Gigi is about 1.5 years old. She is very loving and playful, but she gets easily startled by sudden movements or loud noises. She needs some time (and a few treats!) to start trusting someone new. She is spayed, healthy and vaccinated. She is really social with other dogs and would love to have canine company as well, or just to meet with friends on a daily/weekly basis. She is in Athens, Greece
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Gigi was found abandoned with her mother and brother in an empty field. All of their tails had already been cut off. They were all so scared it took us months to approach them.
After approximately 6 months of daily efforts, Gigi started getting a bit closer for treats. She was very hesitant and scared, but what made us really excited was the fact that she was wagging her tail! And so it continued, every day we would have delicious treats, and we’d crouch and wait for her to approach. She would run towards us, then move back, then bark at us, then come for the treat and repeat.
She was slowly gaining our trust. But more problems emerged as she started having her first estrus cycle. Since she was still on the streets that meant stray males gathering in the area, fighting with each other and well… you know the rest. So we couldn’t wait any longer. Since she didn’t trust us enough to let us “catch” her, we had to consult with our vet and use some oral sedatives. That way we were able to safely transport her to the vet clinic, where she was spayed as soon as she was ready.
That is when we decided that Gigi wouldn’t be going back. Our girl finally trusted us. She learnt to walk on a leash, she gave us kisses every day, she was wagging her tail when she saw or even heard us. Her mother had already been adopted and her brother was in a bad state at the clinic. Our hearts broke even thinking about abandoning her back there. So she stayed at the clinic and when both she and her brother were well enough to leave, we gathered money and found a relatively cheap kennel that helps a lot with strays. That is where they are now, waiting for someone to give them the greatest gift there is: a forever home and a loving family.