Some people may think that picking up a dog from the street and bringing it to a shelter is all that it takes to save a dog. What they don’t know is that it is only the first step. There’s a process involved, and depending on various factors, this process can be short as a few weeks, or it may take several years. The latter is true for dogs that develop deeply embedded behavioral problems that require special attention.
A dog named Homer is one of these dogs. Homer was a street dog that has been neglected and abused, then turned feral. Someone put a cord around his waist and never removed it. As Homer’s body grew, the rope tightened around his waist. It was there so long that it embedded in his skin and cut-off his circulation.
A special foster dad for a special needs dog
Because of his years of neglect living in the streets, Homer developed a deep fear for humans. The staff at the shelter where Homer was sent couldn’t give Homer the patience and attention required to break him out of his shell. So they called Rocky Kanaka for help. When Rocky heard about Homer’s story, he knew then that he would do everything to help this dog become happy again.
Rocky took Homer home and started his process. Every day he would sit by his side, trying to gain its trust. Rocky had several tools to help him. He had an endless supply of love and patience, and he had a senior dog, Flip, who loves to play with other dogs. Together, Flip and Homer would coax Homer gently to join them. And little by little, Homer’s real personality started to come out.
Homer would copy Flip as he plays with Rocky. As he mimicked Flip’s actions, he learned how to be a dog again. Homer became more sociable and interacted with Rocky more and more. The feral in Homer eventually disappeared. The loving and adorable dog that he really is has taken over. And soon, Rocky is confident that Homer will find his forever home. See Homer’s progress in the video below.
Source: Rocky Kanaka via Youtube