And here comes another dog post. Because that is what I have been dedicating my time to these first two weeks of January. However this is not about my work but instead on one of the amazing dogs that I had the opportunity to meet during my time at the dog rescue in Elephant Nature Park. There are many many more amazing dogs but some just get under your skin a bit more than the others. This is one of them.
First meeting with Wennie
One of my very first contacts with the 100 rescue dogs from the puppy mill was with this little lady. Some days later she was named Wennie – a name that I think is far to anonymous for her personality. The first few days she shared a cage in the clinic with another small dog from the puppy mill. The other dog was a very happy little dog but Wennie was very shy and did not trust people. She would not come up to you and she backed away when you tried to touch her. Wennie also had very bad mange (a skin diseases caused by parasitic mites) that caused almost all of her fur to fall off. I guess that is the kind of thing that can happen when you have been living all your life in a small cage without proper care. It just breaks my heart. No living creature should be treated like that.
A week later – after lots of love and some medication – Wennie was a completely different dog. She is now happily running around in a large dog run with many friends. When I enter the run she comes up to me and follows me around, she relaxes in my arms whenever I pick her up and her fur is starting to grow back out again. That is an amazing transformation and shows just how forgiving to mankind a dog can be when it is treated with some love and respect. Wennie is both a fighter and one of the most gentle little souls I have ever seen. A small piece of my heart will always stay with her.
“Beauty is not in the face; it is a light in the heart.”