Monica Engebretson had been browsing the SSPCA's adoption page, and she'd come across Louie's picture. "I just liked his face," Engebretson told The Dodo "I emailed my husband his picture and said, 'I want.' He wrote back, 'OK, go see him before I change my mind.'"
When Engebretson learned that Louie had been rescued from a meat farm, she was intrigued, but she worried about Louie getting along with her other dog, Cherry. Cherry was a rescue herself - she'd been found as a flea-ridden stray with a tight collar cutting into her neck, a chewed-off rope hanging from it.
While Cherry's background is unknown, Engebretson knew Cherry was unpredictable around other dogs.
"She's very dominant so if another dog shows any insubordination, she fights," Engebretson said.
There was only one way to find out - get Louie and Cherry to meet. So Engebretson and her daughter, Xela, took Cherry to the shelter, though they initially left her outside in a safe place so they could meet Louie first.
Engebretson and her daughter were shocked to see how skittish and scared Louie was.