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One Sunday, sitting on the lanai looking through the paper we saw an article about a local person whose property was raided and over 260 dogs were rescued from small wire, chicken coop like cages that were stuffed several pups to a cage and then stacked on top of each other. I was compelled to meet these dogs, and perhaps adopt one.

The first dog we saw was Declan. He’s afraid of men they said. Since my husband would be the primary caretaker, a dog afraid of men might not work out. We looked at other pups, they didn't work out. Declan was on the opposite aisle all alone, kept barking a soft wuff, wuff, I didn’t even notice him. My husband brought him up again and asked about him again We were told he was in foster but was brought back just today to be sent to Jacksonville shelter on Monday, they were asking for any terrier types. That he had bitten one of the male rescuers and generally didn’t like men. I looked at him and although he was very calm and laid back (what I would later realize was fear) he was also VERY curious. My husband walked by his enclosure and he’d put his head down as he passed and sniff sniff after him, but not turn away. Is he promised to Jacksonville? No, was the reply if you want him you can have him! I asked that my husband try to walk him, alone. After The walk I then asked my husband “Well? Is this the one?” YES!. He didn’t hesitate and we brought Declan home that day. We renamed him Archie We quickly found out that he was on his very best behavior during that first walk as we had many many struggles helping him overcome his fear of men. I don’t know what helped Archie put on such a brave face, but I'm glad he did! We might not have adopted him! Overall he is one happy healthy boy and he’s now my very best hairy boy

Sarasota, FL

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