Alex: Hound Dog estimated age is 11 years 7 months

Alex is the bad boy of Lionel's Legacy and we say that with lots of love. Actually he is extremely obedient but he gets himself into a bit of trouble now and then with his impulsivity. Alex has a large inoperable mass on his chest which is pushing on his lungs and heart. Of course Alex being a dog doesn't really care much for letting his medical issues get in the way so he runs around like a happy go lucky boy.
Bebe: Border Collie Dog estimated age is 9 years 9 months

Meet Bebe. She is one sweet and loving senior-in-training at 8 yrs young. Bebe has some physical issues that at first glance make her seem less than perfect- she has fatty lumps and bumps, bad hips, and a slightly deformed nose. But once you meet Bebe, you will realize she IS PERFECT from the inside out! She is super gentle and sweet, extremely loving and just enjoys every moment of life. Bebe lives with multiple other animals (dogs and cats) and with a very young child, she is fantastic and gentle with all of them. Bebe is a petite girl at about 40 lbs Due to her joint problems she will do best in a home with only one story (or where she can live on one story), and arthritis medications and supplements will be key for her. She will still go on leisurely walks- keeping her active and managing her weight will also help her stay comfortable. If you'd be willing to take her swimming at the beach or pool, that'd be even better! She'll take a quick dip and then watch you surf. Bebe is SPONSORED by Tanya Jones
Bender: Pit Bull Terrier Dog estimated age is 10 years 4 months

Bender has been with us since last July after his family left him at Orange County shelter only days before the fireworks went boom. Bender's life has been filled with medical booms while with us but thank goodness he has the best of care and we can continue to keep him going with everything he needs. Bender has Congestive heart failure, a mass on his spleen and liver. Bender is considered PAWSPICE but he keeps proving that the "P" word is merely a suggestion!
Bloo: Husky Dog estimated age is 10 years 8 months

***BONDED PAIR 2-Fur-1 Fund $150 annual medical stipend provided to adopter*** Bloo and Lady are on the mend. Lady is recovering from a much needed dental. Bloo is recovering from Pyometra and spay. The girlies are acclimating in their foster home and are looking for a forever family together! Lady likes to sit on the couch and peer out the window while Bloo likes to stay cool on the ground nearby. They are both quite the little characters and every once in a while like to do their zoomies.
Bonnie: Husky Dog estimated age is 15 years 0 months

Buddha: Chihuahua Dog estimated age is 12 years 6 months

I am Chihuahua hear me ROAR!!!!! Buddha is a small guy with a big personality. He likes what he likes, he's social and outgoing, he's quick to make friends and he knows every second counts. Buddha went years without a dental and developed some heart issues. He's currently taking medications to manage his heart condition and has had a full dental. He's feeling good and ready to take on the world one paw at a time!
Calvin: Poodle Dog estimated age is 11 years 11 months

Cedar: Rottweiler Dog estimated age is 12 years 0 months

Wow, if you have a thing for Rotties and senior dogs then Cedar is the girl for you! This girl is about 75 lbs of absolute love! Cedar is extremely potty trained, she will hold it for hours if she has to. Cedar recently had a dental and only had a few minor extractions. Cedar is believed to be anywhere from 10-12 years old. She loves everyone and is ready to join your family.
Champion: Siberian Husky Dog estimated age is 11 years 9 months

What does a really old Husky get to do when he's lived a life as a poor man? Duh, he gets to live like a king and that's exactly what he is doing now. Champion is the king of his castle, he enjoys being spoiled all day and all night. Champion has a thyroid condition and arthritis but is on the mend. Champion is 12 years old which is great for an old dog his size. Here's hat his foster family has to say about him: "He came to us very nervous and uncomfortable with people. He also has had hip and joint problems since then. Over the last few months he's really opened up emotionally with our little family, which includes our 8-month-old puppy who's being trained as a service dog. He loves to have his neck scratched and ears rubbed, and he'll push up against you with his head when he wants cuddles. He's very sweet, calm, and quiet, and he loves to nap under the tree. He also enjoys his walks, even though he gets worn out quickly and often has been stumbling and unable to get back up on his own. He's really a tremendous joy to have around, and he's such a sweet old man. His smile will melt your heart!!" Champion is SPONSORED by Kristin Anderson
Cindy-Lou: Chihuahua Dog estimated age is 13 years 1 month

