Maggie jumps onto the sofa, nuzzles her new owner for attention and then rolls over to ask for a tummy tickle. It’s a sight that was unimaginable a year ago.
This was a girl so unsure of human company that she avoided any kind of interaction and would look to bolt or cower in her kennel if someone so much as looked her in the eye.
Although her background is unknown, we suspect that Maggie had never lived in a home or experienced human kindness before arriving at our Lewknor rehoming centre in Oxfordshire back in November last year, after being found as a stray.
But while she was petrified of people, she was comfortable in the company of other dogs.
And eventually, the confidence she found alongside her canine friends helped her understand the meaning of human love and affection.
Rebecca White, Animal Welfare Assistant at Lewknor, said: “We were amazed to see how much her personality changed.
“She started to become interested in play and became a lot more confident with familiar handlers; especially Animal Welfare Assistant Suzanne Warne, who put in a lot of time and commitment to help Maggie.”