Brittany Snow on her rescue dog: I was looking for a couch, instead I got a dog

It’s Friday! My gawd do I feel like I earned this Friday too. What better way to end this dumpster fire of a week than capping it with an adorable rescue pet story? (Hint: there isn’t one, pet stories are the best). This week’s comes by way of Today’s PetTale series, and features Brittany Snow talking about her adopted pup, Billie Jean. Billie is a ten-year old ‘angel’ who is a terrier mix, (with what looks like a heavy dose of Maltese) and she came into Brittany’s life by chance when the furniture store she wanted to look for couches in turned out to be next door to the rescue organization, Barks n’ B!tches in Los Angeles. Brittany popped in for a some gratuitous puppy petting, and left with a life companion.

The way Brittany describes meeting Billie Jean is like the best meet-cute ever. Seriously, they should make a movie from this:

Billie Jean September Snow is a 10-year old mutt, terrier mix, we don’t exactly know, I rescued her. She’s an angel. I came to adopt Billie Jean because I was looking for a couch and instead of buying a couch, I got a dog. There was a furniture store next to this place called Barks n’ B!tches on Fairfax in Los Angeles, and I went in to just pet some puppies and I saw her from across the room and she looked like Falkor from The Neverending Story and I just held her and- I just knew. She was the one. I mean, when I first adopted Billie, she was shaking so hard, at the adoption place. And I held her in my arms and I said, “it’s you and me kid.” And I swear, she looked into my soul and stopped shaking. And so I knew that I had to take her home and that night, I just kind of curled up to her and started looking at her and we’ve had a connection like that ever since. She’s been with me through a lot of break ups, too, where we just, like, stare at each other and, although that’s really weird and awkward, I swear she helps me, somehow

Each bit of Brittany’s story reminded me of my own pet stories throughout my life. The first pets I adopted, as an adult, were my cats, Merlin and Gandalf. I was deciding between them, who were sleek, black kittens, and this little grey furball tabby. I swear my boys asked me to pick them with their eyes. Same deal as Brittany, looked in my soul. So, I did and it was just in time as their card had already been pulled for euthanasia, the guy had to race to get it back.

Brittany said she knew to marry her fiancé, Tyler Stanaland, because of the bond he formed with Billie. I don’t know much about him, but I whole-heartedly support their engagement based on Billie Jean’s approval. I posted the pic of Billie Jean doing her meerkat impression below, but Billie Jean has her own Instagram account that you really need to go spend some serious time on. Speaking of Instagram, after I heard Brittany refer to Billie Jean as Falkor, I asked my husband to post this video from earlier this year of him singing Neverending Story to our little Falkor look-alike, Dorothy Gale. I actually got emotional watching Brittany’s whole PetTalk, I really identified with so much of it, like the part about how Billie Jean saved her as much as she saved Billie Jean. But it was the shaking in her arms and then trusting Brittany enough to go home with her, that really set me off. I can remember that look on every dog and cat I’ve brought into my life. Your heart cannot get any fuller than when a pet puts all their trust in you that you’ll make all the hurt go away. Oh my gawd, here – look at these adorable pics of Billie Jean while I go hug my babies.

Wait, where’s Billie Jean? I just seeing this happy meerkat looking at me

Photo credit: Instagram, WENN Photos and YouTube

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  1. Ye says:

    I want more celebrities to do these interviews. A persons relationship with their pet says so much. I’m happy that such an old dog like Billie Jean found such a good home and companion.

  2. Pix says:

    I LOVE this post. I fully believe you can have a soul connection with an animal and the bond can be just as strong, or stronger, than with a human. Her pup is a sweetie.

  3. Devon says:

    More Pet Tails please.

  4. Joanna says:

    Damn, her man is hot! I love my cat so much, I feel like she rescued me. People are unpredictable and not always there for you but a pet is always there. My cat loves to be outside. Somehow she got herself stuck up in a tree last night. She was up a good 5 feet ABOVE the roof line of our house. We have a fire station down the road so I asked mom to go see if they would come. So my 77 year old mom went there in her nightgown and they came. I didn’t have a tall enough ladder. One of the firefighters climbed their long ladder and got her.

  5. Astrid says:

    Heart warming story.

    Sort of the same thing happened to me and my two tween sons. We went into the shelter thinking we were going to adopt a kitten. We came out with a 3 year old behemoth Maine Coon. He walked up to us and started purring and that was it, we were smitten.

  6. Busybody says:

    Came here to see the dog—was hoping he was as big as a couch! The little one looks cute and spunky though, so the click was worth it😀

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  8. LaUnicaAngelina says:

    Thank you for this great story! I knew my husband was a good guy because of my little pomchi. The first time he came over, he was so sweet when they met. He pet and scratched her fluffy neck and back while talking to her. She loved it and was all about him. I knew some guys who liked to make fun of little dogs, but he took to her right away, and she to him. Dogs know!

  9. Jerusha says:

    Wonderful story Billie Jean is a beauty. And American Dreams ended too soon.

  10. Other Renee says:

    I have tears in my eyes from this beautiful story. All my dogs have been rescues and they have all filled my heart to the brim. They all came into my life in a unique and unexpected way and I’m truly grateful. The two I have now are sisters who were born in a shelter and rescued with their mom and siblings by an organization. I haven’t gotten out of bed yet and one is snuggled up against my back and the other up against my leg and I have absolutely no room to move but that’s totally ok because hey, it’s their bed and they’re nice enough to share it with me and my husband. ❤️ ❤️

    • Jerusha says:

      Eight of my nine rescues are snuggled in bed with me. It would be so empty without them.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I love my rescue doggie, too!

      I didn’t know how to go about finding the right dog, but I knew I wanted to rescue. We ended up getting a text from a friend who works with a shelter, and a fuzzy girl had come in from the street. She had been notoriously abused by a homeless man, and people saw him hitting, kicking, and dragging her down the street before she was saved by a passer-by who brought her to the shelter/hospital. She was in the hospital for 2 weeks before we met her! Despite all she had been through…she has the most loving soul.

      I’ll never forget those first few months with my girl, when we built our trust as I tended to her wounds. Instead of biting me when I applied ointment to her sores, she kissed my face. We taught her how to cuddle, and she taught us how to find the joy in everything. She’s such a sweetheart and I am so glad that the universe brought us together.

  11. Nicegirl says:

    Omg Billie Jean 💕💕💕 she’s darling! I’m the same with my rescue pup old gal now -Maltese 11 year old Bella Black Eyes.

  12. IMUCU says:

    I just got done dogsitting my “god-dogs” (closest thing I have to neices & nephews on this coast) who are all senior special needs dogs at this point. It is a lot of work taking care of all 3, especially bc 1 had an impromptu vet visit and another had a scheduled vet appt (it was a hectic visit with them this time); but I love them to bits (even converted my husband to a dog person) and they actually helped my stress level (related to nursing school finals) A LOT. I definitely felt calmer and reached for less comfort-stress food while they were here.