Remember that dog Lena courageously recused from a shelter back in 2013? You don’t? Must not be a true Dunham-ite and must have missed her glowing, heart wrenching, beautiful exposé in the New Yorker at the time:
Yaaaaaasss! QWEEEEN!!! Take a moment to wipe the tears from your eyes for a truly beautiful thing. Not all of us have it in our hearts to do such a noble thing. They say you don’t really rescue the dog, that the dog rescues you. Well for a while anyways:
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A lot of you have been asking where Lamby is these days since he's always been the star of my gram and I've been posting pics of my poodle girls. Well, you know honesty is my jam but this one has been really heartbreaking to talk about. But I feel I have to share that last March, after four years of challenging behavior and aggression that could not be treated with training or medication or consistent loving dog ownership, Lamby went to live at an amazing professional facility in Los Angeles @matt_thezendog where an awesome person named @therealdanishay (who is educated in a rescue dog's specific trauma) loves him so hard. Lamby suffered terrible abuse as a pup that made having him in a typical home environment dangerous to him and others- we needed to be responsible to ourselves, our neighbors and especially our beloved boy. Jack and I will miss him forever but sometimes when you love something you have to let it go (especially when it requires tetanus shots and stitches.) Someday I'll really write about the pain and relief of letting Lamby go off and really be Lamby, biting and peeing in his own mouth and all. There were so many lessons in it, about forgiving myself and loving with an open palm and giving in to a larger plan. Shout out to @jennikonner for listening to endless hours of Lamby pain, and especially my partner @jackantonoff for loving him even when he ruined floors and couches and our life. Jack knows what Lamby means to me and he let me come to the decision in my own time even when it made his days challenging. Susan & Karen will never be my first loves, but they are fuzzy and hilarious stuffing for the hole Lamby left and we cherish them deeply ❤️#lamby #thefirstcutisthedeepest #foreverlamb PS If you have a similar situation, please know its possible to responsibly re-home your rescue rather than sending them back into the shelter system. It can require patience, diligence and often a financial contribution but there are solutions that leave everyone happy and safe. You will always have been your dog's first stop outside shelter life and that's beautiful.
Heartbreaking. But unfortunately it’s a real risk when you adopt a shelter dog. You can’t be entirely sure of their history. Some dogs have baggage. And you work for many years to try to work with the pooch and acclimate it to everyday life but sometimes it doesn’t take. Like I always say, if I have kids and they are biting people at 28 (4 in dog years) I would be forced to put them in a home, or worse as well. Again, no one can be sure of the dog’s history not even the shelter. Well, maybe the shelter. Let’s ask:
A spokesperson for BARC Shelter in Brooklyn — where Dunham adopted Lamby — has a different story;
“We checked the records for Lamby,” Robert Vazquez told Yahoo Celebrity via email. “He was ‘owner surrendered, not enough time,’ so we do not know where she got ‘multiple owners that abused the dog.’” (In her New Yorker piece from March 2013, Dunham said the dog had “three other homes, three other names, but now he’s mine mine mine.”)
At the time of his adoption by the star, the dog was just 1 “nearing 2-years-old” — and he didn’t have a history of being aggressive.
“When she adopted the dog from us, it wasn’t crazy,” Vazquez continued. “I have pictures of the dog loving on Lena and her mom, which is weird if the dog was abused.
The BARC rep finished with, “It’s just hard to believe the dog was nasty when she took Lamby to every green room with her when Girls was still a thing 4 years ago.”
I don’t know what you’re implying Mr. BARC rep man, but I don’t like that you’re insinuating that you know more about the history of the dog than the owner. Even though the time you’re referring to was before ownership. Doesn’t matter. It’s absolutely unba-lena-ble that you would imply that after four years of taking the dog amicably on photo shoots, in green rooms, and to interviews that it wasn’t an issue the whole time. You weren’t there. You wouldn’t know. And the low blow about how she hasn’t done anything since Girls, and how it is an absolutely trash show and how her untalented act shouldn’t be relevant even on the dark side of the moon (I can read between the lines), is just plain wrong. That show is iconic. Don’t let the haters bring you down to reality, Lena. Yassss, gurl, slay. Not the dog though, don’t slay the dog.