"There is a dog for everybody," Payson Humane Society Animal Supervisor Cristy Maldonado said. "It's just a matter of finding the right one."
As a case in point, consider Nubby -- an older, three-legged dog featured in a recent article in the Payson Roundup about a quilt raffle for the shelter. As long as Nubby's odds seemed, she was quickly adopted.
"She went to a lady who had a three-legged dog when she was a young girl," Maldonado said. "Nubby reminded her of having that dog, so she wanted another one."
October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and none is more deserving at your local shelter than Lucy -- the German shepherd/hound mix pictured on the cover of this issue of The Rim Review.
Lucy, a black and tan 3-year-old has been at the shelter since August. A major reason is that she is extremely shy until she gets to know somebody.
"She's a great dog," Maldonado said. "She just needs someone who realizes she is shy and needs a gentle, calm hand, not someone who is going to get frustrated with her and say, ‘Come on, let's go right now.' She needs just a little bit more sweetness."
Lucy is also afraid of thunderstorms so she needs to be an indoor dog, but she's housebroken to the point that she will "hold it" against all odds until she's taken for a walk each morning by a dog walker named Dick.
"She's skittish around some men, but Dick has been working with her and she loves him now," Maldonado said. "It's all about security with Lucy. Once she's secure with a person, it's no problem."
Lucy's gentleness is also an asset.
"We have some community service kids that come in and we stick those two little boys in the cage with her," Maldonado said. "She wouldn't hurt a fly."
While Lucy gets along well with cats, she can be picky about other dogs -- liking some but not others, especially the more hyper ones.
"If you have another dog, bring it in to the shelter and see if it's a good match with Lucy," Maldonado said.
A brief walk with Lucy and Mike Daniel, the shelter's "dog guy," confirmed everything Maldonado said about Lucy. She's sweet, shy, gentle and beautiful.
Come in and see Lucy, and the other dogs (and cats) the shelter has available for adoption. Dogs like Blacky, a black Lab mix ("He's such a good dog, a great hiking dog. It's just a matter of finding him the right owner.") And Lady, a Sharpei mix ("She loves to cuddle in bed with you, is very good on a leash, and also loves to go hiking.")
Remember, there's a dog in this world for you, and the sooner you find it the happier you're going to be.
To see more adoptable dogs, go to paysonhumanesociety.com. Or visit to the shelter at 812 S. McLane. For more information, call (928) 474-5590.