This is Annie. A Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, and a rescue. She is happy to see me and is smiling! She is not baring her teeth in aggression. This is a form of submission amongst many dogs – and is unique to the dog. Some breeds may smile more than others, but not all dogs will perform this act.
My mother dog to my lethal white took to agility like a fish to water! Aussie’s are born to “work”, but in her book, it’s playtime!! I rescued her and her son when she was about 4 years old, and her son “Dork” was about 3 months. Now she is approximately 8 years old.
PB & J Family Services, a 501c3 non-profit entity, has also provided a program, Heeling Hearts, at the New Mexico women’s prison in Grants NM where dogs are rescued from the Cibola County shelter and placed into the loving care of participating women in the prison. Here the dogs receive the love and attention they have lacked, as well as helping the women, many of which have lived a life of abuse and addiction, how to love once again – and sometimes for the first time in their life.