#ADOPTDONTSHOP | Support Coastal German Shepherd Rescue with Talbots

If you follow me on Instagram or seen some of my Instagram Stories you know that I just had a baby!  Her name is Reece — and she is just adorable!  We rescued her from the animal shelter in San Bernardino, California in late October when she was just two months old. It was highly likely that if she wasn’t adopted it would of been her last day. Ugh…I don’t like my mind to wander there.  It was a miracle she is ours!

To Thine Own Style Be True | #ADOPTDONTSHOP | Support Coastal German Shepherd Rescue with Talbots

I have a confession to make….I wasn’t originally open to adopting a dog from an animal shelter. I resisted the idea for so many reasons.  But as soon as Albert showed me a picture of Reece online, I knew she was meant to be ours and somehow I needed to rescue her.



When I called the animal shelter, I was told that I was number six on the wait – list!  My heart sank and my hopes faltered. We didn’t even have a 50% chance in adopting her!  Another negative for me was that we lived two hours away. Was the drive really worth it if the chances of coming home empty handed were high?  The night before interested families were allowed to come to the animal shelter in hopes of adopting an animal, I told Albert that I didn’t want to go. I felt very hopeless and in despair.


Thankfully, my husband’s optimism motivated me to try to rearrange my schedule (and three kids’ school schedules — yes, it can get very hairy) and make the two hour drive to The San Bernardino Animal Shelter (with ugly traffic) and hope the other five families ahead of me wouldn’t show up!  I decided with faith and love for this animal — that I didn’t even know — to save her life. It drove me to take the chance.

To Thine Own Style Be True | #ADOPTDONTSHOP | Support Coastal German Shepherd Rescue with Talbots

I reaped the rewards of my faith!  The other five families were a no – show!  I was the last one standing! The wonderful staff members there were so nice and celebrated with me! It was an amazing moment to meet her in cage #129 with other chihuahuas; it is still under investigation if she really is one as they shelter identified her — a chihuahua.  Are any of my readers dog experts?  What do you think?  Is she a chihuahua? Or is she what what our family postulates, a mini pinscher? Or a combination of both? Nonetheless, she is a cutie!


Photography by Melissa Thomson

When I received the invitation to support the Coastal German Shepherd Rescue, I jumped at the opportunity. Every year, approximately 1.2 million dogs are euthanized. Instead of shopping for a dog, adopt and rescue one this holiday season. This event means a lot to me since Talbots will donate 10% of sales toward the Coastal German Shepherd Rescue. You guys know I love Talbots (see my previous post here, here, here). I can’t wait to see you there!

Share the FUN & Make a DIFFERENCE

Talbots, South Coast Plaza

3333 Bear Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Thursday, December 15TH

4 PM – 7 PM

Talbots will donate 10% of pre-tax sales.

 To Thine Own Style Be True | Debbie Savage Fashion Blogger



  1. December 14, 2016 / 8:16 am

    This is such a great post! Your new dog is beautiful and I know you have absolutely made a difference in her life! This is such a great cause too. I adopted a cat from an animal shelter 17 years ago and she is still with us to this day.

    • December 14, 2016 / 3:38 pm

      Hi April! Thank you so much! I am so happy to know that I have made a difference in her life and from that can share my story! Wow, I had no idea cats lived that long! xo

    • December 14, 2016 / 3:41 pm

      Hi Jessica! Thank you so much! Reece is the cutest pup! Will you please keep me posted on this process? So, many exciting things ahead for you and your family! xo

    • December 14, 2016 / 3:45 pm

      Hi Vanessa! You will not regret your decision! Can’t wait to hear for your announcement! xo

  2. December 14, 2016 / 8:48 am

    Such an amazing story and totally meant to be!! Such a great addition to your family xo jen

    • December 14, 2016 / 3:47 pm

      Hi Jen! Thank you so much! Oh, my gosh — it is totally meant to be! Isn’t that black and white picture of her — just the cutest!?!

