Today, Lady is a mainstay at the clinic, and often, a lifeline.
"Even I didn't realize just how wonderful she was until her personality slowly started to come out," Weikert tells The Dodo. "When I walked into the shelter that day I could have never predicted what a blessing she would turn out to be. She just needed to be given a chance."
And for all of her quirky charm, Lady takes the job seriously, waiting by Weikert's car every morning for a lift.
"She turned out to be such a treasure," Deacon says. "If anybody still has misconceptions about that breed, I think Lady is the perfect example of why they are just as worthy and just as wonderful as any dog."
Sometimes, you just have to open that kennel door. Along with your heart.
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