Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Training: I’ve taught bird care / training techniques
Posted August 1, 2014
Brie was my second dog. I took her out from a shelter, few months later that my previous dog died. Dogs taken out from shelters tend to be quite difficult to deal with - at least at first -, especially if they're not puppies anymore (and, believe me, no matter what breed they are!). They also tend to eat quickly and a lot and be very "protective" of their food, since they have often suffered starvation.
When I took her out, it took me several months to gain her trust: she was always scared when I approached her and tried to bite me even when I only wanted to stroke her.
Anyway, 7 years have passed and she is now the best dog I could ever want: she is very cuddly, follows me everywhere, still eats a lot (!!) and always happy!
For me, who love challenges, having to deal with such a dog is way more rewarding than having to spend an absurd amount of money on a breed that is supposed to be well-behaved.