She's a German Shepherd/Rottweiler mix. She's about a year old and is so mellow and sweet. Just perfect for my girls.
She was a true rescue. A friend of mine (Elizabeth) is a Chicago cop and one of her cop friends found her on 127th and Halsted aka the ghetto. She was tied up neglected and full of mud and filth and everything else you can think of. The copper took her and brought her to Elizabeth to try to find a home for her. Elizabeth put her on facebook and my wife, Jennie, saw her and was sold. We called her and took the kids to see the dog to make sure it was a good fit. Things went great and we took her home that same day. The kids named her Zoey and all was right with the world.
Just when we thought we were home free, disaster struck. The next morning, Jennie let Zoey out in the back yard to do her business. Zoey ran around in the yard, saw a gap between the bottom of the fence and the ground, thought about it for a second and went for it. She squirmed under the gap and before Jennie could get to her she was out and running. We gave chase, to no avail. She was gone. Jennie and my girls were devastated. Luckily, the day she came home, I took a few pics of her. Jennie made a bunch of lost dog flyers and plastered them all over town. Surprisingly we received many calls with sightings. We followed up each call and one of the neighbors even let us set up a stake out in her driveway as Zoey was seen there the night previous. One day, Jennie got a call with a sighting. She went and saw Zoey. She got withing 4 car lengths, was approaching slowly and a garbage truck came barreling around the corner. Zoey got spooked and split. Jennie was so upset and was just about resigned to the fact that we weren't getting her back.
About 2 days later we got a call. A family was leaving a local restaurant about a quarter mile from my house. One of their kids was looking at a flyer Jennie placed. She looked up and said "Hey that's the dog in the flyer!" She saw Zoey walking down the sidewalk. They called the number on the flyer and told Jennie that they see Zoey. They said they would keep and eye on her until Jennie got there. She was there in 2 minutes. They pointed out to where she was. Jennie went for her. She was driving next to her when Zoey darted down a street. Jennie followed and some random woman caught on to what was happening and lent a hand. They got out of their vehicles and searched on foot. Zoey went into a back yard. Jennie went in on one end and the random woman went in on the other and closed in on her. Zoey knew the jig was up and cowered down and submitted. Jennie put a leash on her and got her back home.
I was in the shower when the kids came bursting in. "DADDY DADDY, MOMMY FOUND ZOEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MOMMY FOUND ZOEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" I wrapped myelf in a towel and ran down stairs. It was true. Mommy found Zoey!!!!!! She was gone for 5 days was a bit leaner but she was home. She's been back for a week. She's been to the vet to be spayed, given all necessary vaccinations and had blood work done. She had a hernia that we had repaired and a fractured and infected tooth that was removed.
She's been back a week and is coming out of her shell. She's wagging her tail a bit more and following us around the house. She's so sweet and hasn't made a peep. She did make a move for the cat, this morning. Good girl!
I think her desire to split is fading. Jennie took her for her first walk 3 days after being spayed. She took her in the back yard and tried to lead her out to the side walk and she didn't want to go through the gate as if to say I like it riiiight where I am. I've been out there and it's a lot more comfy inside! She used to cower when I got near her. Now, she hardly leaves my side. It's pretty cool.
So with that said and without further ado I give you Zoey Penelope Clarke.