Sometimes I just look around my house and wonder what goes on in the minds of these dogs. All of them are rescue dogs from one bad situation or another, and they are all so amazing! People frequently ask, "Do all of those dogs get along?!" Well the answer is yes, and as I sit here watching them I realize that this is because they are greatful to be here. Each and every one of them.... This is apparent in the way that they interact with me as well as the way they interact with each other. For example, the dog pictured above is Suzy. Suzy is a pitbull mix that I got from the animal shelter. Suzy was a cruelty case. She was owned by a woman who left her out in a wire cage with flood water up to her stomach, and no food or clean water to drink. When Suzy got here she was possesive of every resource we gave her including water! This was because she had never had even basic care before, and she wanted all of the other dogs to know that the food and water was hers! Sure enough though, Suzy has learned that there is no reason to act like that here. Here Suzy is a dog who can just be herself. She doesn't have to worry about her next meal.
Then there is Hazel. Hazel was one of the dogs from the "Jeff Burgess House of Horrors". She too was very possesive when she got here. She didn't like dogs. (Not a huge surprise to me...) She was cage aggressive and possessive over her food and water. She is adjusting beautifully though. She loves the other dogs, and has completely stopped resource guarding. She is so greatful! Today Hazel and I took a walk, and she looked so happy! Her head was up and her tail was wagging. It was so nice to see her like this. A far cry from the scared dog that paced around my house and wouldn't even walk on leash 2 weeks ago. Hazel is a wise, old soul and I have no doubt that she is greatful that she has been rescued. The thing that I realize even more is that I am greatful to have rescued her.