Sarah Crowder

You might say he’s the perfect mate: he’s smart, good-natured and charming. And soon, he’ll find a home that’ll be perfect for him. Trooper, the puppy who made headlines after that horrific dragging incident last year, is ready to meet his forever family. The staffers at the Humane Society of Missouri, who have been with Trooper through thick and thin (seven surgeries, numerous therapies and continuous hours of training), have whittled down the list of prospective adoptive families to six. The hope is to send Trooper home with his new family for the holidays.

I recently had the good fortune of meeting Trooper, who is intelligent and friendly as can be. It seems improbable that this is the same dog who was clinging to life following his ordeal. With tens of thousands of Facebook fans, a YouTube following and even the subject of a book, Trooper’s Triumphs, Trooper has become the symbol of hope for countless other animals victimized by abuse and neglect.

Soon, Trooper will have his own ‘Happily Ever After’ story. ‘Til then, read about our featured pet in this month’s column, proudly sponsored by Carol House Furniture.