Deputy, meanwhile, was soon ready to start meeting possible adoptive parents. And, unsurprisingly, the animal described as a “loving, happy dog” by shelter staff wasn’t short of offers, as Hampton explained. “We had a lot of interest,” she said. But one candidate in particular stood out.
That person was John Piburn, who, Hampton explained, had visited Deputy repeatedly throughout the dog’s time at the shelter. Since he lives in Kansas City, not far from the Great Plains center, Piburn took time to visit often, to play with Deputy and get to know the mutt. “I fell right in love with him,” Piburn explained. “He’s such a sweetie. A great dog.”