Dog Rescue Stories: Allie’s Pawrents Helped Her Overcome Her Fears!

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Allie’s mom and dad first saw her picture on RescueMe.org (Oregon). She was listed as a pit bull/blue heeler mix, estimated to be 3 years old. They fell in love with Allie’s picture and breed combination!  They had been wanting to rescue a pit bull mix for their first dog together, and Allie has such a unique and sweet look. Her future pawrents read her profile on Save The Whiskers and then coordinated with Raleigh Smith at Shelter Friends of Josephine County (Josephine County Animal Shelter). Raleigh told them that Allie had been found as a stray in an alley in Grants Pass, Oregon, and because she was so happy and excited to see people, the shelter named her ‘Happy Alley’. Unfortunately, she was at the shelter for almost 7 months because she did not show nor behave well in the kennel environment, and was intimidatingly vocal with other dogs.
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Allie’s mom and dad met and adopted Allie on Sunday, July 6th, 2014!  After picking her up, Allie and her forever family went straight to Petco.  That was when her parents witnessed her reactivity to other dogs.   They knew she could benefit from training, so they signed Allie up for a six-week, basic obedience class that day. They completed two, six-week classes at Petco and have done additional training with Allie at a local dog daycare/training facility.

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When Allie was first adopted, she didn’t know any commands, had poor leash manners, was reactive to other dogs, and was anxious and fearful of seemingly random things. Allie’s mom and dad believe she was previously abused and possibly had something traumatic happen to her, involving something falling from above, because she sometimes gets scared of moving objects above her, and would flinch if you raised your hand. For example, when Allie and her parents first moved into their house, Allie was scared of the oven, the ceiling fan, the stairs, a wreath on the door, and the garage light, among other things. Now, she’s a happy, confident dog who knows over thirty commands, walks extremely well in heel/loose leash, and plays great with other pups at the dog park and at daycare!  Her newest tricks are roll over, spin, play dead, and sit pretty. She made her parents especially proud by achieving her Canine Good Citizenship on March 12, 2016!  Allie has also earned her Barn Hunt Novice title (RATN) and is now working towards Open title. Her AKC registered Canine Partners’ name is Speckled Allie Grace CA RATN CGC!!

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Overall, Allie has become a wonderful breed ambassador! Her pawrents had a Wisdom Panel DNA test done and the results came back as 50% American Staffordshire Terrier, 25% Rottweiler, 12.5% Australian Cattle Dog, and 12.5% Boxer! They mostly see the happy bully breed/pittie face and the gorgeous Heeler coloring in her. She’s such an amazing dog and her mom and dad feel so blessed to have her as part of their family! She celebrated her two year adoption anniversary in July! Some of her nicknames include Allie Ballie, baby pup, pup pup, pretty girl, sweet face, dork dog, and lover girl. She makes her parents laugh and smile every day, and they’re so proud of all she’s learned and achieved. She’s proof that no matter what age or breed, rescue dogs are just as trainable with love, time, patience, and dedication! She’s their fur baby and is very loved and spoiled!
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Hope everypawdy’s having a great Sunday! ???? *Collar & leash from @grayhoundcollections*

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#flashbackfriday to being a derp in the grass ???????? *Collar from @wigglewear*

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Super exciting news everypawdy! I’m officially a certified Canine Good Citizen! I passed all ten tests today ☺️ My hoomans are so extremely proud and say I’m getting lots of treats tonight ???????? They said I’m a great ambassador for bully breeds and a wonderful example of the amazingness that is rescue dogs! ???????????? Thank you for all of the love and support furfriends! And thank you for 4,000+ followers! So much to be happy and thankful for today ???????? #cgc #caninegoodcitizen #proudpup #happydog #thanksfollowers #happysaturday #smartdog #rescuedog #adoptdontshop #staffiemix #heelermix #mixesofinsta #dogsofinstagram #pitbullsofinstagram #lovernotafighter #dontbullymybreed #bullbreedsofinsta #pawsomepitbulls #mustlovebullies #staffygram #perfectpitrepost #puppiesxdogs #thewoofdaily #whogivesapit ——————————————– Follow my pawtners: @lilpittiecleo @paisliefaith @lily.the.tripawd @aryathepitbull @lexi_the_fawn_staffy @koby_staffy_gram @karl_the_heeler @liloandkai @atlasunleashed ——————————————–

