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Thursday, August 16, 2001 at 12:00am

Perhaps nothing in the world is as exciting for a dog that has been in a cage all day long as seeing a handler approach with a leash. For Jill, a retriever-mix puppy, this sight triggered unabashed barking as she reared up on her hind legs, front paws on top of the fence surrounding her, with her tail wagging so furiously she nearly knocked herself over.

Biding her time waiting for a new family at the Nashville Humane Society, Jill was happy to be escorted outside for a short walk where she could show off her personality without the distraction of the cacophony of barks and meows coming from the indoor pens. However, the outdoor pens at the shelter were thrown into hysterics as all of Jill

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