Dogs can be scarred for life, not just humans. Dogs have feelings too.
Meet Clawi, the traumatized dog. Me and my friends paid her a visit yesterday but she was just terrified the whole time. Read more about our day here and where I posted that photo too.
This is my friend's rescue dog. She was hit by a car and left on the sidewalk. It was days before someone posted about her online and so my friend and company went to rescue her. She needed to have surgery to fix her but emotionally she still needs help.
They were able to track down the owner but unfortunately, the owner can't take care of her anymore because of reasons that the owner can't take care of himself as well.
So the online community raised enough funds for the dog's surgery and to buy provisions for her and whatever she needs until they can find the right owner to adopt her.
My friend took her in temporarily until she has recovered from surgery. It took a while for the dog to get used to my friend and her other seven dogs (now eight for she took in another puppy). The dog would cower and hide whenever my friend's husband is around or when male visitors are in the house. Gradually, she was able to trust my friend's husband and soon would be the one to go up to him for cuddles and such.
A friend's friend decided to adopt her. Now that is another adjustment for Clawi, new family, new environment and with that new fear. Although she was able to adjust to her new family and environment, playing with the other dogs that the owner who adopted has (we get updated through her facebook posts about the dog), Clawi is still adjusting to the husband in the family.
Surprisingly, when we paid her a visit together with our friend who took her in temporarily, she is like a stranger anymore or maybe because we guys were there that's why Clawi's guards were up.
We each tried carrying her but it is evident how scared she is because she was shaking and her tails were tucked between her legs.
The other dogs of the adoptive owner were playful and friendly. One even stayed with me for belly rubs the whole time we were there. Of course the dog did not warm up to be right away but eventually it did. The other dog is Pixie, which I used as my lead image for this post. There are other dogs in the house but they were inside. Since we didn't stay long, we just stayed outside and two of the dogs played with us.
The reason we paid a visit was to have the adoption papers signed but then my friend forgot about it so she will be back for another visit. Since we were in the area anyway so we decided to pay them a visit still.
I really feel sorry for Clawi for what she had been through for her to be that terrified of other people.
However, she has found her new family and she was slowly getting used to the husband figure in the house. She was still scared but not that much as before. We saw a video of her jumping and running with the other dogs in the house. You can tell that she was happy. She obviously has adjusted to her new environment and new found family and that is wonderful to know.
How do you treat dogs? Do you consider them family?