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When I moved into my home in March 2013, Dixie (German-Shepherd/Bull mastiff mix) lived in a pen outside next door. She was always barking, and when I adopted my Danny-Boy (also a rescue), she would foam at the mouth and try to chew through her fence to get to him. I noticed her owners hardly ever fed or watered her, so with their permission, I started feeding her myself. After a few weeks, Danny-Boy would get down into his play stance (we all know this stance when they have their chest on the ground and butt up in the air) and dart around her fence with her chasing him. I asked the owner's permission to play with her, and to teach her basic obedience. She loved it. Eventually, I ended up talking the owner into giving her to me. "You don't feed her, you don't play with her, and you don't care for her. Let me give her what you can't give her." To my relief, my neighbor gave her up without a fight. I took her in with the intent to place her in a good home, but my live-in boyfriend had her housebroken within a matter of days. It has been almost 4 months now, and I can let her out into the backyard to run and play without a tie-out because she comes on command every single time. She's so thankful to have a warm place to sleep at night and now that she's figured out how to jump up on our bed, it seems as if she's afraid to let us out of her sight sometimes. We are humbled to witness such a transformation and to know that we are the reason why she is super happy today. Dixie is the tan and black dog in the picture. Danny-Boy is the smaller tan one. Both are rescues. Both are incredibly loved.

JeeHae Choe
Crown City, OH

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