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One of my favorite adoptions was Roomba's, I have a soft spot for the "quirky" pups so I was drawn to her and noticed that she was overlooked by adopters since she tended to stay in the back of her kennel. She was one of those dogs that takes awhile to warm up to new people and although she did have a few meet and greets, everyone that met her said basically the same thing, they just didn't feel a connection with her. She even seemed to intimidate some of the volunteers (she had a "see staff" by her name on the white board due to the fact that anyone walking her needed to know that she tended to eat anything she found, hence her name). I started taking her offsite on adventures and bringing her into the front lobby area to get used to meeting people and to get her noticed more in her kennel, started putting flowers on her collar and dressing her up - she had quite an impressive wardrobe! I mentioned to Claudia Perrone that it would be nice if Roomba could go on the Fox Good Day L.A. Pet Project and made sure that she had a cute sweater and flower to wear for her TV debut. During the Zappos Adoption Event that started the Friday after Thanksgiving, Roomba had several meet and greets but still hadn't been adopted, then Sunday evening a lady came in specifically to meet the dog she'd seen on TV and on-line (her profile picture was re-done with her in the heart sweater and flower she wore on TV). I asked Katie if I could go in and talk to Amy before Roomba was brought in and I explained to her that she needed to give Roomba time to warm up to her and gave her some treats to help the meet and greet go well since food is definitely the way to Roomba's heart. I really liked Amy from the get go, especially when she told me she was the same way when meeting new people and I was on pins and needles hoping this was finally going to be Roomba's long awaited happily ever after. The meeting went well and Amy asked me some additional questions about Roomba and they went home together that evening! Today Roomba is being treated like the princess she is and many of us volunteers are following her adventures on Instagram @Roomba_woomba. Her adopter kept her name because honestly, it perfectly describes her. Dressing up Roomba was the inspiration for me to start making more flowers and bow ties for the dogs to help them get noticed.
"Lori is the best! Her tireless dedication and care for our animals is second to none! She lights up the center when she is here with her positive energy and is without question one of our strongest dog handlers! And we LOVE all of the amazing accessories she crafts for our kids! Thank you for all that you do Lori!" From: Amie, NKLACaregiver