We have a new foster baby! Her name is China and she is an 18.8 lb female Shar Pei/ Feist mix pulled from a local pound.
She arrived like they all do, scared, untrusting, and dirty. This is in no way a knock on the pounds that they come from as I understand there are very limited resources to keep pounds up and running and without money and help they can give very little to the many animals they house for the short time that they do (this link will help you understand).
Anyway I brought China downstairs so she could have a little one on one time and get acclimated in a smaller space away from where my two fur babies were crated. As I sat on the floor she circled around me slowly refusing all treats and food I was offering as if to say, who are you and please don’t hurt me. She circled closer and closer and eventually letting me pet her. She worked her way into my lap and I began to cry as I felt the tension release from her body as she let go of the fear. I don’t understand why people continue to breed while healthy dog after healthy dog is caged, neglected, and eventually put to death far before their time. China’s story will be different though thanks to Michele’s Rescue in Spring Lake, MI.
After a bath we brought her back upstairs to spend some quiet time with us. She was still refusing treats (even the good stuff), food, and bones. She seemed to attach instantly to my husband and followed him everywhere. In an attempt to spoil her with treats he offered her some of his dinner (spaghetti) and she let the noodle fall onto her nose and eventually to the floor without even giving it a second look. Before bed he took her outside to potty and when they returned I caught him feeding her pieces of his M&M cookie (not the chocolate parts). She was gobbling it up like a little piggy! I mean SHE LOVES COOKIES! I watched as they shared their cookie, thankful that tonight China is safe and maybe tomorrow or the next day or this weekend she will finally get to go home.