||Three years old|
||Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada|
got Lacey when she was eleven months old
because she had destroyed her owners wiring on his utility trailer.
Like most dalmatian owners he did not realize that dalmatians need
attention. She had been locked in the back yard and no one ever visited
her except to bring her food. To get attention she became destructive.
When I arrived to pick her up she was shaking, tail tucked (obviously
had been beaten by that man because he could not touch her, when he
tried she tried to run. She was on leash at the time). The owners told
me not to let her off leash because she never comes when called.
First thing I did was give her a bath. She was filthy. She trusted no
one. We could not go near her for 3 days. Finally she came out of her
shell and gave us a chance. At first she destroyed anything that came
in her view (this was the only way she felt she could get attention).
To make a long story short, with a lot of love and attention she now has
full freedom of our house with no problems. She is the best protection
dog I have ever had. When I got her she would let no one touch her
especially strangers. As I am very active in flyball and Agility she
had to learn to accept lots of strangers uhhhhhhing and aughhhhhing over
her and now she loves it. She is one of our clubs best flyball dogs and
one of 3 in the Abbotsford area that plays. I am now starting to train
her in Agility and hope next year to participate in obedience trials as
These people have no idea what a wonderful dog they gave up. If only
they had let her be a real part of their family, she would have given
her life for them as I am sure she would do for us.
Lacey doing a perfect "swimmers turn" during flyball practice
in the photo above.
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