We’re halfway through our series of pet stories to celebrate the first anniversary of Regional Animal Services of King County. Today’s “tail” comes from Leeanna Young.
I brought Joey home two years ago from your Kent animal shelter. He was shy and thin for a male Australian Cattle Dog (ACD). Joey also has a bit of pit in him.
I wanted a short haired dog and Joey’s coat was like a seal’s. He was so beautiful when I got him into the sun to walk him and play with him in your small fenced in area next to the shelter. You can see the pit bull in the shape of his face.
I also wanted a dog that would float down the river with me on my cataraft. I took a chance on Joey, knowing that ACD’s are not known for loving the water. I’m glad I did. Joey’s my best friend. He will not be left behind, even if it means getting his paws wet. I built him his own deck on my cataraft. He wears his personal flotation device with no small amount of pride and protects my raft from strangers like it was his doghouse.
Now Joey’s fit and strong. I’ve never had a problem with his behavior. He’s still shy around men but learning to be confident. I’ve attached a picture of us floating a river in Northern Idaho. He’s curious when I catch a trout. He’s even sniffed one. He’s seen deer, eagles and even a few bears!