Former Service Dog Finds Happy New Home in Her Retirement

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It was a hot July morning when I saw Sheba being led across the parking lot. The man with her looked down, and she just moped along. I walked inside. A few minutes later, Sheba was standing at my door.

PHOTO: SHAWN PEARSON

We made eye contact and became instant friends. Sheba was a service dog in her earlier years. She served a wheelchair-bound veteran. She was 10-years-old, overweight and lost without her family. Her folks were aging and moving closer to family. She was just too big for them to care for anymore.

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We quickly had a vet check her out. She needed medication for an overactive thyroid. We made Sheba at home in our lobby. A healthy diet and medication quickly made a difference. She added a bit of pep to her step! She was ready and deserved to go home.

Our hope was to find a family that loved senior dogs and would value her as a retired service animal. She found just that! I received a call from a man that had recently lost a family pet. His family wanted to help an older dog. I shared Sheba’s story. He fell in love.

The family came to meet Sheba the next morning. It was love at first sight! She has a family that loves and values her. She is home!

PHOTO: SHAWN PEARSON

Story submitted by Shawn Pearson.

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