New leash on life: Notorious Biggie finally gets a home

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Biggie hanging out at the West Vancouver shelter. (SPCA)

Hopefully the third time is a charm for the dog shelter staff loving refers to as Notorious Biggie.

After spending more than three months in the West Vancouver SPCA, the loveable senior Shar-Pei was adopted out this weekend.

“He will be spending his days with a wonderful couple who fell in love with him instantly,” shelter staff wrote in a Facebook post.

“We are so over the moon for Bigster, and trust he will make his new family as happy as he has made all shelter staff and volunteers.”

Biggie loving life with his new family (West Vancouver SPCA).

Biggie loving life with his new family (West Vancouver SPCA).

It’s been a long road to get Biggie re-homed.

The personable slobber-puss was initially seized as part of a cruelty investigation in Chilliwack in late 2014, and underwent successful surgery to remove a four-pound, cantaloupe-sized tumour hanging from his neck.

Biggie had a painful four-pound growth having from his neck. (SPCA)

Biggie had a painful four-pound growth having from his neck. (SPCA)

Donations poured in from across the world to treat his various ailments, including a diet-related skin condition and eye problems. But he thrived in foster care and was deemed adoptable soon after.

He was re-homed late last year but did not do well with the other dogs in the home.  That’s when he landed at the West Vancouver shelter, where he’s been since January.

He was even featured on Adopt-A-Pet segments on Global News and CTV Vancouver, but no one came forward to adopt Biggie.

Heck, even the Vancity Buzz crew made a push to get Biggie home for the holidays back in December.

Won over with his playfulness and sweet nature, SPCA staff started the hashtag #NotoriousBIGGIE documenting his adventures – from coffee walks to swimming in the therapy pool – in hopes that someone would adopt him.

Biggie showing off his skills in shelter. (SPCA)

Biggie showing off his skills in shelter. (SPCA)

But the pooch languished in shelter care for months.  That is, until a Vancouver couple learned about him from a friend on the North Shore, and adopted the pooch this weekend.

Biggie before he left the shelter this weekend. (SPCA)

Biggie before he left the shelter this weekend. (SPCA)

Kris said she and her boyfriend fell in love with the dog, and he’s become quite a little celebrity on their walks around Kits.

“People stop us all the time out on our walks and ask about him,” Kris told Global News, adding that he loves his stuffed animals.

“He’s pretty relaxed so he’s great to have around the house. He also makes a good alarm clock, since Biggie likes to wake us up by sniffing, aka snorting, in our faces from beside the bed.”

Let’s hope this is Biggie’s forever home!

Biggie enjoying the snow. (SPCA)

Biggie enjoying the snow. (SPCA)

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