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To realize just how lucky Penelope is to be in her new home, you have to know a little bit about her past. The one-year-old Chihuahua was found living in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions with dozens of other dogs. Unable to properly care for them, the owners surrendered the dogs to Animal Humane Society. Because they lacked appropriate socialization, housetraining and health care, these dogs needed exceptional owners who would be patient and understanding with them and commit to the training and medical care they needed.

Shortly after the dogs arrived at Animal Humane Society, Ann and her husband Mike were searching for a companion for their dog Moose, a Chihuahua they adopted from AHS a few months prior. They knew they wanted another small dog and after visiting with Penelope they thought she would be a great match. The staff informed them of Penelope’s previous living situation, but that did not deter them. They had already researched the challenges of adopting a dog from an abusive or neglectful situation and were confident they could handle it.

Ann and Mike brought Penelope home and started the process of slowly introducing the two dogs. Their instincts were right about her – she and Moose bonded very quickly. Penelope is still shy in certain situations, but is gaining confidence every day. “She’s a very loving and playful dog,” says Ann. “She adores Mike and loves sitting in his lap; she’s definitely a daddy’s girl!” Penelope is also picking up on housetraining thanks to the assistance of her new best friend, Moose, who is showing her how it’s done. In a matter of weeks, Penelope went from being filthy and neglected to living with a loving family dedicated to her healthy and happiness.

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

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