Sunday, June 7, 2009

A Joyful Ending

Courage does not always roar. Sometimes, it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow”....BELIEVE AND SUCCEED

Many of you have been following the story of Joy.... the little border collie mix found frozen with fear at the shelter. It has been so rewarding to watch her blossom as she runs and plays joyfully at Doglando. While she is still wary of people, she has really built a bond with her foster mom, Astrid. She wags her tail at her and recognizes her immediately upon arrival at Doglando for pick up time after daycare.

So far, Astird is the only person who can give her belly rubs, clean her ears and can grab her forcefully (of course with out hurting her). She still has a way to go, but she is progressing in her confidence steadily.

Prior to fostering Joy, Astrid and Omar had been seriously thinking about getting a second dog to be a friend for their lab, Lilo. Little did they know they would land themselves upon such a sweet, well behaved and as easy of a dog as Joy.... as their second dog. With all do respect, we can not forget to mention Lilo's part in helping Joy overcome her fears and lack of trust for people. Thanks to Lilo, Joy has learned to be a dog; enjoying the pleasures of digging, chase, tug,chews, hugs, kisses and belly rubs. Astrid and Omar officially the proud parents of Yin and Yang..... Joy and Lilo.

Dog Responsibly........... University of Doglando


Denise Zaldivar with IES said...

Oh, I love this post! I couldn't believe my eyes last time I went to Doglando (last Wednesday), and saw Joy amongst all other dogs. Big, small, she was there! I remember seeing her at the beginning, so shy and skeptic of al that surrounded her. What incredible progress she has made. Thanks to her foster parents, Lilo and's a true joy seeing that JOY will after all, live a joyful life. She deserves it so much. I wish all dogs that end their lives in fear and agony at shelters and under care of bad people (= no care)would not end their lives like that. I wish they were given a 2nd chance by good, caring people like you. That will be my prayer for tonight!

Teena Patel said...

Thank you Denise.