Brandy was born in September 2010. She was found as a stray puppy on the side of the road in a rural town of Georgia. On a cold Saturday in November, we made the trip to Long Island, New York to the North Shore Animal League. We heard from several people earlier that week that we should arrive at the shelter a couple hours before it opened, to ensure a good spot in line outside the door. Saturday’s are very popular for puppy adoptions. I will never forget walking in to the shelter along with a crowd of people and making our way to the puppy room. It was very overwhelming. There were at least 30-40 puppies, mostly lab mixes. We instantly knew Brandy was “the one.” After undergoing our background check, we were on our way with a new puppy! Brandy is part black lab and part we have no idea! Possibly pitbull, German shepherd and/or chow. Brian and I spent the weekend in Connecticut with my family. The first night was rough, but in less than a week, Brandy was house broken and knew basic commands. She was basically the perfect puppy and set the bar very high for any future dog!
Being so excited to have my first dog, Brandy came everywhere with me. To the bank, pet store, the beach .. Brian even brought her to work. Despite being overly socialized, she was extremely shy and reserved. It took almost 2 years for my family to even be able to pet her or put her on a leash. When she turned 2, we decided it was time to get her a friend. In December 2012, we welcomed Moose to the family. It was incredible to see her confidence build from having another canine companion. Today, she has overcome many of her fears and has so many humans who love her.
In the summer, Brandy loves to ride on the bow of the boat and then dive off as soon as we anchor. She can spend hours running up and down the beach in Chatham on Cape Cod. She loves all dog toys and will pick one up and bring it to me every day when I get home from work. She is the best!