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Totally in love with the pawesome custom phone case from @casepirate that my hoomans just received! ☺️ *Doodle portrait of me was drawn by the talented @sheridanzig* ???? *Collar from @grayhoundcollections* *Bandana from my furfriend @loki_the_rescue_pup* ——————————————– Follow my pawtners: @lilpittiecleo @aryathepitbull @lily.the.tripawd @paisliefaith @atlasunleashed ——————————————– #rescuedismyfavoritebreed #custommade #phonecase #casepirate #purpleismycolor #ghcustomer #furbaby #rescuedog #adoptdontshop #staffiemix #heelermix #mixesofinsta #dogsofinstagram #pitbullsofinstagram #lovernotafighter #dontbullymybreed #bullbreedsofinsta #pawsomepitbulls #mustlovebullies #staffygram #puppiesxdogs #sendadogphoto #thewoofdaily #muttsofinstagram #muttnation #caseoftherescues

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My final run at the Lure Coursing Ability Tests event; I qualified and earned my Coursing Ability Title! ????☀️???? Super excited to continue this pawesome sport! ???????? ——————————————– Follow my pawtners: @lilpittiecleo @aryathepitbull @lily.the.tripawd @paisliefaith @atlasunleashed ——————————————– #weekendfun #lurecoursing #coursingabilitytest #activedog #fitdog #highpreydrive #preydriveandproud #rundogrun #akcevent #furbaby #rescuedog #adoptdontshop #staffiemix #heelermix #mixesofinsta #dogsofinstagram #pitbullsofinstagram #lovernotafighter #dontbullymybreed #bullbreedsofinsta #pawsomepitbulls #mustlovebullies #staffygram #puppiesxdogs #sendadogphoto #thewoofdaily #muttsofinstagram #muttnation

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I passed Instinct and passed one run of Novice in my first ever Barn Hunt trial today ???? My hoomans are super proud of me and so excited to continue this new sport ???????????? *Watermelon stripe collar & leash from @grayhoundcollections* ——————————————– Follow my pawtners: @lilpittiecleo @aryathepitbull @lily.the.tripawd @paisliefaith @atlasunleashed ——————————————– #happydog #barnhunt #rathunter #instinct #preydrive #preydriveandproud #watermelonstripe #ghcustomer #grayandhound #furbaby #rescuedog #adoptdontshop #staffiemix #heelermix #mixesofinsta #dogsofinstagram #pitbullsofinstagram #lovernotafighter #dontbullymybreed #bullbreedsofinsta #pawsomepitbulls #mustlovebullies #staffygram #puppiesxdogs #sendadogphoto #thewoofdaily #muttsofinstagram #muttnation

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Listening to mom tell me over and over that I’m “rescued, adopted, LOVED” ???????? Thanks for the pawesome tag @badtags! *mint flower collar from @dogsbythebay* #rescuedadoptedloved #sweetface #badtags #dogcollar #dogsbythebay #mintismycolor #spoiledpup #furbaby #rescuedog #adoptdontshop #staffiemix #heelermix #mixesofinsta #dogsofinstagram #pitbullsofinstagram #lovernotafighter #dontbullymybreed #bbso #bullbreedsofinsta #pawsomepitbulls #mustlovebullies #staffygram #heelergram #perfectpitrepost #puppiesxdogs #thewoofdaily #whogivesapit ——————————————– Follow my pawtners: @lilpittiecleo @paisliefaith @lily.the.tripawd @aryathepitbull @lexi_the_fawn_staffy @koby_staffy_gram @karl_the_heeler @liloandkai @atlasunleashed ——————————————–

