When Angel, a greyhound mix, was brought into the animal shelter by rescuers, they were baffled at what she was doing.
Angel went right into the corner, sat down, and didn’t budge.
Confusion quickly gave way to worry—this was heartbreaking. Angel would intently face the wall, make no noise and interact with no one and no other dogs. She stayed there for days on end, and would only eat some of the food left for her when nobody was looking.
It took days before Angel was even comfortable making eye contact. After care and coaxing from volunteers at the shelter, they said she would poke her head out and look at them as if to say, “Oh, it’s you, that’s okay.”
Eventually, they got her into a bed, where she hesitantly curled up, still shy.
“Getting there,” they wrote.
“She is making progress. Some days more than others,” they wrote.
“She will l sometimes come up, lick your hand and quickly run away. Today I sat out the back with her for a while , she is unsure and keeping her distance. We’ll get there, one step at a time. She’ll learn to know we’re not all mean horrible people.”
With lots of love and care, Angel started to open up more.
Then—another dog was brought in from the pound, and they saw a significant change in Angel. They were similar, and volunteers assumed it must have been her brother. They named him Cliff, and Angel started to open up and play.
“It’s amazing what a doggy friend can do. Another trip to the pound, Liz Campbell hopped in her car and Hey Presto…and then there were two. We think he may be her brother. But look at the difference in Angel. “
“Angel and Cliff had lots of fun earlier. There is such a huge difference in Angel now. She is still shy at times but she’s doing much better ☺ enjoy the video.”
Over time, the traumatized dog started to recover and now she is far from the “nervous wreck” she was when she first came to the shelter’s doorstep.
Angel has since found her forever home with a loving couple, and is named Cara.
The couple have another dog, whom Cara is happy to play with. Soon after being acclimated to her new home, the couple sent the shelter this video:
“We have been sent this fantastic video of Angel(now Cara). From the nervous wreck she was in the 1st video to now 😊😊😊 it makes us so very happy.”
“She is doing fantastic. She has gone from 17kg to 20.5kg and has grown. She has poor Jago run ragged and has boundless energy.”
“She has gained massive confidence and has toys everywhere. She has grown up and her coat is gorgeous.”
“The tail is always up and the confidence is amazing, still a tiny bit unsure when out for walks on her own but she is getting better.”
“It really is amazing the growth in such a short time.”
She’s far from shy now!
“Her adopters Michael McGrath and his Lovely lady, Theresa have given her loads of confidence.”