Marla adopted Spokey from the Maryland SPCA, where her name was originally Anna, and fell in love the moment she met her. "She was the only dog who didn't bark or jump. She sat there very somberly, and I just knew that I could be the one to save her," Marla told The Dodo.
The pair met on December 31, 2014, but the shelter said that Spokey wasn't ready to be taken home yet, and so Marla waited. "I came back every day until she was finally available," Marla said. "It broke my heart to have to walk away every time they told me she wasn't ready. She even started pressing her paw against the glass when I was around."
Now, Marla and Spokey are inseparable - and over the past year, Marla has been able to get to know Spokey and determine her favorite things about her.