Black Labrador Finds a Home After 8 Months

We are so happy to report that Danny, a one-and-a-half-year-old black Labrador mix, finally found a home after eight months at Foothills Animal Shelter. Danny first arrived in June 2016 from another shelter. He was in good health, but struggled with barking excessively at other animals while on a leash. In addition, he had TONS of energy and at 65 pounds, it was difficult to control him. Unfortunately, Danny was adopted but returned to the Shelter because of his energy and reactivity. Not only that, but at some point, Danny ate a towel which ended up blocking his intestines. The Shelter performed emergency surgery to remove the blockage and a large section of his small intestine, after which Danny needed time to recover.

The Shelter’s Behavior Program Manager, Stephanie, knew that Danny was a special dog, and decided to foster him to see how severe his issues were, as well as begin positive reinforcement training. She took him home and realized that Danny was just a big love bug that needed some guidance and a home where he had a proper outlet for his energy. For the next several months, she worked tirelessly, training him, exercising him and giving him the structure he needed. Not only did she work with him, but several organizations stepped up to support Danny. The Barking Lot in Arvada provided doggie daycare for Danny twice per week, and Grace Dog Training & Behavior, as well as trainer Eric Gillaspy at Lone Tree Veterinary Medical Center, donated their services to make sure Danny received the top notch training he deserved. After eight months of extensive training and medical care, Danny was finally ready to find a forever home.

When the Kurtz family spotted Danny on the Shelter’s website, they instantly felt a connection to him. After a few days of thinking it over, they decided to adopt him. They contacted Stephanie who took Danny to visit them at their home. Amazingly enough, Danny instantly acted like he was part of the pack and the family even tested out a few training commands on the spot. The large family also has two Pugs, three horses and an acre for Danny to run on. Danny has found the perfect home and we couldn’t be happier for him!


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