Colt — Shelter

Location: Severn, Maryland

In August 2019 we received a call from a local shelter mentioning several working dogs had been dumped there. There were three Belgian Malinois that were brothers, two of which were chosen for a local law enforcement department. The third brother however was very timid and was starting to shut down in the shelter environment. We decided with the help of American Belgian Malinois Rescue that we could foster the third brother, Colt.

When we went to pick up Colt from the shelter, he was terrified. Once home, he quickly adapted quickly to his new environment and started to slowly shine. Within the first six months we had him involved in Dockdiving, Barnhunt and Fastcat. After we adopted Colt in late 2019, 2020 was to be his first full year participating in all three dog sports. Colt improved with each event earning him the highest invite for the Dockdog World Championships, Super Elite. Colt attended Dockdog World’s in October 2020 competing in the same class with some of the world’s biggest jumping dogs. His 2020 Season biggest jump being 26’3. In addition to attending World’s Colt earned his Novice Title in Barnhunt at the end of 2020.

It is remarkable to see the transition in this scared shelter pup who only a year before was in complete shut down mode. Now he is ranked for 2020 as the 4th Ranked Jumping Malinois in the World! More than his athletic prowess and incredible nose, he is a total sweetheart living his absolute best life!

Round 2 of voting for the 2021 Hero Dog Awards is now closed.