Roxie, a sweet and loveable Pit Bull found her forever home tonight with a Michigan Dog Trainer, Eric Allport of Canton, Michigan.
In July 2014, it became known that Roxie spent her days tied up behind a house with another dog who repeatedly broke his leash and attacked Roxie.Â Being tied up, Roxie couldn’t escape from the vicious attacks. Some good Samaritans convinced the owner to relinquish Roxie to them and they promptly asked Dr. Cheryl Good, DVM owner of Dearborn Family Pet Care in Dearborn, Michigan for assistance. Dr. Good treated her for heartworm and her other injuries as well as adopted her until she could find a great home for Roxie.Â Dr. Good was Roxie’s Guardian Angel.
In November 2014 when Roxie was fully recovered, Dr. Good asked Michael Burkey, CEO and Dog Behaviorist at Michigan Dog Training (MDT) in Plymouth, Michigan to provide training and rehabilitation for Roxie so she could be adopted out when the right home came along.Â She excelled in obedience training and even learned to play with other dogs again. Michael’s dog Starbuck, a German Shepherd (utilized frequently to teach fearful dogs that playing with other dogs can be very fun) became a frequent play companion of Roxie’s. Later Eric’s father’s dog Bailey did as well.
Despite Roxie being a very sweet and loveable dog, obedience trained, and rehabilitated; it proved challenging to find a home that was willing and able to adopt Roxie. Until, last week that is. Eric Allport a dog trainer at MDT decided he wanted to adopt Roxie. He had taken a special interest in her during her stay at MDT and always went the extra mile to provide her with loving care and attention. So he asked his family to come meet her and they too fell in love with Roxie.
Then it all happened tonight.Â Dr. Good came to meet Eric and his family at their home with Michael and of course Roxie and Bailey too. It was very touching to see Roxie follow Eric around the house and to his bedroom as if she already belonged there.Â Upon entering Eric’s bedroom, Roxie headed for the dog bed Eric had prepared for her and made herself comfortable. She even began to fall asleep. It was a done deal in Roxie’s mind.Â All that was needed was Dr. Good’s approval and that was given when she hugged Eric with joy and told him he was a blessing.
It’s so sad how some people can mistreat animals who only want to be loved and taken care of. Thankfully though, a community of dog lovers came together (the good Samaritans, Dr. Good and her staff, the MDT staff, Eric and his family and probably others I’m unaware of), and gave Roxie the second wonderful life that she so deserves.
After the above meeting, Eric accompanied by Roxie returned to work at MDT to complete the rest of his evening shift. I got choked up and shed a few joyful tears seeing Roxie go home again with Eric. Now she is only a visitor and no longer a resident at MDT. She is now a loved family dog!Â : )