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Tudee
+ Mooney

Melissa, Barry and Sophia Webster live in Cave Spring
with their two white Staffordshire Terriers, Tudee and
Mooney. Tudee, who's eight to 10 years old, became
part of the family four years ago, after the Websters
met her through a friend who was fostering with
Smiles Forever. Tudee had been in the Roanoke
City pound for a long time and was scheduled to be
euthanized the day she was rescued. She was a tough
sell because her "communication style" was a growly
bark and stiff tail which conveyed aggression. But
Webster says the moment she and her 16-year-old
daughter met Tudee, "she sat down between us with
her toy and we were hooked."
As Tudee decompressed from her time at the pound
and settled into a safe and secure place, her loving
nature became apparent. "We hug and kiss when we
get home," Webster says, "and if you don't bend down
so she can kiss you on the cheek, she'll follow you
around and bounce on two legs until you do."

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Mooney, age three, joined the family a year and a
half ago through Friends of Bedford County Animal
Shelter and Delores Joiner, who has fostered and
placed "non-adoptable" bully mix breeds for over 20
years. As Joiner explains, "I take the ones who have
potential, but maybe have been kept on chains and not
taught the things they should've learned as puppies,
and teach them how to live in a home with humans
and other animals."
The Websters spent about three months driving
to Delores' house twice a week, introducing Tudee
and Mooney by taking them on walks together. Their
patient approach paid off when Mooney came to live
with the Websters and the two dogs got along just fine.
Webster says having rescue dogs has turned them
into advocates, fundraising and spreading the word.
"Sophia talks about our rescue family at school. Barry
and I talk about them at work. These dogs brought a
very cool purpose to the Websters."

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