She was dumped into the ranch where I live, to fend for herself. It is an unfortunate common practice to ditch a female around 7-9 months, before they come into heat. She ran around here for a couple of weeks scrounging food and garbage wherever she could. She became skittish in nature from being abandoned and being run off by folks in the ranch, as she was a strange and stray dog. She was a survivor and smelled food down the road at our local bar/restaurant. The bartender (Manny) is an animal lover, and seeing how skinny she was, he fed her at the restaurant for a few days until he could locate a foster home for her, which he did with a couple living right here in La Bufadora. Marie Pierre & Scott kept her for almost two months while they talked with many people looking to find her a home. She asked me if I would take a look at the skinny, fairly small and skittish dog. Well, that did not sound like any dog I wanted, as I had always had big and friendly dogs. Marie Pierre asked if she could bring her over and reluctantly I agreed with having my mind set of not taking this dog. When they came over, the door was open and I was sitting in a chair. The dog came right over to me and sat in front of me. I spoke with her and patted for her to come up into my lap. She did and after a short while she laid her head on my shoulder, and I said, “Guess, I have a new dog.” How could I resist such sweetness? I named her Amma after the guru Amma who is known for her hugs. After you have a hug from Amma you are never the same. I can attest to this. Amma has become known and loved my most people in my community. She is now a quiet and trusting dog. I always tell her, “You’re the best girl in the whole world.”
Just a reminder that when you are adopting a pet, to take the time to meet the scared ones.
The shy ones, the ones that don’t stick out to you. The ones that hide under the bed, the blanket or behind the litter pans. The ones that hiss, the ones that bark and shake and cry and look at you with confusion. The ones that cower, the ones with boring colors or missing limbs, the older ones who seem to be beyond repair. The ones that seem to have given up.
Because they are not and they haven’t. They just need you and sometimes you might just really need them as well……
It’s amazing what some love can do…..
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