UPPER EAST SIDE — Guadalupe has come a long way from the trembling pup she was when she was rescued from an abusive home last year.
Although the ASPCA could not legally divulge further information about Guadalupe's past, the organization said she's made a full recovery thanks to her foster mother, Annabel Barnes.
"She has completely blossomed into a well-adjusted, happy dog," Barnes, a 29-year-old East Harlem resident, said.
"I know all dogs are dedicated and devoted, but I think she is the next level of devoted. When she wakes up in bed, she realizes where she is and starts wriggling in the blankets and makes a big smile with her teeth."
When Barnes took Guadalupe in more than a year ago, the black 28-pound pup was shaky and terrified of noises from the street and any male that came into the room, she said.
Barnes had to carry Guadalupe up and down her five-floor walk up, because the dog didn't know how to climb stairs, she said.
Guadalupe now gallops down the stairs and loves when people visit. She's also learned not to fear men, after meeting Barnes' boyfriend, she said.
"She hadn’t had much socialization, where she could learn what it is like to be in a home and learn to be loved," Barnes explained.
"Now, she cautiously sniffs men and then thinks it’s another 'daddy' who loves her just as much [as my boyfriend]. She didn't know the joy that could be found in life and now she's getting joy out of so many things."
Guadalupe — while still nervous around loud street noises — loves to swim, chase sticks and bees and take long hikes, Barnes said. She even loves to finish Barnes's cup of tea.
"She so deserves a really great home," Barnes said. "She's a complex and wonderful dog, much like a person. Her energy level is malleable and she's like a lap dog. She needs somebody affectionate who wants to be her best friend."
For those who adopt a furry friend this holiday season, the ASPCA will waive 50 percent of all adoption fees through the end of the year, according to a spokeswoman for the organization.
For more information about Guadalupe, visit her page on the ASPCA's website.