Santa Fe Animal Shelter is known as Northern New Mexico’s largest no-kill shelter. It houses many abandoned, abused, and troubled canines that needed a place to heal and find homes forever. One of their latest recruits is poor Tobi, who was scared of everything in sight.
Terrified little guy
Brittany Linkenheimer, a dog behaviorist at the shelter, was assigned in tracking Tobi’s progress. She knew that a lot of traumatic experiences directly affected the dog’s actions.
Tobi’s favorite place wee small spaces and the corners of his kennel. The dog had no concept of a leash and got visibly terrified whenever Brittany tried putting one on him.
Doorways was another big hurdle for Tobi. He always stayed in one place whenever he felt any pressure; otherwise, he started panicking. It was so sad to see the dog like this, but Brittany knew she could help.
Tobi still showed that he wanted to engage, but he had no clue how. Brittany carried the dog to a playgroup, but he retreated to his usual spot on the side.
After a while, the dog slowly approached all the other canines. It didn’t last long before he found himself at the corner again, but it was a good start.
Brittany saw the minor improvements that Tobi showed, but she knew that it wasn’t enough. If she wanted the dog to have a real shot, Tobi needed a foster home.
Out of his shell
Brittany Linkenheimer was a cyclist and a dog lover. She was in search of a new dog and went to the animal shelter to get one.
Tobi, despite being scared of most people, was immediately drawn to Brittany. Everyone was so surprised at their interaction, and they knew that the dog chose his new favorite human.
Brittany adopted Tobi right away and brought the dog home. She introduced him to her current dog Clara, and the two hit it off quickly. Tobi learned that his new home was a safe place, and he never looked happier.
Tobi fully transformed into a loving and cheerful dog that loved greeting everybody he met. Tobi became so close to Brittany’s heart, and she couldn’t imagine life without him.
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