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Best Friends: Annessa Dionne
Annessa Dionne
Annessa Dionne - photo by Marissa Weiher

Annessa Dionne, Brodhead, dog staff at the Green County Humane Society, talks about her new best friend Annie, a 15-year-old shepherd-collie mix. 

Dionne, who has worked at the Humane Society since May, was approached by GCHS Executive Director Jenny Wright about fostering one of the transfers from the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. Dionne said as soon as she saw Annie’s picture she was in love. 

Annie’s previous owners passed away, which left her without a home. Due to her blindness, GCHS didn’t feel the shelter would be the ideal environment for her. 

“I liked the idea of opening my home to older dogs or harder to place dogs that need a more comfortable place to while they’re waiting to find their forever home,” Dionne said. 

Best Friends is a weekly feature designed to highlight a local resident and his or her pets. To suggest someone for the series, contact Marissa Weiher, photographer, at

Describe Annie’s personality.

She’s super sweet. She always has to be by someone. If I move room to room she’s always there. If a door is partially open she’ll open it and come in. I’m kind of like her seeing-eye human. She love attention and she loves to give kisses. 

What do you and Annie like to do together?

We sit down and watch TV together and go for walks after I get off work. She has a weird fascination with doors. If she hears the door open she’s always right there.


What has it been like having Annie in your life?

Wonderful. She is such a sweet girl. With her being blind, I could not imagine her having to stay at the shelter. She would be confused all the time. It’s so important to foster because these dogs have been through enough, especially with the 12-hour transfer. It gives them a new lease on life.