Family: The Lattas
”"One ear seemed to stay fixed in an upright position while the other flopped down giving him an adorable and curious look."
By Staff Member Beth
Early one January morning I pulled into the animal shelter parking lot to be greeted by a large red dog at my car door. At first I thought he was a dog we currently had at the shelter that had somehow managed to escape from the building, but as I opened my car door and looked at him in surprise and a little confusion, he did not look like one of the dogs I recognized from the shelter. He was a lanky-looking red dog of medium to large size with dark brown eyes. One ear seemed to stay fixed in an upright position while the other flopped down giving him an adorable and curious look. He had a large loping stride when he moved and wore a big panting smile on his face. I got out of my car and walked around the outside animal control cages to see if there was any hint of him having escaped from one in particular. The lanky red dog loped about beside me as I looked, but all looked normal, and I stood for a moment in bewilderment that the large red dog was still loping about around me when he was clearly free to go wherever he wanted. I finally decided to just grab my things from my car and see if the lanky looking red dog would follow me inside the building, as I did not have a leash with me. I walked up to the building, opened the door wide, walked inside, turned on the lights, and sure enough the large red dog happily strode right in as if he had lived there all of his life.
Thus began the story of Dexter, a male German shepherd mix a little over six years old. Dexter came to be known as a friendly, outgoing, and playful boy who would calm down after he let off a little energy and who would wait patiently in his transfer cage when his kennel was being cleaned each morning. Dexter loved treats and was found to do well with children. It was no surprise that this adorable one ear up one ear down dog was adopted shortly after becoming available. Now Dexter enjoys his days loping about and playing with his new family. Happy tails friend!