Patience is a virtue, as the saying goes. It may sound cliche, but patience is indeed a significant part of animal rescue, especially when your subject has trust issues.
The dog at the gas station
This is Nyusha, a stray dog who lives at a gas station in Ukraine. She has lived there all her life and has relied on scraps and hand out food from strangers.
Olena Pyanov, who runs Love Furry Friends – Rescue Channel on YouTube, has been visiting and feeding the dog at the gas station, hoping to eventually get her off the streets. Pyanov worries about how the pup will get through the winter.
Elusive for six months
Though the female dog seemed friendly, she would dash off every time Olena walked toward her. Whenever she would see her approaching, the pup would hide under a car or run away to a safe distance, still within the gas station’s premises.
After six months of trying to befriend the dog, Olena met someone who could help her. He’s just the person she needed so she could bring home the elusive pup.
The man the dog trusts
It was another day of feeding and playing catch-me-if-you-can with the dog at the gas station. While fleeing from Olena, the pup ran in the direction of the man cutting grass. As she approached him, the dog seemed to recognize him because she was wagging her tail and lying down for a back rub.
The man said that he occasionally cut the grass in the vicinity of the gas station and has known the dog since she was a puppy. He told Olena that the pup’s name was Nyusha and that she was four years old. He added that Nyusha has had puppies several times already and that the gas station’s patrons adopted some of them.
The man picked up Nyusha and handed her over to Olena, who petted and carried her to the car. The pup peacefully stayed in her rescuer’s arms, as though she already trusted her.
But as soon as they arrived home, the pup went under the bed as if seeking refuge from an unknown danger in her new surroundings. Later that day, she allowed Olena to touch her, feed her, and remove her ticks.
Vet and Spa Day
Eventually, Nyusha warmed up to Olena and her team, and they were able to bring her to the vet for a check-up, sterilization, vaccination, and parasite treatment.
They also brought her to the dog spa for bathing, grooming, and pampering. The rescue dog looked fabulous after her day at the spa!
Nyusha now walks on a leash and goes to parks and cafes so she can get used to people and socialize with other animals.
She has also bonded with her rescuer’s other dog, Mimi. As Nyusha waits for her adoption, she gets to enjoy being a pet in Olena’s house.
What could have happened to Nyusha at the gas station if not for Olena’s patience in rescuing her? Your guess is as good as mine.