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Rescued pups seeking a home in Chicago

June 11, 2012|By Leonor Vivanco, RedEye

Two buddies are looking for a place to crash … and cuddle.

One Tail at a Time in Lincoln Square picked up two 2-year-old Pekingese male dogs on Sunday from Best Friends Animal Society program called Pup My Ride, which rescues unwanted pooches from puppy mills and euthanasia, and connects and transports them to adoption organizations.

The Chicago animal organization has been working with Best Friends for nearly a year and has taken care of nine dogs through the program.

The two newest dogs have been named Wicket and Falcor based on their looks and inspired by "Star Wars" Ewok and "The NeverEnding Story" characters.

"They look like mythical creatures," said Heather Owen, co-founder of One Tail at a Time. "These two were in good shape comparatively. Usually, when we get them they have a number of things medically wrong."

These dogs had fleas, had matted hair and smelled. One has hot spots and needed to be shaved so his skin can be treated for irritations and the other has a bad knee though it doesn't require surgery, she said.

That's not as bad as others with uterine infections, poor dental hygiene and need of serious surgery. Plus, some dogs can be frightened and under socialized.

Though slightly apprehensive about humans, the new dogs seem pretty dog social because they ran up to each other and started playing after they were crated separately, Owen said.

"Wicket and Falcor are so resilient and their tails are wagging and they're happy to be outside," she said.

For the next couple days, the dogs will spend time at the vet's office to get neutered and get all the necessary shots, Owen said. Then, they will go to foster homes for two weeks and hopefully their personalities will come out a bit as potential owners submit applications for adoption. She expects it to be a quick process because small pure breed dogs are in high demand.

The program encourages pet adoption and raises awareness to the issue of buying dogs at a pet store, which gets the animals from puppy mills.

"People forget about the moms and dads or puppies that maybe weren't desirable. So these dogs are being discarded and you can tell by their condition that they're not treated well," Owen said.

"It's important for people to know they have a choice in how they spend their money and how they get a dog."

lvivanco@tribune.com | @lvivanco

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