Sometimes the simplest gifts are the most precious.
For Ezra, a stray dog who spent his life on the streets was a soft, warm place to sleep. And the smile on his face when he got his first bed said it all.
When Ezra first arrived at Fairfield County Animal Shelter in September, he didn’t look at anyone. He was lying at the bottom of the kennel, shaking and looking at the wall. The shelter staff knew he would have to overcome his fear to have a chance at a better life, so they came up with a plan to win him over: hot dogs.
“The hot dogs were the key to her heart,” said Samira Yaghi, rescue coordinator at the shelter. “We always had hot dogs when we walked through Ezra’s kennel. What started by throwing the hot dogs slowly became him taking them gently out of our hands.
When Ezra became more comfortable, he began to press his body against the volunteers, allowing them to caress him.
Finally, five months after he arrived, the nervous dog left for his first walk. “It’s been hard since then,” said Yaghi. “He’s full of maneuvers and jumps every time he sees us coming, eager to say hello and eager to give us kisses.”
It was after one of those walks that Ezra’s life changed forever. “We had several donated dog beds and they were still sitting in the lobby,” Yaghi wrote on Facebook. “When he went out for a walk, he [was] lying in bed [and] needed to be convinced. On the way back, he [was] lying in bed again.”
Seeing how attached Ezra was to the bed, the shelter team put him in the kennel. He immediately sat on the bed, smiling from ear to ear. “Look how happy and proud he is to have this bed,” wrote Yaghi. “He sat up nice and high, with a smile of gratitude on his face!”
The sweet picture of him smiling on his bed even caught the attention of the shelter’s northern rescue partner, SNARR Animal Rescue Northeast. Soon, Ezra and his beloved bed will be on their way to New York in search of a home, and his friends at the shelter couldn’t be more proud of how far he has come.
Source: The Dodo