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She said her best guess was that he was about 5 months old and is a border collie mixed with pit bull and/or Labrador retriever. Like all good mutts, he seems to represent the best of each of those breeds.

He's been a mama's boy from Day 1 and still follows my wife, Jackie, wherever she goes, and whimpers for a spell if she leaves his sight. He seems to have an innate understanding of our son Ryan's wariness of dogs, so they've given each other plenty of space but are growing closer with each passing day.

On his first trip to our local dog park, Gus made quite an impression, seeking out new two-legged and four-legged friends with equal gusto, and within minutes appointed himself head of the welcome committee, eagerly greeting new arrivals at the gate.

On the home front, he's proven to be a quick study at learning to sit and give his paw (and the other one) on command. His neighbor, John, even taught him to high-five in one easy lesson.

And yes, the shoe fetish continues unabated and has even evolved to include ones still attached to feet. If you're having any trouble tying (or not), he's happy to help.

'A little bit of hope'

To see him now, you would never guess what Gus went through.

His countenance is bright as he bounces through his day, embracing all people and animals without reservation.

Penrose said that's what keeps her going back for more fosters from Mostly Muttz.

"Actually, we see that quite a bit," she said. "One of the things I really love about rescues that has made me love dogs even more is to see dogs come from the situations that they come from, and for some it's a harder course back, but they end up trusting again. They always trust people again and love again, and it's amazing to me the things they can go through and be treated the way that they have by people, and they still trust them and love them."

Maybe I was imagining it, or projecting my own feelings onto her, but Sampson of Dog Bless seemed to choke up on the other end of the line when asked why she does what she does.

"It needs done," she said. "These animals, they didn't ask to be put in this position. Other humans put them in this position. And I just feel it's my duty to make up for what other people have done. So I'm trying to correct the wrong that another human being did.

"Yeah, it's not easy. It's not easy to see them go. You get attached to them; your heart breaks. They chew up stuff; you lose things monetarily. You dedicate all this time to them, and then they're gone. But that's a small price to pay for what some other human being did to this poor animal."

Then I asked her about the other side of that coin: the Ryan and Amanda Donovans of the world.

"That's what keeps me going," Sampson said. "I see the worst of humanity in rescues, but then at the same time I also see these people who pick them up and put themselves out, and it gives me a little bit of hope for this world. You get so bombarded with so much bad, and when you see people who are willing to step up and do something

"They (the Donovans) helped and gave to something that will never be able to repay them, and to see that happen, it gives me a little bit of hope."

Contact Don Botch: 610-371-5055 or dbotch@readingeagle.com.

About Mostly Muttz

Mostly Muttz Rescue, based in Gilbertsville, is a volunteer-based nonprofit run by April Moyer that strives to save dogs with lifelong special needs and acute medical needs, as well as healthy, more easily adoptable dogs.


All of its dogs are placed in foster homes until they are adopted. Prospective adopters must fill out an application at mostlymuttz.org. Before being approved, a volunteer will visit your home to assess eligibility. The adoption fee is $400 for puppies, $350 for adults 1 to 3 years old, $300 for adults 4 to 6 and $200 for seniors 7 and older.


Information about fostering, and webpages depicting and describing adoptable dogs, can be viewed at mostlymuttz.org.

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