The Mutt for Me
A Beautiful Transformation from Project Dog to Man’s Best Friend
by Don Hughes
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Having never had a dog of his own before, Don was not prepared for what it meant to adopt one of the most behaviorally difficult rescues in the shelter. Despite having clocked hundreds of volunteer hours at his local animal shelter, Don for many years kept a ready list of excuses for not adopting a canine companion of his own.
But that all changed when Don met Barbie. So fearful and unresponsive that the shelter was within days of putting her down, Barbie and her plight convinced Don to open his home to her, changing both of their lives forever.
Interspersed with Don’s most poignant memories of working at the animal shelter—some heartbreaking and others incredibly uplifting—The Mutt for Me follows the many misadventures of Don and Barbie on their mutual journey of growth and healing. You’ll see Barbie transform from the terrified, despondent recluse to the lively, lovable, and almost always well-behaved dog she is today.
As the first-time dog dad of a pup in need of significant behavioral development, Don shows us that with enough love, patience, and dedication to learning, anyone can provide a home to a rescue animal. The Mutt for Me is a heartwarming story about how our pets have the capacity to transform and heal us as much as we can do the same for them.
September 12, 2023
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