"He makes our lives better," Sherrard Ewing said when we asked him if there was something special he'd like to share about Buckley, the yellow Lab he and his girlfriend adopted from PAWS. Sherrard's sister is a volunteer at PAWS and encouraged him to adopt from the shelter. They couldn't be happier with their decision, and with
This happy ending story, like so many others, had a rough beginning. Buckley spent six long months in another Washington shelter before we transferred him over to PAWS. Our staff worried that after being in a kennel for so long, his deteriorated condition and behavior issues would make it harder to find him a home. PAWS' staff and volunteers gave him twice daily walks, training, and various enrichment activities, like toys stuffed with treats to keep him busy in his kennel. Their worries soon disappeared. Within just a week at PAWS this beautiful dog showed everyone he was going to be just fine. After two weeks, his wait for a new family was finally over.
Many animal lovers share the philosophy that your dog picks you, and this is exactly what Sherrard knew to be true when he first saw Buckley at PAWS. Sherrard recalls that there was just something about him. He had adopted rescue dogs before and knew that even though there would be challenges with Buckley, he got the feeling it was going to be worth it.
Sherrard is happy to report that where Buckley was once nervous and timid around new dogs, he is now very social and friendly and even has a new best friend in his sister's dog, Casper. "He gets better every day," said Sherrard. Now that's a happy ending.
Above: After staying more than six months in two different shelters, Buckley takes his rightful place as a lap dog.
Buckley (left) used to be afraid of meeting other dogs. Now he loves hanging with his new dog friend Casper.