

    By New York Times News Service | From Page: A11

     
    From innovation parks to innovative buildings and planning

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11

    .

    Sports

    Wildcats’ inaugural kids development league exceeds expectations

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Aggies get top 2015 gymnastics score, but fall short

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Loud crowd sees DHS boys win

    By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Lady Devils hold off Pacers, stay perfect in league

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    UCD men take two tennis matches

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8

     
    Watney in ninth at Humana Challenge

    By Staff and wire reports | From Page: B8

    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    .

    Business

    Davis man focusing on cannabidiol business

    By Will Bellamy | From Page: A9

     
    Marrone Bio’s Regalia approved for new uses in Canada

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9

     
    UCD grad makes insurance ‘hot 100′ list

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

    Yolo County real estate sales

    By Zoe Juanitas | From Page: A9

     
    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Sunday, January 25, 2015

    By Creator | From Page: B8