Saving Miley: From Rags To Riches + Video Update One Year Later (VIDEOS)

When Miley was rescued in November 2013, she was living in a garbage dump in South Central Los Angeles, suffering from a severe case of demodectic mange and so sick, she was on the verge of death. Almost too weak to stand, Miley finally made it to the car and was brought to the veterinary care center to be cleaned and to receive medical care.

From rags to riches: Miley’s adoption

Over 500 applications were received for the white coat Husky adoption, but one letter of love and hope was all it takes to decide that she was “the one” for Miley. Handled by The Fuzzy Pet Foundation (TFPF), Miley’s savior was found in a woman named Toni Bua on December 2013.

Toni is a breast cancer survivor and had just lost her husband of 40 years to Parkinson’s disease and not long after that, her dog. During the home inspection, the TFPF team discovered that the two survivors connected immediately, forming an incredible bond. As they explained on their Facebook page:

“When we first met Toni, we, too, found her to be a warmhearted and thoughtful person. And there was an immediate, indescribable bond between Toni and Miley. During our home-check, Miley would not leave Toni’s side in the backyard. She even tried to steal a croissant off the dining table. It almost seemed like they were long lost family members!”

They also added that “Both Toni and Miley also understood each other on a much deeper level.” because of what they both went through. Click here to go to Miley’s website and read how it all began as well as the adoption application letter that Toni wrote.

home-sweet-home-mileyHome Sweet Home, Miley!

Four months after being rescued, Miley was officially adopted by Toni and started her new life in her forever home, a huge 1926 house in Burbank, California. Toni threw a huge welcome home party for Miley with lots of goodies and gifts.

Miley was given the “red carpet” treatment as a crowd of friends clapped and cheered as she entered the house. It was all recorded, and they made a video that you can watch below:

Still living the dream, one year later

To commemorate the one year anniversary of Miley’s adoption, Eldad Hagar from Hope For Paws, the animal rescue organization, and Wondros have teamed up to put together a video update of Eldad Hagar visiting Miley.

Miley with EldadThe video shows Eldad when he went for a visit at Toni Bua’s house. Throughout the video, we hear Eldad comment. We see him as he plays with Miley, a look back on her fabulous rescue and how she bonded with another rescue dog, a Chihuahua named Frankie and how looking at Miley’s transformation can bring hope to others who needs it.

For more information on Miley, go to her Facebook page. Check out the video below of her wonderful reunion with the one who saved her and gave her the chance to get adopted by her new mom, Toni.

Photos credit: Vimeo/Eldad Hagar and Vimeo/The Fuzzy Pet Foundation


12 thoughts on “Saving Miley: From Rags To Riches + Video Update One Year Later (VIDEOS)

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  1. Oh my goodness the beautiful girl had such a horrible beginning and now look at her livin’ large! I love happy endings like this.

    I’m going to be a foster furmom to senior dogs. Right now my furbabies aren’t very friendly with other dogs but I’m looking for a trainer so we can hurry and foster some furbabies.

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched the video. I’ve been showing to everyone here at home :).

    Hope you’re having a great day gf!


    1. Hi Cori!

      You’re so nice to foster some furbabies! I would love to do that, but unfortunately my health isn’t good enough and I don’t have the energy necessary to do it! I try to compensate by giving all that I have at the veterinary clinic where I work and by making sure that my Myrka has all that she needs.

      I also love happy ending like this one. Eldad Hagar is such an amazing guy! I can’t believe how Miley has gone far since her rescue. It’s unbelievable!

      Thanks for sharing this and have a great week ahead, hun! 🙂


  2. Oh Nataly,

    I want to cry….my heart just sank over this happy ever after story. I am such an animal lover. My “Bear” who is like my baby of my own from my womb was rescued from Hope for Paws. I love how they screen to make sure the animals are given good, loving and safe homes. My “Bear” was left in a basement as a young pup and to this day will not go in an unfinished basement. He will cry like a baby. Luckily, when I moved to our new home which was a bi-level he adjusted just fine because it is living space in the lower level. I and we (my daughter and I) have thought about adopting again so Bear can have a playmate and another dog can have a loving home. My daughter feels a bit left out since Bear sleeps with me and she is all alone in her bed….lol She wants her own furblanket I guess.

    Thanks for making me smile tonight and feel like crying from love at the same time.

    Have a great week.



    1. Hi Irish!

      I think that this story is one of the most amazing Hope For Paws rescues! Miley went through so much and was adopted by such a wonderful woman.

      Since your “Bear” is from Hope For Paws, I was wondering if his rescue was caught on tape? If so, I would love to see it. I am an animal lover as well and I am really lucky to work at a veterinary clinic. I have a little Pomeranian girl of almost 11 years old (actually her name is Myrka). She is like my baby too and she also sleeps with us (my husband and I).

      Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to read my post as well as watch the videos. Please write me back about Bear’s video. Have a wonderful week ahead! 🙂


      1. Glad you have a rescue baby too. We had a peek a pom years back. She was a sassy girl. Loved her. I went back to look at Bears adoption papers. It was actually called Cause for Paws – another adoption rescue company. I don’t have a video – so sorry.


      2. No problem, hun! If you want to look at Myrka, just type her name in the search box and the post I wrote about her will pop out. Actually, this was the first post I ever wrote.

        I went to see Bear on your FB page, he is really cute! I am actually on your site right now! Will leave a comment on your “The newest trend in the office” post. 😉


  3. Hi Nataly,

    Touching video….brought me to tears…

    I guess I am a real dog lover so it was bound to happen. I am just glad for the happy ending and all that Miley went through came to rest at the end…so happy for her 🙂

    I worry about my dog too who is aging now, so one sees him and knows he has limited time with us, thus try to make the most of it. Such is life, isn’t it?

    Thanks for sharing. Happy Friday 🙂


    1. Hi Harleena!

      It broke my heart to see how sick she was at first, but it turned out more than ok in the end. Miley has truly found her “furever” home.

      I know what you mean about looking at your dog and see him age. My Myrka is now almost 11 years old and I often wonder how much time we have left together. We really have to make the most out of the time we have. Like you said, that’s life!

      Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂


  4. This is such a heartwarming story and confirmation that there still good people in this world, I’m a dog lover and cherish every moment with with my Bella couldn’t imagine leaving her in a dumpster. Thanks for reminding us that dogs and animals in general deserve respect and a good life just like us humans. Hugs!


    1. Hi Adriana and welcome to my site!

      This story is really heartwarming like you said. It reminds us that some dogs are abused and live an horrible life, but here comes some people like Eldad Hagar who truly are devoted to rescuing them and finding them a new loving family to make up for all the horrors they endured.

      I have a 10-year-old Pomeranian girl named Myrka and I couldn’t imagine for a second abandoning her like that. Like you said, I cherish every moment with her and my husband and I find ourselves very fortunate to have found her.

      I am very glad you liked my post and thanks for stopping by. Come back anytime, Adriana. Have a great week ahead! Hugs back! 🙂


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