Pit bull with a sweet soul looks for lasting home

Jenny Wright, manager of the Clarke County Animal Shelter in Berryville, sits with Louise "Weezy," a 6- to 7-year-old pit bull mix up for adoption. Josette Keelor/Daily

BERRYVILLE — Finding a forever home is a game of chance for a shelter dog. Competition is stiff, and when families come to decide which one to bring home with them, dogs have to vie for attention over the others.

It’s important for them to be heard, but Shelter Manager Jenny Wright said showing too much excitement can work against them. It makes families worry, she said.

“When they see that jumping, barking, anxious [behavior], it kind of turns people off, but they don’t understand it’s a competition between all of them,” Wright said. “All of them want you to pick them.”

Louise, a 6- to 7-year-old pit bull mix, rescued as a stray last September, has affectionately been dubbed Weezy by shelter staff.

She had her tail amputated following an untreatable infection in November, but otherwise she’s in good health. She is current on all vaccinations, including rabies. She’s spayed and de-wormed, has had dental work and is negative for Lyme disease and heartworms.

She’s such a sweet soul that even her veterinarian noted on her paperwork that she’s a “nice dog.” But Wright said the animal can be a handful for volunteers who come to walk her.

Weezy likes to pull on her leash, so Wright recommended using a harness instead.

Matched against unsuspecting squeaky toys, Weezy comes out the winner every time.

“She will pull the cotton and squeaker out in a second,” Wright said. Instead she suggested less destructible toys like tennis balls.

But Weezy’s no Energizer Bunny.

Considered an older dog, she has her limits, and arthritis makes her feel stiff after a day of play in the shelter’s new, larger fenced-in yard.

Wright said Weezy gets on with cats and dogs, and she recommended the animal for all types of households, from apartment living to farm life.

Weezy loves to run outdoors, but Wright said she doesn’t jump up on people.

“As soon as she finds the right home, [when] someone finally steps up to take her, I think they’re just going to be head over heels in love with her,” Wright said. “‘Cause she’s a really, really nice dog.”

Contact the Clarke County Animal Shelter at 225 Ramsburg Lane, Berryville, by calling 540-955-5104 or visiting http://tinyurl.com/n93h5lc.

Contact staff writer Josette Keelor at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or jkeelor@nvdaily.com