Lexi had her soul broken in a puppy mill and came to Homeward Bound so scared. I was going to be her foster mom in August 2012. This poor girl was broken. She slinked, didn’t walk, closed her eyes in fear when we tried to pet her, and would not leave my foyer. There was no way I was sending her back to the kennel, but I had my work cut out for me.
About three weeks later, I was carrying this 70 lb dog into our living room or around the neighbourhood. My back hurt, but the pain was worth it! This girl had been through so much and I was going to bring her around. Slowly but surely, she came to love my Brian and that was game over ─ she was going nowhere.
We became “foster
failures graduates” again! We spoke to some people on the street not long ago and they asked if Lexi was the same dog. She was wagging her tail, running around and smiling! That, my friends, is what a loving home and patience does. Now Lexi is the welcome dog for all the new fosters that come through our door, as well as a great representative in our neighbourhood.
- Contributed by Tammy Smethurst and Brian Harper, via Homeward Bound Rescue
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