Favorite Walk: Anywhere with lots of good smells...
Best Tricks: Being able to devour any type of treat in record time, 3 times as fast as Chloe! She has power jaws!
Arrival Story: I found Lia when I did a search on www.dogsindanger.com after hearing about the website on Good Morning America. This website opened my eyes to the world of rescue and the overpopulation crisis in America. I remember logging on and seeing an overwhelming amount of dogs that had been or were about to be euthanized simply because they had no home. My eyes filled with tears as I entered my zip code and did a search for adoptable dogs. We had been talking about getting a companion for Chloe, and as fate would have it, the first dog to come up on the search was Lia. She was listed as a one year old husky/lab mix who was friendly and good with kids. She had only 2 days left to be adopted or she was going to be put down because the shelter was full and she had been there the longest(6 months, or half her life!). I emailed the shelter and they agreed to hold her for 3 days until I could get there. We drove about two hours to a very small rural town and a very small shelter(it was basically a garage!). I don't know how many dogs could fit into such a small building, but the sound of dogs desperately barking was so overwhelming that we couldn't hear each other speak. We had talked about looking at dogs other than Lia, but we were never invited in to where the dogs were actually kept, and in hindsight we probably didn't want to be. We waited in a small room that was piled high with bags of kibbles and bits, still not able to hear anything other than dogs barking. When they let Lia out of her cage and into the room I thought to myself this dog looks nothing like her picture and is way bigger than I expected! I know my boyfriend was thinking the same thing but she was very sweet and we couldn't bear to leave her there knowing that we were her last chance at life. We brought Chloe along to make sure they would be okay together and after a quick sniff they instantly began playing together so it was a done deal! After the paperwork was done the shelter worker brought Lia out to my car, where I expected she would jump right in with Chloe. After alot of coaxing we realized it was going to take me,my boyfriend, and the shelter worker to get her into the car because she had no idea what a car ride was. About 20 minutes into the drive home my boyfriend decides to stop at a gas station and get a pop. He opens the door to get back in the car and out rushes Lia!! She takes off and runs out in the road like "IM FREE IM FREE". And I'm thinking "OH NO WE LOST HER ALREADY". It took us about 10 minutes of chasing and coaxing to finally catch her and get her back in the car. We get home and the first thing she does is pee on the carpet and that's how we learned she was not housetrained what so ever. She did not know any basic commands. We wanted to change her name but she was so scared and that was the only thing she actually knew so we kept it. She was so skinny that it looked like she had two softballs for hip bones. Her coat was thin and dull and her skin was red. She flinched every time we went to pet her and would not make eye contact with anyone. For the first few days all she wanted to do was lay next to our bed upstairs and cower and shake. I would go up and comfort her and pick her up and lead her back downstairs, but the slightest noise or movement would send her right back upstairs. I had to crate her while I was at work and she would bark and cry all day and my neighbors were complaining. There were times when I thought maybe we had gotten ourselves in over our heads but deep down I knew it was just going to take time,love, and patience. It has been about 3 years now and Lia is not the same dog we picked up from the shelter. She has gained 15 lbs and now has a beautiful thick white coat. She trusts her family and knows that she is safe with us. She will probably always have a fearful side, unforunately I believe something happened early in her life that scarred her forever. But that fear subsided and her personality emerged. She is friendly and happy and has so much unconditional love for us its incredible. We cherish her as a member of our family. I have learned and changed from this experience just as much as Lia has. Give a shelter dog a chance, they deserve it and you never know what you might learn about yourself.
Bio: I don't know much about Lia's life before we got her. I have no idea what breeds she is mixed with. Sometimes I think white german shephard/ lab mix, but then the blue eye throws that off. I just call her my mystery mutt but if you have any guesses I would love to hear them.