A Special Rescue
The Law of Attraction
Reported By: Kelly
It's true that the like-minded eventually find their way into each others lives.
We have found many kindred souls over the years and most recently were brought
together with a wonderful woman named Audrey. Audrey contacted us two days
before the new year arrived asking for our help with a beautiful dog we have
since named "ZoŽ".
ZoŽ had been living in the LeMay Recycling lot off of Pacific Ave and 146th
for about 7 months. She caught the attention of many people who passed her on
their way to church, to their houses, or to the quaint restaurant that sat
across from her "home". Some people were able to give her a quick pat on the
head or a nice little chin scratch, but no one had been able to get a leash on
her. So, her faithful friends came out devotedly to visit with her, provide her
with food, and to pray for her safety and well-being.
After reading Audrey's email, I forwarded her plea out to our group and within a
day had people emailing back ready to begin the process of a delicate rescue!
The case was similar to that of
a rescue from back in 2006, but also unique as all cases are. Surprisingly, ZoŽ even looked a bit like Hobo!
Everyday, our volunteers would observe ZoŽ and, in doing so, met the many good
people who had grown to love her. ZoŽ was brought meals fit for a queen from
Gateway Cottage and from individuals sharing their favorite foods. Sticky rice,
dinner rolls with peanut butter, KFC mashed potatoes, and other goodies that
would already be scarfed down (as evidenced by the empty plates) by the time
Desperation began to set in as the weather turned nasty. Despite the comfy bed
that someone set up for her in a 20' moving container, ZoŽ slept under some
trees in, what she felt, was a safe place. Her paws remained damp and red from
all the rain and sleet and she would fall asleep standing up always in
alert-mode. Debra, our KSF volunteer who took lead of the case, pulled out the
big guns and requested some serious reinforcements- Hobo and Lisa, one of Hobo's
caregivers before he found his adoptive family!
Lisa was an integral force in Hobo's rescue and devoted much time into his
healing process. She learned how to use
from Marnie Black and
honed her animal communication skills as taught by
Debra and Lisa rounded up a few others and in no time were back out with ZoŽ
armed with patience and determination.
Many people ask, "How did you do it- how did you get her to come to you?" There
is no one "thing" that is done to rescue an animal. There is no magic word or
specific technique. It is our belief that several things must be happening in
order to complete a successful rescue:
1. You must commit to the
animal and see the rescue through
2. Your intent must be pure- to have the animal's welfare at the forefront and
the rescue is about the animal, not you
3. You must accept that every situation is different and needs to be addressed
4. You must commit to observations for determining the best course of action and
allow for an organized attempt
5. You must respect the animal and be able to recognize boundaries
6. You must explore ways to safely gain trust from the animal
7. You must respect the legal issues such as the rights of the property owners
8. You must be open-minded and allow all help that is available to be utilized
9. You must be prepared for what comes after the physical rescue
10. You must believe that it will happen
It was discussed that a leash with a "D" ring would need to be used once the
opportunity presented to secure ZoŽ. The good folks at
Green Cottage Pets
squared us away with a hemp rope leash. Lisa describes the actual moment just
before and after she placed the leash on ZoŽ:
approached me almost immediately, so I sat down and began to talk to her
aloud. While still a little guarded and aware, ZoŽ allowed me to pet her, perform a few Tellington T-Touch techniques on her,
rub her belly, and joined me in playing with a squeaky toy we had brought.
It was evident that she was beginning to open up,
let me into her world, and relax. As she lay on the blanket next to me, I was
able to play with the soft leash around her face, draping it over her nose and
halfway on her head. Thatís as far as I got for the next two hours. It was
almost like she sensed what I was doing and then would wander off before
returning to me to repeat the pets, t-touch, and play.
After a couple of hours of this, ZoŽ sat down
just outside of my reach. I inched my way closer and was stretching out to pet
her while I gently talked to her about what it would be like to have a safe,
warm and loving place to live. She was closing her eyes enjoying the sun, soft
touches and talk, when I slowly looped the leash around her neck.
ZoŽ was startled and I
immediately, yet slowly, got up and began to walk with her. There was no
struggle and Donna came over to help. ZoŽ jumped up putting her paws on my
shoulder as if she were relieved, yet afraid, of what would happen. She did the
same thing to Donna and we walked her to the dog crate where she showed some
distress when we tried to coax her into it. At that point, we decided to walk
her over to Debraís car and ZoŽ put her front paws on the back bumper. Donna
raised ZoŽ's back side into the car and the hatch was closed. ZoŽ settled
down in the car quickly and closed her eyes while Donna, Debra and I discussed
the next step.
here to read about
ZoŽ's arrival to her foster home and current status