Her bright and cautious hazel eyes entered the room first. It quickly became obvious that Pi, the dog I was meeting with today, was not a social butterfly like many of the dogs at the . In fact, she was very timid.
After a short amount of time just hanging out in the room with Pi, she eventually began gently accepting treats as she sat for me. All the while she looked at me with her beautiful eyes that constantly said: "please take it slow."
She then found a warm and sunny spot to relax in only couple of feet from where I was sitting. This assured me that she had become content with me being in the room.
It wasn't until later on that I realized that we didn't even take off her lead for the shots that I took. But it was such a joy to see this gentle girl relaxing in the sun — the thought didn't even cross my mind.
Like many shelter animals, Pi did have stability early on in her life. She was originally adopted out as a young puppy, then returned to the shelter at 8 months of age.
"We were told that she did not get along with a new dog that was brought into the household," said Gabby Glantzman, shelter office manager.
Being a resident at the shelter for so long, Pi has definitely become acquainted with and very fond of the devoted staff. But since she is quite leery of newcomers, it would be in everyone's best interest if potential adopters spent a little more time than expected for a visit to allow her time to come out of her shell and let her true colors come out.
Pi is only 2 years old and should do very well in a nice quiet home where she receives a good amount of gentle attention in order to help guide her away from her shyful tendencies.
Having a fenced in yard for exercise and to share with her family would be ideal.
"She loves to play ball and even frisbee," said staff member Shannon Chute.
Pi must go into a home with no small children. She does not fair well with cats but does well with some dogs but not others. A simple meet and greet would have to be set up with any future canine siblings.