“She was just really bored,” Shemuga said.
Chanel is still going to agility classes and competitions, and her owner, Amy Huntington, said she’s a star.
“We get to class and she’s so excited, she just needed that kind of activity,” Huntington said. “She’s such a happy girl now, it’s hard for me to comprehend that she used to be such a scared and mean little dog.”
A self-described “straight talker,” Shemuga says she won’t place one of her poodles in a home she doesn’t think is a good fit.
“I tick a lot of people off,” she said. “But it’s not about just finding a home, it’s about finding the right home.”
She holds monthly “meet and greet” events where people can see the poodles ready for adoption, and takes the dogs for home visits before placing them. She drove to New Hampshire with Zivah to visit the Ronsivallis, and spent several hours in New York City traffic making her way over the George Washington Bridge with Chanel on her way to visit the Huntingtons.
“Sue is a rare person who will actually work with difficult dogs,” Huntington said. “Her heart is in it 120 percent. She loves these dogs, she wants them to have a good life, and I admire her for that.”
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