A squirrel scampered into view as Barbara Nunnemacher walked her untrained 80-pound German Shepherd Dog mix. The nearly 1-year-old bolted after the squirrel. The force of the takeoff snapped a tendon in Nunnemacher’s shoulder, severing it completely. Pain shot through her shoulder.
That did it.
Nunnemacher turned to a dog trainer.
“It wasn’t her fault at all. She was a puppy. She saw a squirrel. I got a trainer involved because I could not walk her,” says Nunnemacher, of Kansas who considers Tessie “her best friend in the world.”
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