Cindy-Lou (aka Gentle Yentle) is a collaborative rescue between Lionel's Legacy and Synergy rescue and rehab. CL is such a special case we wanted to make sure she had lots of people surrounding her with love and considering all the possible medical options for her care. As of now we know CL has a neurological disorder, we do not know the cause but will be doing an MRI to see if there's anything that can be done to reduce her spinning and increase her quality of life. SO far, a cocktail of medications and a whole lot of love and care have increased her quality of life enough we feel she isn't suffering. Se is also showing us signs that she is grateful to be alive and enjoys eating, watching, following and being held.
Coco: Hound/Pit Bull Terrier Dog estimated age is 11 years 11 months

***FOREVER FOSTER WANTED*** Coco is quite possibly the sweetest old gal ever, recently she's had some health changes and is slowing down a bit. She has some arthritis and some cognitive changes so would enjoy a less busy household. She also had a cancerous mass removed and reoccurrence or metastatic spread is always a possibility. Coco gets along with kids, dogs, cats, stuffed animals, you name it she's good with it! Coco is potty trained, she's really easy going, and she even enjoys the crate if that's something you use at home!
Daisy: Basset Hound Dog estimated age is 11 years 11 months

Poor Daisy(now Helen) was a joint rescue between Lionel's Legacy and Four Paws Coonhound rescue and friends. Daisy was found wandering the streets and was almost hit by cars, what a scary thing for a blind and deaf dog to experience. Daisy had to have a double enucleation due to years of cherry eye and extreme scarring. Daisy is a forever foster with Sunshine and her 2 boys at Hooves, Hope and Love farm rescue. She gets to live with pigs, goats, horses, chickens, and alpacas. The world is filled with so many great smells and sounds at Hooves, Hope and Love!
Daphne: Chihuahua Dog estimated age is 14 years 7 months

Daphne is what we call "ancient" in dog years. Our local San Diego Bonita Shelter couldn't believe how a little dainty gal could survive alone on the streets but she did and made her way to Lionel's Legacy with her foster mom Kristin who co-founded San Diego Pittie Parents. Daphne may be all of about 3 lbs. but she can almost take flight thanks to her rapidly propelling tail. Daphne is SPONSORED by Cherie Teague
Dr boots: Corgi Dog estimated age is 17 years 2 months

Dr. Boots came to Lionel's Legacy after his human mommy passed away. Dr. Boots is approximately 16 years old and is in relatively good health. His mom used to walk him daily which meant regular visits with his local vet and staff who lived just a few doors down from his home. He went for regular check ups and was well taken care of. Dr. Boot's next of kin lives on the East Coast and the vet felt it would be too hard on him to make the trip so his family contacted us to help. Dr. Boots is in a loving forever foster home where he will live out his days in peace and happiness. Dr Boots is SPONSORED by Tina Hester
Eddie: Labrador Retriever Dog estimated age is 10 years 0 months

Sweet Eddie was found wandering near the San Diego/ Mexican border. He was near lifeless, emaciated and starving. With a lot of love and some medical care he has thrived in our care and is living life with his forever foster family which includes other dogs and cats. Eddie was recently diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in his rear leg, we're keeping a close eye on him but for now it doesn't seem to be bothering him. He still enjoys running around the yard, chewing on toys and going for daily walks. It may sound simple but Eddie has become a champion of living in the moment and maybe we can all learn a thing or two from him!
Ethel: Chihuahua Dog estimated age is 14 years 10 months

Ethel was a part of a bonded duo but as life goes sometimes you have to say goodbye to the ones you love. Ethel said goodbye to Fred but has adjusted well considering and made new friends at her foster home. Ethel is about 13 years old and is the BOSS LADY which is rather hilarious to watch. Sometimes she'll try and assert herself and then within seconds she's distracted by something shiny and off she goes in the other direction. Ethel is a stout little Chihuahua but hey a lady needs her crew to know who's in charge. Really all you need to do is offer her arms or lap and she is good to go, it's really that easy!
Eve: Doberman Pinscher Dog estimated age is 13 years 9 months

Please welcome Eve to Lionel's Legacy. Eve was found nearly dead and unable to walk. No one knows if she was dumped or wandered off from her owner but sweet 13ish yr old Eve received a second shot at life and is living it up while waiting for her retirement home. Eve has some typical senior medical issues but true to canines who seize the moment that's exactly what she's doing. She goes for daily walks with other young and old canines and likes to play in the evening when everyone is feeling frisky. Eve has what's called chronic valvular heart disease and sinus arrhythmia or as the vet called it Dobie Heart Disease which is considered congenital. She seems to have no complications from this and lives like a normal aging senior.
Herschel: American Staffordshire Terrier Dog estimated age is 10 years 1 month

