A Lone Wolf

My son and his wife love animals. They foster cats until a ‘furever’ home is found and shortly after marrying, they adopted a dog. They found Wolf through T.E.A.M. Dog Rescue (Together Every Animal Matters*).

Wolf is a pure white husky – that’s the best guess as there could be something else mixed in. He has one blue eye, one brown and is very striking. He is a rescue dog and was assumed to be approximately four years old at the time of his rescue. He was taken from a severe hoarding environment where he had been sorely neglected.

As any pet lover knows, there is a very special bond with your animal. Studies have shown that oxytocin is released when a dog and human make eye contact. It is also referred to as the ‘love hormone’ and ‘trust hormone’. This is the same hormone that helps a new mom bond with her baby. It contributes to relaxation, trust and psychological stability. It is released in both dog and human when they play, touch or look at each other. In fact, some researchers believe that when your dog looks at you they are actually hugging you with their eyes! when your dog looks at you they are actually hugging you with their eyes! Click To Tweet

When Wolf first came to Mark and Rachelle, he was full of fear. Some fearful dogs may lash out in aggression but Wolf was extremely timid and skittish as if constantly expecting harm. He would cower and slink away at every opportunity, especially from men. In fact, to befriend him a male would have to sit quietly, gaze averted and allow Wolf to approach in his own good time. He didn’t know how to play and still doesn’t interact with toys much. But with patience, discipline and love, Wolf became a different dog. He came to trust his caregivers and in a very short time embraced extended family and friends. He enjoys attention and will stick his nose in for cuddles if the cats are getting more than their share.

Although still shy and sometimes stubborn, Wolf has changed from a fear-filled, cringing dog into a loyal, affectionate, enthusiastic pet. He has become a loving, and much loved, member of the family.

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear” 1 John 4:18

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