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The 12 Dogs of Christmas: Meet Penelope, a Sweet Senior with a Heart of Gold

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It’s the holidays! The time of year for families to gather together to celebrate traditions, share old memories, and make new ones. This year, as you surround yourself with family and friends, both two-legged and four-legged alike, remember there are millions of dogs in shelters, patiently waiting for a family of their own.

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For some, this won’t be their first, second, or even their third Christmas behind bars.

It’s our Christmas wish that every dog in rescue would find a home for the holidays, so we’ve selected 12 special dogs from around the country that have been overlooked time and time again. Some are senior dogs, some have special needs, and some are passed over for reasons we simply can’t understand – but, they all deserve to spend the holidays with a family of their own.

We’re calling this the 12 Dogs of Christmas. The Dogington Post along with our friends at Wellness Natural Pet Food have joined forces to introduce you to 12 needy dogs in hopes that they’ll finally get noticed…and maybe get a home for the holidays!

Meet Penelope!

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Penelope is the sweetest girl, and a big ole cuddle monster! If you’re looking for someone to cuddle with and lay on you while you sleep or watch TV, Penelope is the girl for you! She’s always excited to see you when you get home after working (and she’s great being left alone and being a good girl!) and will stick out her belly for all the belly rubs, then lay down on your leg or chest for hours, just happy to be with her humans! If you’re having a bad day, Penelope will cheer you right up with her endless amounts of love! She also loves going out for walks, practically getting hit by the door, she can’t get out fast enough! If you just look into her eyes, you can see how sweet and loving this girl is, and how this senior girl (but young in spirit!) is just longing to find her furever home. Please call to help give this truly wonderful dog the home she deserves, Penelope can’t wait to meet you!

Dog’s Name: Penelope 

Name of Shelter or Rescue Organization: Best Friends NKLA

Age: approximately 8 years old 

How long at shelter: Over 1 year

Type/Size/Sex: Terrier, American Staffordshire/Mix, Medium, Female 

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Likes: Kisses, wiggles and cuddles 

Dislikes: Waiting for a home and family to call her own! 

Penelope’s Story: Best Friends pulled Penelope from a local city municipal shelter when she was covered in an itchy skin infection that has healed nearly completely thanks to the loving care of a foster home.  

Penelope’s Perfect Family: Any family that is ok with sharing space on the couch with the closest cuddler! Also, must be ok with being greeted with the sweetest kisses! Penelope has also demonstrated the ability to potentially live in a home with other pets.   

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Does Penelope sound like a perfect fit? Here’s how to begin the adoption process: For more info about Penelope, visit Then, come meet her in person at the Best Friends NKLA Pet Adoption Center – 1845 Pontius Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90025 (open daily 12-8pm, no appointment needed) 

Penelope’s adoption fee is $100. She comes with a year supply of her special food to ensure her skin stays healthy!

Will Penelope finally find her forever with you?

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The ’12 Dogs of Christmas’ is proudly sponsored by Wellness.

12 Dogs Of Christmas

The Wellness Foundation was started to make the world a better place for all pets.

A big part of that involves a partnership with Best Friends Animal Society, a leading animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters.

As the Official Pet Food Partner of Best Friends, Wellness is proud to provide natural pet food for the animals they rescue, so they have access to the healthiest nutrition possible.

We are also committed to helping the pets at Best Friends find forever homes. And when they do, we want their first meal to be from us, so we send their new families home with free Wellness pet food. Because pets deserve nothing less than the most nutrient-dense goodness in every bowl, starting with the first one.

Plus, if you adopt one of our “12 Dogs of Christmas,” they’ll send a PAWsome gift basket filled with Wellness Natural food and treats for your newest furry family member, too!

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