Pet Spotlight: These Underdogs Deserve Their Day

By Helen Hartel



Mimi and Lucky have a most unusual and unfortunate history, but it all started with good intentions. An older person was hoarding dogs, believing that she was saving them. Little by little, with intervention, they were brought to the Agoura shelter, all, that is, except Mimi and Lucky. For the past seven years, they have been living outdoors, sleeping on gravel with only an Igloo for protection from the elements. Miraculously, they have remained nice dogs, but more about that later.

Mimi is a 9-year-old female and Lucky, an 11-year-old male. They are both Chihuahuas who, believe it or not, have never lived inside a home or had a family or person to call their very own.

Worried about adopting an older dog? Don’t! Just like a puppy, they have the rest of their lives ahead of them. They both have been to see a private vet for their senior wellness check-up. During their visit, they also had their teeth cleaned. The vet said that they would need to be on a soft food diet for the rest of their lives but that they looked good otherwise. Lucky does have a luxating patella that sometimes causes him to lift his leg but the vet doesn’t feel it causes him much pain or that any treatment is needed.  So they are ready to go!



There was concern that this bonded duo would not be able live indoors because of lack of training. A kind volunteer fostered them for a short time to see how they would do in a home.

This is what she learned:

  • They love attention.
  • Both are house trained, although Lucky did mark his territory a few times the first night but never again.
  • They love going for walks and are good on leash.
  • They are calm and quiet.
  • They got along with the cats they lived with. In fact, Lucky would curl up with one.

As you can see, they are the perfect size for a house, apartment or condo. Ask to meet them today.

To adopt Mimi and Lucky, request A4714234 and A714238.The Agoura Shelter is at 29525 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. Occasionally pets have already been adopted. To check availability, call 818-991-0071 or visit

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