51438 – Libby
Why choose me?
Update 7/8: Libby was picked up by Athens-Clarke County Animal Control in May after breaking loose from a tie out and getting tangled around a tree. She was never reclaimed and is still at Animal Control. Libby is working to walk properly on a leash and improve her impulse control. She can get a little rowdy with some of the other dogs at the shelter, so I wanted to see how she would behave/react toward other dogs in a non-shelter setting.
Some neighbors agreed to accompany their dogs on “walk bys” in the neighborhood, where they would pass Libby and me while walking down the street. We would observe Libby’s reaction and behavior, and get a better idea of her true nature. I wasn’t sure what to expect from Libby and, based on her shelter demeanor, was prepared for the worst. However, I wasn’t prepared for what actually happened.
We encountered 9 people (including a 4-year-old boy) and 8 dogs, and Libby was SOLID each time. We met small dogs, big dogs, dogs walking in front of us, dogs walking behind us, dogs walking all around us. Libby’s lack of leash walking skills was the only negative, and even that was not terrible. She did not display any aggression or reactivity. She never barked, growled, or showed any over-excited emotion. Yes, she was interested when she saw another dog, but she was more interested in wagging her tail and meeting the person than worrying about their dog. None of the dogs encountered reacted to Libby, which indicates she was not threatening to them, as well. We took a break after our walk and relaxed in the shade on our deck, where Libby’s goal was to climb into someone’s lap. I was truly amazed at what a nice, steady dog she is.
All the participants in the exercise were favorably impressed with Libby’s behavior and wondered, “What’s the big deal? Of course she’s a great dog. What were you expecting?” You never know what a dog’s going to give you until you give them a chance.
Update 6/16: Libby can be choosy with her canine friends at the fence. We’ve learned, however, that she does really well with calmer male dogs. She was great with Bear who’s as calm as they come, and she also liked being next to Tucker. Of course, Libby would also be thrilled to be the only dog in the home. She loves her humans and certainly has lots of love and fun to share!
Update from Libby’s Doggie-Day-Out 6/9: I was lucky enough to get to take Libby out for an afternoon away from the shelter. Athens was soaked all weekend so we were limited with where we could go. We decided to eat some delicious food under the covered patio at Saucehouse. Libby was a HUGE fan of the buffalo chicken dip, tater tots and the bbq egg rolls. She does not like lettuce, but does anyone really? She enjoyed getting pet by the awesome staff and some patrons and she really had a blast!
Update 5/14: Thanks to donations to the Spay/Neuter Fund, Libby has been spayed and brought up-to-date on her basic vaccinations!
Libby is a big ham who just so happens to be a big people pleaser! When we were out in the pen she was very eager to sit and strike a pose for me! She wasn’t even interested in the treats I had to offer, she just wanted to make me proud and did she ever! She ran about the pen and came over to me and showered me with some much appreciated kisses! She is a little excited on the leash and could use some help learning proper leash manners, but given her desire to make people happy that shouldn’t be too difficult! Come meet this beautiful girl, you won’t regret it!
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