Green eyes, brown eyes…sad eyes, scared eyes, curious eyes, friendly eyes….Stop! Lonely eyes. A pair of dark perfectly round eyes, belonging to a whitish, dirty dog stared at me. The dog was placed in the isolation kennel, which means that he just came in our shelter.
We named him Bobby-Brown,after a famous baseball player. I am writing now about this dog because he touched my heart, today, in a way that must be shared.
Bobby was abandoned at the main gate of the local steel plant.
He is about two years old, he used to live in a house, very fond of women and search for attention and cuddling. When I stepped in the kennel, the others three new dogs were greeting while Bobby was hiding under the door. A ROLDA team member went closer and Bobby growled and try to bite when the person almost touched his body.
My first reaction was to move away and leave this dog to get used with the new habitat. It often happens for these traumatized souls, with unknown history – dogs saved from suffering on the streets – to be less sociable, shy and more willing to keep a distance for a while.
We shall not forget that these semi-wild dogs have a stronger instinct to stay away of whatever made them suffer in their past. A flash from camera might remind them of a thunder when they were alone, scared; a sudden move might remind them of someone trying to hurt them, a powerful noise might remind them of a big truck that almost hit them. If these dogs managed to survive in the modern jungle that we share, it happened because they listened their call for wild, survival instinct instead of getting closer to human beings.
Back to Bobby – something, don’t know what – made me think that this boy is different.
The others team members left, I remained with Bobby in the kennel…another male dog approached, and they quickly sniffed each other. Then Bobby made a step forward and simply put his head gently on my hand ….waited for few seconds my reaction, but we were both too surprised …I knew that this is the moment to win his trust and start to hug him and even lift him in my arms, then let him go to see if he try to keep distance. I made few steps back…and he came to greet me.
I lifted him and took him out of the kennel, as the barking of the other dogs distracted his attention.
I was a bit afraid that he might run and that we will not be able to catch him back too easily. He was exploring off the leash….then walk near me with the leash, another thing which clearly indicates that Bobby used to belong to someone who trained him basics.
Bobby is shinning when he is noticed. After an experience that touched my heart like this one, you can’t help yourself wonder how many others, from the 2.5 million street dogs would touch our souls in the same – reminding us what trust, friendship and love are about.
Dogs like Bobby Brown can be helped and rehabilitated because places like ROLDA shelters exist. Built thanks to AMG , our local sponsor's compassion toward street dogs, this large rescue facility remains a legacy for the local community in dire need of such investments.
Read more about the Large rescue center built by our local sponsor, the steel plant AMG.
UPDATE: Bobby Brown is now playing happy in Norway , in Alexandra's home:
Photo: First morning after Bobby Brown arrived in Norway!!!
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