Every rescue dog is different.
It is something that always surprises me. When Paul first came, he was in so much pain from the wire that had been wrapped around his leg and his prolapsed eyelid.
I have seen so many awful injuries since I began working at Dharamsala Animal Rescue, but I never get used to it. Some dogs arrive at DAR and they are so scared of humans, understandably so. Some arrive and cannot wait to shower everyone with love.
But Paul was different. He loved to sit quietly. He did not bark. He was shy. He was also not food aggressive like most street dogs. Eventually, Paul would see me and get really happy. He thought I was special. He attached himself to me, trusting me as if I was his owner.
After a few weeks, Paul decided it was okay to trust other people as well. He would sit patiently as our vet team treated him. Most dogs need a muzzle because they are scared when they get treated—or because their wounds are very painful. We have so many rescues, but I found that any time I had a free moment, I would spend it with Paul, petting him. Even if I did not go find him, he would follow me me anywhere hoping for some treats!
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Animal Welfare Officer - Dharamsala Animal Rescue