I see a lot of potential in shy dogs but if you told me when I first met Ando that he would become a social butterfly, I would have had a hard time believing it.
This senior boy, who came to us from an unfortunate overcrowded situation, didn’t understand how to get along with dogs and he certainly didn’t know how to trust people. Over time, shy Ando started to let us see his true personality, and he began to have faith in people and other dogs.
Now he lives with a few small dogs and he meets new human friends all the time. He trots on our trail with volunteers, loves a good chin or butt scratch, snoozes on relaxing car rides, and will eat straight from your hand. During his time here, Ando has also had a few medical struggles and was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. Once fearful of being touched and handled, Ando has learned to tolerate medical handling with those he trusts in order for him to get the exams and treatments he needs to feel healthy.
A far cry from the dog I met a few years ago, now two of his favorite activities include greeting Dogtown tours and having a weekly office day at Angel Village, where he gets to meet new people and see new sights. All Ando needed was a little time and patience to show us that a guy who once was unsure of the world around him really can have the courage to become a social butterfly.