Boogie's First Day

Boogie Shoes is a two pound Chihuahua with cerebellar hypoplasia. He was found in a Wal-Mart park lot on a scorching, 102 degree day in Palm Springs, CA. Luckily, a concerned citizen found him and brought him to the shelter. When he arrived at the shelter, he weighed just 12 ounces, was dehydrated, dirty and had obvious neurological issues. It was hard to imagine him on his own in any capacity much less alone in a parking lot on such a brutally hot day.

I happened to be working at the shelter that day, volunteered to foster him and took this video for the shelter's Facebook page. I didn't post the video right away because we weren't sure if he was going to make it. But by the time he was in the clear, and proved that he was going to thrive, we had already decided to adopt him. My husband and I named him Boogie Shoes because he was always wobbling, and it looked like he was dancing. 

Sharing Boogie's story and daily adventures gives us chance to advocate on behalf of shelter animals, promote adoption, and spotlight special needs pets with all types of disabilities. He brings a smile to our face and warms our heart each day, and we hope he can bring the same joy to you. And, perhaps, inspire you to adopt or foster an animal in need! 

Click here to see a short video of Boogie after intake, with animal care specialist and animal rockstar Stephanie.  (this post was originally published 8/15)


Boogie's full story can be found in his book:
Little Boogie Shoes: The Wobbly Puppy Who Needed a Home
Print edition available in our store and e-book available on Amazon for Kindle (free download through 3/15/21)


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©Alicia Bailey | LIttle Boogie Shoes


  • I first met Boog when I saw his video on the Dodo and it was named "The Splender. It blew me away. Years were streaming down my face because he was so beautiful and full of wonder and I saw the love for his momma in his eyes as he tried to follow the camera to see her. I’ve followed him ever since. Boog and his family amaze me and my love for all of you on his life and for him is overwhelmingly strong. Idk why it touch my heart so but I have too go with it every day or I don’t feel normal my day would be out of wack. He earned my heart and soul and he is survey embedded in my heart. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

    Katherine Hood
  • I loveBoogie. He shows us what love and a strong will can do. He exudes love in his pictures and videos. Such a love. Strength and determination to survive seem effortless. Boogie got wonderful parents. Hugs to Boogie

    Chris Maggio
  • Just wanted to say thank you so much for allowing me and others to take the journey of boogie we need the understanding and he has put joy in my life I wait every day for his post and I repost them so people can learn all about him God bless both of you for stepping up and being advocates for the little furbabies that would never have a chance!!!

    Lynn Fusco
  • He is such a tiny little wobbly gentleman – thank you for sharing his story and for helping to ensure that day in the parking lot wasn’t his only brief taste of life. He is such a happy and joyful little man and he brings so much of that to all of us!!!

    Kelly M
  • It amazes me that anyone could abandon such a beautiful baby. But what a happy ending.

    Sandy St.John

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