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Meet Sissy: A shelter success story

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Sissy's family calls her a wonder dog. (KTEN) Sissy's family calls her a wonder dog. (KTEN)
Sally Rhae Thomason adopted Sissy in 2010. (KTEN) Sally Rhae Thomason adopted Sissy in 2010. (KTEN)

POTTSBORO, Texas -- They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but at age 8, Sissy still has a lot of tricks up her sleeve.

"I think she probably has 10 or 15 different tricks," said Sally Rhae Thomason, the dog's owner.

Sissy can dance, crawl, jump and roll over while putting on a show.

Sissy is a shelter dog, having been adopted from the Sherman animal shelter by the Thomason family in 2010 after she was found living on the streets, dirty and forgotten.

"We found this little straggly thing that just looked like she'd been through you know what," Thomason recalled. 

But as it turns out, Sissy proved to be the perfect match.

"I'm going to cry, because we have gotten so attached to her," Thomason said. "I just love her so much; she really has become a special part of our home."

Sissy is known for wearing her signature Superman cape and winning the Barks and Paws dog show in Denison countless times.

"She's known as Sissy the Wonder Dog... she can do just about anything," Thomason said.

Many other shelter dogs also come from troubled circumstances, but they still make loving companions.

"Shelter pets need to be considered for new families because they don't have a voice," said Cindy Huth, a volunteer with the Denison Animal Welfare Group. "These pets have a lot of experience to offer for their families."

We asked Sissy what she loves most about her life with the Thomasons. We interpreted her bark as saying her family is the greatest gift of all, and she clearly loves the chance to show the world what shelter dogs can do. '

"It's not about the breed; it's not about how much you paid for your dog; it's about the dog," Huth said.

There are many other amazing dogs available now at your local animal shelter. On Saturday, shelters in Denison, Sherman, Paris and Ardmore are offering discounted adoption fees for the Clear the Shelters event. 

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