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Renee’s daughter wanted a pit bull because she’s done reports on them for school. Renee was hesitant at first, but then brought home Button. “She’s so sweet and lovable. We’re so dedicated to getting rid of the pit bull stigma,” Renee says. Shortly before the family adopted Button, they discovered Lilly at the Animal Humane Society. Grandpa was a police chief who always had a German shepherd as his canine officer, and that made Lilly’s adoption even more special.  She’s a tall, skinny German shepherd/boxer but looks more like a greyhound. Button has the personality of a lazy Great Dane, and she’s quite the escape artist. Somehow she gets over the baby gate even though she’s half the size of Lilly.

Button’s in Puppy Kindergarten at Animal Humane Society and showing such promise that Renee thinks it would be fun for her to pass all the classes so she can be a therapy dog. Lilly also went to puppy kindergarten and learned commands fast. Renee can now see why training can make such a difference. “I grew up with dogs and we never went through training. When you have company over, it’s nice to have a calm, controlled dog,” Renee says.

The two puppies are a bit like “The Odd Couple”.  Lilly can go for hours chasing a ball while Button would rather sit and chew rawhide. Lilly will try to swing the tug rope at Button to get her to play, but she shows no interest. Although they’re so different, they are inseparable and love to cuddle. The dogs have become such a big part of the family, the spare bedroom is being converted into a dogs’ room.

Click here for more information on the Puppy Kindergarten class offered through AHS' Training School.

Photography courtesy of Laurie Schneider Photography. For information on pet portraits visit http://www.lschneider.com/.

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