Jefferson and his brothers came to HUA in January 2009 from a puppy mill in Arkansas that would soon be shut down. When the mill failed to sell their litter, the dogs were tied up outside, and they lived that way for nearly a year. Their physical condition upon arrival at HUA was horrendous, but even worse was their terror of humans. They are still a work in progress, but intensive socialization work with a volunteer has brought about a lot of healing.
Jefferson was the last one to let his volunteer pet him; this boy likes to be in control of a situation, and he was just so scared. Once he decided to trust humans, though, he quickly became one of the friendliest Eskies. He is the greeter for his villa suite, and we think he will very quickly open his heart to an adopter. He is a big, lovable teddy bear, complete with the sweetest grin! He loves to play with toys; he enjoys being sung to; he runs joyously in the agility yard with his buddies Washington, Lincoln, and Jackson. His favorite pastime, though, seems to be lying right next to his volunteer just soaking up the loving, emitting happy little sighs every so often. Jefferson might do best as an only dog, but he tells us that he has SO-O-O much love to give that his adopter won't need another dog!