This is Dolly, a Pyrenees x Golden Retriever? She was extremely distrustful and suspicious of people when she was turned in to animal control after allegedly biting someone who grabbed her collar. The owner said she was going to shoot Dolly but changed her mind and decided to surrender her. Because of her bite history, animal control was prohibited from adopting her out, leaving her rescue or euthanasia.

What Dolly came from is unknown but she scared staff enough that they could not handle her at all, even take her out of her run, for days – snarling and barking at them. I was genuinely concerned about her chances when I met her – she glared at me from her cage, eyes carefully back and forth from one of my hands to the other.

She earned favour of shelter staff and when we went and visited a couple months later, we couldn’t believe this was the same dog – running, playing, smiling, and playbowing with us. We took a video and posted it on facebook, and started getting emails. Therese applied to foster Dolly and see if she fit in as a permanent addition. Therese came to meet Dolly on Friday May 13, and they both thought each other were just fine. This photo was taken just before Dolly drove off with Therese and family, ending an 8-month stay at animal control.

Dolly was a real favourite with shelter staff, and two of her biggest supporters were both home sick on Dolly’s checkout day. I’m pretty sure Dolly would’ve told them thanks for believing in her and she’ll never forget them.

NIKON 18-200mm lens at 22mm
1/500 at F3.8
Uncropped, minor tweaking in CS5
Keswick, Ontario, Canada


  • MIchelle Thompson
    MIchelle Thompsonover 3 years ago

    Fantastic story. I hope Dolly is happy in her new home and is no longer frightened. Michelle

  • Thanks Michelle! She’s doing great, Therese has already said she’s fitting in so well she’d like to keep her. :)

    – SamTheCowdog

  • Dorothy Thomson
    Dorothy Thomsonover 3 years ago

    What a wonderful story………………….WTG Dolly xxx

  • Yeah, WTG Dolly. :)

    – SamTheCowdog

  • Sunsetdaze
    Sunsetdazeover 3 years ago

  • Thank you for accepting it! :)

    – SamTheCowdog

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiover 3 years ago

  • Thanks so much! :)

    – SamTheCowdog

  • Maggie Keegan
    Maggie Keeganover 3 years ago

    Great shot and great story.

    Congratulations on the feature.

  • Thanks Maggie! :)

    – SamTheCowdog

  • ✿✿ Bonita ✿✿ ђєℓℓσ
    ✿✿ Bonita ✿✿ ђ...over 3 years ago

  • Thanks Rapture! :)

    – SamTheCowdog

  • DonnaMoore
    DonnaMooreover 3 years ago

  • Thanks so much Donna! :)

    – SamTheCowdog

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