In March of 2017, I found a puppy engulfed in flames, which had been chained up in a homeless mans tent in downtown Los Angeles. Upon rescuing this poor doggie and nursing it back to health, my Southbay community really came together to help with her healing. Thank you, to everyone and anyone who reached out, donated and helped care for this doggie. Now known as my infamous Phoenix, the puppy who rose out of the fire. And boy has she risen! It’s been a long journey for the both of us over this last year, but I couldn’t imagine my life without her. My Monkey Cat would argue otherwise!
All this being said, my eyes were immediately opened to the fact that there are so many animals out there that desperately still need help. Thankfully, there are a lot of animal charities hard at work trying to help and home countless helpless animals. Therefore, I have pledged to donate a percentage of each of my commissions to an animal charity of my clients choice. “Paying it forward.” So should any of you wish to sell or buy a home, please know that having me represent you, will go a lot further than just mutually benefiting the both of us. Not only will you get top professional service and negotiating skills from my team and I, but we will also come together to help our furry friends in need.
Please call me today should you wish to lease, buy or sell your home! Thank you for taking the time to read our story (see Below) and again, thank you to all of those that had reached out and showed you care about this little doggie on fire!
If you see us walking, please stop and introduce yourself! If you know of any charities out there that could really use the help, I would love to hear from you. Feel free to call, text or email me with your suggestions.
If you would like to donate money directly to any of these animal charities, I have provided links to a few below to easily do so.
It was a very cold and stormy night on March 23rd of 2017. Lightning in the sky and frost in the air. I was in downtown Los Angelos trying to preregister for a Tony Robbins event that was starting the next morning. Upon arrive to the USC campus/ Galen Center, much to my surprise, there was about 9000 other people there to preregister for the event as well. Which left me with absolutely zero convenient parking for me. But I did managed to find a spot a couple blocks away under the 110 freeway pass right past the metro station at the dmv. Not exactly a safe place to be walking alone at 7:30 at night. Upon my dark path under the freeway pass, I had to walk past a homeless camp of makeshift tents all tied together. At that time a man walked out of the tents and started screaming at me while he cut off his dreads and threw them at me. Luckily there was a 3’ cement freeway barrier inbetween us, so I quickly scurried past him and made my way out of the dark and across the intersection to the Galen Center. An hour and half later I left the Galen Center out and gained enough courage to make my way into the dark abyss back to my car. Luckily there was no one lingering about the tents and I made it safely back to my vehicle. I quickly got in the car and pulled down the alley way that was directly behind the tents. Upon approaching the tents, I see that the center tent, the one that had the man had walked out of earlier, was being engulfed in flames. My instant reaction was to just keep on driving and to stay out of endangering myself. But my consciousness would not let me live with myself if I found out later that someone had perished in this fire. So I put my car in park and jumped into action. I jumped over the cement barrier the tents were backed up against and ran to the tent on fire. The flames went for 7’ to about 50’ in a matter of a minute, with billows of black smoke filling the air. I got close enough to the tent and stuck my head inside as far as I could and looked around and screamed “Is anyone in here?” I felt so helpless and so afraid that something was about to blow up, I decided to move onto the other two tents that were tied to the one on fire. The tent to my left had no one in it, so I ran to the tent to the right of it and stood there and shook the tent and screamed “If anyone is in there you have to get out! Your tent is about to go up in flames!” Not knowing what else I could do, I just stood there and kept shaking that tent and screamed for anyone to hear me. What had to have been about 5 minutes of me standing at this tent shaking it, suddenly a man pops his head out, completely disoriented and not having a clue as to what was going on. Luckily he got out O.K.! At that point I figured everyone was safe, but then realized that all the cars behind the tents were catching on fire! Right were my car was parked and still running. So I ran back out and jumped in the BMW and pulled it down to the end of the alley about 500 yards away. At that time I called 911, snapped a photo of the fire and started running back to the tents. It was at that point something happened that forever changed my life. I see, what appeared to be, a dog leaping out of the inferno, over the burning cars and running straight towards me completely blind, choking, on fire and scared to death! I could not believe what I was seeing. I was in complete shock! THINGS JUST GOT REAL, REAL FAST!
All I could see was this poor dogs face completely on fire along with her feet, her hind legs and the nylon handle the chain leash she was attached to. Knowing that the 110 freeway onramp was directly behind me, I knew that if I didn’t catch this dog, she would have been hit by a car or would have ran away somewhere safe to die alone. Not knowing what kind of temper this dog had, I also knew I was definitely taking a risk of seriously hurting myself. But luckily, my body reacted faster than the scary thoughts in my head. So I ran at her and managed to grab her burning chain and patted the fire out and pulled her into the tall wet grass so she could managed to cool off and calm down and give me a chance to assess her. Her poor nose and muzzle had been completely torched and the skin was hanging off of her nose and all her hair was cinched. It was then when the police and firemen arrived. I WAS SO INCREDIBLY HEARTBROKEN FOR THIS POOR DOGGIE. After much begging and pleading, I finally got the fireman to give this dog some water and to at least try to spray her down. She was so freaked out, in pain and scared, she wasn’t very receptive to the water.
