Liza was born in a shelter to a mama that was abandoned on the streets while she was pregnant. Both the mama and her puppies were really sick at first so it took some time to nurture them back to a point of being healthy and thriving. Finally, at just 13 weeks old, Liza was adopted by Debi Kolak and her other dog Mona. Liza and Mona soon enough became best of pals.

Mona and Liza |
Debi Kolak

For almost two years Mona and Liza (woo Monaliza) did almost everything together- this fun and game time came to a halt when Mona passed away suddenly this fall, leaving Liza completely devastated and heartbroken.

Debi Kolak

Kolak was aware that poor Liza was clearly very lonely without her friend Mona. When Kolak moved in with her boyfriend and his two senior Jack Russell terriers back in December, Kolak hoped that the company of other dogs would help cheer Liza up a little bit. Unfortunately however, the two terriers weren’t very welcoming of the new family member as Liza was too energetic and playful for their taste. So once again, she was left without anyone to play. Kolak and her boyfriend initially discussed the idea of getting another dog as a playmate for Liza, but the pair couldn’t see how they would manage four dogs, so they just put off the idea.

Debi Kolak

However, despite these initial discussions and her boyfriend’s hesitations, Kolak began researching different animal shelters in the area until she found one that had dogs up for adoption that Kolak believed would prove to be a great match for Liza. She decided to take Liza to the center and she told the volunteers just what kind of dog they were looking for. It so happened that they fell in love with one of the few dogs they were shown- Murphy.

Debi Kolak

Murphy was one of the shelter’s longest residents. He had been there for five months and even though adopted three times, he was returned every single time. So of course he was completely defeated and didn’t initially strike Kolak as the suitable dog for Liza. Liza clearly needed someone as cheerful as her who could keep up with her capriciousness. However, Liza first met Murphy in the kennel, they were taken aback.

Debi Kolak

Kolak said that Murphy looked sad and defeated. It appeared that he also had a large scar on his head and didn’t bark or run to the cage. He would just sit there on his kennel. Kolak said that she sat on the floor and talked to him. He barely just nibbled at her finger, too defeated to show any joy. So at first Kolak probably thought this dog is no match for her dog as he looked too sad and simply given up. But Kolak said that she was really drawn to his pitiful face.

So despite her doubts, Kolak had the volunteers bring Murphy along with other dogs in the yard so Liza could meet them and decide for herself which dog they would be taking home that day. She almost immediately chose Murphy, Kolak claims!

Kolak adds that Liza and Murphy had an instant connection with one another. He rolled belly-up for her and from then on the game was on. They ran around for almost an hour, but not only once showed aggression toward each other. They were only being playful with one another. So Kolak simply knew at that moment that clearly, he was the one! She says that something about Liza just transformed Murphy, as if he had been waiting for her his whole life.

Debi Kolak

Even though Kolak was convinced, she still had to convince her boyfriend, Joel. He was resistant at first, but when Kolak sent him a video of Liza and Murphy playing together, he just knew they were simply destined to be with one another.

She claims that initially she had told the volunteers that she needs to discuss it and will let them know. Then after showing Joel the video and how both of the dogs had whined for each other upon parting ways, he told her you can’t just leave him there. The couple then decided to enroll on the shelter’s “Take a Chance on Me” program which just consists of a three-day trial to see if the dog fits within the family’s home. So Kolak went back to get Murphy and the trio went back home together. However, at that point it was pretty clear that the pair was meant to be.

Debi Kolak

Kolak said that upon going in the car, Murphy immediately jumped in the backseat and looked out of the window, wiggling his tail in happiness. He then finally just leaned in and licked his new owner’s face. Liza on the other hand just nuzzled into him assuring him somehow that it was all going to be okay and he will be loved!

Debi Kolak

Kolak claims that even though Murphy hasn’t been with the family for very long, they just could not have pictured a life without him. Surprise surprise, turns out his favorite person is Joel and he follows him almost everywhere. At night, Murphy likes to cuddle and sleep under the covers with Kolak’s daughter and Liza. Kolak says that he is such an adorable dog, she just can’t understand how come some people didn’t want him beforehand.

Murphy is apparently still a little confused at times, perhaps worried that he might end up getting returned to the shelter again. Kolak is only hoping that with time, his fear and confusion will fade away and he will gain trust on this new family of his. She is no way letting him go now, especially since Liza has finally found her soulmate!

Debi Kolak

Kolak said that after she called the center to let them know that she is going forward with the adoption, they cried and cheered. They got the dog at absolutely no cost (since he had been there for a while), and they are even being given free transition training classes to help Murphy trust in being part of the family. Kolak adds that she is so excited for him and for the fact that both of her dogs are now finally content.