Here For A Moment, In Our Hearts Forever – For Kawaii

I walk in my room and I still expect to see your happy face. I reach down next to my bed at night and I still expect to pet your sleeping head. Your fur is all over my clothes and in my car. It’s like you never left. But you are not here. You crossed the rainbow far too soon. It isn’t fair. It wasn’t expected. And we are lost without you. You changed our lives in the short time you were with us and showed us what it was like to love completely, unconditionally, and with every bit of our souls. I’ve said it a million times and it has never been an exaggeration; you were the BEST dog I’ve ever had. Out of the 30 some dogs I’ve had in my 34 years of life, you were the best behaved, most affectionate, most peaceful dog I’ve had the honor to call mine. And you had the best hair!!!  There will never be another dog like you, Kawaii.


Kawaii came to the VCAS Camarillo Shelter on December 21st. I saw her the moment she was on their website and knew she was something special and we had to help her. Kawaii was listed as a stray, so we had to wait until her stray hold was up to go and pull her from the shelter. She was severely matted and we knew she had some medical issues, the worst of it being a massive tumor that was hanging from her belly. It was extremely painful, but her shining spirit was never dulled by her terrible condition. Though she was still on hold until the 27th, I had the pleasure to meeting Kawaii when I was volunteering at the shelter on Christmas Day. Her tail never stopped wagging and she was begging for belly rubs every time you petted her. She was a mess, but underneath it all, you could tell she was a very pretty girl. We asked one of the vet techs there what “pretty” in Japanese was and that is how Kawaii got her name. As soon as she was ready to be picked up, my boys and I rushed over to get her and quickly welcomed her into our home. She settled in like she had been part of our family all along. The boys read her a story her very first night with us and I think storytime was always her favorite part of the day.

We immediately got Kawaii in to see our best vet who removed the mass on her belly, spayed her, and gave her teeth a good cleaning. We did an x-ray to make sure that the cancer that caused the tumor hadn’t spread anywhere and everything was clear. We got great big margins on the tumor and our vet even removed a few lymph nodes that were nearby for good measure. We were very optimistic that Kawaii would have a full and long life ahead of her after her surgery. We did a biopsy on the tumor and it came back as osteosarcoma from the mammary gland. The report said that it was locally aggressive, but with the large margins we got we weren’t expecting a reoccurence but couldn’t say for sure what would happen next. At Kawaii’s 2 week recheck, everything still looked good. No signs of cancer and we were all set for her to be adopted. Fortunately for us, Kawaii’s adoption fell through and we got to spend more time with her. She was going to be a really hard dog to give up, but I knew she would make one lucky family very happy.


Two weeks after her recheck, and while we waited for her second potential adoption, Kawaii took an unexpected turn for the worse. On Monday, January 21st, Kawaii was her normal happy self. She binge-watched some Netflix with me, watched the boys learn to ride their bike for the first time, and played with the puppies. On Tuesday, she developed goopy eyes. We called the vet and got her started on eye drops. On Wednesday, she started getting an ear infection, so we started ear drops, and was not as hungry at meal time as usual. Thursday she didn’t get up to greet me when I came in the room. She was starting to look sad but would still come over and give me kisses and sit with the boys at storytime. Friday I made the call that she wasn’t getting better with the meds so we would take her down to the vet Saturday morning. Once we got to the vet, Kawaii was still lethargic and not wanting food. We did and x-ray of her chest and found that the cancer had spread to her lungs. She was having some garbled breathing and there was nothing we could do. I took her home on Saturday so that we could make her comfortable and give her a few more wonderful days. We also needed sometime to be able to say goodbye as we hadn’t been prepared to put her down Saturday morning and I couldn’t do that to my kids. We spent the weekend giving Kawaii lots of love and attention and telling her what a special and pretty girl she was. She watched the boys master riding their bikes. She got to listen to a few more storytimes. She got to give her puppies kisses. And she got to be pampered and adored like she should have been for her whole life. On Sunday night her breathing was really labored and she couldn’t stand on her own, we knew it was time. Monday, January 28th, Kawaii got to sit peacefully in the park and enjoy one last Puppuccino. She happily lapped up the sweet whipped cream and looked so herself. She gave me a few more kisses and then looked at me like she was ready.


