Here’s What You Said: Why is your adopted dog amazing?

October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month, so last month in our newsletter, we asked how your shelter or rescue mutt is smart, savvy and amazing. Here are excerpts from some of your emails.


Gidget (right) and Gracie

Ali’s two rescued dogs, Gidget and Gracie, participate with Ali in agility. “They are both so quick to pick up on new behaviors and love to work and have fun,” Ali writes. “Gidget has been competing for a year. Gracie is still learning, but when she’s ready, she’s going to be awesome!”

Jeanne takes her dog Bailey to visit a senior citizen home once or twice a week. When Jeanne gets ready to go, she gives her other two dogs special treats. And even though Bailey loves the treats, she has figured out that no treat means she gets to go with Jeanne. “Is that smart or what? I love that dog!” Jeanne says. At home, Bailey is rambunctious, but “when we go to
the senior home, she is very gentle with the older people, more so
than she is with me and my other dogs — like she knows she
can’t be rough with these older people.”

Salley and her family went to the Humane Society in Tucson to adopt a
dog. Her 2-year-old, Heather, “seemed drawn to a medium-sized black dog named
Webster. When we went from the main building to the pens in back,
Webster automatically went between Heather and the road — keeping our
daughter on the sidewalk, preventing her from drifting out into the
road. They had just met. We were hooked. In the remaining time we
lived in Arizona, Webster also protected his little girl from a Mohave
green rattlesnake and some scorpions.”

Kathy’s dog Dizzy has diabetes and is going blind; her other dog, Jake,
gets Kathy’s attention when it’s time for Dizzy’s insulin shot. Another adopter, who uses a scooter or walker to get around, writes that her
dog Ebbie, whom she adopted from Stover Animal Control in Missouri,
was a bigger dog than she wanted and a runner, but it was love at first
sight. “It is difficult for me to lift much more than 10 lbs. and I
certainly cannot run!” she says. “So I knew we would face a challenge. And he was
a handful! We had a conversation all the way home. I told him he never
needed to worry about not having a home again! And he would have to
help me by not running away from me, only toward me. He has learned to
walk ahead of my walker and my scooter without fear of the wheels. He
paces himself well and if he starts going too fast, I just tell him, and
he immediately holds back.”

She goes on to write, “I have a long cord with musical chimes for the
cats to play with, and Ebbie has decided to train me to let him out when
he rings them! He has also trained me to remember to buy a new toy for him
whenever I shop. He waits while I empty all the shopping bags — and I
cannot fake him out!”

The dog training the trainer — hmm. Sounds pretty smart and savvy to me.
I know my dog has me trained. Thanks for all your responses.

Previous Here’s What You Saids:

Why your imperfect pets are perfect for you

Where do you travel with your pets?

Does your pet help you stay in shape?

Did you save your cat’s life?

Your unusual pets

How you volunteer to help pets

Your pets’ social networking

Your pets’ best tricks

Pets with celebrity names

Your stories of fostering pets, tips and more!

Your inspiring stories about less-adoptable pets

Has pet insurance ever saved your pet or your wallet?

How do you make traveling with pets easier?

Have you ever had a lost pet returned?

What are your tips and tricks for moving with a pet?

Was it love at first sight with your pet?