Luna not only stopped lifting her head when her kennel opened, but she was literally a handful for anyone to touch - all growls and nips. It reached the point where people had to handle her with a towel.
Luna's rage at the world even prompted one shelter visitor to note, "She has about as much chance of getting adopted as she has of driving a car."
But there were moments when Luna let her guard down. Like when a shelter staff member took the tiny dog in her arms.
"She was finally able to pick her up and bring her into the office," Elaine Seamans of the At-Choo Foundation, a group that works closely with the Baldwin Park shelter, tells The Dodo. "And she rested her head on (the staff member's) arm and then she started crying, I swear, liquid came out of her eyes. I've only seen it once before and didn't believe it, but now I do."