Just met the girl with the dog in the park this morning. I stopped to compliment her on the love so clearly evident between her and her pet. She told me she has had the animal for two years and though the dog has had some obedience training, mostly it has become attuned to its owner’s body language. She brought the mongrel home as an adult dog from an animal shelter.
Given the numerous articles written about the abuses of puppy farms and the genetic weakening that comes from prolonged breeding, I came home with an even greater respect for the woman who chose to rescue a pet from an animal shelter. I’d say her kindness has been richly rewarded.