Julia is smiling.
And for that we are grateful.
For any of you that have been following her story, our meeting began back
when she was discovered at an abandoned house.
She was in devastating shape: Abused, Neglected, and yet so Grateful for her visitor,
that she acted as a ghostly hostess, proudly showing the area in the rundown backyard, that she was sleeping. And starving.
Julia went into a foster situation with an amazing woman, and another Pittie.
Julia loved her foster mom, and her big-kid brother.
They had the run of the house, together, while the mom was at work.
Julia did not go on the nice furniture in the front room…she had a couch of her own
that she and big-boy shared.
All the while, The Scouts were looking for a permanent home for Julia, but as a Pittie over 5,
her audience was narrowed.
Julia was a good friend, loyal, and affectionate to her foster mom, brother, and their family and friends.
The one area that Julia was working on was leash training. Though she accepted her temp-brother totally,
when on-leash, she would pull and bark when passing other dogs. Work was started, but because of the loss of
someone close to her, Julia’s foster mom, tearfully had to return her to us.
Now, the very thing we did not wish to happen, when we first got Julia out (there was a stay at the City Shelter,
because her damaged body held a microchip & wouldn’t we all love to have that information…) was indeed occurring, due to lack of space.
Julia was being sent into boarding.
A cold and sterile place that does nothing to reinforce the training begun, nor further the development that was re-hard-wiring her past.
Any pleas for someone to offer this poor kid some space, were unheard, and to make matters unnecessarily difficult, the staff at the facility
effed up big time, and allowed a dog get out of its space and into Julia’s – and the dog attacked her.
Thankfully, they gained control of the dog,
and Julia was sewn up…But this does absolutely nothing for this girl that just started to understand love, and now knows only brick and metal.
She is loved on her visits…but it is not the same.
And through this all: The biggest smile she can muster. Always the hostess.
What is next for Julia?
The Mutt Scouts are committed to getting Julia what she deserves.
We are gathering donations to procure her live-in training, so that she will be in
a social environment with many other dogs, and get the leash work perfecting that
she needs, that will in turn make her an easier placement.
Julia has never once complained about where she comes from, not what she does not have.
Like all these kids, she is ready for the constant love of a person or family.
This is how we help her heal, and let go of anything she ever felt was necessary,
from her former life: Disrespected, Disregarded, Diseased, and then Disposed.
We – as a community – can do better for these babies.
Here’s to her continued winning grinning.
Thank you for your help.