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I was living in New York City and it had been several years since I'd had a dog. I was starting to miss having a 4 legged sidekick. So my roommate at the time and I went to a shelter in Harlem to look around. On the way out, we saw a woman walk in with an old duffle bag and there was a tiny head sticking out of it. The woman put the bag on the counter and said "I don't want this dog." The woman at the front desk informed her that there would be a fee to abandon the animal. The woman was angry, she said she didn't have any money and was just going to leave the bag in the ally if that's the case. My roommate and I looked at each other and without hesitation said "We'll take her!" The woman told us the dog was 9 years old, had never been to a vet, lived in her aunt's bathroom, and ate "people food"... She was afraid of everything! It took time and effort to earn the little dog's trust and make her comfortable. We named her Penny. She went from being afraid to walk outside to traveling the country with me. I ended up moving to Los Angeles, and Penny loves it here. From the mean streets of Harlem to the Hollywood Hills... 50 Cent has nothing on One Cent! I'm grateful every day for my little fuzzy soulmate. I hope I've made her half as happy in the past 6 years as she's made me.

Los Angeles, CA

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