Chance came to me yesterday as Goldie was leaving. I worry about them when they leave, these dogs who come to me neglected, abused, misunderstood. I worry that people expect me to fix them because I am a dog trainer. But they are like humans who have gone through trauma. They may never be “fixed.” Instead I evaluate them, work with them to build trust and hopefully give them tools to cope in the future and educate their adopters /fosters/rescues about what they need to feel safe.
I try not to think about their history but instead focus on the dog in front of me and help them reach their potential. Thinking about their history is painful. I didn’t actually know much about Goldie other than he was abandoned and then moved around to a few fosters before by the rescue who saved his life. Some humans can’t cope with abandonment. Why do we fault dogs when they can’t either?
We have such high expectations for this species. We expect more of them than we do of ourselves.
Especially with Grover being in his current predicament, I now worry more than ever when they leave.
But this is Chance’s new beginning. I’m looking forward to getting to know him and hope I can be helpful to him on his journey.
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