Please enjoy these beautiful pictures of Maxey (from the prior blog post), taken by volunteer Monica Lehman. He seems a bit more relaxed, wouldn’t you say?
~ “Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.”~ Bernice Johnson Reagon
We see similarities between dogs at DVGRR whether a dog arrives after being used for breeding in a puppy mill or from a neglectful owner that kept her outside all her life. Most often we notice a more relaxed, playful nature about the dogs when they are outside for their potty & play times. Then, when brought inside into the Project Home Life room, some become very nervous or shut down. The purpose of Project Home Life is to assist the dogs by helping them learn to trust people and also to help them figure out that living in a home is not so bad. Many of the dogs show significant progress within a matter of weeks. There are others who may have had more severe traumatic experiences in their past who build a wall around themselves. It may take several months to break through to these types of dogs.
Meet Nina. She is a 7 year old beautiful golden who came to DVGRR several months ago.
At first, we thought Nina was one of the dogs who would easily transition into a home because of the excitement and brave spirit she showed in her play group outside. However, after weeks in Project Home Life, we noticed she was going to take a little more patience and time than we originally thought. As you will witness in the video below, Nina is very energetic and playful outside.
But once inside, Nina basically shuts out the world around her. She hides her face in a corner of the wall and will initially tremble. We often bring her friends, Autumn & Alley, into the Project Home Life room with her to give her some sisterly comfort. Still, we can obviously see that Nina adores people when playing outside – so the goal and purpose of Project Home Life is to encourage Nina to be that playful inside, too.
Some dogs can be a challenge for our staff and volunteers, but we never give up on them.