“Bad” Dog Proves Everyone Wrong

April Livingston | September 24th, 2018

A dog named Duke already had a bad reputation when he was found as a stray in Charlotte, North Carolina. Not only was he wandering near a highway, but he was dirty and he was an American bulldog mix. He was somewhere between one and three years old and he was wild and had a seemingly endless supply of energy. He spent some time at the shelter to see if his family was going to come forward to claim him, and then he went to a foster home through the Greater Charlotte SPCA, also known as the GCSPCA. Several months later a family did come forward to say he was their dog, but he was primarily and outdoor dog. They also shared video of themselves tying fabric to his leg so he would chase it in order to upset him.

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Roberta Sa Griner//Facebook
Roberta Sa Griner//Facebook
Roberta Sa Griner//Facebook
Roberta Sa Griner//Facebook
Roberta Sa Griner//Facebook
Roberta Sa Griner//Facebook
Roberta Sa Griner//Facebook

After being raised in such a chaotic environment, Duke was understandably unpredictable. He was in desperate need of training, and his foster mom Roberta Sa Griner knew she was up for the job. It took a lot of time and patience, however: Duke and Roberta went through several trainers. Duke was well behaved indoors, but a terror on a leash, pulling people to the ground and simply out of control while on a walk. That training paid off, though and soon a family with three little girls applied to adopt him. One condition of his adoption was to continue his structure and training to give him the best shot at success with his new family. Things went well at first, but soon he was returned for being “too aggressive” with children.

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Roberta Sa Griner//Facebook
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Roberta Sa Griner//Facebook
Roberta Sa Griner//Facebook
Roberta Sa Griner//Facebook

Duke was sent to a training facility for several months for more in depth training and when he returned he was slowly introduced back into Roberta’s home with her dogs and three daughters. He bonded with the oldest girl, Veronica more than anyone in the home. He’s also loves to run and needs daily exercise. It will take some time, but he needs a family who can work with him to be his best self.

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