My name is PHOENIX!

Cairn Terrier/Lhasa Apso Mix Dog for adoption in Mission Viejo, California - PHOENIX
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BFF K9 Rescue, Inc.

Facts about PHOENIX

  • Breed: Cairn Terrier/Lhasa Apso Mix
  • Color: Black
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Male
Looking for a spring fling? We have just the thing for you … and his name is PHOENIX!

PHOENIX is estimated to be about 5 years old, almost 13 pounds, up to date on his shots, microchipped and neutered.

This handsome fellow comes with a heart-wrenching back story. PHOENIX – named because we hoped he could ‘rise from the ashes’ – and he has done just that! PHOENIX literally came into the shelter as a rag doll, beaten up so badly he went directly to the vet clinic. He couldn’t stand up or lift his head. At first, they were told he may have been hit by a car. Upon exam, it was very apparent he was the victim of a viscous dog attack; at least 17 bite wounds to be exact. On day #3, he had made a little progress but was still too weak and injured to be able to move to the shelter side and sadly was listed to be put to sleep. Volunteers at the shelter felt this guy deserved a chance and networked his story out to rescues. BFF K9 heard his story and quickly answered the call, believing this little man deserved more time to heal.

On his rescue day, he could hold his head up, although his neck was still very, very painful, and his gait was very wobbly. He was matted and shaggy, but still had a tail wag and a quick lick for his foster mom. He enjoyed the next weeks in peace and quiet, healing his wounds and recovering from his ordeal.

PHOENIX is now fully recovered and ready for the full-time love in a forever home that he deserves. He is definitely a “people person” and a companion dog. He has been with older children and has had very good manners. PHOENIX is a confident dog and doesn’t feel he needs an invitation to be with you. He can sneak past your feet without you even knowing it -- like a whisper -- he wants to be your shadow. He has a favorite bone that he loves to carry around and loves playing fetch [see video]!

Sadly, life hasn’t been so kind to PHOENIX. In addition to being attacked, it was recently discovered he actually endured a broken right front leg at some point in his past which was never treated! Don’t tell him though – he wouldn’t let it stop him! He actually loves playing fetch so much that we have to stop him or else he plays too hard and gets a little pain in his leg. He has a prescription of pain medicine for days like that, but it doesn’t get him down. He will actually still run for his ball. He is just so playful.

He is very good on a leash and enjoys rides in the car. He lays right down and is just happy to be with you. He will scratch at the bedroom door if you leave him behind and won’t stand to be ignored. He isn’t a reckless barker and uses a doggie door with good potty habits. He lives in a foster home with several other dogs and while he is tolerant, we really feel PHOENIX would thrive best in a home where he is able to suck up ALL of the attention and be the king of his domain. He just thinks he’s THAT special … and HE IS! He has been exposed to cats and doesn’t seem interested in them at all so a home with a cat should not be an issue.

So if you are looking for a true friend -- someone to watch TV with, go on a walk with, have a snack with, take a drive, snuggle with, and somebody to dote on, PHOENIX is your guy!

An application, home check, contract, and adoption donation will be required. PHOENIX’S adoption donation is $300.00.

To meet PHOENIX, please go to our website,,to the adopt page to learn more about our adoption process, policies and to download or complete an online application. Please complete online application (make sure you answer all questions and get sent confirmation on screen) or email to

We make every effort to contact you ASAP. Emails will get the quickest response.
Applications are not first-come; they are based on best fit for the household and our BFF pup.

About BFF K9 Rescue, Inc.

About Our Rescue Group...

We are a 501(c)(3) non profit small breed dog rescue group who rescues dogs from high kill shelters, abused or abandoned situations. We use a foster program to give our pups the best opportunity to find their forever homes.

All pups are vet checked, up to date on immunizations, microchipped and spayed or neutered if age appropriate.

Donate to Our Rescue Group...

Come Meet Our Pets...

Please go to our website to find out more about our adoption process, policies, to complete an online application or find our next adoption event.

We typically do not return calls until we have written application with a potential adopter as time is always limited and we must focus on serious adopters only.

We are by appointment only and only when you have completed an application and agree to the adoption terms.

We have adoption events that will be posted in the events section of our website

Our Adoption Process...

We call it a forever home because we take personal responsibility through our 4 step process to ensure that your BFF’s new home is their forever home.

To Apply for a BFF K9 Rescue pup, please go to our website to read about our adoption process and policies, then download and fill out the adoption application. Please complete our application online. Make sure to answer all questions and you will see a confirmation on screen that your application has been sent.

We are a southern California rescue and do not do out of state adoptions.