Person: Nancy Frank
Breed: Terrier and Maltese mix
Adoption story: I was still in pain from losing my first dog of 16 years. That’s when I realized I couldn’t live without a dog. I started looking on AdoptaPet.com, a site that finds shelter dogs. They sent photos that fit my criteria. I selected Louie from a photo, then went to Family Dog Rescue to meet him in person. I liked him immediately. He has sad, loving eyes that drew me in. He was small and doesn’t shed. He walked well on a leash. He looked back at me and said he liked me, too.
Likes: Belly rubs, steamed yams and long walks in the cemetery. He also likes to sit under chairs as if nestling in a protected space.
Dislikes: When you stop petting him. He’ll nudge you with his nose to make you keep petting. He seems to be afraid of men, barking at most of them. Maybe he was abused by a man in his past. This makes him a good guard dog, yet he’s getting better as I work with him.
Interesting facts: At Family Dog Rescue they called him Popeye. I renamed him Louie after Louie Armstrong. He responds to his new name beautifully.
Anything else we should know: He prays before he eats. He’ll sit in front of his bowl for a minute or two as if showing gratitude for me and for his food. It’s a beautiful thing to watch.