What’s It All About, Alfie?
Ladies’ man Alfie certainly lives up to his name: He spends his days lolling about with his Shih Tzu sister Lucy and his nights cuddled up with his pet parent, Monica Bond; his aunt Melissa; and Melissa’s Lhasa Apso mix Winnie.
But life wasn’t always so sweet for this little Shih Tzu—an ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Agent rescued him from neglect in March 2008. When he came to the ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital he was emaciated, and his fur was so matted that his legs had lost circulation and he couldn’t walk. He needed three months to recover.
After all he’d been through, Alfie deserved a break, and he got it in June 2008 when Monica entered our Adoption Center. Says Monica: “I happened to walk into the shelter the day he became available. When I approached his glass cage, he did a stretch and followed me.” She fell in love with Alfie and snatched him up right away.
In Monica’s care, Alfie blossomed into a confident and cheerful pup. “In the two-and-a-half years that I have had him, he's become the happiest and most affectionate dog I know. He smiles constantly and gives nonstop hugs and cuddles,” Monica muses.
At the park, Alfie likes to assert another side of his personality: “He enjoys chasing all of the big dogs at the dog run and kicks his paws in the air when he sees them. At 15 pounds, he thinks he's one of the big dogs,” explains Monica.
No longer a fearful dog, Alfie is busy living the good life—but it seems he hasn’t forgotten his time at the ASPCA. “When I bring Alfie in for his check-ups at the ASPCA, he's always excited and has an extra bounce in his strut,” Monica says. “It's a familiar place, and a place he must associate with happy new beginnings.”
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