A terrified lurcher, who spent almost a year with Blue Cross learning to overcome her fears, has finally found a loving home where she continues to build confidence by the day.
When sad stray Dora first arrived at our Hertfordshire rehoming centre she was so petrified of humans that she would cower in the corner of her kennel when anyone tried to approach.
Nobody knows what made her so scared, but her incredibly timid behaviour indicated that her past was likely to have been filled with sadness and neglect.
Dora, who was known as Tori while she was at the centre, desperately needed and wanted a loving home but was so shy and anxious that she wasn't able to settle anywhere.
Gradually, though, our patient team worked to bring the now three-year-old dog out of her shell and taught her that people couldn't only be trusted, but also shower her with love.
And in March, after 294 days of rehabilitation, she left the centre and went to live in nearby Stevenage with Alison and Peter Fitzgerald and Luca, a seven-year-old greyhound who the couple had rescued many years before. She has made huge progress, and her lovable personality is now shining through in abundance.
Alison said: “Dora is settling in so well, she is still a bit nervous around strangers but has become very comfortable around us, to the extent that I am already calling her a 'little madam' as she has bags of personality, knows her own mind and is definitely a very plucky and affectionate little lady.
"We feel privileged that she has joined our family, where she will have a loving home forever.
“We want to thank everyone at Blue Cross Hertfordshire for looking after Dora so well and contributing in such a big way towards making her the lovely little lady she has become.”