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Baby Steps For Vivi...

Baby Steps For Vivi...
And Quiet Celebrations from us! Vivi has been out and about again this morning! This has been going on for a week or so now *grins* To those that don't know Vivi's story it may not seem much so lets give you a little painful potted history.. 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 her full story here Vivi's Story And so here we are today...back to the baby steps and Vivi's brave first steps out and about during the day just to investigate, at her own pace and in her own time. Joy pretends that she is invisible (hence the quality of the pictures) and as long as Vivi thinks she is unnoticed she is gradually becoming braver with the help of the pack who all sense that she needs them.  She has had different helpers on her journey to come out from under the stairs from little Gordon initially, then Alfred and Neggie and now Hock who is a very confident boy and helps her move about in front of...
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Magic For Mia

Magic For Mia
Little update for little Mia who spent some time with us in SOS Rehab because she had fear aggression generally and struggled with adapting into the home environment. She went through 4 homes in a number of weeks on leaving the pound. She was saved by the lovely Cathy Holding and we gave her a new page and a new start.She is a proud girl, who initially could be wary of new people and dogs. She spent 5 months with us whilst under assessment and rehab to help her with her fear/reactiveness to new things and she has did so well!She then went out to our lovely rescue partners at Last Hope Rescue for her final assessments and to look for a foster home, the impossible one that had no dogs ideally or cats and no small children simply because she had a way to go with her journey to a forever sofa. We are pleased as punch to announce that she worked her Mia magic and found her special long term foster and home *winks* and is enjoying being spoilt and as you can see she is really pleased with herself.  Mia finding a foster home is fantastic for her and and the success is even sweeter given that it is something we thought would never happen. Happy New Beginning, Mia x Donate
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