Saying goodbye to Kawaii was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. At only 5 years old,  Kawaii’s life was cut short far too soon. We will always remember her as the silly, loving, and beautiful girl that she was. Though she was only with us for one month, Kawaii has left a lasting impression on us. She should have always been in our family instead of where ever she was before she arrived at the shelter. She should have always been loved. We are so blessed that we got to give her so much love for what life she had left. We could have never predicted the impact she would have on our hearts. We will miss her every day. Run free pretty girl. I will always love you.

My boys each wanted to remember Kawaii and here are their letters to her.

“I like riding my bike with Kawaii.” – Nicholas (Short and sweet – he’s not one for writing, but I can tell you that she was his favorite dog. He is currently sleeping with her elephant toy.)

“I liked Kawaii because she did not bark. I also liked her because when we were learning how to ride our bikes she was with us. She was funny and sweet. We did storytime with her. I loved Kawaii.” – William (He really did love her. And she loved him right back.)

We love you, Kawaii! – Liz, Greg, William, and Nicholas

No Party in Coachella for Zahn

img_2299This little man was NOT having a good time in Coachella. In fact, he was found wandering the streets hungry and alone. The Coachella Valley Animal shelter brought him in as a stray. No name. No tag. No microchip. He DID have a wagging tale and healthy appetite. As soon as we saw him posted, we were ready to bail him out. We first named him Zane, but coming from Coachella, we thought we should give him a name with more rock star pizzaz, like Zahn.

Zahn found his way to one of our amazing foster families in Paso Robles, CA. This is what they have to say about him. “Zahn is 6 years young, easy going and sweet. We have been working with him on using theimg_2334 doggie door and he is successfully going potty outside. He gets along great with other dogs. He loves to meet and greet and give kisses. He is extremely affectionate. He is good with older kids. We really love this sweet boy and know he will make a great forever family member.”

Zahn needs to be neutered and have a vet check. One of his eyes may have a corneal ulcer and need treatment. We will be taking him to a specialist for 201901229518003595hdrthat. Any help you can give toward his medical expenses is greatly appreciated!

If you would like to make Zane part of your home, please contact SCCR directly at (805) 687-4674 or fill out an application by clicking here.

Thank you!

Rico’s Birthday Wish

50069652_2999953163363670_3053824805196267520_nRico just celebrated his 7th birthday. It wasn’t as fun as he would have liked. His life has changed a lot recently…

Rico was adopted from SCCR in 2012 at only 5 months old by a wonderful doggy mommy. He was her constant companion and loved going everywhere with her. His favorite thing to do was sleep in the bed and cuddle up right next to her and his kitty sister. Unfortunately his mommy just passed away right before Christmas and we need to find a new home for Rico to call his own. Rico was very loved by his mommy and has made quite the impression on everyone he meets. He’s kind of a heartbreaker.

