The sweet but timid rat terrier was around 2 years old when she first wound up at the Animal Care Society in Louisville, Kentucky. Although she was playful at first, eager to begin a new life as somebody's pet, Bridget's happy spirit seemed to dampen with time - though it's hard to fault her for that. As the years dragged on, the dog kept being overlooked by potential adopters who seemed to prefer more recent arrivals with a bit more pep.
"They want the dog that is running up to you, licking you, happy to see you and some people can't see beyond that," Bunny Zeller, shelter director of the Animal Care Society, told local news station KPHO.
The perfect fit for Bridget would be someone who could see beyond her malaise to discover the joyful spirit that lay dormant inside her. It took nine years, but that person finally came.