finding a good home for Zoe

I want to find a good home for Zoe, my fluffy-and-happy dog.


update:  In mid-May 2020, three days after posting a rehoming profile (in I found a GREAT home for Zoe, and gave her away two days later.  Her new family is 3 vibrant young seniors (early 70's, like me) and their cockapoo dog (she & Zoe are friends), plus 5 grandchildren to visit.  They know dogs, and love their dogs.  They now are loving Zoe, are helping her enjoy the simple pleasures of livingI'm very thankful that we were able to find each other, so Zoe has a great new home.  The result is win-win-win (for Zoe & them, and me) so I'm very happy for all of us!     { photos & videos of our beautiful-and-joyful Zoe;  she is "ours" because she always will be my dog, and now she is their dog;  Mom and I were her people, and now she has new people! }


Facts:   She is a spayed female, 14 pounds, estimated (by shelter & vet) as 3-5 years old.  She has the “hybrid vigor” of a Yorkie-Pom, combining Yorkshire Terrier with Pomeranian.  In Greek, her name (spelled Zoe, pronounced Zoey) means “life” and she is full of life, enjoys the simple pleasures of living, like social interactions (with people & dogs), relaxation and sleep, doggie massage, food, play, walks, car rides, and more.  In her 17 months with us she has been healthy, eating well, having vitality with energy.  She is joyful & playful, housebroken, usually quiet, doesn't shed.

Reasons:  Why do I want to let her go?   It isn't for any “bad dog” reason.  She is a “good dog” and if I wasn't moving away, I wouldn't be giving her away.    {more – where I'm going, and why I think “letting her go” will be good for me, and her, and you}

Observations:   She is a beautiful dog with a wonderfully joyful personality. {photos & videos are below}   She is an enthusiastic greeter — full of obvious joy — when I return to her (after sleeping, or from an errand) and when she meets new people.  But after a few minutes of excitement, she relaxes, becomes calm & mellow, and if I touch her unexpectedly she doesn't respond with a “jump” and this is because she is deeply relaxed internally, in mind and body.   /   She sometimes plays with a stuffed toy (as in this video) and does “fetch” with me.  She enjoys her adventures of exploring the neighborhood in walks, or the special treat of traveling to new places in a car.


What might be a good home for Zoe?   Basically, just being with people who love her and will take good care of her.  But she loves social stimulation (more than I'm able to give her) so I think an ideal situation might be... three kids (7 to 16, with friends for Zoe to meet) plus father & mother, and probably a dog.  But of course other situations also could work well, with more children or fewer (or none) who instead of 7-14 are a little younger or a lot older, with no dog or two dogs;  I think she will be happy in any home with people who love her and would help her enjoy the simple pleasures of life.

Why do I want to let her go?   It's mainly for me, but I think it also will be good for her and for you.   /   for me:  Our family always had a dog, in Iowa and then Anaheim, but during my 43 years of mostly living in the northwest (Seattle) and midwest (Madison) I never had a dog.  We got Zoe for Mom (not me) because she wanted a dog, and when I move back to the midwest — probably visiting Madison in July, before moving on to Columbus in August — I want the freedom of not having a dog, especially when finding two new places to live.   /   for her:  I think Zoe will have a better life, when all things are considered, if she has more social stimulation.  Zoe and I love each other, but she misses “the good old days” when she had two main people (me and Mom) plus many other people during Mom's final 4 months — when she was in a nursing home and assisted living facility, August thru November of 2019 — when Zoe and I would visit Mom almost every day, so Zoe could joyfully interact with a variety of people;  she also enjoyed socializing with other dogs when dog parks were still open. {the recent “social distancing” is disappointing for her, and she doesn't understand why}    Now it's usually just me, and (although we love each other and I treat her well) I think she would be happier, with more zest in her life, if she had more than "just me."   /   for you:  After reading this paragraph, you know that I'm not letting her go for any “bad dog” reason — instead she is a wonderful “good dog” and if I wasn't moving away, I wouldn't be giving her away — so you can be more confident that she also would be a wonderfully good dog for you.   /   for us:  I think finding a good home for Zoe will be good for all of us, with win-win-win results.


also:  FWIW, and I think it's worth a lot, the Greek word "zoe" is one of the best words in the Greek-language original manuscripts of the Bible!


If you want to learn more about Zoe, you'll find more — about  joy  dogs  children  reasons  walks  sleep  fur  DNA  and more — in another page and for any questions...

you can contact me { Craig Rusbult } -



Zoe's “mug shot” at animal shelter (Inland Valley Humane Society in Pomona, November 2018) before Mom and I liberated her so we could love her and be loved by her,


and a few months later in our back yard,

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May 2020 in her new home:  bright-eyed & alert,  
and relaxed,
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doggie in action, playing with toy frog,
{you can make video play full-screen}
  Zoe with me and Mom, Kathy and Phil (her husband, my cousin),
  zoe profile in front yard
rolling with joy,
{to see how it looks from a different perspective, here is the original video before it was rotated 90°}
  fetching with vigor,
{oops, if I had waited two seconds longer before pushing “stop” you would see the video end [as it begins] with her cute face looking up at you.}
profiles – shortly after we brought her home,   and later in back yard.
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