Dozens wanted this Girl.
But only one family could get the 4-year-old Labrador mix that had saved the life of her previous owner when he had a stroke.
Girl's owners, Michael and Aileen Jackson, were leaving Rock Hill for senior housing in North Carolina and couldn't take the dog.
It was up to Denise Harris and Jessica Beaty of Animal Supply House to find out who was best for Girl.
An Aug. 22 column about Girl in The Herald brought in a "bombardment" of people locally and in other states who were willing to take her.
Calls and e-mails came from as far as Florida to the south and New York to the north. Dog-lovers were on the Internet doing what dog-lovers do - worrying about dogs.
"We were flooded with requests," said Harris, who works as a groomer at Animal Supply House, the pet store owned by Beaty and her husband.
But Beaty and Harris were not just giving Girl to anybody.
They were running an official pet rescue as part of Project Safe Pet.
"It was important to make sure the dog found a solid home," Beaty said last week as she looked through the seemingly endless messages about this dog that had caught the fancy of the Eastern Seaboard.
They scheduled interviews and even took Girl to meet with prospective local adopters.
One of the visits was to the home of Don and Jo Armbruster, a Rock Hill couple whose dog - a mutt named "Nittany" in honor of their beloved Penn State University - died a couple of years ago at the ripe old age of 14.
"I read the story and called first thing the next day," said Don Armbruster. "I went to the Animal Supply House right away, filled out an application and met Girl.
"Girl had to find a home."
At the home visit a few days later, Girl ran around the Armbruster's yard like she had been there all her life. She rolled and frolicked and cozied up to Jo.
"She just was perfect," said Jo Armbruster.
"Like she was already home."
Finally, after all the interviews and visits, Beaty and Harris chose the Armbrusters. Don drove right over to Animal Supply House to pick her up.
"She jumped in the car like she wanted to go home," Don Armbruster said.
At the Armbruster's house, Girl ran around like she owned the joint. The Armbrusters were as happy as little kids with a new puppy on Christmas.
Aileen and Michael Jackson, now living in Raleigh, N.C., with a daughter, didn't meet the Armbrusters. But they were thrilled that this dog who saved Michael's life had found a loving home.
"That's all we ever wanted," Michael Jackson said over the telephone.
"Girl to love some other family - and that family to love her."