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This one dog changed everything

12 February, 2016

Volunteering at the animal shelter I see many new dogs weekly and wish I could take them all home. Working with such an incredible team of volunteers our rescue group Rescue Hub have been promoting and saving dogs from the shelter for almost a year now. Not only are we passionate about rescuing dogs but a great support group in times of need. I especially needed their support over the last few months coming to terms with losing my two beloved dogs within two months of each other. I thought I would never love a dog the same way again, until I met Archie.

It was a typical Thursday at the shelter photographing the newest arrivals when Archie, the one year old Kelpie cross, was brought into the run for his time in front of the camera. I didn't think much of him, he was super cute and when his ears perked up it made my heart melt. He was very timid and wary of everyone around him, pacing the run lost in thought. He didn't seem interested in treats or pats so we completed his photo time and continued on.
Each week following Archie and his fellow inmates were brought out to stretch their legs in the run one at a time. And each week I feel more and more in love with him. He was a nut case in his kennel going crazy barking his head off at the big dog next door to him. But out in the run he was a calm and relaxed dog which is where I got to know the real him.
After another week of cuddles and treats I decided I wanted to adopt him, so early Wednesday morning on the 27th of January up I went to the shelter, busted him out and took him to the vet to be desexed. That night he was brought home and began his new life.

It has been a little over 3 weeks now and you can't wipe the smile from my face. Archie brings me so much joy and happiness I thought I would never feel again. In our short time together I have taught him to sit, shake and lie down on command, plus his off leash training is going well. Archie is still a bit nervous in new environments and building up his confidence will take time, but my dream is to train him to do agility with me and hopefully enter a few trials for fun. I can't wait to share his adventure and images with my followers so watch this space!


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