When Zuzu arrived at an animal shelter in LA, she was miserable.
No matter what the staff and volunteers at the shelter did, she remained inconsolable for days.“She is a friendly girl but I sensed sadness and confusion,” Desi Lara, a volunteer at Downey Animal Care Center, said. “Most dogs zoom around the yard. She treaded softly, nervous to look around.”
But when a family came to visit the shelter one weekend, the German Shepherd seemed to come back to life quite suddenly.
The family was trying to take a dog back home with them, however, Zuzu wouldn’t let them see anyone else.
She kept leaping at the fence, her tail wagging madly, running up and down the yard in excitement.
That’s when Lara realized the reason behind Zuzu’s transformation. Lara, along with trainer Janay Chapin, had witnessed the sudden change in the dog’s personality – they quickly found out that the pooch was actually greeting her old family.“All of a sudden she was all excited, doing a little zoom,” Lara says. “A joyous personality came out when she saw her people.” But the family told them they were looking for another dog. “They didn’t want her back because she kept escaping,” Chapin said.