Monday, January 23, 2017

Canine devotion astonishes SPCA worker

Yellowknife is the capitol of Canada's Northwest Territories. It's so far north that residents can see the Northern Lights every fall and winter. It's also home to an amazing dog named Ted, a German shepherd and Akita mix. . He arrived at the SPCA shelter this month and was scared. He would not let anybody walk him. He just cowered in the back of his tiny kennel. Enter SPCA staffer Abbey Boyd. When Ted refused to walk with her, she fed him cheese-flavored bacon strips "to try to get him to love me." She also asked the maintenance man to build Ted a larger kennel. She had no other contact with Ted that day, and went home at the end of her shift.

                                                                                                                            Abbey Boyd
At 6 a.m. the next morning, she saw a dog sitting on her deck. She noticed he had a nick on his nose and "that's when I realized it had to be Ted." Calling the SPCA, she learned Ted had busted out of his kennel and escaped through a chain-link fence. Then he walked from the industrial park on the outskirts of town past the airport and through several suburban neighborhoods directly to Abbey's house. According to one breeder, dogs like Ted are extremely loyal. "They have a mind of their own and a strong drive to achieve something." "It's kind of put a new spin on my life," says Abbey, who is in the process of adopting Ted.

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