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Mr. Peebles
From rescue to model dog

When it came time to plan our cover for Bark’s summer issue, we didn’t need to look far and wide. The perfect model dog was sitting in our in-box. Back in March, Bark blogger Shirley Zindler shared her story of a remarkable little dog named Mr. Peebles whose will to live coupled with the love and care of an equally remarkable foster mom … was nearing a happy end. Mr. Peebles started life as an abandoned newborn—brought to a northern California shelter with serious head trauma that included a skull fracture and severe bit wounds. After several surgeries and months of devotion and TLC, he has made a full recovery and by all accounts is a happy, friendly puppy full of life. When we posted Mr. Peebles story, he received well-wishes from around the world. People were inspired by his will to survive, and the dedication shown by his foster mom. Mr. Peebles would make a wonderful cover dog.

At the end of March, we arranged a photo shoot with Mr. Peebles with the hopes of catching his spirit on camera. He was all that we could hope for … a normal, rambunctious 4-month-old puppy. He showed no signs of timidness or trepidation. He was a joyful model and wore us out! We got some great photos, and some delightful video. The clip above shows Mr. Peebles at “work”—greeting Natalia Martinez, and pouncing on Bill Parsons—Natalia and Bill are partners in Photo Lab Pet Photography, the dynamic duo who photographed our session. Mr. Peebles is still waiting for his forever home and the next chapter in this heartwarming story.

P.S. We’ve received several queries about the lovely collar Mr. Peebles is wearing on her cover photo — it’s from our friends at Aroo Studio.


Cameron Woo is The Bark's co-founder and publisher. thebark.com
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Submitted by Sarah | May 23 2014 |

He is SO adorable! I wish he was mine!

Submitted by Allyson Zoellner | May 27 2014 |

I am so happy for Mr. Peebles. I hope that his forever home is soon to be. Thank you for not saying how the terrible injuries happened. I can guess, but prefer to focus on his courage and resilience.

Submitted by Mary Spring | May 29 2014 |

Who do you contact regarding adopting this dog??

Submitted by Shirley Zindler | May 30 2014 |

Anyone interested in adopting Mr. Peebles can contact Sonoma County Animal Services at 707-565-7100 or www.theanimalshelter.org

Submitted by Kelli | May 31 2014 |

We got adopted a male dog from the Memphis Animal Shelter. Our Navy looks just like him. What kind of dog is Mr. Peebles? Our sweet boy is about 8 months old. He is a lover. He likes to sleep under the covers with my husband.

Submitted by Elissa Foster | June 8 2014 |

I pray he finds a good home and lots and lots of love!

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