She also discovered that Russ knew basic commands like sit, down and stay, which made her think he used to belong to someone. She wondered how he ended up at the shelter in such terrible condition.
After the walk, Filoon reluctantly put Russ back into his kennel. Then she called her mom.
"I told her, 'I think I need to adopt a dog tomorrow,'" Filoon said. "My mom thought I was kidding, because I always fall in love with the dogs that I take out - it's hard not to. So she didn't really believe me, but there was something about Russ."