Joey: Mastiff/Shepherd Dog estimated age is 7 years 1 month

***FOSTER NEEDED*** Joey is looking for a new family! Joey has sadly been in and out homes like an orphan and we want to change all of that because he deserves better. Joey is about 140 pounds of pure love. He adores kids, cats and other dogs. If you saw him in action you would immediately think, "Wow, now that dog is a nanny dog!" He knows how to take care of his little 2 legged friends. Joey is a big boy and at 7 years of age he still loves to go for walks. Joey is also crate trained which helps keep him calm and relaxed when you're away. We are going to be very picky finding the right home for this guy, he really deserves a commitment for life! What do you think? We know you want to come and meet him!
Lily: American Bulldog Dog estimated age is 8 years 4 months

What can we say, Lily is like a beautiful flower who finally got her opportunity to blossom! Lily recently had a Mast cell tumor removed from her toe and the entire toe had to be removed to get good margins. She's on the mend and beginning to get back to dog life! She is a younger senior at about 7-8 years old and loves kids and people and is learning to play with her canine friends. Infact her new buddy Dozer is teaching her a thing or 2 about play bows, chase, you name it! He's an older gent so the good mentor in him advises and watches while she tries things out. Lily is adoptable even though she had an isolated Mast cell tumor on her toe. Lily had remarkable lab work and showed no signs of any spread so we're hopeful her tumor was isolated and we are treating her preventatively with Benadryl and omeprazole.
Lily: Australian Kelpie/German Shepherd Dog Dog estimated age is 13 years 2 months

Lilly and her sister Ally were rescued from a high-kill shelter when they were 2 years old. Now at about 10 and a half they are coming to us as their momma is entering an assisted living home. Lilly is described as the 'care taker' of the two, watching over her sister Ally (who may not be brightest bulb in the bunch!) Ally and Lilly love to run and play together and they are happy to spend the day outside or inside, lounging in the yard or on a dog bed. They have both lived with a plethora of other dogs and animals and do well with all kinds of situations. Lilly loves strong chew toys and will play tug-o-war with anything. At approximately 60 lbs Lilly is the smaller of the sisters.
Margo: Pomeranian Dog estimated age is 8 years 0 months

Margo is a sweet middle aged gal who wants nothing more in life that to smell the roses. Although she has a large abdominal mass she doesn't let that keep her from sniffing around and enjoying the smells of the world. Margo is a member of Lionel's Legacy for life and we intend to keep her comfy cozy until she lets us know she's ready to sniff another world! Margo still needs a monthly sponsor. Please consider sponsoring Margo for as little as $5 per month by going to our website at under SPONSOR A SENIOR. Once you've signed up please send us an email at to let us know you have joined the LL team as a senior sweetie sponsor for Margo.
Max: Labrador Retriever Dog estimated age is 14 years 3 months

Max joined our Lionel's Legacy family after his owner had to move into a skilled nursing facility. She adopted him from a local shelter when he was about 3 and had him for approx. 11-12 years. She toyed with the idea of euthanizing him but our vets evaluated him and let us know he had time left to enjoy before saying goodbye. He is currently being fostered in a home with another dog and a little boy, they frequently enjoy naps on the floor together. Max may be a large breed older dog who has his share of bad days but for now he is happy to be alive thanks to a grant from The Grey Muzzle Foundation.
Profesor Max: Corgi Dog estimated age is 12 years 2 months

Professor Max came to Lionel's Legacy after his elderly owner could no longer house him with family. The owner felt pressured to euthanize
Rocky 2: Pit Bull Terrier Dog estimated age is 15 years 10 months

Rocky came to us after being dumped at a boarding facility by his family. He sat there for months while they tried to contact his family. Rocky is one of the best senior sweetie pitties we have. He was definitely a family pet and whatever their reason for not picking him up we're ok with it because he was able to join our Lionel's Legacy family and become a spoiled member of Simba the Rescued Dog where multiple senior sweeties reside. Rocky is relatively healthy, he 13 going on 14 but doesn't have any major ailments that we're aware of. We're so glad to be able to help seniors like Rocky who need us in their golden years.
Rudolph: Labrador Retriever Dog estimated age is 13 years 7 months

