Project Home Life has been very successful this past year, rehabilitating former puppy mill breeder dogs as well as other shy or fearful dogs. We currently have 29 very dedicated volunteers who pour their hearts into helping these dogs learn to trust people and learn how to live in a home. We also have generous donors who have sent toys & treats and others who have sent money to support the dogs in Project Home Life. We wanted to let you know how much we truly appreciate your help in making the lives of these special dogs so much better.
I want to share the story of a very special dog with you. Her name is Daphne! She has been in our program for several months and whoever the lucky family is who opens their home to Daphne will certainly be in for a treat. (Or if Daphne were speaking, she’d change that to “make sure you have plenty of treats!”) Daphne was always overshadowed by a pretty blonde girl named Olivia who was in her play group. When people would come to our monthly Meet & Greet day, Olivia always demanded attention (in her princess-like way!) and would sometimes push the other dogs aside. Now that Olivia has been adopted, Daphne has really blossomed in her personality and no longer fades into the background.
When she first arrived at DVGRR, she had recently had a litter of puppies which was evident by her sagging underside. Her fur was dull, coarse and thin. It would fall out like a bristled broom when we pet her. She had a mammary tumor removed. She would approach us for treats, but did so cautiously. She was a follower. Today, Daphne is a confident dog. She has become the leader of her pack of friends, Alley & Rocky. She likes affection from people, but is confident enough to spend time exploring on her own. Her fur is beautiful palette of red and gold waves. It is thick and feels soft to the touch. She adores people, loves to be pet and brushed and most of all, she LOVES Project Home Life! Her favorite things to do in Project Home Life: eat treats, watch TV and play the Magic Game! Please enjoy this video of Daphne playing the Magic Game. For me, to see Daphne change from a cautious, untrusting dog to one who practically jumps into the laps of volunteers when entering the Project Home Life room – that is the best gift I could ever receive in 2010.
To everyone who has helped support Project Home Life in 2010 – thank you. You have helped Daphne and countless others to become life-loving, happy, carefree dogs. We’re looking forward to what Project Home Life will see in 2011!