Happy Tail: A Labradoodle trades shelter life for spa treatments


Marley is living the good life. His human mom and sisters give him spa treatments (a cool rag placed over his eyes and paw massages), and he loves play dates with a Labrador Retriever buddy. Then there are the daily rides in the car (in his harness to keep him safe) and comfy naps in front of the air-conditioning or heating vent, depending upon the season. He also gets his nightly chew bone.


Read Marley’s adoption story in his new mom Marie’s own words.

Marley’s just one big lucky Labradoodle.

It wasn’t always so. Formerly homeless, Marley was adopted by the Frank family of Dunwoody,
GA, from Paulding County Animal Control in Dallas, GA.

“Our youngest had just turned 9 years old,” says Marie Frank, the mom, “and we thought it the perfect time to add a dog to the mix. I had one requirement and one requirement only for our dog: It had to be a rescue. We would not support the breeders while a homeless dog remained homeless.”

They saw Marley’s photo on Petfinder. “I can’t explain it other than to say that Marley was calling to me from the photo,” Marie says. The family had to wait until the weekend to go meet him and when they got to the shelter, Marie’s first thought was that he was much bigger than she expected.

Her husband, on the other hand, “was noticing his gentle demeanor — dogs were barking all around us and Marley was just so happy and carefree,” Marie says. Her husband’s impressions prevailed, and they took Marley home.

The family has never been sorry, and Marley is feeling the love, basking in his role of pampered pet.

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