Rico is really missing his mommy and just wants to be loved on by everyone he sees. He did have a few tussles with the other dogs in his foster home over who gets to have all of the lovins, so he is now looking for a new foster or forever home. Though he was having a hard time adjusting to not being the only dog in his foster home, his temporary foster parents fell instantly in love with him. His foster mom had this to say about him, “I wanted to let you know how sad we were that we could not continue to foster. He is a wonderful, sweet guy who is the embodiment of the ‘merry’ Cocker.  He is very active49188432_2979463695412617_352281111767810048_n and since we switched him to a good quality kibble, he was already starting to show the hint of a waist.  He will have no problem trimming down. Rico is play driven!  He needs to be with someone that can give him their undivided attention.  The dominance issues we had with him were over splitting our attentions between him and our other dogs. He would make an awesome companion for an active person (or family) where someone can be with him most of the day.”
Rico was a very well loved and very well fed boy in his old home and gained a few extra pounds. He has trimmed down some since he came to us and with continued play and a good quality diet he should be on the road to being a very healthy weight. Rico loves to play! Toys are his favorite thing in the world! He does have to take it a little easy though. Unfortunately, Rico has an old torn ligament and torn meniscus in his right rear leg. At some point, he had surgery for the same thing on his left leg and we now need to take care of his other leg for him. He also needs a cherry eye surgery and to have a few lumps and bumps removed. Poor guy. Our vet is estimating his surgery costs right around $2,000. Any donations toward this is so appreciated! Rico loves kids and cats! He also likes other dogs, but would prefer to be the king of the castle. Rico is super smart and eager to please. He would be an excellent obedience student! Rico is ready to find his forever home where he will get consistent exercise, a good diet, and help healing his leg. And of course lots of love and kisses!

Rico is currently in a boarding facility in Palmdale, CA. We would like to get him into a foster or forever home ASAP.
If you would like to give Rico lots of loving for the rest of his life, please contact SCCR directly at (805) 558-0100 or fill out an application here.

Changing our lives, one dog at a time

0Second Chance Cocker Rescue is known for its mission of saving Cocker Spaniels that are in need of a new start in life. Last year (2018), was a landmark year for all of us who volunteer for this organization. Our rescue totals are as follows:

Total dogs rescued 163
Total dogs adopted 142
New sanctuary dogs rescued 36
Spay and neuters 26
Life saving surgeries 15
Other surgeries 30

Our success hinges on our ability to create a solid and dependable monthly donor base. THANK YOU MONTHLY DONORS! For more in formation about being a monthly donor, please click here or contact Elizabeth at 805.687.4674.

It also depends on our volunteers, our foster homes, our transporters, as well as 0-1individuals that give funds for a specific dog with an immediate need that cannot wait! Our volunteers often help us as foster homes, donors, and transporters! Special thanks to all of our wonder-workers!

We do want to take a moment to recognize our long-term volunteer fospice mom. Lynn Wobeck lives in Northern California, and is a dedicated foster that handles many of our most difficult cases. At any given time, Lynn typically has several Cocker babies in hospice care in her home. These Cockers even have a bucket list! Don’t fool yourself, because they travel and visit wonderful places with their foster mom as they are preparing for their final journey over the Rainbow Bridge. Lynn loves on them 24/7, sleeps beside them, gives them meds, and she cooks for all of them on a daily basis. They eat way better than most humans do! Her home is a peace-filled place, and with loving care she watches over them until the last breath they take on this earth. Wilbur, Destiny, and Charlie are 3 of those numerous well-loved pups!

0-2Second Chance gives hope to Cockers in need, but we are also personally blessed to be a part of their story. Many of the pups we take in are in terrible condition, and act as if they have never had any kindness extended to them. I can personally say that our lives are richer for becoming a part of their journey. It is never easy to say goodbye to our beloved pets, but we give them the very best that we can for as long as we can.

Lynn said it best!

“It’s like I have said, if we are all on a plane to Chicago, Some go first class, some go business, some go coach.  But in the end,  we will be in Chicago.  I refuse to let my babies go coach”.

If you would like to experience this blessing for yourself, please call and speak with us and we will be happy to discuss how you can be a blessing to a Cocker Spaniel in need!


As we say good bye to 2018, we want to thank all of our wonderful SCCR friends from the very bottom of our hearts for all of your support and generosity this year!

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With the help of your many donations, we were able to pay for several life-saving surgeries, provide much needed dentals, spays, neuters, and other important medical procedures for the 160+ dogs that came into our rescue this year! Plus we were able to help pay for the daily medical needs of our beloved sanctuary dogs! We could not do all of this without your help!

