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Off the road and looking for a place to call home

The trip now over, Loren’s waiting for someone to adopt her and go on adventures of their own

Posted: July 18, 2009 8:34 p.m.
Updated: July 19, 2009 4:30 a.m.
Editor’s note: Signal feature writer Michelle Sathe recently took a seven-week sabbatical to promote homeless dog adoptions. She brought a rescued pit bull, Loren, along with her as a companion and mascot during their cross-country trip. The Signal has followed Sathe’s and Loren’s trip every Sunday with a column on their experiences. This is the final column.

I was hoping for a Hollywood-style happy ending to our trip for Loren, and it looked to be coming true for a brief while.

Loren had been adopted by a retired Valencia woman and delivered with much fanfare when we returned to the area on July 4.

Unfortunately, after a week and some bouts of separation anxiety, her new owner decided Loren was not the dog for her after all.

Loren is now back up for adoption at The Brittany Foundation.

While I’m sad, I feel like if the situation wasn’t working for the adopter, it obviously wouldn’t be good for Loren either.

Since I have two male bully mixes of my own, I can’t take her. I wish I could. She’s an amazing girl.

My hope is that there is an experienced big dog lover who will take one look at Loren’s gorgeous, kissy-poo face and decide that they can’t live without her.

As anyone who has followed our trip knows, Loren adores people, including kids of all ages, and is a fantastic travel companion.

She loves going for walks and car rides, taking naps, giving kisses, getting belly rubs, and most of all, spending quality time with her people.

Loren handles new situations well and does great on public patios if you are the café type.

Loren must be the only canine child and needs a patient, understanding owner who will work with her to overcome her separation anxiety.  

The Brittany Foundation is happy to provide a crate, tools, and access to a behaviorist to help you both.

However, Loren is very smart and teachable, so it shouldn’t take long to make her the perfect house dog.

You’ll get the sweetest, most affectionate companion in return for your efforts.

If you or someone you know fits this description, wants to adopt Loren, and lives in Southern California, contact Nancy at or (661) 713-5240.

If you would like to sponsor Loren or any of the dogs at the Brittany Foundation, you can donate online at


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