This sweet Mastiff pup was being given away on a local yard sale Facebook page, because there was "something wrong," with his back legs - so obviously since the owner couldn't sell him, he was discarding him. Ranch Dog Rescue agreed to take the puppy and get him the medical care he needed (and deserved) with the understanding that the Mama Dog and Dad Dog must be spayed/neutered, and that RDR would even pay for it.
The owner refused, saying he "doesn't breed." So, folks - must've been a miracle! They don't breed, but he put a male and female Mastiff together, and they had puppies. Someone missed their biology class...
I wanted to hold to my guns and refuse to take the pup, knowing this guy will just "breed" them again - but I couldn't let the pup suffer. Who knows where he would've ended up.
Mom only had 2 pups - that was an indication that something was wrong in pregnancy, and that this was most likely a birth defect. We had x-rays done at our wonderful vet, and they confirmed our fears: a fused spine, consistent with a birth defect, or possibly spinibifida.
Our awesome vet, Dr. Drelich, encouraged us to stay optimistic in helping Lt. Dan (fitting name, right? Just like the movie "Forrest Gump," we are hoping our Lt. Dan is able to walk some day). Lt. Dan is about 8 weeks old, and has a long road of therapy ahead of him. We have started him in hydro therapy to help decompress the spine, and encourage movement. He is in a loving foster home, getting spoiled rotten, doted on, and the support he needs to help overcome this. Lt Dan will be reassessed by our vet team when he is about 6 months old (obviously sooner, if anything major or concerning comes up).
Bruiser - November 2015
Baby Bruiser was seen being thrown out of a car in San Bernardino in October 2015. A Good Samaritan stopped to pick up Bruiser, and rush him to the local animal shelter, thinking he would receive proper veterinary attention. Rescue Coordinators at the shelters reached out to use to help Bruiser, and we were on our way. Within a couple of hours Bruiser went from being thrown to the curb, to receiving excellent care by Dr. Drelich at Butterfield Animal Hospital. Bruiser has had one major surgery to repair the damage to his pallet, and another minor procedure to irrigate the fistulas in the roof of his mouth (holes cause by the impact/trauma of being thrown from a moving vehicle.) It has been an extremely rough road, but Bruiser is doing so well! He is now nearly 4 months old, and very much in love with his new family!
Kane - December 2015
Bruiser - November 2016
Kane - May 2015
It is with absolute broken hearts that we share the news with you that Lt Dan has crossed the Rainbow Bridge and is now running free of pain and disabilities.
We knew the prognosis for Lt Dan was grave from the day we picked him up from the backyard breeder that was giving away the "defective pup" on a Facebook exchange page. An X-ray showed a spinal defect - similar to Spinibifida. We were hopeful we could help LD gain enough muscle mass to use a wheelchair, and even purchased one for him to use. He had several hydrotherapy sessions, and was showing improvement. We were so excited.
And then, within a matter of days - we hit an uncontrollable downward spiral. LD could not hold his bowels, did not have the strength to use his wheelchair, and bedsores were forming from constantly laying down, despite our efforts to keep his spirits up and keep him mobile.
A very big thank you to LD's foster mom, Leslie. She poured her heart and soul into this dog, and it showed. He saw more love in the fairly short time he was with RDR than some dogs see in their whole lives. So thank you again, Leslie. And thank you for recognizing when it was "time".
We love you, LD. Please say "hi" to all of our beloved 4 legged friends who have crossed the bridge before you. We know you are making fast friends with your undeniable charm.
Kane came to us at the age of 5 months old, after his previous owners had neglected and abused this sweet boy, that he was facing humane euthanasia. At 5 months old, Kane weighed only 10.8 pounds, and had recent scarring around his muzzle where his mouth had been bound shut - likely from rubber bands. is a 5 month old Husky Puppy, who gained National Media attention within days of coming to Ranch Dog Rescue! In addition to the scars on his face, both of Kane's back legs were shattered, which required immediate surgery. The donations came pouring in and Kane's surgery was performed May 12, 2015. He's recovering wonderfully!
We are a 501c3 non-profit organization run out of Temecula, CA. Our mission and rescue focus to save, rehabilitate, and rehome large breed dogs and puppies from high-kill shelters in Southern California.
We operate solely on donations, and our organization is run 100% on volunteer time and resources. For additional information on RDR, or if you are interested in volunteering or fostering- please contact us!