Abby – CGC, TDI

I was only a six month old puppy wandering the streets of Cohoes, NY lost, lonely, cold and scared when I was picked up and taken to the local shelter. There I met Cydney of Out of the Pits who eventually arranged for Bonnie Kelleher to foster me in her home. Once I was settled in, Bonnie began taking me to special events so that people could see me hoping that someone, somewhere, might give me a home. Then one day I was sitting anxiously in a crate at Petsmart, in Latham NY when Ed Platkin came up to ask why I was alone in that crate.

When he was told that there weren’t enough people to hold all the leashes Ed immediately volunteered. And let me tell you …. When he opened that crate door, I just jumped in his lap and slobbered him with kisses. Later when he introduced me to his special friend Giselle she declared that it was love at first sight. I was cute as a button and made the heavens sing, she said. And before you know it I was living with Ed and Giselle. Toby their beautiful rescued bull terrier and their cats Minkie and Zoey. Now we’re all fast friends.

And I have become not only a Canine Good Citizen, but also a Therapy Dog International TDI dog. I look pretty cool in the TDI vest I wear when I visit people in nursing homes and schools. You can also find me in local libraries and bookstores where I have a job as a Tail Wagin’ Tutor.

Thanks to Ed and Giselle, I’ve come a long, long way from the little, lost street dog picked up in Cohoes that day. It’s a wonderful life. I couldn’t ask for more.

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