Junie, as we call her, or Junebug, is a roughly 9-10 year old Kuvasz who came to us through Best Friends Animal Society located in Kanab, Utah. For those who don’t know what a Kuvasz is (we certainly didn’t) they are a Hungarian livestock breed similar to a Great Pyrenees. She was part of a large group of dogs that came into the Best Friends program from a breeder in Show Low Arizona. She spent the first six years of her life in a 8×10 cement kennel having litter after litter of puppies. When she came to us on a cold December night, she was terrified of the house as she had never been in one. Carpet was scary and she spent the first two weeks here huddled in the kitchen on the tile floor, drooling and making no eye contact. Slowly over the next year she worked her way into the living room, onto the couch and into our hearts. She spent two years very wary of strangers and any visitor would send her running into the back room to hide for the day. This last summer we saw a real break through with June. She greets strangers at the door and lets almost everyone get close to her. She is a real testament to the resiliency of dogs and their ability to overcome years of abuse and neglect.


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