In the September issue of Pepper 'N Salt Newsletter of the Standard Schnauzer Club of America, Robert L. Gold, a schnauzer rescuer, told the story of "Sam, Sam the Grumble Man."
Gold was notified that a family wanted to turn in its 3-year-old, black standard schnauzer as unmanageable and undesirable. On his visit to retrieve this unwanted dog, Gold discovered a loving, almost doting, but insecure young dog. Gold stayed with the family in order to evaluate the animal and its relationship with the family members.
He voiced his conclusions before leaving, since the problems were manmade, not canine oriented. Still, the family said it didn't want to change its routines, so Gold took Sam home and kept him.
The story brought to mind my first dog that had been abused as a little pup and hated men with a passion. As she grew, I realized I needed to do something about her hatred or I wouldn't be able to have fun with her. I took her to an obedience class in Lexington and told the instructor that she was impossible (she was braced and growling at him). "She's not impossible, you are impossible," the man replied, and he spent the next eight weeks proving he was right by working with my dog after classes.