When it comes to her love of dogs, Ellen Stuban, a project manager with the IT Enterprise Program Management Office, truly goes further. In this case, all the way to the popular TV show, Dog Whisperer.
The topic of the show was adopting rescued dogs. Stuban was contacted to appear on the show because of her talented rescued dog, Sammy, and the wonderful work she has done with the rescue and adoption of Papillons.
“Sammy and I were on the stage, live with Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer. The experience was amazing!” said Stuban.
On stage, she shared Sammy’s story with the show’s host, Millan, and the audience. Sammy was in a shelter and was slated for euthanasia due to "aggression." The aggression turned out to be a reaction to fear stemming from long-term abuse.
According to Stuban, the show’s host could not believe there were enough Papillons needing rescue to support an organized rescue's existence. He asked why anyone would give up or abuse such wonderful dogs.
Millan then asked Stuban to demonstrate some of the things Sammy has learned since adoption. He used to compete in Rally Obedience, so Ellen took him through his paces and did some of the commands.
“I was so incredibly proud of my boy. He did everything I asked and did it in front of 2,000 people. He was totally focused on me,” stated Stuban.
Millan’s message to the audience was not to overlook rescue dogs or see them as damaged goods. Rather, adopt and allow them to enrich your family by becoming a member. His goal is to inform the masses about the millions of dogs worldwide who are in need of homes and implore all perspective dog owners to come to the shelters and help save dogs from being euthanized unnecessarily.
“Just look at my Sammy. Although he will always have some hidden issues, he serves as an ambassador for rescue dogs everywhere, showing the world that dogs do indeed live in the moment. It is us humans who stall their progress by feeling bad for their past,” added Stuban.