When Ernie, an American Fox Hound, arrived at the shelter in August of 2014, he was severely underweight, malnourished and dehydrated. It was evident Ernie had been on the run for some time and was surviving on very little.

Ernie spent four month at the shelter. He was adopted on three separate occasions and then returned because the owners did not know how to deal with him.

We believe Ernie was strictly used as a hunting dog and had never seen the inside of a home. So, when someone brought him into their home he would panic, begin to pace and destroy anything in sight. His anxiety levels would shoot through the roof.

It wasn’t until Karen Laws, the Ontario Dog Trainer, stepped in that Ernie could learn to live like a normal dog. After spending six weeks at Karen’s facility, Ernie was ready to move on to his forever home. But the story doesn’t end here.

One of our staff member decided to adopt Ernie knowing everything that he came with. He knew it would be a challenge, but his love for Ernie trumped everything.

Since adopting Ernie, he and his owner have been inseparable. Ernie suffers from severe anxiety when he is left alone, so he goes to work every day with his owner. He is quite possibly the best office dog in history.

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