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Running with Freedom

May 1, 2012


by Olivia Rossi, RN MSN
Your Personal Trainer

 Freedom is her name.  It is also the gift she was given when my sister and her husband rescued her and chose her name.  Neglected and dirty with backbones that shouldn’t have been visible, she stood quietly waiting at Pet Smart that Saturday morning.

My sister and her husband had just lost their beloved dog, Max, after fourteen years.  Their hearts were breaking and empty but full of love to give.  And there was Freedom, a ragged German Shepherd, ears bitten by flies, who needed that love.  They saw beyond the neglect and filled the need.  They brought her home. That was two months ago.

I went to visit my sister on a recent trip to California for a family reunion.  That’s when I met Freedom.  She was beautiful, her coat shiny, her ears healing, her backbones no longer protruding.  I swear she was smiling.  She had every reason to be. I’m not a dog person by nature.  I got the cat gene.  My sister got the dog gene.  But this dog stole my heart.

She was gentle, playful and practicing her lessons from obedience school.  At seven years old, she was a quick study. I needed a few lessons myself in dog behavior and how to behave with a dog.  We shook hands and became fast friends.  I took her for a walk first and then we broke into a run.  I was running with Freedom—Freedom was “free!”

Note:  Freedom was rescued from the Greater California German Shepherd Rescue Society and is taking her obedience classes from Pet Smart.

Yours in fitness,
Olivia C. Rossi, RN, MSN
Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist
ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, ACSM ( . . . and recent “Dog Whisperer”)

  
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Lindsey Diaz May 1, 2012

What a story. So amazing when pets and people come together each side is richly blessed by the love and benefits. Glad to hear Freedom found a home.

Susie May 1, 2012

When you have dog you spend a lot of time just trying to get them to stop barking, keep quiet and be still for goodness sakes. When they are gone, then you miss their pitter patter and their barkish hellos. I do miss my pug and his eager to please.

Nancy C. May 1, 2012

German Shepards are among the most loyal and helpful dogs. Why anyone would leave or mistreat him is beyond me.

anonymous May 1, 2012

Lots o’ reasons why people misuse pets,
just like they mistreat people

Friend of the Pets May 1, 2012

Another pet adoption succces story. How about you?

Mom1 May 2, 2012

Creative name.

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