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Happy Tail: Dixie steals a heart


Dixie came to Livingston County Humane Society in Pontiac, IL, as a stray, so she had to be kept at the shelter for a required number of days to make sure her people didn’t claim her. She had already been spayed, so there was evidence that she’d had people at one time, that she wasn’t always homeless. For her, it was a waiting game. Would someone claim this Australian Cattle Dog mix?

True to her breed, Dixie keeps a watchful eye on what's going on.

True to her breed, Dixie keeps a watchful eye on what’s going on.

The required days passed, and no one stepped forward, so her photo and description were posted on Petfinder. Five days later, J Albertson of Carpentersville, IL, saw her listing and, as he puts it, “proceeded to pester the nice people at the shelter about her.”

When he got to meet her, the two of them bonded immediately. Once in her new home, her playful personality began to emerge. “She can play fetch for over an hour non-stop and still want to do more,” J says. “One of her favorite things to do is jump on my lap and climb up to my shoulders. Once she gets comfortable she will just lie across them for some time.”

The shelter staff at Livingston County Humane Society impressed J. He had such a positive experience he hopes others will give adoption a try and that they find a pet that steals their hearts the way Dixie has stolen his.

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