Leia is what we call a Foster Failure, meaning her foster home loved her so much that they ‘failed’ and adopted her themselves.
Leia came to UDR from Texas in January 2017, as part of our very first transport and rescue relief with our partner group Doberman Rescue of North Texas. Her current family was actually her transport as well, and has known her since the moment she entered UDR – cool, right?! At the time, Leia had quite the snarky attitude, and spent the loooooong ride north bickering with her two other dobie travel companions. Her foster family had no intention of adopting her due to her dog-aggression issues, as they enjoy summers at a busy seasonal campground. ….but Leia had other plans.
A major turning point was after her Foster Dad had surgery, and Leia would not leave his side for his entire recovery. It didn’t take long before the loving feeling was mutual! Leia then went on to endear herself to her Foster Mom by becoming quite the cuddly ‘lap dog’.
'Lap dog' Leia
As Leia’s training progressed and time went on, she continually amazed her foster family with the progress she was making. With her extreme desire to please her ‘masters’, she was doing much better with other dogs. After a successful trial trip up north and 4 months in her foster home, Leia’s foster family decided she had already found her Forever Home, and was officially adopted!
The trial trip weekend that changed her life!
Although initially concerned how Leia would do at the campground, she does very well and loves to visit the nearby dog park. Leia supplies snuggles and that special unconditional Dobie Love to her people, lives to play ball, and gives her fur sister Ella a constant companion. This long-legged redhead beauty is one-of-a-kind and keeps her family laughing with her silly antics. They report they couldn’t be happier with their decision, and it was actually Leia who adopted them!
Leia and her sister Ella (also rescue alumni)
And the best part?! Leia is now ‘paying it forward’ for other UDR dogs. She is a breed ambassador at our events, and also serves as Fun Cop big sister to new foster dogs. We are so grateful for the patience, training and love that Leia’s owners have given to her, and continue to give to our program foster dogs!