By the look of her, you would never think that this dog is aggressive or violent. But that's exactly what they said at the animal shelter when Matt Montes went to collect her.Montes owns Mission K9 Rescue in Texas. He went to the kennel to pick up little Toto in March, and the pupbegan to growl at him almost straight away.
Staff at the kennels simply said "oh yea, she bites", according to Montes's Facebook post.Though they recommended using a snare to pick Toto up, Montes was having none of it. Instead, he put on his gloves and reached straight into the cage.And he gotthe best surprise he could have wished for:
As soon as she was in my arms she relaxed - I'm not talking about learned helplessness, I mean she relaxed.
She gets on fantastically with the daughter of the family, who is happy to read her bedtime stories. So much for "aggressive"!
Source: Amy Snyder/ Facebook
It's proof that just about any dog can blossom in a safe and happy home. As Montes writes, we must remember that shelter dogs have been abandoned and "their entire world has been turned upside down". All they need is some tender loving care.
So that more of these animals can have a second chance at life, you can help support the ASPCA in the US or the RSPCA who help rehome abandoned pets in the UK.