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Sunday mornings are for enjoying pawesomely delicious kangaroo sticks from @truecompanion ???? So happy they ship to the US now! Check them out for great raw treats! ???? *Magnolia bandana from @unleashthehounds* ——————————————– Follow my pawtners: @lilpittiecleo @aryathepitbull @lily.the.tripawd @paisliefaith @atlasunleashed ——————————————– #sundayfunday #derpface #kangaroomeat #officialtruerawchoice #truecompanion #rawfed #dogbandana #unleashthehounds #spoiledpup #furbaby #rescuedog #adoptdontshop #staffiemix #heelermix #mixesofinsta #dogsofinstagram #pitbullsofinstagram #lovernotafighter #dontbullymybreed #bullbreedsofinsta #pawsomepitbulls #mustlovebullies #staffygram #puppiesxdogs #sendadogphoto #thewoofdaily #muttsofinstagram #muttnation #rescuefactor

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Pawtastic #throwbackthursday to running naked and achieving my CA title at the lure coursing ability tests a couple weeks ago ???????? Thank you So Fly Photography for this gorgeous photo! ???? ——————————————– Follow my pawtners: @lilpittiecleo @aryathepitbull @lily.the.tripawd @paisliefaith @atlasunleashed ——————————————– #tbt #happydog #preydriveandproud #lurecoursing #coursingabilitytest #highpreydrive #fitdog #dogsport #furbaby #rescuedog #adoptdontshop #staffiemix #heelermix #mixesofinsta #dogsofinstagram #pitbullsofinstagram #lovernotafighter #dontbullymybreed #bullbreedsofinsta #pawsomepitbulls #mustlovebullies #staffygram #puppiesxdogs #sendadogphoto #thewoofdaily #muttsofinstagram #muttnation

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????BIG NEWS!???? @nila_blue_staffy & @dawggrillz have raised just over $4000 of their $10,000 goal to help bully breeds in need and END BSL for pups worldwide! Once they hit $5000, that donation will be made to @fresnobullyrescue to start. Help them get to their goal by GETTING YOUR VERY OWN END BSL MEDAL OF HONOR at ➡️www.dawggrillz.com⬅️ with FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING ???? Thank you to everyone who has shown so much support to this awesome cause so far! ❤️ *Mabel bandana from @waggedwear* ——————————————– Follow my pawtners: @lilpittiecleo @aryathepitbull @lily.the.tripawd @paisliefaith @atlasunleashed ——————————————– #saveadawgwithnila #endbslchallenge #medalofhonor #endbsl #dawggrillz #sweetface #puppyeyes #wetnose #teamwagged #dogbandana #waggedwear #furbaby #rescuedog #adoptdontshop #staffiemix #heelermix #mixesofinsta #dogsofinstagram #pitbullsofinstagram #lovernotafighter #dontbullymybreed #bullbreedsofinsta #pawsomepitbulls #mustlovebullies #staffygram #puppiesxdogs #sendadogphoto #thewoofdaily #muttsofinstagram #muttnation

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Here’s a #droolworthy #flashbackfriday to my balancing skills on #nationaldonutday! ???? *Donut bandana from @bluegrasshoppercreations* 15% off @bluegrasshoppercreations: ALLIE15 ——————————————– Follow my pawtners: @lilpittiecleo @aryathepitbull @lily.the.tripawd @paisliefaith @atlasunleashed ——————————————– #wetnose #balancingskills #dogtricks #sillypup #sweetface #puppyeyes #donut #dogbandana #bluegrasshoppercreations #furbaby #rescuedog #adoptdontshop #mixesofinsta #dogsofinstagram #pitbullsofinstagram #lovernotafighter #dontbullymybreed #bullbreedsofinsta #pawsomepitbulls #mustlovebullies #staffygram #puppiesxdogs #sendadogphoto #thewoofdaily #muttsofinstagram #muttnation

