The Shelter Built an Instagram Star! Desi Leaves the Ruff Life for Good

DALLAS -- Sometimes, you're just the odd dog out.

"Her mama had too many dogs," said Dallas Pets Alive! Marketing Director Haley Edman.

Liza ended up at Dallas Animal Services, and her fear of the shelter wasn't doing her any favors.

"The only reason she ended up on the rescue list is because she was deathly afraid of the shelter," Edman said.

Her Chiweenie face was enough to catch the eye of Dallas Pets Alive!, though, giving her a foster home and a chance at a fresh start. Who knew that new life would come with a husband and wife shipping down from Maine?

"We knew we were coming to Texas, so Dylan said, 'We need some kind of a Chihuahua if we're gonna be Texans, some sort of Chihuahua type dog,'" her adoptive mom Stacy Ann Strang said.

"Maybe like a half Chihuahua," added adoptive dad Dylan Robnett.

"And that's exactly what she is!" Strang said.

Strang and Robnett call themselves the Strobnetts, and this little lady Liza would need a new name to fit in this family.

"We used to have a cat named Lucy who was a boy. Didn't realize he was a boy," Strang laughed. "Now we have a girl dog, and we figured a girl dog can be Desi."

And the legend of The Portable Pup was born.

"About a month ago, we started an Instagram account, and as of now she's at about 1,500 followers," Strang said.

"The internet loves dogs," Robnett added.

The account details Desi's travels, and lately...

"She's done the 31 Days of Halloween. Different costume every single day because that's normal and healthy and totally sane," Strang laughed.

This girl's not exactly struggling for love.

"It's just one of those Hallmark ooshie, gooshie, silly, stupid things," Strang said. "Everyone should have a dog. Everyone needs a Desi."

The perfect chance to find a Desi just might be this Saturday at DPA's Howl-O-Ween Pawty at Noble Rey Brewing Company. And yes, there will be a costume contest!

If you miss the party, you can check out all the adoptable animals from Dallas Pets Alive! at: www.dallaspetsalive.org.