Helkenn knew that Schnitzel had many issues, both physically and emotionally, but she simply didn't care. "This dog had very little hair, preferred to be in her kennel, wasn't a cuddly lap dog and she had to eat a special diet," Helkenn said. "But there was something about her I connected with. She had every reason to hate people and want to lash out at them, or to be so filled with fear that she couldn't trust people. But she wasn't like that."
Schnitzel had trouble adapting to life in her new home at first, but her parents never gave up. She had no idea how to cuddle on the couch and struggled with being house-trained. Her diet had to be very strict, and any missteps would cause her severe issues for weeks at a time. Slowly, though, she adjusted.