Garrett... Hello friends!
My name is Garrett and I am a Black Lab about 3 years old. I am currently preparing to take my Delta Society test in a few weeks and become a certified 'dogtor' (which to me is just a license to get petted!). In the meantime my mom, her friend, my Labby girlfriend, and I are visiting the residents of a local nursing home. I love my job as I get petted a lot and bring smiles to people's faces. I guess I bring back a lot of memories about dogs they used to have.
I was saved from the Clermont County Animal Shelter by Roncy Roehm from Labrador Retriever Rescue of Cincinnati. Roncy came to the shelter to look at another dog and a staff member encouraged her to check me out. Roncy wanted to see if I was cage aggressive and went into my kennel. When I saw Roncy I immediately went "belly up" and asked for a belly rub. Needless to say, I left with her that day. When Roncy was completing the paperwork to transfer me to the rescue she found out that I was heartworm positive. See, if you do not give a prevention pill to your dogs they can get very sick and possibly die. Also, the treatment of heartworm is very difficult and traumatic to the dog. However, I already stole Roncy's heart and she took me anyway. After I got to the rescue the vets sent my blood samples to another laboratory and they came back negative. I turned out to be heartworm free! Roncy definitely saved my life the day she picked me from the shelter. I am sure I would have been euthanized due to my, non-existing, condition.
A few days later I went to a foster home with two Labby friends. I was very scared at first and afraid to be left alone. I cried and barked a lot when my foster mom and dad were out of sight, but they were very patient with me because they liked me. Eventually, I overcame my separation anxiety and also stole my foster parents' hearts (I'm highly skilled at this). One day, I overheard mom and dad talking, and they said they had decided to keep me. I guess I am a very lucky dog, I escaped an almost certain death in the shelter, came to live with two Lab siblings, and even got a job! Mom's friend says that I was saved for a reason: to become a therapy dog and help people. I agree, but I don't think that I am exceptional. I think there are many wonderful dogs in rescues and shelters. Will you please give them a chance? They may well surprise you with their love, gratitude, and devotion.