I lost my boy T-Bone after 17 years of love and devotion. We had that once in a life time bond between human and dog. When he died, I sworn I would never have another dog again. I didn’t want to go through the pain again.
A month to the day of his passing, I found a dog lying against my fence. He was in horrible shame, fresh scars around his neck and hind legs. When he stood up I could see he had been starved, he was nothing but skin stretched over bones. I brought him back to the house and noticed he was limping. I fed him a small amount of food every half hour. I took him to the vet the next morning only to find out his pelvis and leg had been broken and healed and was full of infection.
Of course I gave him the best food and would bring him toys every time I came home. He started becoming demanding and trying to attack everybody, including me. I talked to a rescue and a vet friend and asked what I could do. Both suggested that I have him put down. The thought of that just broke my heart and I said “never.” “He was a gift from T-Bone and God and deserved a good loving life.”
One day, while at the vet’s clinic, I asked if anyone could recommend a good trainer. One of the techs suggested Donna Malone. She said that Donna was an expert with behavioral problems. I called Donna and she suggested I bring Sugar Ray to one of her classes. I explained that he was too aggressive for me to do that.
I made an appointment for her to come to my house for a session. When she got there, I had to hold him back with all of my strength to keep him from attacking her. She said that there was a possibility that he may not be able to be trained.
She came to my house once a week for several weeks and each week gave me instructions to work with him every day. At first I thought this isn’t going to work, she didn’t seem to be doing anything while she was there other than tell me what I needed to do. I did follow her instructions but didn’t see immediate results. Then one day it was like it clicked with him, he would look at me for commands and seemed to enjoy learning something new. She then suggested teaching him tricks, which he picked up immediately. I continued to work with him and he continued to improve. Donna was always available if I had any questions.
The incredible news is that he kept improving and now he is a therapy dog! He loves his new job and looks forward to going to the nursing home to see his patients. This is the dog who seemed to hate people and now loves for people to pet him and talk to him.
If it hadn’t been for Donna “training me”, Sugar Ray would not be the happy, loving boy he is today.
I can honestly say Donna saved my dog’s life.
I highly recommend Donna Malone.