From Jessica of Erie, PA. Adopted from A.N.N.A Shelter.
My mom and I had been scanning the local animal shelters for 5 years before finding the perfect fit! We had bought another dog 7 years earlier at a pet store in the local mall. We had many problems potty training it outdoors, the dog wasn’t very affectionate with us, and would constantly try to run away. We later came to find out that our pet store dog had come from a notorious puppy mill. Needless to say, we were a little gun-shy about getting another.
My mom was determined to get the perfect dog the second time around. Each time we ran across a friendly dog, she would try out a few simple commands. If they couldn’t follow the commands, she insisted we keep looking. I was beginning to lose hope when we saw a promotion for the A.N.N.A Shelter on the news and decided to walk though the next day. When we walked up to Shelby’s cage, she sat and laid down on command. She didn’t bark once and when we walked away, she followed us to the end of her cage and started crying. Once we took her out of the cage, she heeled on command. She had a few problems (overweight, skin rash, and mats), but we didn’t care … she had won us over.
Since then, Shelby has been the perfect fit for us. She loves the outdoors and doesn’t need a leash in our yard or anywhere … she doesn’t leave our side (we sometimes call her Velcro)! She has become very protective of us and our home. She loves playing Frisbee and herding geese. Most of all, she is a huge water dog … we can barely get her out of the lake! She even brought out a great personality in our cat, who was pretty shy.
Shelby had a wonderful disposition and was great around everyone, from little kids to the elderly. After seeing this, we decided to have her tested to become a Therapy Dog. Our sweet shelter dog now brings joy to school kids and Alzheimer’s patients during her visits to the school and nursing home!
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