Rocky Kanaka had fostered dogs for years, but nothing could prepare him for the one he was about to lay eyes on. He was at the shelter when a staff member lifted up a bed, and this scared little dog came running out. Her name was Blossom, and she’d been rescued from a hoarding situation and taken to the shelter along with 150 other dogs.

Blossom was absolutely terrified of everything. Simply getting her out of the shelter and into a home wouldn’t be enough to fix her. She had mentally shut down and didn’t know how to act like a dog. A few weeks turned into months, and she couldn’t stop shaking.

Everything here was new to her, and it was scary; the feel of grass on her feet, the sunlight, and making eye contact were just some of the things that would send her running to hide under the table where she’d sit for days. Instead of making Blossom get out of her hiding spot, Rocky decided to remove the table and build a little bedroom for her. And that’s when things started looking up.

Blossom started to come out of her shell to allow hand-feeding, and she finally drank water from the bowl after seeing a foster sibling do so. This was real progress. And after two months, she even jumped up onto the couch to sit next to her foster dad! She’d never acted like this before. Then came the day she went outside and ran around wagging her tail for the very first time. 🙂

The three-year-old dog has come such a long way from that scared little girl at the shelter, and she’s ready for a forever home thanks to Rocky Kanaka’s patience and hard work!

If you’d like to adopt Blossom, go to Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue.