Jerry - The Best Bad Dog
This year, I'm raising money in memory of my sweet Jerry. You might be wondering what Jerry has to do with the MSPCA. Well, Jerry changed my life, and because of him, I'm able to help change the lives of other dogs through the great work we do at the MSPCA.
I adopted Jerry from a small shelter in rural Ohio when he was 8 weeks old. I convinced my dad to let me adopt him with a sappy handwritten note full of promises to take great care of him (thanks dad!). Jerry was a nervous puppy who quickly grew into a big dog with some very challenging behavior. As a young, naïve, first time dog mom, I took some really bad advice from our well-intentioned veterinarian, and over the course of Jerry's adolescence and early adulthood used some pretty horrible training techniques that did nothing to change his behavior for the better. Considering the amount of time and effort we were spending on training every day, I didn't understand why his behavior wasn't improving, and it made me more and more interested in learning about the science of behavior change.
Luckily for me and for Jerry, my search for more knowledge about animal behavior led me to a wonderful behaviorist at our local veterinary college (go bucks!), who introduced me to a whole new world of kind, force-free, and most importantly - effective - training methods. From that point on I was surrounded by like-minded animal professionals and behavior analysts who all helped to prepare me for my current position with the MSPCA.
In the 13 years I had the privilege of spending with Jerry, I learned more than I ever could have imagined. My choice to follow the advice of a professional even when it didn't feel good taught me that sometimes people make bad choices because they don't know any better, not because they are bad people. Jerry's ability to overcome all of the scary things he went through and come out on the other side as the most loving dog-brother and foster-grandpa I could have asked for is a testament to what humane training methods can accomplish. And my incomparable bond with Jerry who loved me unwaveringly through it all taught me just how wonderful dogs can be.
So, in memory of Jerry, the most perfect bad dog I’ve ever had the pleasure of loving and the best teacher I could have asked for, please consider donating to the MSPCA.
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