This morning as I walked into the playroom, one of our special canine residents, Josephine, was resting comfortably in the arms of a volunteer.
I paused and fast-blinked to make sure my vision wasn’t wonky. It wasn’t. Madeline, a wonderful volunteer who comes every week had this bundle resting comfortably in her arms. She was talking to her softly while giving her ear-scratches, and Josie was completely at peace.
Josephine is a three year old terrier/maltese mix. She has been with us for several months now. She is one of the smartest dogs currently residing here at Emerald City Pet Rescue, and because of how intelligent she is, her personality is full of adorable mischief. She tends to be wary of strangers, and while sometimes when meeting a new person she will charge at them to let them know “HI. I’M JOSIE AND I’M THE BOSS,” other times she will put on her “cute-face,” tilt her head and try to convince you she is a butterfly who wants nothing more than to be loved on. While Josephine does desperately want your love, her mischievous side comes out to play in order to cover up the fear she has with strangers. If you fall for her “pet me, I’m cute” act when you first meet her, she will often try to nip at your hand.
This passes once you convince Josie that you are a completely safe human and earn her trust. Our staff plays with and handles her with no problems, but today, seeing her happy as a clam in the arms of volunteer warmed my heart and gave me so much hope that she is learning to trust people more. Once she trusts you and you have the privilege of seeing how sweet and precious she is, she finds her way to your heart and never lets go.
We here at ECPR live for these small moments of triumph, moments where a fearful dog realizes a person doesn’t want to hurt them, moments when their eyes light up with the realization that they are worthy of love and kindness.
Josie is yearning for a foster or an adopter who is willing to spend time giving her a lot of emotional security. She has such a sweet soul and wants so badly to love and be loved, but before receiving her love you must earn her trust. If you have experience working with trust-wary dogs and could find it in your heart to open your home to this fluffy little bundle, give us a call at 206 557 4661. If you give her your love, she will return that love tenfold!
Special thanks to heART speak and lara graur ( http://www.laragrauer.com ) for the WONDERFUL holiday photography!