Little Paws Big Hearts 

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About Us

I was born and raised in Portland, Maine.  I always had dogs growing up. I can remember a love of animals early on. I recall helping a neighbor’s dog when it got hit by a car.  I grew up and graduated Portland High School in 1982. I got married and started a family. My kids grew up and moved out and I remarried.

My love of animals reemerged when I adopted a little Pekingese Chihuahua mix. My beloved Sassy and 3 of her pups I kept all developed heart failure and I stepped up to take care of them.  This ignited a passion of nursing sick animals.  After they passed away I adopted my first Pekingese. She was so different than any dog I had owned previously. I was truly delighted and mesmerized by her. She was a delight and a joy. She passed away and I was devastated. I applied to and was accepted into Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth NH in their Veterinary Technology Program. I graduated May 2011 as a licensed vet tech. 

 I still mourned my Tippy deeply and it was during this time I joined several Pekingese groups on Facebook.  This is where I met Christie and where we came up with the idea of starting a rescue dedicated to the Pekingese breed.  My passion for this breed is never ending and our goal is to help as many Pekingese as possible find their forever homes.


I am from VA. I have had cats and dogs in my life for as long as I can remember. My first memory is of me and a kitty in my parents kitchen. Growing up, my happiest times where when I was at my cousin's farm playing with the dogs and all the animals. I will always have them in my life! I can't imagine how people can live without them.

This is Petunia. She was my first Peke. When we found her, we knew nothing about Pekes. Our vet educated us on all the weird noises that she made. I did research on the breed for the first few years that we had her and just fell in love them. We lost Petunia 1/23/10.

About 6 months later, I adopted a puppy mill survivor named Piper. Between losing my Petunia and wanting to make sure no other dog lived the hell that Piper did is what inspired me to start the rescue. 

6/15/11, Little Paws was born. People ask me how I do what I do. It is hard work, but it is completely worth it. I have worried, prayed, cried and been mad enough to choke someone. Would I change things? No. I can't imagine doing anything else with my life.


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Adopting a Peke is fairly simple. 

We do all we can to see that each Peke is taken to the vet, have their shots, heartworm test and a spay/neuter. Some of the dogs go to the groomer and have a dental, depending on condition.

1. We send an adoption application via email or postal mail to anyone interested in adopting. IT TAKES TIME TO GO THROUGH ALL THE APPS AND REFERENCES WE GET! PLEASE REMAIN CALM!! IF YOU TAKE UP OUR TIME ANSWERING ALL YOUR MESSAGES ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON, IT WILL TAKE EVEN LONGER TO GET THROUGH THE APP!!  You are free to ask questions about the app in a calm and respectful manner. RUDE PEOPLE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED! 

2. If the app check goes well, we do a home visit to make sure that the home is safe. 

3. If we feel confident that this is the right home for our Peke, then the adoption is made final. You will sign a law abiding adoption contract and pay the adoption fee. NO, DOGS ARE NOT FREE. IF YOU CAN'T AFFORD THE ADOPTION FEE, YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO PROPERLY CARE FOR A DOG! DON'T ASK, NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE!