Pup-Squeak: A Dog Adoption Success Story

Abandoned Labrador Retriever mix finds new life as a therapy dog.


Broken Hero: A Dog Adoption Success Story"Pup-Squeak is a gift I did not expect,” says Joy Julian of Florida referring to her 31/2-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix. In 2003 Julian was asked by a member of her church — a dog trainer at Satchel’s Last Resort — to consider fostering a dog named Pup-Squeak.

Julian was also in need of help. She had polio 40 years ago and wears a full-length brace on her right leg. Her left leg, after four decades of bearing the extra weight, was hurting, along with her back. Picking things up proved painful.

Shelley Rohl, an animal cruelty investigator had found Pup-Squeak when she responded to a call reporting a bad smell. She and another investigator found an abandoned trailer filled with garbage, and dead and dying dogs and cats. Pup-Squeak was one of the few animals found alive. He was severely emaciated and had sores all over his body.

Rohl took Pup-Squeak to Satchel’s Last Resort, a rescue organization in Sarasota that takes in unadoptable dogs. Although many dogs live out their lives at Satchel’s, Pup-Squeak had improved so much after a year that she was ready for a foster home.

Pup-Squeak found her forever home and has blossomed under Julian’s loving care. She is trained to help Julian around the house. "She will pick up anything for me,” Julian says.

Pup-Squeak is also a certified therapy dog. She and Julian visit nursing homes and work with kids with disabilities. Although still timid at times, Pup-Squeak has become a valuable addition to many people’s lives — not just Julian’s. "She is a bridge to the community,” Julian says.

Jennifer Quasha is a DOG FANCY contributing editor and author of Don’t Pet a Pooch While He’s Pooping: Etiquette for Dogs and Their People (BowTie Press, 2004, $8.95). She lives in Connecticut.


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Lee   Sparks, NV

2/22/2011 8:51:38 AM

Wonderful story, and thanks to Joy Julian for giving the update as well!

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Debbie   Paine, MN

9/8/2010 3:38:17 AM

I just read about Julian saving PupSqueak.It sounded like she saw a chance to give a poor pup a second chance.Mu husband and I have adopted two Rotts and now have rescued a Great Pyrenees from a very poor rescue Good luck Debbie

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Lew Robinson   Franklin,, NH

4/15/2010 4:29:18 AM

I know both Joy and Pup-Squeak. Thay make a wonderfull team. It's too bad Pup-Squeak is retiring in July. But, like we humans, I guess it's time to "lay down" and enjoy
Joy is really great with knows and knows how to handle them. When we lived in Florida, Joy taught our dog Rusty, and Australian sheperd and golden retriver mix , how to swm. Now you can't get him away from water. Even the garden
So, hears to Pup-Squeak, enjoy your


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Joy Julian   Bradenton, FL

4/14/2010 12:44:36 PM

Thanks for sharing Pup-Squeak's story! She's now 8 years old and has been a great therapy at a nursing home for the past 4 years. Also, when this article was written she hadn't past her service dog certification yet. But I'm happy to say that she has been certified service dog for almost 4 years. Pup-Squeak has been a loyal partner, companion, and friend to me, as well as, a friend to those less fortunate than
I am sad to say, though, all good things must come to an end as she will be retiring as my service dog in July. The good news is she'll have more leisure time for herself.

Happy Endings really do happen and Pup-Squeak is truly one of them. Frankly, she's a jewel and a miracle!

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