Christopher T. Assaf, Baltimore Sun photo
July 25, 2013
Liz Holland wasn't looking to adopt a dog when the Patterson Park Dog Park shared a photo of a 15-year-old Labrador retriever on its Facebook page a few weeks ago. Confiscated from her owner for neglect and unsanitary conditions, the elderly dog was terrified and refused to get out of her bed at the Baltimore animal shelter. That was more than Holland could stand.
"It seemed unbelievable to me that she would be pulled from a bad living situation after 15 years, spend a week in an inhospitable shelter, and then be euthanized," she says. Despite living in a Baltimore rowhouse with a baby, two dogs, and three cats, Holland and her partner got in their car, drove to the shelter and brought the Lab home.
Now called Libby, the dog started letting her new owners pet her after about two days, and she grunts when she wants their attention. She's also started playing ("in her old-lady way," says Holland) with the other two dogs and spends hours snoring away on her own dog bed.
"I was worried when we first brought Libby home that she was so scared and broken that she'd never open up to us," Holland says. "But she's already a different dog."
And that, she says, is more than enough for her.
"We may only have a few weeks or months with her, but that's OK," Holland says. "I will know that Libby finally got to experience the love of a family."
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