The family dumped their garbage and undesired things in the alleyway behind their house before leaving their Dallas neighborhood. Unfortunately, one item they no longer wanted was their puppy, so they abandoned her and her blanket on the street.
Marina Tarashevska, creator of Dallas DogRRR, went for a stroll in her neighborhood on New Year’s Day, the day after the dog’s people left, and spotted the abandoned puppy clinging to the blanket.
Patti Dawson, executive director of Dallas DogRRR, told The Dodo, “It was extremely cold and raining, and the dog was sleeping on her blanket — and she wouldn’t leave it.”
“I believe she still expected her family to return. She was to the point where she was thinking, ‘I’ll simply wait here.’ This is something I’ve seen before.’
Tarashevska decided to rescue the dog after chatting with concerned neighbors and discovering the canine’s tragic story. It wasn’t simple, though.
“Marina would flee if she went close to that blanket,” Dawson explained.
Tarashevska had an idea when the dog always returned to the blanket after Tarashevska had retreated. Tarashevska now dragged the blanket down the passageway toward her own house whenever the dog bolted.
After about an hour of this, the blanket — and the dog — arrived at Tarashevska’s backyard, where Tarashevska was able to grab the dog and place her into a cage.
Camilla, the dog’s new name, was scared.
Dawson described her as “basically curled up in a ball at the rear of the crate.” “You could reach out and touch her, but she was paralyzed by dread. She avoided eye contact and kept her head down. If you came too close to her, she’d bury her head in the kennel, as if to say, ‘Don’t look at me, don’t make eye contact with me, don’t touch me.’ ‘Skip it.’
Camilla also had new cuts on her neck and ears, which Tarashevska noticed and rushed her to the doctor right away.
Dawson explained, “The doctor indicated it was either an implanted collar or she was probably kept outside.” “The only other possibility was that she got into a battle with a dog when she went outdoors. There are a lot of stray animals out there, so it’s possible that they got into a fight for food.”
Camilla had neck surgery and is now on the mend – not just physically, but mentally as well.
Dawson said, “She’s doing fantastic.” “Her personality is gradually emerging, and she is starting to trust.”
Camilla is now in a foster home, where she is enjoying a lot of love and care – and she is transforming into a whole new dog.
“Now she’s sitting up, and you can notice a change in her expression,” Dawson added. “Now she’s genuinely looking for her foster mother, something she wasn’t doing before.”
Dawson stated, “She’s starting to cuddle and will nose-butt your hand to encourage you to pet her.” “As a result, she’s trying to attract attention, which is tremendous. They said she had just played with her first toy.”
Camilla will remain in foster care for a little longer to allow her to recover, but she will be available for adoption shortly.
Dawson stated, “We have no idea what she went through before we acquired her.” “It’ll take a while for her to understand she’s in a secure place. But she’s beginning to see the light.”