During the month of December, we’re sharing 12 stories about animals saved by the CASPCA this year. These stories exemplify our commitment to maintaining the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA as a No Kill community, and they have a happy ending because of the tireless efforts of our staff and the generosity of supporters like you.
Julian was a dog that felt the stress of living in a kennel acutely. One of his only ways to relieve his anxiety was a daily play date with his best friend Juba (our Third Save of Christmas Story). But a little play time isn’t enough for a young, energetic dog like Julian. So when it seemed like the perfect adopter had arrived, we all crossed our fingers (and paws!) that Julian would be adopted. Mike gave Julian the hope he needed and in his new home Julian has flourished. Mike shared his and Julian’s story with us.
“Adopting Julian has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I adopted Julian on 3/24/18, 148 days after a homeless man turned him into the CASPCA. The staff at the CASPCA suggested Julian to me, telling me they thought his personality and temperament would be a great match for my situation of working and living at an all-boys boarding school. They told me he had really struggled with getting adopted, or even looked at, because his kennel presentation was not the greatest (he was on anxiety medication to try to help him calm down a little). After a successful meet and greet with my co-worker’s dog, and spending some time with Julian one-on-one, I knew Julian was the dog for me!
The lack of stability or structure in his life for two years had led to him developing some poor manners. He was jumpy and mouthy with his leash (it could take me up to 5 minutes to get a leash on him and he would bite at it on walks), was a little too jumpy when meeting people, would chew on anything he could get his mouth on, and absolutely loved putting his paws up on any counter or table he could. Julian and I attended obedience class for six weeks, and it made a huge difference as it gave me the tools and skills to properly train him! Anyone who had met him prior to the obedience class are amazed at how much his manners have improved in the time that I’ve had him. The ultimate goal is to one day get him certified as a therapy dog.
While behaviorally he needed some work, I could not ask for a better personality in a dog. Julian is a 70-pound cuddle bug. He is always curled up on the couch with me, and sleeps in my bed almost every night. He also loves meeting new people, and is quick to hop up on anyone’s lap and shower them with kisses if they will let him. He has quickly become a favorite among the staff and faculty on campus, who spoil him rotten with treats whenever he visits them. It is adorable to see how good he is with kids!
I have two nieces and a nephew, all six years old or younger, and he is amazing with them. He also looks forward to seeing and being pet by all the kids at the bus stop each morning before they head off to school (he has even tried to get on the bus with the kids). He has also made a bunch of new doggy friends, with his best friend being a 1 and a half year old black lab named Chipper. Julian and Chipper are best of friends and can play for hours on end when given the chance. It has been a real blessing to watch their friendship blossom into a full-on “bromance.”
My advice to anyone considering adopting is to talk to the staff at the CASPCA. The more information they have, the better they can help identify dogs that may be a good fit for you. It is incredibly difficult to determine a dog’s behavior solely based off of how they act in the kennel. The staff knows these dogs very well, and did a great job of matching me up with the perfect dog that I may not have otherwise ever considered! Adopting has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life, and I can’t thank the CASPCA enough for helping me find Julian. Adopt today!”
This holiday season, please think of the thousands of animals we have saved
and the thousands more we have yet to save.