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Tanya, Diamond in the Rough, Sparkles



It wouldn't be the first time staff took in a "stray" dog who sat and looked adoringly at the person who claimed he'd never seen her before. And it won't be the last. But when a man turned this big girl in, claiming he found her as a stray, staff just didn't buy it.

No one fell in love with the unnamed Shepherd/Rottweiler mix at our Union shelter, so she was transferred to Newark. Staff was taking photos of the dogs for the Humane News, and there she was - on her hind legs, just begging for attention with a smile as big as the sun. "Come on out", said our photographer, and her kennel worker brought out this big, friendly girl. All she needed was a touch - she wiggled, and wagged, and then rolled right over waiting for tummy rubs. And she got plenty ... and a name .. and a spot in the Humane News and on Petfinder.

Tanya's zest for life never lessened through her kenneling, but in one respect, she was an easy dog to pass over -- the Newark shelter often has many large Shepherd mixes.  As sweet as Tanya was, no one seemed to even see her. Enter Faithful Friends Rescue of Ticonderoga, NY. It took all of two seconds for them to see this diamond in the rough, and before you know it, Tanya was headed for a loving future.

Now named Bristol, she shares a home in New Windsor, NY with a new dog friend named Socks, (pictured), two cats and a ferret. And she has a great mom, Christine, and a little girl all her own named Shelby. Bristol loves playing in the backyard with Socks, going for rides in the car, and walking along the riverfront. She's had a few housebreaking issues, but it's all being taken in stride, and patience and training are working magic with her.

Not every rescue is heroic; not every rescue fixes broken limbs. Sometimes it's about rescuing a broken heart. Sometimes it's about seeing the diamond in the rough, and the sparkle that's just waiting to shine. Please help us continue to rescue and give hope to those beautiful hearts that cry out for love and a home.

 

9/23/2005

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