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When my family and I came to Northeast Animal Shelter on June 8, 2019 we were overwhelmed. So many wonderful dogs and we wanted to take them all home! After many laps around trying to decide which card to pull, we saw “James”. A very large (his paws are almost as big as my hands) 6 month old Lab Mix. He looks a lot like Scooby Doo so we wondered if he may be part Great Dane as well!

He was calmly sitting in his crate with his soulful eyes following everyone that walked by. When we got to spend a little time with him, we could see he was playful, curious and very affectionate. He is also so smart. While we were sitting with him, he figured out how to turn the doorknob and open the door to the room we were sitting in! On the car ride home, he sat so well and looked so happy. I’d like to think he knew he finally found his pack!

Although it’s only been a month, I can’t imagine our family without him. He loves everyone he meets, loves his pile of toys, and really enjoys time with his dog friends. He is also very protective of his family. We were told that he came from an outdoor shelter in Georgia and likely has never lived indoors. He seems to have settled in quite well and has learned the comforts of sitting on couches very quickly!

He’s training really well, too – he’s now fully house and crate trained, and has learned lots of basic commands. He is balancing that with his adolescent energy, which I am grateful that our adoption counselor fully prepared us for! He has his share of shenanigans (like counter “surfing” and finding enjoyment in tipping his water bowl), but with time, training, and patience he is doing fantastically well. He’s a wonderful dog who is very loved, and we could not have had a better experience adopting him.

Thank you Northeast Animal Shelter! We are so happy that Henry is home!