Last week, I wrote about a family that adopted a puppy from the local humane society. This week, we’ll hear from Sandy Dolberg, Little Rock resident and member of the Little Rock Dog Training club, who adopted Lucky, an adult, all-black ,purebred Pug, five years ago.

Sandy’s home already included  another Pug and an American Straffordshire Terrier. So, why add another? Sandy said she had wanted another Pug for a while and also wanted to try brace obedience training with the two of them.

Side note: I looked up “brace obedience” on YouTube, and you should too because it’s pretty cool. Brace obedience requires you to have two dogs of the same breed attached to each other by a short leash while they work together to compete in the show ring.

When Sandy got a call that the Humane Society of Pulaski County had rescued a bunch of puppy mill dogs, she went down to look at the Boston Terriers. She hadn’t planned on adopting that day, but when she saw Lucky, “It was love at first sight.” she said.

It may surprise you that Sandy found a purebred dog at a shelter, but according to the ASPCA, 25% of dogs who enter shelters are purebred. While I believe mixed breeds are just as good as purebreds, Sandy’s story goes to show that you never know what you’re going to find at your local animal shelter/rescue.

If you’re wondering how Lucky gets along with his fur-siblings, his mom says they get along pretty well. When Sandy first brought him home, he was calm and subdued, “But, he came out of his shell. Now he’s vocal and wild!” she said.

He’s not ill-behaved though. Lucky has been a student at the Little Rock Dog Training Club since 2008 when he first learned “sit”, “down”, “stay”, and “come”.

He even does the dog show circuit where he’s won five titles from AKC Companion Dog (CD), Beginner Novice (BN), Rally Novice (RN), Rally Advanced (RA), and from UKC United Companion Dog (UCD). The following photos show Lucky and his brother Bo at their most recent show in Little Rock:

Bo and Lucky

He’s quite the clown with that tongue sticking out! Thank you for adopting, Sandy!

Are you thinking about adding a pet to your family? Petfinder is the best place to quickly search online for adoptables in your area.

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