A scared little stray was scheduled to be put down, but when a patient handler showed her some much-needed love she transformed into an entirely different dog.
Back in 2010, a little Maltese named Edie was brought into her local shelter. After 15 days in their care, the little stray was deemed too aggressive to be adopted out by the public and was scheduled to be euthanized. Luckily for her, a volunteer reached out to a friend at Hope for Paws, a non-profit animal rescue organization.
After meeting Edie at a nearby vet's office, it became apparent right away that she was absolutely terrified of everything, and everyone, around her. Trembling and occasionally snapping out of fear, Edie can be seen running into a corner of the office, where she shrieked and snarled as her handler attempted to contain her with a leash.
And then, in a split second, everything changed.
Pulling Edie into his lap, the comfort and care this scared little girl had been craving was finally given to her, and for the first time since her capture, Edie relaxed. She allowed for some gentle petting and buried her face in the arms of her holder.
Eventually, Edie even allowed others to share with her their affection, even wagging her tail at one point! It became clear immediately that Edie wasn't a violent dog, but a scared and misunderstood one who just needed a little extra TLC.
After being given a nice bath and a haircut, Edie was almost unrecognizable. Finally feeling good about herself and her surroundings for the first time in who knows how long, Edie began to open up, and revealed a sweet pup well-suited for a loving, forever home.
Edie has since been adopted, and her story has been viewed and shared thousands of times. Hope for Paws hopes Edie will serve as a great example of why it is so important for people to not overlook the shy, nervous, and frightened dogs you see at the shelter and allow everyone a chance for their true colors to be seen.
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