Our organization recently had the opportunity to attend a prom for youth and adults with disabilities at White Oak Christian Church. Our teams were a big hit with everyone that attended. There is a story about one of our dogs that we want to share. Her owners, Larry and Elizabeth told us about Misty.
Can I brag about Misty for a moment? I am so proud of her. You saw her confidence last night, but she wasn't always that way.
Ten years ago, we had just lost our dog and were really unhappy. I asked Elizabeth to find a new dog who needed us as much as we needed her. Elizabeth found "Mona" (now Misty) online in southern Kentucky.
Mona was a stray who had shut down in the shelter. She cowered in the far corner of her kennel, shaking, trying to hide from the world. The shelter said they considered her 'unadoptable' and we adopted her over the phone, sight unseen.
The first 6 months with Misty were rough. We might as well have brought a wild animal into our house. After a lot of obedience training, she turned into a dog. It took another 6 months for her to turn into a best friend. We call that the 'lost year'.
Now we take her everywhere. We take a yearly trip to Michigan Ave. in Chicago, with the police cars, buses, and crowds. She's a pro. She needed someone to trust. Now I tell Misty it's her turn to give back. She is so patient. I tell her every day how proud I am of her.
Thanks Larry and Elizabeth for rescuing Misty, and for recognizing her potential to be an awesome therapy dog!