Rudy (aka Rudolph) is a very sweet and shy boy who was found next to a freeway off ramp in Los Angeles on Christmas Eve 2014. He was laying in a pile of ice plant when his rescuers at Hope For Paws snuck up on him so he wouldn't run into traffic. Rudy is now loving life up in the mountains. After fending for himself for years, he is so happy to be part of a family- he knows he has hit the jackpot! Rudy has one front leg that must've sustained an injury in his past. He cannot bend that leg very well, but does walk on it, kind of like a peg-leg. He gets around just fine, as he has learned to adapt to it, and hops on 3 legs when he wants to pick up speed. He can go up and down stairs but prefers not too many. Rudy loves the company of people and other doggies but he also enjoys his own time too.
Rupert: Chihuahua Dog estimated age is 14 years 3 months

Rupert the Trooper came from Orange County shelter where he was rushed to our vets after his eye ruptured and popped out. He had to have emergency surgery and has recovered great. Rupert does have congestive heart failure which is managed by some great medications. His foster family is very experienced with these things having fostered numerous senior dogs before. Rupert is loving life being a spoiled member of the family. He has recently started enjoying sitting in his foster mom's lap in the evenings, before he would just prefer to sit by himself in his favorite bed. Now that he's feeling good he enjoys walking around the house and the back yard. His foster dad lovingly calls him Rupert the Rhumba, as he walks around and navigates by gently bumping into things.
Sally: Anatolian Shepherd/German Shepherd Dog Dog estimated age is 12 years 1 month

Sally is a shepherd/lab mix and approximately 11 years old. She was sadly found in the middle of the desert and a good sam kindly picked her up and contacted us for help. Sally was definitely someone's pet as she knows many tricks and commands. Sally worked hard for over two years to sabotage any and all potential adoptions so that she could stay with her foster mom- and we finally decided to give in and make it official: she is a Forever Foster! Oh Silly Sally- you sure did luck out with your foster momma! Sally's mom had to move back east so Sally got to come along for the ride and now gets to live in all 4 seasons. She is definitely slowing down these days and has had continued issues with skin, ear, thyroid and arthritis issues. Recently she had MRSA and had to be on multiple rounds of very strong antibiotics to get rid of it. Sally is a lucky gal and although she has been a challenge for us all we're happy to have made a difference in her life.
Sasha: Maltese Dog estimated age is 11 years 1 month

Little Sasha came to Lionel's Legacy from Chula Vista Animal Care. Our sweet little gal has advanced kidney disease and although we've been able to get some weight on her and complete a dental she is having some ups and downs. We're listening closely to her and thanks to our amazing vets at El Cajon Valley Vet and our attentive and loving foster families in our foster cluster she is getting the best care possible. Sasha is enjoying home made meals and time spent snoozing and cruising at her leisure. We can't gauge how long she will be with us but we can gauge how much love and care she receives while she's here.
Scooby: Shetland Sheepdog Sheltie Dog estimated age is 14 years 11 months

Taffy: Yorkshire Terrier Yorkie Dog estimated age is 14 years 8 months

Taffy's her name and being sweet is her game! Taffy came to Lionel's Legacy when her elderly owner could no longer provide care. She entered one of our local shelters and we worked with another local rescuer to get her out. She does have a heart murmur and enlarged heart so she is on heart medications to manage that for life! Taffy is SPONSORED by Leslie Ellis and Judith Nelson
Tater: Chihuahua Dog estimated age is 9 years 11 months

Tootsie: Dachshund Dog estimated age is 12 years 0 months

***COMING SOON*** We are learning more about Tootsie and addressing her medical issues
Twinkie: Cocker Spaniel Dog estimated age is 15 years 11 months

Twinkie is an AMAZING old boy at the ripe old age of 15! He was left at a Los Angeles shelter because his owners couldn't afford surgery to remove his mass. We couldn't let this boy be put down because of that so we scooped him up. Twinkie is great with other dogs but he is a fear biter so we decided the best case scenario for Twinkie was to stay with foster mom Lynn and she was A-ok with that. Sometimes we make the decision to keep them "in house" because we know that's what's best for them mentally. He's currently being fostered in a home with Harry who is a former LL senior sweetie. Twinkie has been struggling lately with skin and ear issues. Seems to be a common thing as they age and become more intolerant to processed dog food and environmental allergens. He has become well known at the vet recently because of it but thanks to all of our sponsors and donors it's covered and he can be given the care he needs.
Velma: Poodle Dog estimated age is 8 years 4 months

***MONTHLY SPONSOR NEEDED*** Velma came to Lionel's Legacy from Orange County shelter with a very large mammary mass that was on the verge of ulcerating. We didn't know if she could make it through surgery but she has and is doing great. We know her long term prognosis isn't good, her cancer is extremely aggressive and will likely metastasize but for now she is loving life and we are making each day count!