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We had been helping rescue dogs from the local shelter's euthanasia list for about a year when we were contacted about helping to rescue Kya. An incredible rescue was trying to save a 4yo German Shepherd who was labeled human and animal aggressive. I usually don't take those labels seriously, 99% of the time the dog is just scared. When I arrived at the shelter, however, I had second thoughts. There stood this enormous shepherd, barking and charging the kennel door at me. I am never afraid of dogs, but she made me nervous. I talked to the rescue about my apprehension and they said they didn't want to put me in danger, but if I didn't take her, she would euthanized that night. I couldn't let that happen, so I hoped for the best and signed the paperwork to get her out. She had to be spayed yet, so I picked her up the next day. She was happy to be out of there, but a little stand offish. We had a 3 hour car ride home, so off we went. Every time I tried to pet her, she would move away from me and kind of give me the cold shoulder, so I gave her some space. About an hour and a half into the ride, I had my hand resting close to her so she could get used it and she woke up, sniffed my hand, and then gave me one lick. It was over, she had me hook, line, and sinker. I talked to the rescue and adopted her. Now, a year later, I have come to see the most amazing dog I've ever encountered. She knows almost every command, in English and German, she loves to give kisses, and sleeps next to me every night. As for being dog aggressive, that was wrong too. She now has a 6 week old brother that she adores! I can't imagine the world almost losing her without anyone knowing how intelligent, happy, and loving she truly is! I am so blessed to have her love me!!

Show Low, AZ

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