"I would like to share a story of adoption from the Dane County Humane
Society and how it has changed our lives. Almost 2 years ago
Madison, WI with our Keeshond 'Smokey'.
"When we moved from
Madison we had to leave good friends and our
dog's 'girlfriend' Jenny. Smokey seemed depressed since he no longer had play dates with Jenny so
we decided it was time to add to our family and adopt a dog for Smokey.
"For months we visited the Humane Society and interviewed about 6 dogs but
not one seemed to be the right fit for Smokey.
Then one day I stopped by after work and saw a filthy, pitiful Chow Chow
lying in the bottom of a
cage. I walked over to pet him and he just ignored me. He was so depressed he
never even lifted his head.
"I spoke with a worker and found out he was just brought in and was a stray.
It took them 3 weeks just to catch
this poor creature. My heart broke just thinking about him and what he must
have gone through before being caught.
It was the middle of December
and a particularly cold time. This animal was matted, covered with burrs,
clumps of dirt hung from him and he was so filthy you would have thought he
was dark brown.
"I went home and asked my husband to meet me at the humane
society the next day so I could show him my discovery.
When we got there the
next day I walked right past the cage never recognizing this Chow Chow.
had been bathed, neutered, and shaved to look like a
lion. He had a
beautiful blonde mane and wore a cone around his neck to stop him from licking
his incision. My husband thought I was crazy to want a dog that looked so
funny. But since we were there we asked to have him brought out for a
visit. He immediately pinned my husband up against the wall with his
head and cone firmly planted in his
crotch! The look on my husband's face was
pure fear. But all this dog wanted was to be loved.
"We made a second appointment to visit with our dog and they got along right away.
So we filled out the papers to adopt
the Chow. We wondered what kind of dog we were
getting, since he was a stray they had no history on him. We soon found out when
we brought him home. He immediately claimed it as his home by POOPING on
the floor. I then realized that I was in for a rude awakening having to
housebreak the huge dog. I put the leash on him and took him for a
walk. That was the last accident he had in the house.
"As time went by he let me know that he knew tricks also by knocking
me down when I
asked my other dog to 'high five'.
I got it from both sides! He also
shakes, lies down, sits and stays.
We got a treasure when we found him and thank God every
day for this big bundle of love. He has shown his love for me by
protecting me from strangers and lies at
my feet when we watch TV. I
could not be happier that we took the chance
of adopting him.
"He is somewhere between 2 and 5 years old. We manage an apartment
complex and he now
comes into contact with many people on a daily basis and usually just ignores
them. But I know that if I ever needed him to protect me again he would
give his life if he had to. So many apartments do not allow Chows
because of aggressive
tendencies [they are alleged to have]. It is a shame because if these dogs are
loved and socialized they are great. Please pass the word that these
dogs are not all aggressive!"
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