Summer is no time to be a long haired dog. My two German Shephards line up for me outside as my husband and I take turns brushing the monsterous amount of fur off of their bodies and onto the deck. Clumps of fur surround us. My two dogs sit back, content to let us brush them all day long (which we may do depending on how long these clumps can keep pulling out. We keep brushing.
When I turn to get something, I notice our foster dog Janie sitting nearby, patiently waiting for her turn to be brushed. My husband and I look at each other. Janie is a red nose pit puppy. For all intents and purposes, she doesn't have hair. Her short hair is neat and flawless. She doesn't need to be brushed. Janie waits. I finish brushing down both of our hairy beasts, and am about to put the brushes away when she scurries in front of me, looking up at me with expectation. It is her turn.
To do anything else would be to tell her that she is different, and not a part of our pack. We would hurt her feelings.
So my husband shows her the brush we use on our dogs. She sniffs it and looks up at him. We turn the brush over and very carefully brush her with the plastic end. She seems happy. She stays still until she is sure that we have done our job to groom her, just like we groomed our other two dogs. She chases them in the yard now - one of the pack.
Janie is in our loving foster home and she's doing very well. She is ready to move to her forever home. When Janie finds her forever home, there will be more room to pull scared dogs from kill shelters. If you are interested in adopting her, and would like more information, you may contact me at 862-703-0637. Visit us on the web at Sitstaylearn.org.