While show dogs were strutting their stuff at Reliant Center, one homeless dog was on its way to finding a home.
The 35th annual Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows teamed up with Citizens for Animal Protection for an extreme makeover of a homeless dog donated by the shelter.
Trisha Royal, CAP’s community outreach director, said the shelter was approached with the idea and instantly agreed. A 2-year-old female Yorkie Mix named “Cricket” was chosen and underwent a 10-day makeover.
“We all met at the shelter one fine day,” Royal said. “She went to live with the trainer and made her appearance today.”
“Cricket” experienced all levels of obedience training by Holly Furgason, from Pup Scouts. She was also groomed by a professional, Edna Scott Johnson of Jus B Coz Inc., who has been grooming and showing dogs for more than 45 years.
The 2-year-old Yorkie Mix was turned in to the shelter by her owner because they were planning on moving. Royal said the top reasons for pet owners to surrender their animals to shelters are either, because they’re moving or expecting a child.
When she was brought into the shelter, “Cricket” was shy and introverted. Royal believes this might be because she wasn’t nurtured and loved, which she said won’t be the case after Sunday.
“Cricket” was adopted through CAP’s pet of the week program on Sunday by a first-come, first-serve basis.
Royal said her changes might’ve not appeared visibly extreme, but “Cricket” did undergo a big change and she’s a better dog because of it. She hopes that this event promotes another angle to show what can be done with an animal in a shelter to help them become adoptable.
“I just think if we could do this every week,” she said. “If you had every animal that could go to the groomer and go to a trainer, think how many animals we could be adopting.”