May 18th 2005 9:08 pm
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Yes Annabelle, I am excited! How wonderful that you and I were featured on the Humane Society of the United States Spring newsletter.
You look sooo cute.
It is amazing how you came within one hour of your death last August 2004 and by May 2005 you are national star!!!
Annabelle, you have come such a long way.
We are sooooooooo proud of you!
We love you girl!
Keep up the good work
Love your family
May 3rd 2005 2:47 pm
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Silly Annabelle, you are too funny. Every time it rains, you seem to enjoy getting as dirty of a dog as possible!
You remind me of the story my mom read me when I was a little girl "Harry the dirty Dog" It was my favorite story!!! Little did I know, I was going to marry someone named Harry and have a son named Harry too!!
"Harry the Dirty Dog"
Classic children's books
Harry the Dirty Dog was written by Gene Zion with pictures by Margaret Bloy Graham. Harry the Dirty Dog is a story of a dog who hates to take a bath, he does everything possible to get out of it. Step into Harry's world where children can relate to the urge to rebel, then the fun of getting messy and the reassuring love of a family!
Harry the Dirty Dog was first published in 1956 and is a classic children's story.
Boy if this is not Annabelle, I don't know who is!
April 12th 2005 8:31 am
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Annabelle is a shelter American Pit-bull terrier with her ears cropped (probably a little bit too short) She was the product of those wonderful back yard breeders that we all so love!
I must say that she is one of my particular favorite dogs though. She is around two years old now.
She has a remarkable story.
Annabelle was saved actually within ONE hour of her being euthanized by the shelter she came from.
A friend of mine (Trayer) volunteers at the shelter Annabelle was located at.
She called me very upset and crying that they had to put her down due to no more room at the inn. She asked me if I could URGENTLY help. I did. Once I met Annabelle, I found out that she was VERY VERY shy and had probably been beaten with objects that resembled sticks. Every time she would see a cane, tree branch, baseball bats, etc… she would go into a terrible panic, she would back up a few feet, her ears would go back and she would not stop barking. When she saw the same person walking without the cane or baseball bat, she was fine. She would cower and shake sometimes too.
She also would stare down strangers and fixate on them when I took her to a park. It was obvious that her past owners had abused her.
Therefore, it has taken me since last August to get her to realize that she is now safe and loved. My husband Harry and I have spent hours upon hours training her and making her feel safe in public places. I had intensions of adopting her out but once I realized the severity of her problems, I did not feel safe adopting her. My oldest dog Brandon died this past December at the age of 11. That left one spot open for me to keep Annabelle.
She is now the happy dog you see playing at the park. She loves to go for long walks on the bike path and go for car rides to get her cheeseburgers. Annabelle and I are also going to be featured on the front page of the Humane Society of the United States newsletter this coming spring. She is currently in training for her Canine Good Citizenship certificate. We still have some work to go but we are on our way.
Annabelle has such personality and charisma. She is an AWSOME DOG. She loves to play with other dogs and enjoys life to the fullest. I cannot tell you how happy my family and I are to proudly own and love her. I gather everyone realizes this by the way I speak about her!
"If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have
known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons."
-- James Thurber
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