Recently my spouse and I were talking about our Sasha and what an awesome girl she is. And we mentioned how helpful Roman and his wife had been in integrating her into our "family" consisting of Linda, Bear (her dog really), and me. So I reached out to Roman to say hi and thank him again. He asked me to write a few notes about my experience so far.
So I want to share how great it has been to adopt our Sasha from Better Days Rescue. And I want to encourage people to adopt.
Sasha is a rock star. And everyone that meets her comment on what a good girl she is. But they don't see the work at the front end and the continuous work.
I lost "my girls" in the beginning of 2018. I swore I would never get another dog. The loss was deep. After about 6 months I started to think about getting another dog, another "friend".
For some reason I was considering a German Shepherd. Long story short I saw a black GSD at the county and one at BDR (I am convinced they are the same).
When I met her I knew she would be a lot of work. She was super super high energy, intelligent and very stressed out from being lost from her previous home and being in kennels etc. She was also a happy girl. And frankly I knew she would be a bit of work, but it's been very fulfilling and she'a an absolute love.
Now here is the point I want to make about my experience. When you work with a rescue like BetterDaysRerscue and Roman you get to work with people that want you and your new family member to succeed. Roman told me she was a difficult breed and a difficult dog before I adopted her (you want honesty).
But I saw her potential and Roman was very supportive during this process. He helped with the integration process with our other dog (super important, and there is a process).
He met with Linda and I to do some training and give us tips. We took a group class of his. We did a session with his wife Barbara Buck which indeed helped allot. Yes, I am plugging these people because they are all awesome and I can't say enough good things about them.
And the best part is I have a fantastic friend and companion.
Selfies are not my forte 😂
Me my spouse and my two dogs
Roman Gottfried is an internationally renowned Holistic Dog Training and Dog/Human Relationship Coach. He works with dog parents worldwide via video conference to help their dogs reach their full potential, by teaching them the holistic philosophy of creating a healthy relationship with their dog. He sees clients both online and in-person.
Visit www.holisticdogtraining.org/onlinetraining for more information or to schedule an appointment.