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  • Adoption Status: Available
  • Breed: TerriPoo
  • Age: 1 yr
  • Sex: Female
  • Weight: 10 lbs
  • All LHH dogs have been spayed or neutered, updated on shots, microchipped, groomed, deflea'd, dewormed; and come with a leash, collar and LHH ID tag!


THIS IS BETSY….a crazy blonde 9 lb, 1 yr old, 10 lb, TerriPoo — maybe poodle, yorkie, maltese, cairn and who knows what else — was so scared when she arrived that we literally could not touch her for two days.  She nipped/bit many times!  In 20 yrs of doing rescue, this was a first.

We’re not sure about Betsy’s past.  She was pulled from the Camp Pendleton shelter; we believe abandoned when her family was “shipped out.”  Alone to fend for herself for who knows how long, at under a year old, Lord only knows what she went through.   She learned to be the boss and still tries to “control” the room!

Two days later, she was better with me.  She went to a foster home and was frightened by one of the dogs, and she reverted back to being traumatized.  We took her back and she was tough at first, but settled down to the point where we could place her in another foster home, where she is thriving with another very small dog.  We are working with her to make her feel safe and evaluating her with a trainer. When she is trusting, she is just like a puppy zooming everywhere; usually great with other dogs, although cautious at first.  Not so good on walks.  We are working on socializing her with people and dogs on the street.  In the home, she is good with other dogs.

Definitely not a pup for kids.  She needs a home that will be patient with her until she trusts and then she will cuddle you with love and appreciation.  She is skittish AND it will take a time, trust, consistency and training to get over the hump!  But a traumatizing event, like getting poop stuck on her behind, can send her back to fear.

The best home for her would be one where she gets a ton of attention and has somebody to play with – either a couple or one person and another dog.  She loves squeaky toys and getting belly rubs.  She seems to be potty trained, but no guarantees at your house.  She would be better in a home vs. an apartment because she does bark when looking out the window and seeing “commotion.”  She’s a tiny guard dog!

Betsy is a little bit of an enigma — she wants to be loved and give love, but you have to earn it!  She is still nippy and she makes you chase her to handle her sometimes.  Are you ready for a zooming Betsy?  We are still working on socializing her so she will not be available until June 1, as she will be going into a training program (she will come with lifetime training).   Her adoption fee will reflect this training.

You can apply for Betsy if you have experience with a dog like this but we want to forewarn you that she does nip and it takes her a while to feel safe after all. She needs a loving home!!

Adoption Events

We do not have a public viewing facility; however, we hold bi-monthly adoption events in Santa Monica. Check our calendar for changes and cancellations due to holidays or weather.

1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, 11am – 2:30pm

2116 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405 [Map]

Metered street parking.

Bring a copy of your application and pictures of your home/yard if we have not yet done a home visit.

And…don’t forget to bring your dog(s), if you have any. They make the final decision!