Aiden was a stray picked up by the sheriff's department and subsequently adopted
by my husband and I 2 1/2 years ago. When I first discovered Aiden, or "Ace" as he
was then named, he was literally bald from the waist back (reaction from fleas and
other parasites) and emaciated. When I further inquired about him, I was told he
was heartworm positive and would need to stay at Animal Services for a few weeks
while undergoing treatment. That was, of course, fine with me. I would just visit
frequently. While under-going heartworm treatment, the shelter experienced a breakout
of kennel cough and the facility was quarantined for four weeks. Sadly, several dogs
died during that period and none were allowed to leave. Aiden was infected so now
needed to battle that as well as his heartworm. Fortunately, he is strong.
Aiden's personality was extremely aloof. He was completed disinterested in people,
not shy or aggressive, but just obviously had never had a relationship with humans.
He was two years old! Aiden could not walk on a leash and was a runner. If he got
"free" he would take off and not look back.
Aiden joined our household of three cats and three border collies spending many months
in the shadows. His personality of disinterest took a back seat to the demanding
temperaments of the border collies. I decided last year that I needed to make time
for him without having to compete (not that he wanted to) for my attention. We started
our first beginner obedience class at SOTC in the summer of 2006. He flourished as
did our relationship. He is amazingly intelligent and focused. He loves pleasing
me, working, and earning treats (not necessarily in that order.) He is definitely
not a runner now but is glued to my side. He has become loyal, protective, and constant.
Since our beginner obedience class, Aiden has not only joined the flyball team (his
"hands down" favorite activity), but also has competed successfully in rally, obedience,
and agility. Aiden's most recent accomplishments include earning his first leg in
Utility (AKC obedience) and qualifying for AKC Agility Nationals for 2010. He has
also earned his temperament title and is a certified Canine Good Citizen.