One of the countless amazing things about working at a rescue is that every day, unexpected gifts drop by in the form of furry creatures to brighten up our days. Today, I got to meet a new little princess named Ruby. She is a yorkie, an older gal with limited vision who couldn’t be calmer or sweeter if she tried. I know virtually nothing about her backstory (yet) but I did get to sit quietly with her for a short time and introduce myself. At first she was shy, but when I offered my hand she decided to tentatively approach. She gave it a thorough sniff. Still, I didn’t want to overwhelm or frighten her so when she was through sniffing, I returned my hand to my side respectfully to allow her to get more comfortable in my presence before trying to pet her or pick her up.
That’s when my precious Lily decided to intervene. She had been a quiet little angel while I had allowed Ruby to sniff me, but after I returned my hand to my side, she chose to bridge the gap and approach Ruby herself. Lily mimicked my respectful quietness and kept her eyes on Ruby as she approached to make sure she wasn’t afraid. Ruby stood still, but her ears were perked and she was sitting up with curiosity rather than crouching down with nervousness. Lily continued to approach her before ever so gently touching her nose to Ruby’s. This still did not frighten sweet Ruby, and in moments the two of them were exchanging backside-sniffs (a very good sign in dogs introducing themselves to each other), walking around each other in curious circles and making friends. While I can see why I was told Ruby was shy, it gave me so much joy to see her opening up to Lily, as well as being willing to allow her curiosity about me overcome her fear. This is definitely a dog with a sweet-as-pie disposition who just needs a chance to gain a little bit of confidence. She will make a wonderful pet for someone who wants a sweet lap dog!
As for Lily, her “boyfriend” Peter, a chihuahua who loves to be cuddled, went to his new forever home a few days ago and I could tell that since then, Lily has seemed a bit lost in the play-room. She is always kind to the other dogs but she just didn’t have that same bounce in her step and visible excitement that she did when she and Peter got to play. To see her being so willing to befriend “the new gal” and to communicate to Ruby in silent doggy-language, “its okay, we’re nice here” was absolutely precious and maybe just the right kind of encouragement Ruby needs to realize that there is nothing to be afraid of. I can’t wait to spend some more time with this precious little gem, and to allow her and Lily to continue to form a healthy, mutually encouraging friendship. That’s what I love mos about ECPR, getting the opportunity to actually watch the dogs come out of their shells and be all that they can be.
If you’re interested in setting up a meet and greet with this perfect little princess, call us at 206 557 4661.
The weekend is almost here… yaaaay!