For 9 years a dog named Rosie lived at All About Animals Rescue shelter in Macon, passed over by many people looking for a companion.
She came to the shelter as a puppy, but was shy and didn’t warm up to people well. She was adopted a couple of times but brought back. After all that time it might have seemed hopeless she would find a happy home.
But she did.
Chip and Mellissa Smith already had two dogs and two cats when they went to the shelter last year looking to add to their family. They had gotten their other two dogs as puppies, and this time they wanted to give an older dog a chance.
“Our desire was just to help the dog that needed the most help and had been there the longest,” Chip said. “Rosie is the one that they kind of pointed us towards.”
They started coming to the shelter to take her for walks, and the first two times she was not receptive. By the third time, however, she was wagging her tail when they approached.
A shelter volunteer, Kathy Brantley, then suggested bringing her to their home for a visit, and that went well enough that she stayed overnight.
“She never left,” Mellissa said. “We called Kathy and said, ‘She’s not leaving. She’s staying here.’”
Chip said although she was still wary of them that first night, they could see how happy she was to be in a home and away from the noisy shelter.
“You could tell she just appreciated having some quiet,” he said. “It gave her room to be comfortable.”
Within three weeks she was happily accepting smooches and baths, although even today they have to be careful waking her suddenly from a deep sleep.
“She forgets where she’s at,” Chip said.
The Telegraph has been featuring dogs that have been in shelters for years without getting a home. The Smiths wanted to tell Rosie’s story to encourage others to give shelter dogs a chance, even those that have been passed over for a long time.
“We could not be happier that she is here,” Chip said. “She’s just super, super sweet. It boggles our minds that she fell through the cracks the way that she did.”