A pair of pit bulls abandoned in a Dumpster near an animal shelter last year find loving homes

By Karen J. Quan
January 29, 2010 07:10 PM

Puppies Sadie and Lulu had a tough introduction to the world. As we reported in December, they were left behind in a California Dumpster – a mere five minutes from a rescue shelter – when they were just 7 weeks old. Luckily, a Good Samaritan delivered them safely to the local facility, but they were too young to be adopted out right away.

Now 4 months old, the puppy pals have each found their own forever home.

Lulu was the first to get snatched up. With a huge personality, she attracted the attention of everyone who visited the SPCA of Monterey County, including Maria Rosales.

“There was this picture of her [online], and I said that’s it,” Rosales tells PEOPLEPets.com. “This is the one.” Calling Lulu’s addition to the family “a natural” adjustment, the mother of four said the pit bull was a Christmas gift for her 15-year-old son Martin. Lulu has already worked her charm on the whole family. “She has a lot of love,” Rosales says. “She just brings joy to my heart.”

For Sadie, it may have taken a few extra days to find a good home, but it was worth the wait. The black beauty met Scott and Peggy Brown during an afternoon stroll in December, winning over her potential parents with her timid and calm personality. Only when staffers shared the story of Sadie’s past did the Browns realize how special Sadie was, reinforcing their desire to take her home.

“She’s a great puppy,” Scott Brown tells PEOPLEPets.com. “Loving and caring and all that stuff.”

The Browns had recently lost their Labrador, Blaise, to natural causes so they were regular visitors to the SPCA, walking the dogs and playing with the cats, with the hopes of adopting another pet. After spotting Sadie, and taking just one short walk, the family was smitten.

“She was just so dear,” Brown says. “We fell in love.”

Along with her new life, Sadie also gets a new moniker. Now known as Basia, named after the Polish singer-songwriter from the late 1980s and early ’90s, the Browns have made it a family tradition with each pet to name them with the letter B.

From settling in bed for the occasional neck nuzzle or popping up for a cuddle session on the couch, Basia is making herself perfectly at home in her new digs. And Brown has no complaints. “She’s very loveable.”

While every home placement is a happily ever after, Beth Brookhouser, director of community outreach with the SPCA for Monterey County, admits the story of Sadie and Lulu really struck a cord with staffers.

“It’s always exciting,” Brookhouser says of the adoption. “[But] these two definitely wrapped themselves around all our hearts.”

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