Unlikely Friendship: This shelter dog was terrified until he gained confidence from a tiny new friend named Pancake
Every dog knows it’s good to have a friend to stick by your side — even if that friend is completely different from head to paws! So, in the spirit of friendship and love, let’s talk about an unlikely dog friendship.
When Fraser first arrived at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in the UK, his rescuers could see that his former caretakers wanted him to look tough and maybe a little mean. Fraser’s breed of dog is called a cane corso which are already pretty big, and his tail and ears had been cruelly docked, making him look even more intimidating — but his new friends at the shelter quickly realized that the massive animal was actually pretty scared of almost everything.
“He was too scared to leave his kennel, even for a quick walk,” Sarah Copleston, communications officer at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, told The Dodo. Poor Fraser had already been through so much in his short life, and was scared of everyone and everything as a result. The shelter staff knew that his fear could hurt his chances of getting adopted, so they wanted to help him overcome it as much as they possibly could.
They started brainstorming the best way to help him — and then someone had an interesting idea. Elizabeth Kidd, a canine behaviorist at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, had recently adopted a dog of her own, a 6-month-old pug named Pancake. She decided that introducing Fraser to another dog might help calm him down a bit, and since tiny Pancake was bursting with confidence, Kidd thought he might be the perfect friend for the gigantic, terrified dog.
The staff all crossed their fingers with hope that the master plan would work — and sure enough, as soon as Fraser met Pancake, he was instantly calmer.“Although Pancake and Fraser didn’t appear to be the most likely pairing, it was heartwarming to see how well they got along,” Kidd said in a press release. “Little Pancake really taught Fraser how to be a brave dog and be more confident in himself.”It may seem ironic that a tiny dog like Pancake could teach a huge dog like Fraser how to be more confident, but it totally worked. The more time Fraser spent with Pancake, the happier he became, and his fear seemed to melt away. Now, Fraser is just like a typical dog, and it’s hard to imagine that he was once too scared to even leave his kennel.
Thanks to Pancake, Fraser is now ready to find his forever home, and he’s already had some interest. When he first arrived at the shelter, it didn’t seem like he would ever be confident enough to be adopted. Now, he’s absolutely thriving, and everyone is so excited for him to meet his family and have the best new life.
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Source The Dodo