After being left in a boarding facility, Lacey, the pit bull mix, was shutting down. She was getting depressed. She wasn't eating. She wasn't facing forward anymore. She wasn't responding to any human contact. She was just letting go. She didn't want to live a life in a cage and run any more, and was letting herself go. The "rescue" that originally pulled her from a high-kill shelter in Arlington, TX abandoned her there. Never visited, never took her to adoption events, never paid for her boarding or called to ask about her. The boarding facility asked her several times to come and get her but she did nothing. The owner of the boarding facility asked us if our rescue could help. We got our thoughts together and mapped out a plan.
You see, for what we knew of Lacey - and that wasn't all that much - she was dog aggressive, toy aggressive and a little too hyper for smaller kids. She was not big but not small either, so we had to be careful who fostered her, who trained her and most importantly, who eventually adopted her. Those were big plans we needed to make.
We contacted a great trainer who made room for her right away. We wanted to make sure if we were going to take her in, that we had a solid plan so this girl would never have to live this kind of life again. (Let me say that this boarding facility is excellent but have their hands full in a state full of unwanted dogs, so they did what they could and without asking for one dollar from the original rescue.) We knew she needed basic training and manners; to be evaluated around other dogs and pets in general; and a basic knowledge of how to be a great inside dog for a great family that would eventually adopt her. We found the perfect trainer for her and we were all set to go. Her first day of training was to be Aug. 17.