I'm running to celebrate my first foster dog Charlie, who came to Baypath with severe fear after being mistreated. His spirit and resiliency deeply affected me, as have the many incredible people at Baypath who helped make his recovery possible.
From what we could piece together about his past, Charlie spent much of his time on a short run in someone's back yard, with little interaction and virtually no exercise. He appeared to have been handled roughly. His experience made him extremely insecure and also worried about his next meal. He also barked incessantly when left alone or anytime he saw someone with food.
After arriving at Baypath, he spent weeks in our home, where he slowly learned to trust again. Under the staff's guidance, we gently encouraged desirable behaviors in Charlie. He learned that being quiet brought him special treats! And his muscles also got stronger as he joined us on regular walks, helping to strengthen his weak knees. Despite all he had been through, he wanted to warm up to people. He went from a shivering, frightened little dog to one who happily snuggled up with us at night. Once he was on the road to recovery, I reached out to a dear friend's parents who had recently lost their dog. I knew they had been incredibly patient and unflappable in the wake of their previous dog's behavioral issues, so I thought they might be open to meeting Charlie.
We spoke extensively about him and some of the challenges he might have, behaviorally and medically. They told me, "we're in!". They drove up from their home in Pennsylvania the following weekend to meet Charlie. They fell in love with him and decided to take him home. Today, this darling pup is living in the lap of luxury with his fur-brother Cody and doting parents.