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By: Best Friends Animal Society

Handsome Dan

ADOPTED. One of the dogs that John Garcia spent a lot of time with and came to be deeply attached to, Handsome Dan arrived at Best Friends as a frightened, shutdown dog. He may always be fearful, but he is motivated to please his humans, and he’s an example of why the breed used to be known as the “nanny dogs.” He is calm and peaceful with his family’s toddler and makes it his job to look out for her. Heather Gutshall, who adopted Handsome Dan with her family members, was one of Petful’s Animal Heroes of the Month in 2013.

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