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Looking slightly derpy for #tongeouttuesday this morning ???? *Pet Me & Tell Me I’m So Pretty tag from @BadTags* *Rope collar & leash from @thebarkingship* 10% off @thebarkingship: PITTIEPUPALLIE ——————————————– Follow my pawtners: @lilpittiecleo @aryathepitbull @lily.the.tripawd @paisliefaith @atlasunleashed ——————————————– #derpface #tot #petmeandtellmeimpretty #badtags #ropecollar #ropeleash #thebarkingship #furbaby #rescuedog #adoptdontshop #staffiemix #heelermix #mixesofinsta #dogsofinstagram #pitbullsofinstagram #lovernotafighter #dontbullymybreed #bullbreedsofinsta #pawsomepitbulls #mustlovebullies #staffygram #perfectpitrepost #puppiesxdogs #sendadogphoto #thewoofdaily #muttsofinstagram #muttnation

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Had fun working on my catching skills with some delicious watermelon ???? Mom says my slow-mo expressions are hilarious and cartoon-like… ???????? Enjoy! *Beef Cake tag from @BadTags* *Rope collar from @thebarkingship* 10% off @thebarkingship: PITTIEPUPALLIE ——————————————– Follow my pawtners: @lilpittiecleo @aryathepitbull @lily.the.tripawd @paisliefaith @atlasunleashed ——————————————– #slowmo #watermelon #funnydogvideo #adorabull #beefcake #badtags #ropecollar #thebarkingship #sillypup #furbaby #rescuedog #adoptdontshop #staffiemix #heelermix #mixesofinsta #dogsofinstagram #pitbullsofinstagram #lovernotafighter #dontbullymybreed #bullbreedsofinsta #pawsomepitbulls #mustlovebullies #staffygram #perfectpitrepost #puppiesxdogs #sendadogphoto #thewoofdaily #muttsofinstagram #muttnation

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Ta da! ???? #gobucketyourself challenge completed! ✅ Despite climbing on tree stumps and playground equipment without problem, getting all four paws on a bucket turned out to be much scarier and more difficult for me! ???? Thanks for the challenge @normthegsd! Mom says we’re going to keep working on this to build my confidence. I haven’t figured out a graceful dismount yet either… ???? *Summer Aztec bandana from @dogdrooldesigns* ——————————————– Follow my pawtners: @lilpittiecleo @aryathepitbull @lily.the.tripawd @paisliefaith @atlasunleashed ——————————————– #cmondogletsdothis #tricksfortreats #smartdog #dogtricks #challengecompleted #furbaby #rescuedog #adoptdontshop #staffiemix #heelermix #mixesofinsta #dogsofinstagram #pitbullsofinstagram #lovernotafighter #dontbullymybreed #bullbreedsofinsta #pawsomepitbulls #mustlovebullies #staffygram #puppiesxdogs #sendadogphoto #thewoofdaily #muttsofinstagram #muttnation

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Please give me a benebone… I’m looking extra pretty and sweet in my bow for you… ???????? *bow from @bowsbymidnight* This is my entry for @mybenebone’s #FreeBeneboneFriday226 giveaway. #mybenebone #puppyeyes #beggingdog #dogbow #bowsbymidnight #sweetface #furbaby #rescuedog #adoptdontshop #staffiemix #heelermix #mixesofinsta #dogsofinstagram #pitbullsofinstagram #lovernotafighter #dontbullymybreed #bbso #bullbreedsofinsta #pawsomepitbulls #mustlovebullies #staffygram #heelergram #perfectpitrepost #puppiesxdogs #thewoofdaily #whogivesapit ——————————————– Follow my pawtners: @lilpittiecleo @paisliefaith @lily.the.tripawd @aryathepitbull @lexi_the_fawn_staffy @koby_staffy_gram @karl_the_heeler @liloandkai @atlasunleashed ——————————————–

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Larry Kay is the award-winning coauthor of Training the Best Dog Ever, which became a #1 best seller in dog training on Amazon Kindle. He is Leader of the Pack at Positively Woof, which helps shelter dogs get adopted by making videos and raises awareness and funds. Larry is an award-winning dog filmmaker and has been a frequent contributor to the American Animal Hospital Association and Dog Fancy magazine.
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