Update on Gretchen, now Teagan, from her owner:

She's adorable and wonderful. She has many talents:

- getting in bed first and taking up 80% of the space
- shedding and leaving fur everywhere so I never forget about her
- rolling in questionable stinky stuff
- dropping her ball off the couch and crying until I go get it
- eating apple cores off the ground
- eating rotten banana peels
- eating old gum
- eating leaves because they may be food
- eating sticks and pooping out bits of stick
- looking sad so people might feed her
- looking cute by having one ear up and one down so people might feed her
- staring at people and making them uncomfortable so they might feed her
- eating so much snow she has to go out to pee every 30 minutes
- and barking at small white dogs





4 Comments to “Update on Gretchen”

  1. olddog says:

    Thank you for the wonderful update! So amusing too! What is that with barking at little white dogs? All my dogs through the years have done that! Teagan is gorgeous! So glad she has found herself a wonderful, compassionate and happy home.

  2. Anonymous says:

    She looks like she's having a wonderful new life with you. Teagan is beautiful!

  3. Anonymous says:

    So good to hear that Teagan is having the time of her life with her new family. She seems to be living in paradise. I even had a smile on my face when she seems to be wanting to eat all the time. She sure is a beauty. Thanks for filling us in on the great news Teagan.

  4. Nothing looks happier than a happy dog!

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The public still too often associates shelter dogs with images of beat up, sick, dirty, severely traumatized animals and while we definitely sometimes see victims such as these, they are certainly not the majority and, regardless, even the most abused animals can very often be saved and made whole again.

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