As we look towards 2019, we are hoping to break ground on our much dreamed about Cocker Sanctuary! We are looking for donations towards our building fund so that we can build a relaxing and comfortable home for dogs who would be without a home of their own. You too can help make this dream a reality! Donate today and your tax-deductible donation will go towards providing a forever home for cocker spaniels in need.

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Looking for an easy way to give back every month and still end up with that beautiful charitable donation write-off? Sign up to become one of our monthly donors! These donations go directly to the care and medical treatments of the dogs in our rescue! Every dollar helps!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see updates of our wonderful pups and see all of the good that your donations do!

Medical Pups Hoping For A New Start In The New Year

Meet Kawaii and Buddy Blue! Two of our newest Second Chance Cockers!

Kawaii truly is the embodiment of her name! “Pretty” in Japanese, Kawaii is such a pretty girl inside and out, she’s just in need of a little extra TLC so that she can really shine!


Coming to us from VCAS, Kawaii was turned in as a stray with a massive tumor hanging from her belly. It’s the biggest tumor I’ve seen this year! She’s is also severely matted and in need of a full grooming. Her poor condition does not dull her sunny and sweet personality! Kawaii LOVES belly rubs and just goes crazy for pets and cuddles. Her full tail happily wags when you talk to her and tell her what a pretty girl she is! Kawaii has been non-reactive to both cats and other dogs while at the shelter. I got to visit her on Christmas and she was a delight to play with. She is going to be a wonderful family dog!

Kawaii is being pulled from the shelter tomorrow and will be going directly to Dr. Card on Friday for her mass removal surgery. We are currently in need of donations to help cover her estimated $1,200 surgery and a loving foster home for her to go to by this Saturday at the absolute latest.

If you would like to help our sweet Kawaii, please call us directly at (805)558-0100 or fill out an application.


Buddy Blue is a sweet boy who is also in desperate need of our help!


Sweet Buddy Blue is just a little train wreck. Buddy is only about 10 years old, but due to his condition, looks so much older. He was pulled from the shelter several years ago and given to relatives by his adopter thinking that he would help them get over the loss of their other dog. Unfortunately for Buddy, he didn’t get the care and medical attention that he needed. His old adopter asked us to help step in and save his life.

Buddy Blue is scheduled to see our vet next week, but we would like to get him out of his current home and into a foster home urgently. Buddy would do best in a home with dogs that are the same size as he is or maybe a little bigger. He is afraid of small dogs. Buddy has not been tested with kids or cats. What Buddy needs most of all is a loving family who will help him heal and get on the road to a healthy and happy life. Buddy is a loving boy who likes to just chill with his people. Need a Netflix binge buddy? Buddy Blue is the boy for you!

Buddy Blue is scheduled for an exam on 01/03, but we are sure that it will lead to a few procedures for him. If you would like to help cover his medical expenses, please donate. Every dollar helps!

If you would like to help foster our Buddy Blue, please call us directly at (805)558-0100 or fill out an application.



unnamedBud is in desperate need of a home as soon as possible. The holidays can be so ruff for so many of our Cocker pups. Bud’s family unfortunately lost their home and have been forced to find a new home for their best buddy right away.
Bud is an 8 year old male who loves cuddling on the couch and playing with his family. Bud is obsessed with bubbles and is happiest when he can chase them around the backyard and then splash in the kiddie pool for a bit. He loves water! Bud is a really loving and mellow guy! He would do amazing in a family home with little kids who will blow bubbles for him all day long.
Bud is neutered, housetrained, and up to date on his shots. He gets along with other dogs and kids. Bud has a completely rotten mouth and needs a dental right away. He also has suffered from chronic ear infections and has hearing loss. Donations toward his medical care are so appreciated! Bud is a lovable guy and deserves a chance at a loving forever home! Bud is located in Corona, CA.
No dog wants to be alone, especially at this time of year. If you would like to give Bud a home of his own, please contact SCCR directly at (805) 558-0100 or fill out an application here.
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