Charlie Brown, a Dachshund mix, stayed at the SPCA of Hernando County, Florida, for many years because the shelter had a hard time finding a potential adopter. He had trust issues and would only show his loving personality once he warmed up. Suzi, on the other hand, was a newcomer, and like Charlie, she also didn’t trust humans.
Suzi would bark at anyone who would come near her, and she needed more work to become adoptable. The shelter had to hire Vreli Middleton, a canine massage therapist, to help Charlie and Suzi and other shelter dogs. She visits the shelter once a week and introduces exercises that enable dogs to overcome stress and physical injuries.
Middleton took the time to interact with shelter dogs, and she was the one who noticed the strong connection that the two shy dogs were able to establish. According to Middleton, Suzi would always look for Charli and even though they didn’t easily trust people, it was their special connection that cured their fear of human interaction.
As the shy pair became friends, the shelter was faced with a bigger problem. They needed to find an adopter who was willing to give both dogs a forever home. Luckily, a woman named Carol visited the shelter and decided to adopt Charlie and Suzi. At first, she was disappointed with the dogs’ shyness, but her frequent visits gave them a chance to adjust to her presence.
Charlie helped Suzi to progress faster, and the shelter staff and volunteers were delighted with her improvement. Suzi needed a little time so she and Charlie could go with Carol. The staff was confident that the lovable duo would completely overcome their fears and distrust. Charlie and Suzi might have once been broken, but their unconditional love for each other helped them become fully healed.
Charlie Brown and Suzie Q are just so happy to have found each other, very happy pups 🙂
Posted by Vreli Middleton on Tuesday, 3 November 2015
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