After the fire was put out, the fireman and police said their goodbyes and went to walk away. Leaving me sitting in the dark, under a freeway pass with a burnt up pit bull. "Now what do I do?” I asked the police man. He said, “Oh Yeah. Right. The Dog. I will call animal control for you. Expect them in a couple hours.” The last firefighter getting into the truck heard what the police officer said, reached into the truck and started walking back towards me. She handed me one of her fire blankets and told me not to let animal control take her. She is an injured pit bull and she will most likely be euthanized. I knew I could not take this dog home, even if I wanted to. I was subleasing a house until the summer, hoping by that time I would be able to purchase a home for myself. I also had a dog hating, 16 pound 8 year old cat at home that would rip this poor dog to shreds. Bringing this dog home was not an option. I loved that darn cat way to much to cause such havoc in our time house! But I felt so helpless and completely discouraged, I did not know what to do. But I was determined to not give up on this sweet little pup. I decided the longer I sat there, the more danger I was putting myself in and risking this doggies health. So I put the seats down to my BMW and threw this wet/burnt dog that was still in a panic into the car and drove to the VCA emergency vet in Hawthorne, where they treated her burns and gave her some really good medicine and sent her home with me. I took her home and set her up in the garage, which sat directly under my place and tried to get some sleep so I could attend the Tony Robbins event the next morning. Unfortunately, the medicine the vets gave her made her feel good, but made her whine and whimper all night. And that is all I could hear from my bedroom. I felt so bad for her, I ended up going down into the garage where I slept by her side all night. I WAS A MESS.
Then the real journey began! Over the next 6 weeks, I tried my hardest to get her adopted and nursed her back to good health. In this time, I decided to name her Phoenix, the dog who rose from the fire. It was a long road back to recovery and after the first three days, I realized she was burnt all over her body. The pad of her food was peeling off, blisters started to rise through her fur and her nose and muzzle scabbed over with a black crust. I moved her into my house the first day and gated her in my kitchen so the cat wouldn’t lose its mind. I quickly learned this little doggie had the sweetest demeanor and was full of love and appreciation. She has to be the happiest dog I have ever met! My plea for help finding her a home to my awesome South Bay community did not go unnoticed. The night I found her, my dear friend Julie set up a GOFUND Phoenix account where she was able to raise the exact amount of money that the vet bills and medical supplies came to. Other friends, clients and strangers were dropping by to visit her and donated food, toys and a bed. I was overwhelmed by the kindness that so many people showed. It really made me have faith in humanity and the love we all have for our animals. Then there was the landlord that tried to evict me and then sue me for taking the dog in. (Even though dogs were allowed at the property.) So in the midst of all this chaos, I had to deal with that evil. Desperately searching for a new home, the universe provided me with a chance meeting of a wonderful man down on the Esplanade who just happened to be finishing the renovations of his adorable 1923 Historic home. Which was just down the street from where I was living! Being the president of Labrador Rescue, he was very sympathetic to my situation and even put a rush on finishing the home so we could get out of my place asap. We count our lucky stars everyday to have met such a wonderful man and to have such an amazing South Redondo Beach single family home! So of course, I decided to keep my little Phoenix and my life has never been the same since. She has blessed me in so many ways. I am starting to wonder who saved who. Since taking Phoenix in, she has managed to get herself into a lot of trouble. She got away from me at the break wall in Redondo Beach and took off running for the birds on the outside of the break wall. Luckily, she slipped in a bunch of moss, where she tailspin backwards and fell butt first into the huge rocks. But then came the huge set of waves about to crash into her and drown her. I managed to get there just in time and pulled her up by her neck and rushed her away from the set of wave. Another time was when I came home around 11pm and right as I reached the door I heard an awful noise coming from inside the house. I open the door to discover she was choking on a wooden dowel button that she pulled off one of my beach bags. I had to give her mouth to mouth to get her air way open and dislodged the dowel. Third time she almost died, we were hiking on Rattlesnake trail in Palos Verdes. On our accent back up the mountain, she stopped in front of me. I stopped to look at why she stopped and discovered she was standing directly over a coiled up rattlesnake. Luckily I had her in her harness and on a leash and managed to yank her back as hard as I could to get her out of danger. Come to find out the snake must have been just coming out of hibernation, because it slowly just slithered away. She also managed to break her back right toe, break out in hives and most recently just recovered from having TPLO surgery on her back right knee due to snapping a tendon and a slight tear in her meniscus. To say the least, this little doggie has kept me on my toes. Now estimating that she is two years old, I am hoping all the mischievous ways are done and Monkey cat will start to be a little nicer to her and her calmer ways. PAYING IT FORWARD
Since rescuing Phoenix, my eyes were immedietly opened to the fact that there are so many animals out there that desperately still need help. Thankfully, there are a lot of animal charities hard at work trying to help and home countless helpless animals.
Therefore, I have pledged to donate a percentage of each of my commissions to an animal charity of my clients choice. “Paying it forward.” So should any of you wish to sell or buy a home, please know that having me represent you will go a lot further than just mutually benefiting the both of us. Not only will you get top professional service and negotiating skills from my team and I, we will also come together to help our furry friends in need. Please call me today should you wish to lease, buy or sell your home! Thank you for taking the time to read our story and again, thank you to all of those that had reached out and showed you care about this little doggie on fire!
If you see us walking, please stop and introduce yourself! If you know of any charities out there that could really use the help, I would love to hear from you.
Feel free to call, text or email me with your suggestions! Cell: 310-428-8958 Email: LisaMoule7@gmail.com To continue to follow Phoenix journey, please find us on any of our social media sites! FB: https://www.facebook.com/LisaMouleRealty/ IG: https://www.instagram.com/lisamoulerealty/
All best, Lisa, Monkey and Phoenix