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Dog adoption a ‘Christmas wish come true’

BRADENTON — Rachael the mixed-breed boxer has a new home after setting the record for the current longest stay for a dog at the Humane Society of Manatee County.

Rachael is now in the arms of a loving Bradenton family who adopted the dog this afternoon. She had been at the Humane Society since October 2006.

Maryetta Gandy, who lives in Bayshore Gardens, said she had to have Rachael after reading about her in today’s Bradenton Herald.

“I saw her face in the paper this morning and that was it. I knew it was my dog,” said Gandy. “I saw her face, and I knew there was something about that animal.”

Rachael has come a long way during her stay at the Humane Society, overcoming extreme fear problems, according to Humane Society spokeswoman Hildy Russell.

“She is a very skittish dog so when people would come look at the dogs, Rachael would head straight for the back of the kennel. It made her very hard to give away,” said Russell.

Gandy said she was having breakfast this morning with her son, Ishmeal, 19, who is visiting from North Carolina, when she saw the picture of the dog in the paper.

“She yelled out she wanted the dog. Twenty minutes later here we are,” Ishmeal Gandy said while his mother signed adoption papers at the Humane Society.

After filling out some paperwork, the proud new owners claimed Rachael as their own.

“She’s ours! The adoption is complete,” Maryetta Gandy said.

For caregivers at the Humane Society, finding a home for Rachael made their holiday.

“We were all saying finding her a home would be a Christmas wish come true,” said Human Society executive director Denies Deisler. “And it happened. We couldn’t be happier.”