Lean on Me: Two Stray Dogs Develop Unbreakable Bond
Stray dogs can sometimes be distrustful of humans, or other dogs. It can take several years of interaction and training for a dog to feel comfortable. Yet sometimes dogs may be able to help each other overcome their fears.
According to the News Journal, that was the case for stray dogs Maggie and Quarry of the Faithful Friends Animal Society in Wilmington, Delaware. The dogs were homeless for more than six months before they each were found by good citizens and brought into the shelter. Employees at the dog shelter put devoted time to bring the dogs back to health, including raising the money necessary for surgery for Quarry's fractured leg. The employees also actively tried to make the two dogs more comfortable around strangers and visitors to the shelter, especially men. However, the best support came from each other, as Maggie and Quarry taught each other how to act in the process.
Following the lead
While Quarry seemed to be more fearful of men initially and hid in her cage, Maggie set a good example and approached male employees and visitors fearlessly. Soon, Quarry began to imitate all of Maggie's actions, to the point where the pair became inseparable. If Maggie decided to relieve herself, so did Quarry.
The shelter's employees soon realized that Maggie was teaching Quarry how to be more trusting of others without becoming afraid.
Finding the right home
The dogs have now spent a good amount of time in the shelter and will be available for adoption soon. The facility's employees hope that they can find one owner willing to adopt both dogs, as it will be hard to separate them. They are looking for an owner with a fenced-in yard so the two dogs can happily play together. After the dogs have been adopted, Faithful Friends Animal Society plans to hold a party that honors the citizens who diligently worked together to rescue the two dogs and bring them to the shelter.
Luckily, both dogs were brought to a shelter that gives them a temporary home until they are adopted by the best owner, otherwise known as a no-kill shelter.
According to No Kill Delaware, Faithful Friends is currently one of three no-kill shelters in the state. Delaware updated its shelter standards in 2011, which is now the most progressive set of animal protection laws in the nation.