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Love Does Conquer All

Viva For Vivi!

Our hearts are smiling today and we know those of you that have followed Vivi's rescue will smile too because this is the first time we have looked into those beautiful eyes and had them look confidently back at us....Vivi is out of hiding!

For those of you that don't know Vivi's story here is a some backstory so that you can understand todays celebration. Vivi arrived at the sanctuary in June this year for some major rehabilitation and a permanent home with us. Vivi was very sadly the victim of horrific sexual abuse and sustained violence; the hell she came from is too disturbing to even recount and for her safety and the safety of her rescuers, her past will remain in the past. Suffice to say it is a miracle she survived but survive she did and she was saved by a dedicated group of angels who can never be thanked enough. Her physical injuries were repaired but her mental scars are deep and unbelievably painful, she was completely shut down and traumatised to the point that all she wanted to do was hide away from the world. She is terrified of everything, the outdoors, cars, people, being touched and defecates and urinates when approached especially by men understandably. Before she arrived, Joy and Dave worked quickly to create a special area for her in the house under the stairs where she could be quiet and alone whilst still being close to Joy and where there would be no danger of her even hearing a male voice. She immmediately went into hiding in her new den on arrival and she is one of the worst behaviourally effected dogs we have ever seen. Just watching her and imagining the hell she had suffered turned our insides out but Joy knew she could help her...

You can read more of her story here: Vivi's Story

Its been baby steps all the way since June but love and Joy's patient, no demands rehabilitation has won out. Vivi is now out and about upstairs and on the landing. She is giving full on eye contact, moving about happily in the daylight....up and down and even in and out of doors. Her trust levels have improved and she pops out to the courtyard with Joy, moving around and becoming interested both in what Joy is doing and in the wider area. She no longer feels the need to hide away and is feeling more comfortable and learning to be a normal dog with the help of her pack. She is generally getting braver and Joy can even give her a passing stroke as she goes up the stairs now which is just massive progress. Time, patience and love have achieved this and we are so very, very happy to see our beautiful girl uncurling from her crippling ball of fear to look confidently at her future. We love the bones of you, Vivi x


If you would like to contribute to Vivi's Care or the care of any other of our permanent residents every single penny is so very gratefully received. You can sponsor a dog (an amount of your choice) here: Sponsor A Dog or you can make a donation here: Donate

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