There’s nothing in the world like seeing Ice run. For the staff and volunteers at the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter in Long Island, it’s pure joy. As her trainer Al puts it, “There’s a certain magic to her.”

adoptable dog Hempstead Town Animal Shelter

Source: Cynthia Raven / Hempstead Town Animal Shelter

Ice spent the first two years of her life tied to a tree in someone’s yard. She was not allowed inside at any point, and she spent many days wet and cold in the snow and rain.

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Her former owners brought her to the shelter two years ago on a particularly bitter winter. She was terrified and confused.

happy adoptable dog at Hempstead Town Animal Shelter

Source: Cynthia Raven / Hempstead Town Animal Shelter

Ice is kept warm and dry in the shelter, but she still doesn’t know what it’s like to roam free. When her shelter friends take her out into the play yard, she beams with happiness.

Al suspects she has some greyhound in her blood. No other dog could sprint and play so beautifully.

dog playing in pool

Source: Cynthia Raven / Hempstead Town Animal Shelter

Al’s worked with many dogs, and he tries not to get too emotionally involved, but Ice is an exception. She wants to learn new things, and she’s smart as can be.

In fact, Al has taught her some advanced parkour moves, like jumping off of a wall, and she loves making people proud.

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