|Bonnie was my special needs
dog. At age 12 weeks she was going to be put to sleep by her breeder
because she had a heart murmur and was afraid of her own shadow. I
convinced her breeder to place her with me instead. Bonnie outgrew
the murmur. And, while she was
never an outgoing dog, Bonnie
learned through her obedience training to cope with strange places and people.
Bonnie was extremely smart and would have excelled in obedience if she wasn't so shy. We had to train for things that normal dogs don't worry about - like the judge reaching across the dog to hand the dumbbell to me before the retrieve on flat. She obtained her CDX because I asked her to - she certainly never enjoyed going to shows. She was trained for Utility, but was never shown at that level.