The Surprising Reason this Bear was Returned TWICE to the Shelter 🥺

Join animal advocate Rocky Kanaka in “Sitting With Dogs” a heartfelt and authentic journey as he visits scared and lonely shelter dogs, armed with nothing but his iPhone and a deep desire to provide comfort and hope. In this unpretentious series, Rocky quietly sits with these homeless dogs, capturing their stories and unique personalities. Through the simplicity of his approach, he aims to shed light on the challenges they face and help them find loving homes. Experience the power of genuine connection and the transformative impact it can have on both humans and animals in this sincere exploration of companionship and second chances.

Oso: A Retriever Mix with Incredible Potential

Oso, a Lab/Golden Retriever mix, showcases the extraordinary qualities that have made retrievers one of the most desirable breeds. Their innate drive to please, combined with their remarkable versatility, has earned them a place in the hearts of hunters, families, and professionals alike.

Oso’s path to finding a forever home was not without its challenges. Despite being returned to the shelter due to possessiveness over toys, his endearing nature and undeniable potential caught the attention of Animal Friends of the Valleys, who featured him on their series, “On the Couch with Phil,” dedicated to spotlighting shelter dogs in need.

Oso’s return to the shelter was not the end of his story but a stepping stone towards his transformation. With dedicated training and rehabilitation, Oso overcame his possessiveness and grew into the best version of himself. After weeks of hard work and patience, a compassionate individual recognized Oso’s extraordinary potential and provided him with a loving home. His remarkable journey serves as a testament to the power of training and the resilience of shelter dogs. Oso’s story inspires us to see the hidden potential within every shelter dog, reminding us that with the right support, they can thrive and find their place in a forever family.

Lab/Golden Retriever mixes, like Oso, exemplify the epitome of versatility within the canine world. From excelling as hunting partners to serving as loyal family pets, arson and bomb detection dogs, drug detection dogs, seeing eye guides, and search and rescue companions, these dogs can be trained for almost any task. Their eagerness to please their human partners knows no bounds, making them consistently sought-after and cherished members of families. This exceptional trainability is one of the primary reasons why retrievers consistently rank at the top of the list of desirable breeds.


Oso was adopted after a successful meet and greet with his new family! He’s happily living at home with his new canine sister and they enjoy playing and even watching TV together.

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Shiloh’s Journey: From Stray to a Promising Companion

Shiloh, a stray discovered by a compassionate passerby wandering near a school and nursing injuries, found her way into the shelter’s care. Once the shelter’s health check staff attended to her injuries, it became evident that Shiloh had no owner searching for her. Consequently, she became available for adoption, eagerly awaiting a new home. While she may require some time to adjust to unfamiliar faces, Shiloh is ready to embark on a new chapter in her life.


Shiloh, now renamed Navi after the fairy that guides Link from the popular video game franchise “The Legend of Zelda,” has been doing wonderful at home with her new family. Since she’s still young (under a year old) and due to her breed, she is very energetic, and it matches with the children in the home perfectly. Sheridan, her two children Phoenix (5 years old), Odin (7 years old), her husband Yancy, and their older dog Star live in the home, and daily they are teaching her how to play nice, where to potty, and more. They work with an online trainer and recently, Navi was fixed. The boys love playing tug-o-war with Navi! She still has a long way to go in her training, but overall, the home is in an energetic harmony that the boys and Navi will grow up in together.

Guera and Flash: A Second Chance for Stray Siblings

Guera and her brother Flash found themselves at the shelter after being discovered as strays, infested with ticks and fleas. Despite efforts to locate their owners through microchips, the search led to dead ends. Even when an owner was contacted, they expressed no desire to reclaim them. However, after receiving grooming and much-needed care, Guera and Flash are now feeling significantly.

These siblings are German Shepherd Mixes.

German Shepherds rightfully claim their place among canine royalty for various reasons, but their character stands out as their defining attribute. Renowned for their loyalty, courage, confidence, trainability, and willingness to risk their lives in defense of loved ones, German Shepherds possess a remarkable set of qualities. While they can be gentle family pets and unwavering guardians, the breed standard notes a certain aloofness that may not lend itself to immediate and indiscriminate friendships.

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