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Sunday Focus: A rescue-dog success story

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Sunday Focus: A rescue-dog success story

Paige Seery, a fourth-grader, spends time on spring break with Pippa, a 10-year-old schnauzer her family rescued four years ago.

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Sky Seery, or rather her schnauzer Pippa, is proof that following the “adopt don’t shop” motto can give you a full-breed dog.

Seery likes small dogs. Schnauzers don’t shed and her in-laws had them.

“They’re just the breed for us,” she said.

While Sky and her husband, Brandon, bought their oldest schnauzer, Lucy, 13, as a puppy, they wanted to adopt their second pet about four years ago, she said.

A North Platte adoption fell through, which took the couple to Hearts United for Animals, in Auburn. The animal rescue shut down a puppy mill in South Dakota, and more than 60 schnauzer puppies became available in 3-4 months, Seery said.

While Seery was ready to adopt, Brandon wasn’t so sure. But when he saw Pippa’s picture, he told his wife, “Oh, she’s cute.” Seery knew Pippa, then 6, was the one.

While the couple received their full-bred schnauzer, Pippa came “with a lot of quirks,” Seery said.

“You really don’t know what you’re going to get with rescue dogs,” she said. “So you have to have a lot of patience.”

Pippa grew up on a diet of a lot of sawdust — it “fills bellies,” Seery said. Pippa lived in a wire cage and her role was to breed, Seery said. Meant to be between 18 and 22 pounds, Pippa weighed 6 pounds at the time of her rescue. She weighed 9 pounds when the Seery family took her in.

Still, Pippa loves everyone.

“She has not met a stranger she doesn’t like,” Seery said.

Seery was surprised by this, given Pippa’s past and lack of care. Some dogs can be scared of everything and everyone after a tough life, she said.

Pippa is “still kind of weird about food,” Seery said. Despite being fed real dog food regularly, she’s “really like a vacuum,” Seery said.

Having more than 20 teeth pulled with about six remaining means that Pippa sucks her food up, but she still eats every meal quickly.

“She can eat baby carrots like it’s nobody’s business,” Seery said.

Pippa also can watch Animal Planet on TV “for hours,” and loves the “Twilight” movie franchise, becoming “glued to it all day,” Seery said with a laugh.

Pippa takes medicine for allergies that caused excessive itching.

She’s also made best friends with Lucy — the two recently shared a morning nap on the couch together.

Still, after adopting Pippa, Seery said she’ll never purchase a dog again. She’s also found a soft spot for older dogs, “especially those that have not had a great life,” she said.

“There’s so many dogs out there that need love.”

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