Happy Tail: Pet parent helps dog overcome nightmare
Cracker’s story reads like a nightmare. One July, some children attached firecrackers to him and set them off. They then ran off and left him for dead.
Fortunately, a Good Samaritan found the young Poodle and took him to a shelter, where he received emergency care. As he began to recover, he went into a foster home through Oklahoma Orphaned Poodle Services and was listed for adoption on Petfinder, where Kristi Green-Owens of Tulsa saw his story.
“When we met Crackers,” she said, “we fell in love with him. He came up to me, he let me play with him, brush him, and give him cookies. I asked him if he wanted to come home with me. He told me yes, he did.”
His foster mom “was truly a saint,” Kristi added. “She took him to the vet, she took him to the groomer, she took him to obedience classes and helped him become a social dog.”
Nevertheless, he still suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and, understandably, didn’t like to be around children or loud noises. Strangers frightened him, so Kristi put him into a crate when people arrived, giving him time to feel safe before she let him out.
“We love Crackers,” Kristi said, ” and he returns that love tenfold. Please don’t say no to a special needs dog. They require extra love. If you have extra love to share, share it with your pet.”
Through adoption, Cracker’s life turned into a good dream.