My name is Izzy!

Terrier (Unknown Type, Medium)/Labrador Retriever Mix Dog for adoption in Arlington, Virginia - Izzy
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Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia

Facts about Izzy

  • Breed: Terrier (Unknown Type, Medium)/Labrador Retriever Mix
  • Color: Unknown
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Unknown
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 10608220

Look at those ears! This adorable little pup was discovered as a stray in a rural part of SC where dog fighting and backyard breeding are far too common. Izzy kept showing up at a local home, clearly very thin and still a young pup, but she had the good sense or intuition to choose the family who lived there: they took her in and reached out to DDB for help.
Lizzy is only 8 to 9 months old and weighs about 28 pounds. She loves to be held and cuddled, has a moderate energy level and a more submissive nature. She’s currently being fostered in a home with 5 kids, from 1 to 14, and a large Lab that she enjoys playing with. Her foster mom, Carrie, sends us this report:
“Izzy is such a sweet puppy. When meeting new people she is friendly but hand shy at first. When she met Charlotte, our lab, she immediately crouched and rolled over in surrender. She is warming up to our family, and getting more playful every day. I am getting a harness today and will start leash walking her at the park so she gets practice. She’s partially potty trained, but we are working on that. Izzy is very affectionate and needs to be cuddled a lot for security. She is still in puppy most so will playfully nip and is very agile to climb a short fence. She has already learned not to jump on our furniture or us, and to sleeps on her dog bed. She has great potential, and just needs a loving, nurturing home to lead her through the puppy stage.”

Izzy will make a great family dog or pup companion. She will be coming to town on 10/8. Apply for her today so you are ready to meet her when she arrives.

10/181/6 - Izzy arrived in town this past weekend and has settled into her new foster home. Her foster dad, Gary, introduced her to the crate, and she's adapted quickly. She's been excellent on potty training and Gary is working with her on her leash walking skills. She's still adjusting to the sights and sounds of the suburbs, and is curious about the world around her. 

She saw a workman in the house today and gave him a friendly greeting.  She’s very loving with her foster family, giving lots of kisses and always has a happy wigglebutt greeting. This gorgeous girl is going to be a very entertaining and loving member of her new family.

Apply today!

BREED ESTIMATE:   Mini Lab/Terrier/Feist mix  

GENDER:   Female 
APPROXIMATE WEIGHT:  29 lbs and growing
COAT TYPE:   Short
 OTHER INFO:   UTD on shots/spayed/microchipped/monthly preventatives
LOCATION:   Potomac, MD

FOR MORE INFO OR TO ADOPT: Please go to and complete the application.

You can also help save dogs like this one by becoming a foster, providing a rescue dog with a temporary home and giving them the love and care they need until they are permanently adopted. Every person who fosters is directly responsible for saving the life of a dog, because we can only save as many dogs as we have foster families available to welcome them into their homes. If you think you might be interested in becoming a foster and want to learn more, please go to and fill out an application.

Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia is an all-volunteer, foster-based rescue that primarily adopts to families in the DC Metro area.

About Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia

About Our Rescue Group...

Dogs Deserve Better, 2003 First Place Winner of the ASPCA/Chase Pet Protector Award, is a voice for chained and penned dogs, whose sadness speaks only through the eyes. As the days become years, many of these dogs sit, lay, eat, and defecate within the same 10-foot radius. Chained by the neck, they exist without affection, exercise, social interaction, and sometimes even basic nourishment. They live as prisoners, yet long to be pets.

Chaining is not only inhumane for dogs, but is dangerous to the community. Chained dogs, unsocialized with humans, can become very territorial of their tiny space, and anyone who wanders into this space can be attacked.

Would you for one second choose to live the life of these dogs? No matter what reason is given, the bottom line is that it is NOT ok to chain a dog for life. Dogs should not have to live chained or penned as prisoners, yearning for a place in a family, craving acknowledgement, respect, and love. They DESERVE BETTER, and we as caretakers have the obligation to provide it for them.

Come Meet Our Pets...

Our dogs are located in foster homes in the DC Metro area. Please go to and fill out an application, and once you have been approved, we can schedule a meeting with a dog who will be a good fit for your home.

Our Adoption Process...

The first step in the process is to complete an adoption application at
Secondly, we will set up a time for you to meet the dog in his or her foster home. If the visit goes well and the dog appears to be a good fit for your home, the next step is the home visit. Finally, the official adoption contract is signed and the adoption fee is paid.