Willow's Journey Home
(Yellowknife, NT, Canada)
Willow can smile,!
I had recently lost my 11 yr old Schnauzer Lilly unexpectedly in a medical procedure. I had a lovely big rescue dog, Bella, but due to her northern special genes, she was very much an outside dog and I was so missing my Lilly. I searched the Internet for weeks looking for another Schnauzer who needed a home. One day a picture appeared on my Facebook page, a little Schnauzer had been picked up as a stray in the closest major city to my northern town.... only 1000 Kms away. The minute I saw the pictures of this sad little dog, I knew we needed each other. It turned out that Willow was probably a puppymill mamma.
After a few weeks of establishing a relationship with the rescue organization, Willow was on her way home to me with a returning niece. She arrived the week before Christmas. She was such a damaged little soul, shivering and fearful. I had to carry her outside 4x a day to do her business and she was so unknowing of dog like behaviours.
Following advice from her rescue organization, I fostered a number of inside dogs...... well, it's been 10 weeks now and while Willow is still got a long way to go, she can walk around the block on a lead now and last night I got the best most joyful picture of a toothless furry faced Willow in full smile.