Longterm Shelter Dog with ‘Aggression Issues’ Gets Adopted, Becomes Affectionate Pet

I went looking for another dog at my local humane society. Walking down the aisle, I was overwhelmed with the barking and wanted to take them all. I broke down in tears and walked out. As I was leaving, I saw a room off to the left. In a pen was this big beautiful black and white Husky mix, looking at me with liquid brown eyes and a purple tongue hanging out of her mouth.

She was 5, and had been dumped by her previous family because they supposedly had a baby that was allergic. She was in the side room because she didn’t do well in the kennel. She had been there for 6 months, and chances weren’t looking good for her. She had some dog aggression and was sensitive about her tail and feet being touched. I brought my other dog to meet her and… love at first sight.

She was a great girl. Perfectly housebroken and well-trained, although if you touched her tail or feet she would grump at you. So I guess I could understand how that could be mistaken for aggression. I imagine the other young kids probably pulled her tail and messed with her once too often, although there was no biting.

I could leave food on the counter to defrost and leave the house, and it would be there when I got back. I could leave my dinner within reach and go out to the kitchen, and although she kept a VERY watchful eye on it, she never touched it.

I had been struggling with the decision on when it would be the end of our time together. She was obviously in pain and having a lot of trouble getting around. She made that decision for me – she had a stroke last Saturday evening, and by Sunday morning, I knew it was time. I lay on the floor with her with my arms around her as the vet ended her suffering.

I have never had a better dog in my life. I love you, Sadiekins. I will miss you forever.

Story submitted by Bettie Evanson in Lexington, Minnesota.

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