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February Dog of the Month: Gigi Johnson

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Gigi is a 9 year old, fawn and white Great Dane.

I got Gigi from the Upper Midwest Great Dane Rescue. I had decided to adopt an older dog since they are harder to place in homes. Turns out she was probably a little younger than they thought, but lucky me - I get her for longer!

 Gigi's favorite toy is probably her Kong filled with treats. I give it to her before I leave for work to help with her separation anxiety. She barely notices that I have left!  She loves to nap anywhere there is sun, and her best friend is definitely my parent's dog, Sammy. 

I don't know if this should be my favorite, but I still think about the porcupine incident!  She saw something in the woods, but since she's pretty old and doesn't move too fast I wasn't too quick to go after her. She's never been able to catch a deer, squirrel, etc, whatever she might be chasing.  All of a sudden I heard a cry and knew it was a porcupine. Poor Gigi came running back to me with quills on her jaw.  I ran her into the nearest animal hospital so they could remove the quills.  Poor girl - it was a rough day for both of us!

I love bringing Gigi into AWC.  She had a rough start to her life before I had her.  It's pretty clear people were not very nice to her, but now she's spoiled as she should be and the staff at AWC make sure she's spoiled when she's there, too. She still gets nervous and will tremble as she sits next to me on the bench. Alyssa is always the first to come over with treats in hand to be sure she knows she doesn't need to be afraid.  Once we're called back to her room, she knows to stop to be weighed. Once in the room, she seems to be a little less nervous and the technicians and vets are so good with her.  They always sit on the floor with her and are so kind and patient. I can't imagine bringing Gigi anywhere else!

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