The Daily Sweet Potato: Everyone Deserves A Little Happy

January 15, 2015 by Tails Magazine in Blogs, HSSV, Rescue with 0 Comments

By Finnegan Dowling, Social Media Manager, Humane Society Silicon Valley

You have to trust us that nothing bad is going to happen. We’re not going to make you sad or gross you out or anything. No Sarah McLaughlin ‘Let Us Ruin Your Day’ ads, okay? Now that we have that out of the way, without prejudice, meet the darling of HSSV:

This is Sweet Potato.


Sweet Potato is a six month old Pibble mix who loves toys, other dogs, sitting on laps, and listening to music (she’s particularly fond of Otis Redding). When she’s relaxed, happy, or asleep, the little nubbin of her tongue slips out of her mouth. She snores. And oh, by the way, the least interesting thing about her?

She’s having the worst hair day ever.


Sweet Potato has demodectic mange. Don’t get all itchy yet—it’s not contagious. And we’re not asking you to adopt her. She’s not really ready to be adopted yet as she’s still lookin’ a bit lizard-ish and in a foster home getting care and growing her hair back.


We’ve actually had this goofy (if somewhat scaly) bag of lovins’ for about six weeks. Don’t ask how she wound up like that—she came in as a stray so we don’t know. Besides, that’s not the point. Dwelling on the bad doesn’t really do much of anything.


If we’re not asking you to adopt her, what’s the point? (No, we’re not going to ask you for money. Though donations are always awesome.) But why post this? What will we ask you do for her?

We’re going to ask you to root for Sweet Potato.


We already think she’s beautiful, but we’re going to ask you to watch her get MORE beautiful.

Sweet Potato is in a foster home now and her foster mom (who is already a hero*) has ever-so-awesomely agreed to send us pictures of Sweet Potato daily. Pics of Sweet Potato with her foster brother…


Even pics of Sweet Potato when she comes in for her medical checkups with us….



We’re asking you to follow along with her and cheer her on. We’ll be posting daily on our Twitter and Instagram feeds and maybe even putting together a Pinterest board for her. She’ll even have her own hashtag: #dailysweetpotato.

Why? Because everyone needs a little happy. Because she deserves a cheering squad. Because we’re so proud of our foster and medical departments and we love to get a chance to show it off. And because wonderful things happen and we want you to be part of it.

And because she’s so darn cute.


Finn Dowling has worked in shelters in Washington State, Colorado, and Nicaragua and volunteered in Gulf disaster zones after Hurricanes Charlie and Katrina. She now works for Humane Society Silicon Valley in Milpitas, CA, one of the most innovative shelters in the country, where she writes their popular, positive shelter blog. She lives in San Jose, California with a deadpan yellow lab mix named Frances.

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