Today's story is about a dog named Copper, and his best friend Tod. Copper and Tod started out their lives like the puppies pictured in this video. They most likely were born here, grew up in this home, and knew nothing beyond life on a chain.
Two years later, the Humane Society of the United States, along with other rescue groups, stepped in and saved these animals. Copper is in the video, at the 0:22 second mark, and Tod is shown just a few seconds later. By the time they were saved, they knew only enough to be terrified of everything that was new. That included people, television, ceiling fans, car rides, and everything that most dogs take for granted. A soft bed to sleep on was something they'd never had before. The freedom to run in a straight line instead of a small circle? Unknown to them. When being taken outside on leash they would continuously run in circles and panic at the sound of a truck or motorcycle, or the sight of people. The dogs and cats that were rescued from this home have been adopted out or placed into rescues and shelters where they can find forever homes. Tod and Copper are two of the most fearful of the group, so they came to All Paws Rescue, and are going to need a lot of work in order to be able to be adopted.
I've had some practice with fearful dogs after fostering Bogey and Bunny. They've both shown a lot of improvement and were eventually adopted into homes who continued to work with them. In both cases I've heard from their families recently and they are doing great! So when I heard that Tod and Copper needed help, I immediately contacted Bogey's mom who has continued to foster for us. She agreed to take Tod, the shyest of the two, and work with him until he can be adopted.
In a way, Tod and Copper's stories are just beginning. We've started a Facebook page to track their progress, and I hope that they will both show more and more improvement and eventually find happy forever homes just like Bogey and Bunny!