Happy Tail: A fearful dog finds confidence in a loving home
After the death of their 15-year-old dog, Melanie Zapf of Vancouver, British Columbia, found that the house seemed very empty — even though she and her husband had decided that they wouldn’t get another dog.
“He was very fearful due to his past,” Melanie says. “He had been found as a stray in Northern British Columbia with a big heavy chain around his neck. It had worn away all the fur and was much too tight, as he was still growing.”
They had dealt with fearful dog behavior before, so they went off to meet Deeken and put in an application to adopt him.
“When we first brought him home,” she recalls, “we discovered he’d never been in a house and everything (mirrors, doorways, TV’s, radios) scared him,” she says.
“Now he is a confident, outgoing dog who loves everyone — especially
his doggy friends. His favorite activities are trips to the dog beach
where he can swim in the ocean and tear around in the sand, car rides
and going to doggy daycare.”
Rarely, she still sees fearfulness, but it only takes a word of reassurance and he’s okay.
“Deeken has turned out to be one of those all-time great dogs,” Melanie
says, “and I can’t believe we ever considered not having one in our
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