Shelby came into the BC SPCA Victoria Branch when she and many other puppies were surrendered into their care as their owner had too many dogs. She came in with no name and didn’t even get a chance to receive one until she was adopted just two days after coming to the shelter.
Shelby was only a couple months old and she had all the characteristics of a puppy; bouncy, playful, energetic, and ready to socialize. It didn’t take long for an interested family to find and visit with her before making the decision to adopt this adorable little lady.
Shelby had no name and was part of 3 different litters of pups that were brought to the shelter. We saw pictures online and fell in love with her black mask. She was the only one with her colouring and we couldn't get over how beautiful she was.
We named her Shelby because we joked that she would be the size of a horse, my husband loves mustangs hence, Shelby. She was advertised as a collie shepperd mix and we thought that was perfect, a running partner. Boy were we wrong. We had her DNA tested, turns out she is a Leonberger. No running for this big girl. She is expected to be about 120lbs.
She has become the center of our world. The boys love her and play with her all the time. She loves kids but is sometimes wary of adults. She loves all dogs big and small and seems to know which ones she can be her big ol puppy self with. She is terrified of cars but we are working on that.
She was crate trained in less than a week and house trained by the time she was 12 weeks. She is fantastic on leash and is getting better all the time off leash. Shelby and I go on the trails every morning and she has discovered the water. I have nicknamed her "Stink" because the more mucky and stinky the water is the more she loves it.
She has brought a lot of laughter and joy back into our lives. Moving here from Halifax was very stressful for our family, she has taken that away. At just over 4 months old, Shelby is 43lbs and full of beans. We wouldn't trade her for anything.
Thanks for bringing her into our lives.
What a life Shelby is now living, we’re so happy that she found the family that she was always meant for.
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