Rescue is a rollercoaster...with many ups and downs. As rescue photographers, we feel more ups than downs. Don't get me wrong, we see the pets so terrified they hid in the back of a kennel not looking, still dirty because they were too scared to be bathed. We see the injuries, the wounds, the infections. We work to calm them, to make them look their best, to capture the dog behind the fear. What we rarely see are the conditions in which the pet lived. Today, we saw. One of our photographers volunteered to foster Bob. Bob lived in a crate that was never cleaned. We were told that he had never worn a collar, never went out the front door, never rode in a car. He doesn't know how to walk on a leash. He likely isn't potty trained. He stopped at Mullis Manor because the stench of his crate was too much for his foster on the long drive home. The crate was filthy...covered on every surface with feces and dried urine, but this was the only safety he had ever known. He had a small towel on which he was laying...nothing more. We had to swap out the crate with a clean one...had to get him out of the filth. He cowered at the back of this filthy place he called home. We brought out Dakota to meet him...to make him feel safe. After some time and coaxing, he finally came out...flat to the ground with fear. We comforted him while the clean crate was loaded up. The nasty crate is now sitting outside waiting to be picked up on garbage day. Bob is riding home in a clean crate with a fluffy blanket. He'll receive his first bath tonight...his first step to a new life!
The world is a scary place.
So scary that it seems impossible to move forward.
Meeting strangers can be terrifying.
But sometimes, you meet new friends who are willing to wait till you are ready.
No matter how long it takes.
They will stand back and give you the time to figure it all out.
To meet the scary world in your own time.
You'll meet new friends who will show you kindness.
New friends who will be with you every step of the way.
New friends who will give you time to breath...
New friends who will cheer you on.
New friends who will provide a tender touch of understanding.
New friends who will give you the courage you need.
New friends who will be there when you are down.
New friends who will give you the comfort and security you need in that moment.
New friends who will give you the encouragement to continue and lift you up.
New friends to make you comfortable in a new place.
New friends to love you.
New friends who will do it all just to see you raise your head and smile...
...and you might just decide this new life is going be a good thing.
Bob was fostered for a month and adopted into a loving home!