How I Became a Dog Lady

Last year in April, I downloaded an app called AllPaws. It’s like Tinder, but for finding adoptable dogs near you. I guess you could say I was bored with actual Tinder and decided to look for a different kind of mate 😛

So while I was swiping through profiles, a little lady named Matilda caught my eye. Without thinking too much, I filled out an adoption application for her. Soon after, Adopt Me Rescue contacted me to set up a time to meet.

When we first met, it took Matilda two hours (in which she had to be forcefully encouraged) to come near me. She was extremely skittish and clearly had deep trust issues. I learned that when she was rescued, she’d been living in a car for four years with a homeless couple and had signs of physical abuse. For her to not attack me was actually huge progress as she’d been in foster care for awhile.

Having had some time to think about it and also not really connecting with Matilda right away, I realized I wasn’t exactly in the best place to commit to a dog mate. However, it just so happened that Matilda needed a new foster home. I’d already been dog sitting for several of my friends and was used to having dogs in and out of my place, so why not foster her?

The first night that Matilda arrived, she wouldn’t come out of her crate and I didn’t want to force her. Eventually, I carried her crate to my room and while I was getting ready for bed, she decided to come out! She was the cutest little thing and seemed to be curious about me. She had this side tilt to her head (possibly from the abuse), so she kind of walked a little lopsided towards me and then got on her hind legs to paw at me. “Well, hello there, Matilda!”

From that point on, Matilda was sweet to me. She would curl up in a ball and sleep next to my head, greet me at the door, and follow me around like a little shadow peering at me with those curious eyes of hers. While she was mostly an angel at home, there were certain things that would trigger the wild animal in her, like crossing paths with other small dogs on walks. She also really did not like men. One time, David Choi came over to hang out and she pounced on him and seriously attacked him. Oi vey. I definitely acquired some battle scars having to hold her back a couple of times. Cuz’ when this girl got the wild eyes, she would be out for blood! I guess you could say the streets had made her tough and what she really needed was just a lot of TLC.

Anyway, long story short, I felt like I got to see the beginnings of a transformed dog. She learned to chill out a bit when it came to other dogs and meeting new people. And after three weeks with me, she was adopted by a lovely woman and given a new name: Tilly. Yesterday, I received this photo of Tilly and it was just such a blessing to hear how well she’s doing a year later:

Doesn’t she look so happy and healthy? 🙂

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