She was a perfect Lady, a gentle, affectionate dog who loved snuggling and belly rubs.  She was a bright, eager-to-please dog who learned how to Sit, Down, Shake, Heel and other cool behaviors.  She was shy of strangers, and frightened of rowdy dogs, but learned to cope graciously and elegantly with both in her ladylike way.  She was a great favorite at the thrift store, where she loved to visit and get petted by our wonderful thrift store volunteers.  Thanks to them, and to the marvelous training work done by Deb Franzini on the shelter’s Behavior Team, she became an Ambassador for her breed. Sharon was a Pit bull, and a really cool dog.  If she had been in the body of a Golden Retriever, she would have been out the door within days.  But since she was a Pit bull, she got over-looked again and again… which turned out to be just fine! Sharon kept having odd skin rashes, until we found out that she was allergic to some of Mt. Shasta’s pollen!   Getting her into an urban home, away from our piney woods, was highly recommended—but there was a problem.  Despite the fact that Miss Sharon was close to Pit bull perfection, other shelters simply won’t accept out-of-area Pit bulls:  they have too many already. So Sharon was with us for nearly a year—and kept getting better in mind and worse in body.  At last, after a special plea to Oregon Humane Society in Portland and lots of behavior prep by Deb, the divine Miss S got her ticket to freedom.  Deb and her sister Carol drove her up (we hear there was especially delightful cuddle time in a Motel 6 bed!), and Sharon was taken into the fold at Oregon Humane.  Within days, she was placed in a new loving home, far away from our wicked pollen! Good dogs come in all packages.  Sharon was a good dog.  Sometimes it takes a village to rescue a life; in her case, the village was there for her.  Thanks to Deb, for never giving up, to all the volunteers—some of whom were afraid of Pit bulls until they made friends with Sharon—who taught Sharon how to trust new people, and to Oregon Humane for making an exception for an exceptional dog.  Way to go, Sharon!