People often made a suggestion to Leslie Renner, executive director of The Humane Society of Preble County. They thought it made sense to put the dog to sleep that had been there for years: his name was Higgins. He had spent almost all of his life there and he was a senior German Shepherd now. But she didn’t want to give up on him—and he wasn’t ready to give up either. Higgins had been adopted before—he entered the shelter as a young puppy years ago. He was adopted immediately and just a few years later he was returned. His first home had chained him to a dog house in the backyard and he didn’t have much of a life. He came back as a stray to the shelter. He does best in an environment without other dogs, which meant his options were pretty limited as far as prospective homes was concerned.
They just needed the right person to come along, but Higgins was no longer that cute little puppy he was the first time he found himself in the shelter. Higgins was one, then, two and then three and no one was interested in him. People assumed he had problems—why else would he be in the shelter so long? He didn’t “show well” in his kennel either- he was worried and scared. But on day 2,381 of Higgins stay the shelter a man named Brendon Reed came in and said he was taking him home. The staff was shocked and thrilled to hear it.
Brendon had just purchased his first home and after seeing the dog’s photo and reading his story online, he knew Higgins was the perfect dog for him. After six and a half long years in the shelter, Higgins is enjoying the good life: sleeping on the couch, watching TV and running around in the backyard. He’s finally home.