My name is Lieutenant Dan!

Papillon Mix Dog for adoption in San Diego, California - Lieutenant Dan
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The Barking Lot

Facts about Lieutenant Dan

  • Breed: Papillon Mix
  • Color: Black - With Brown, Red, Golden, Orange Or Chestnut
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 10575145

Meet our little trooper, Lieutenant Dan! Lt. Dan arrived at The Barking Lot in August, 2016 from San Bernardino. Lt. Dan’s pre-TBL story is a bit sad. He and his brother, Conor Kenny (also a TBL dog), were found after being hit by a car. They were brought to the vet clinic at San Bernardino shelter due to their extensive injuries. While Conor Kenny had a crushed pelvis and broken femur, Lt. Dan’s injuries were even more severe in that he had a fractured spine leading to total hind quarter paralysis. Both dogs were scheduled to be put to sleep until TBL swooped in, rescued them, and found them both foster homes where they could have their medical needs treated and cared for. Lt. Dan is now in his foster home and thriving! We did have our neurology partners evaluate him and the opinion is that while Lt. Dan may not ever regain movement or feeling in his hind quarters, that won’t stop him from living a very happy, fulfilled life. Lt. Dan is also a great candidate for a doggie wheelchair, and is being fitted for one as we speak. The wheelchair will help him walk around town just like any other normal dog, as it will support his back end while his front legs do the walking/heavy lifting (video to come). At five-years-old, Lt. Dan is fully-grown at about 9.5 pounds. Based on his gorgeous chestnut-colored coat, wavy hair, and big ears, we think Lt. Dan is a mix between a Chihuahua and a Papillon. While Lt. Dan has definitely been through some tough times, you would never know it from meeting him. Lt. Dan is incredibly sweet, very affectionate, and so playful! He loves doggie toys and loves to scoot around his foster home, gathering up all the squeak toys, and piling them in his bed. He also loves the other dogs in his foster home, and will happily play for hours (and lucky for him, his foster siblings accommodate his special play style). Lt. Dan is also GREAT with cats, and is generally just desperate to be sitting next to or laying with the resident foster kitties. While Lt. Dan does have some special needs, he is actually an incredibly easy dog to care for. Currently, he is on a low residue diet and a regular bladder expressing routine and his foster mom reports that he is actually one of the easiest dogs she’s ever had. Lieutenant Dan is crate trained and very treat motivated, and generally just aims to please. While Lt. Dan loves his foster home, he would love a home to call his own (and he would love if that home had a dog or two already living there, as Lt. Dan doesn’t particularly like being alone). This happy, bouncy, playful little guy is living his best life and is ready to share that life with a loving adopter! If you have room in your heart and home for a pup like Lt. Dan, submit an app today.

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About The Barking Lot

About Our Rescue Group...

The seed for The Barking Lot was planted a few years back when I took in my first foster dog, Patti Cake, in hopes of making a bigger impact by helping my favorite furry friends. Before I knew it, I was put on some rescue email list and received an email stating, "This dog to be put down on Tuesday at 3pm". I was utterly horrified and jumped into action figuring out how I could save her. Well, I did and I'm glad to report Raspberry (my nephew named her!) is living happily in Encinitas to this day! After getting her adopted, I thought, "That wasn't so tough." And so it goes...over 500 dogs adopted into loving home and 2 1/2 years later...we are now creating The Barking Lot.

As well as being wonderful companions, dogs are amazing teachers and we've learned so much from them...first and foremost that they all deserve a chance at a better life and their behavior will balance beautifully if their needs are meet and good leadership is applied. These pups will be the most grateful creatures you've encountered. We rescue our furry friends from area shelters, humane societies and Mexico as they are at risk of being euthanized and/or abandoned.

We are a small organization with a handful of key volunteers and we are just getting started as a 501c3 non-profit, so we're looking for more volunteers to add to the fun and reward! We need both people and donations to help our furry friends, so we'd be grateful for either. Please contact

Thanks for choosing rescue,
Stacy, The Barking Lot crew and all the rescued recruits!

P.S. Patti Cake, my original foster dog, is among The Barking Lot residents as I couldn't possibly have given her up & I'm fortunate to call her mine! Yes, I'm proud to report I was a failed foster my first go around!!

Come Meet Our Pets...

Please check our website for our upcoming adoption events, or fill out our application at for an appointment.

Our Adoption Process...

Our goal to find the right match for each pooch based on lifestyle, energy level, exercise regime, environment and living situation. To ensure we find a great match for each pup, the process entails an adoption application, a play date with your furry friend, a home check of the potential adopter and an adoption contract.

The adoption fees include spay/neuter, up-to-date shots, rabies vaccination, microchip & microchip registration, de-worming and the benefit of getting a pooch who has been living in a stable and loving environment.