Some dogs have long memories. They cannot easily forget the abuse they suffered at the hands of inconsiderate humans, but they can learn to trust again with kindness and patience.
When Graycie was rescued, she feared humans because of how people treated her in the past. She would not touch the food that Dr. Andy Mathis, her vet, put inside the kennel. She just sat in the corner as if wanting to hide.
Dr. Andy decided to eat his meals with Graycie inside the kennel to assure her that she was in a safe place. He hand-fed her to motivate her to eat. Graycie was hesitant at first, but soon, she started eating. She was able to finish her first bowl of food.
On the third day, Graycie ate without encouragement from Dr. Andy, so the kind doctor did not have to stay inside the kennel with her while she fed. She started eating by herself. On her fifth day at the shelter, she gained one and a half pounds.
With each passing day, she was getting braver and more comfortable around the shelter. She started playing with the other dogs. Everybody noticed that Graycie was quite fun-loving.
Graycie was still wary of strangers, though. When people came in and got a bit too close to her, she would crouch down in fear. She would not let anybody else touch her or get close to her except Dr. Andy.
Graycie’s health had improved since her rescue. She was supposed to be put up for adoption, but Dr. Mathis grew attached to her. He could not bear to see Graycie go, so they let her stay. She seemed very happy to remain as an office dog.
Every year, Graycie and Dr. Mathis celebrate the day Graycie was rescued. They eat in style with a beautifully laden table beside Graycie’s kennel.
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