Parker County Today August 2017 - Page 10

our pets: ANIMAL SHELTER Who Let the Dog Out? BY MARSHA BROWN PHOTOS BY STEVEN SCHILLIO It seemed like the little brindle dog named ‘Judy’ just couldn’t catch a break, until a woman halfway across the nation saw her on Facebook. Then a race against the clock began. A 8 man dropped off a small, tortoise shell- colored stray dog at the Weatherford/ Parker County Animal Shelter last November. The shelter staff called her “Judy.” She waited patiently in her kennel for nine months, living for those times when a volunteer would show up to take her for a walk. Judy was a sweet- natured, playful dog with a sunny disposition. She soon became a favorite of some of the shelter volunteers. Richard Rushford grew espe- cially fond of her. While he was in no position to adopt Judy, he fervently hoped that someone would rescue her. But the weeks passed and turned into months, adoption events came and went. Other dogs and cats were going home with happy families, but surprisingly, no one wanted Judy.  Winter gave way to spring but, still, Judy stayed in the shelter.  The staff decided that maybe Judy would have a better chance of finding her forever home in a different market. So they shipped her off to the Azle Animal Shelter where she spent a couple of months.  Judy’s biggest fan, Rushford had experi- enced some health issues and stopped volun- teering for a while.  When he returned, Judy was gone. He had a hard time finding out what became of the little brindle dog with the sunny disposition. He had no idea that she’d been sent to Azle, and he was frantic to find out what happened to her. But, Azle wasn’t interested in her either, it seems, and soon sent her back. Not long after “Judy”