Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Illinois, United States
Posted March 12, 2014
My family got Beauty from a shelter when I was in my early teens. To me, she was nearly perfect: intelligent, strong, beautiful (per her namesake), fun-loving, eager to learn, and chock-full of energy. Every one of those adjectives was great for me, but the last one proved to be too much of an issue for my family and they chose to return her to the shelter after about eight months after she accidentally scratched my younger sister while playing. To be clear: this was a VERY minor incident that was innocent and accidental. This minor scratch on my sister's neck was the product of playing rough in the living room with a dog that we never trained.
I learned a valuable lesson from this experience: dogs need training! While my parents may have unfortunately attributed the accident with my sister as the dog's fault, that's a common misconception by people who don't know how to properly care for and be a responsible owner to their dogs. I have since owned three other dogs, two rats, and five cats. So I guess you could say that I'm a pet person through and through!
What I remember best and most fondly about Beauty was that she was quick to learn, eager to please, an explorer (who needed a much stronger leash than other dogs might!), and that she was a born puller due to her mix. In fact, she once pulled me off my feet when she took off after a squirrel! In the end, I was heartbroken to part ways with my sweet, sassy little chum, and I hope she found a great home with a more energetic family who knew how to handle a high energy worker breed.