    • December 14, 2016 / 3:53 pm

      Hi Heather! Thank you so much reading my story and being touched by it! xo

  3. Pentené
    December 14, 2016 / 11:37 am

    This is just the sweetest story. Good for you and your family. You are making a difference in that puppies life. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful and inspiring post with us. Xo

    • December 14, 2016 / 3:55 pm

      Hi Pentene! Thank you so much! I never thought I would be a pet lover but now my family feels complete! xo

  4. December 14, 2016 / 1:00 pm

    What a sweetie! Congrats on your new addition. And what an important message – adopt don’t shop!


    • December 14, 2016 / 3:56 pm

      Hi Stephanie! Thank you for visiting my blog! I am so happy you were touched by my story! xo

  5. December 14, 2016 / 1:05 pm

    Such a sweet story- thank you for sharing. The day I brought our puppy home was one of the best days and she is almost 9 now. Dogs are such perfect little additions! Enjoy.

    • December 14, 2016 / 7:03 pm

      Hi There! I am so happy to hear this! Do you have a picture of your doggie on your blog? xo

    • December 14, 2016 / 4:18 pm

      Hi Zunera! Thank you so much for visiting and saying hi! Reece is definitely a cutie! xo

    • December 14, 2016 / 7:10 pm

      Hi Zunera! Thank you soo much! xoxo

  6. December 14, 2016 / 4:54 pm

    Way toooo CUTE! Love the pup so adorable. Congrats on your new addition darling. You are now a ONE BIG HAPPY family.
    happy holidays!
    much love, Len

    • December 14, 2016 / 7:25 pm

      Hi Len! I loved writing this post! It was really sentimental for me. Yes, we have one big family now! Lots of fun and insane moments but like my daughter says “We are a bunch of Savages!” LOL! xoxo

  7. December 14, 2016 / 6:43 pm

    Wow you are very lucky to get your wish to come true with getting this beautiful dog! I am a dog lover and would love to adopt a dog someday as they do deserve good homes and to be loved❤️

    • December 14, 2016 / 7:31 pm

      Hi Helena! I can’t wait for you to adopt a dog! I actually had asked my husband for an entire year! xoxo

  8. December 14, 2016 / 8:51 pm

    My first dog was a rescue dog, we got him when he was 6 months and he is 13 now and you wouldn’t believe the things he injured in the first few months of his life. I think it’s so great to support any cause but most close to my heart is adoption for pets. This is such a great story and it shows if something is meant to be it will be. I’m so happy you were able to rescue this cutie and also were able to have your wish of owning him come true.

    • December 14, 2016 / 9:38 pm

      Hi Kristina! I love hearing about your experience! Wow, he is now 13! Just incredible! This experience has been completely eye opening for me. I am so glad I was able to save one life!!! She brings us so much joy! xo

  9. December 15, 2016 / 3:28 am

    Oh my goodness, Debbie, she is absolutely PERFECT! I love reading this story…2 of my sisters have rescue dogs, and they absolutely love them. It’s fun to hear about the human-dog connection and how it’s made so perfectly 🙂 She was meant to be yours!!

    • December 15, 2016 / 9:59 am

      Hi Kelsey! Thank you so much!!! Oh, I love exactly what you said “human-dog connection!” Thank you!

  10. December 15, 2016 / 6:20 am


    Your little baby is adorable. I love that story. Even when we feel there is no chance to obtain our dream, you proved that there was. I am sure your puppy loves and adores you and your family and is so thankful.

    Thanks for sharing that story.


  11. December 15, 2016 / 8:56 am

    You are so amazing and have such a big heart! I wish that I could come to this event and support you! xo Annie

    • December 15, 2016 / 10:02 am

      Hi Annie! Thank you for visiting my blog! xoxo Oh, I would love that and would love to meet you in person!

  12. December 15, 2016 / 2:32 pm

    What a cutie your puppy is! We have always rescued too! You’ve done a great thing! <3

    • December 15, 2016 / 11:02 pm

      Hi CJ! Thank you so much for visiting my blog! It means so much! We are so happy with our rescue pup! xo

  13. December 16, 2016 / 11:32 am

    This is such an amazing thing you are dong!! I love it 🙂

    • December 16, 2016 / 11:48 am

      Thank you so much Ilona! Our little family is complete! xo

  14. Sydney
    December 21, 2016 / 12:38 pm

    Great post, Debbie!

    • December 22, 2016 / 4:47 pm

      Hi Sydney! Thank you so much! Thank you for visiting my site! xo

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