Pamela, a dog lived in a dilapidated doghouse in her family’s backyard for eight years – until one day, it appeared that things had gotten much worse for her. Her family moved to another place, and she was left behind.
Janine Guido, founder of Speranza Animal Rescue in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, had shown up because she’d been tipped off by a local realtor that the dog would be homeless.
Guido wrote on the organization’s Facebook page last week, posting a photo of Pamela peering out of her little house.
“Ever wonder what a dog with a broken heart looks like? This is where she has lived. For eight long years … it’s all she has ever known.”
Pamela was obviously afraid of the new and unexpected changes in her life. She was hiding in her crate, curling her tail securely under her and gently snarling.
“While she doesn’t have physical wounds, hers are emotional,” Guido wrote. “And those are the hardest ones to heal.”
Guido, on the other hand, has helped even the most traumatized canines overcome their pasts. So she knew Pamela only needed love, comfort, and patience.
The dog also needed a trip to the veterinarian since she had lesions on her body from living outside in dirt.
“When I talk to her she just shakes in fear,” Guido wrote. “Her whole body just trembles … Just the look in her eye is breaking my heart.”
But just a few days later, Pamela was actually kissing Guido on the face. The dog, who had spent her whole existence outside, came to realize that the rapid changes in her life were really beneficial. Pamela’s kisses were a little tentative at first. But after a few nice walks with Guido, she’s really come around.
“This morning on our walk, she literally stuck right beside me, never moving more than a foot away,” Guido wrote on Monday. “Every five or 10 steps she would look back at me, jump up and put her legs around my waist. When I knelt down, she began kissing my face. Almost as if saying, ‘I’m OK now.’ These are the moments you live for.”
Despite the fact that Pamela has clearly made rapid progress, no one wants to rush her. It’s critical that she feels completely at ease in her own skin before making any further significant modifications.