Lena Dunham's Dog's New Owner Defends 'Girls' Creator
"Together, we are able to give Lamby all the love and support he needs, and I would not be able to do it without her."
In the latest development in the ongoing controversy over Lena Dunham's rehoming her dog Lamby, its new owner and trainer are coming to the Girls creator's defense.
Dunham recently revealed she had to give up Lamby, her dog of four years, due to behavioral issues. The BARC no-kill animal shelter in Brooklyn, from which Dunham adopted her dog, disputed Dunham's claim that Lamby had behavioral issues and Dunham replied that she has taken care of the dog for four years and knows how he was to live with.
An L.A. dog boarding and training facility called The Zen Dog had boarded Lamby in the past and a year ago, trainer Matt Beisner started working with Lamby in an attempt to help the dog with issues of aggression, including lashing out and biting people when stressed or excited.
"If one is making an effort, four years and several trainers, they’ve at least given it a try," Beisner told The Daily Dot. "My experience with Lena was a sincere, well-intentioned, compassionate owner, who was in a bind…regardless of how much she loved him."
He said that he suggested rehoming Lamby and had multiple conversations with Dunham about it, adding that her busy schedule of being away from home could be exacerbating Lamby's problems. Dani Shay, an employee at the Zen Dog, offered to take the dog in if Dunham was interested.
“When it came time for us to take the next step and I adopted Lamby from Lena officially, we did so in a way that would ensure all his particular needs would be met,” said Shay. “As Lena mentioned, she contributes to his life financially (providing excellent food, health care, etc.), and I provide my time, energy, training,and daily care. Together, we are able to give Lamby all the love and support he needs, and I would not be able to do it without her."
Shay said it hurts her feelings to see how people are criticizing Dunham, since Shay knows everything she "has done and continues to do for Lamby. Lamby is living a great life and has shown tremendous progress."
Beisner said he understands why the animal shelter has a different account than Dunham.
"I think [BARC] was right up to the extent that they could see, and what I know from experience, dogs go through a thawing-out period, and what they see at the rescue [may not match up]," Beisner said. “But by 10 weeks old the dog is set neurologically, and we know without a doubt Lamby didn’t get what he needed in those formative weeks. At the very least it was neglect. Whether or not it’s abuse is not for me to say, but he displayed behavior that’s very consistent with dogs that are quite loving but undersocialized and developmentally not all there.”