Gia – Our Third Rescued Dog
Mollie and Sebastian, the first two of our three rescued dogs, had been together for 1 month now. Sebastian was hyper and loved to run in big circles with something in his mouth. Mollie was mute and did not know what a toy was for. Very quiet she was that sometimes we would not realize she was in the room. Both were suffering from the Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.
While I was walking with Mollie in the dog-caged area of the SPCA, I looked up and saw directly in front of me a cage. I wondered where the dog was. Then I saw this beautiful German shepherd curled up, shaking so badly t’as enough to break her bones. This poor dog was trying to slip through the cement blocks if she just could and disappear. It shocked me to realize what I was seeing; a dog without any ego or self-confidence leaving a ghost of what she was when born.
Thinking I could calm her, I went over to her but realized it made her worse, so I backed off. How does one calm a terrorized dog? I whispered to her that I am coming back to get her. I told Tina at the SPCA that I wanted Princess when she was ready to come home with me. Tina told me about how Princess was beaten almost to death many times, shot in the hip with a pellet gun (with the pellet still in her upper hind leg) and thrown off a bridge – all since she was 2 months old.
Six weeks later the SPCA realized Princess that was not adoptable because she was so badly traumatized. It was hard for them to watch this beautiful dog go into massive shakes with nowhere to hide with the slightest noise or seeing any person. They made the decision they should put her to sleep.
However, Tina did not want Princess to die. So she called the night before on the last hope that we still wanted Princess. I asked her if I could have 5 minutes to think about it. While Glenn and I sat in our kitchen, the 2 pups at our legs, we spoke about reality and if we could handle another very large traumatized dog.
Suddenly I saw Princess’s head was poking through the wall in the kitchen. She looked all around and said to me “You have a big enough kitchen to fit me in and I haven’t had a life yet.” The she disappeared. Yes – I know – you do not believe in that sort of crazy talk but Glenn has been my witness for 20 years now and knew when that happened that was our guardians letting us know it was meant to be. I phoned Tina back and told her I would pick Princess up in the morning.
I picked Princess up the next morning. Oddly she was not afraid of me – would not let me touch her but followed me out to the car and simply jumped in.
I had warned Glenn that Princess was terrified of all people especially men but he was hurt when she would let me touch her and not him. Glenn knew it was best for Princess for him to keep a distance and was rewarded 5 hours later when Princess let him pat her.
The first thing we needed to do was give Princess a new name since the sound of her name triggers her back to the man who would then beat her. To stop this trigger we changed her name to Gia after a real life story of the first Top Super Model in the world. Her name was Gia (played by Angela Jolie) who had a hard time of it. Our Gia was beautiful, had a horrible time of it and we wanted to change the ending to one that she lives happily ever after.
Well, as soon as Sebastian saw another puppy he was beside himself! All 3 puppies were unable to ask for anything and only Sebastian knew what to do with a toy. Then little miracles kept happening even up until today Jan 22nd 2011.
First Mollie started barking. It took awhile to figure out that she was barking for Gia and Sebastian for example: when either one needed to go to the bathroom, or if their food bowls were needing a top up or the water bowl was getting low. It was so amazing!!
Gia did not know how to play. I watched her looking out the window when Glenn took Sebastian out to play and do his business. Sebastian is like a show horse – he gallops sideways and runs around in a circle using the extended leash to put in his mouth and then with enough length he would put his left paw down on it and pretend he was crippled. He would make this left leg have a huge limp all the while he was running with the leash in his mouth. Sebastian would also love to run with a stick or a huge tree branch and do the same thing. Gia shocked us both – when she started to imitate exactly what Sebastian was doing!
Mollie now was learning it was ok for her to bark and get her needs met. So when she wants something she gets this queenly look – head up high along with nose and wait after each bark, mouth open, her eyes looking at us to see if we were doing the right movements to get what she wanted. Mollie occasionally will chase after a ball then just walk by it. Mollie never carries any stuffed toys but loves a simple no animal bone to carry it out and bury it in the ground. Ahh by the time she digs it up again Glenn and I are looking for monster bugs- it looks dead and dirty but she just loves it.