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Hearts United for Animals

Jackie Featured

be my buddy
Border Collie/Terrier Mix
Born: 04/03/2009
Medium
20 lbs
Female

You would never know by looking at her smiley pictures, but Jackie is one of the most absolutely terrified animals we have ever known. It took months for her to allow us to touch her, and a long, long time after that to actually not let touch terrify her. We've tried lots of different things that have worked with other dogs to show them comfort and hope, but nothing worked with this unbelievably frightened little girl. She didn't care about treats, she didn't like soft music, she hated a nice, warm bath. It was almost as if she just wanted to curl up into herself and die. We were devastated at the possibilites of what she must have gone through as a baby, as she was hardly more than a pup when she was rescued by another group and turned over to us. We can not fathom the horror of what she lived through. But we were determined to reach Jackie, and finally we saw her perk up a little bit when she went to live with Blossom, a shy but sweet Cocker Spaniel who had also had some giant fears to conquer. Jackie must have realized that we all have our struggles, some worse than others, but it really does pay to love. It's a chance she knew she had to take in order to ever find joy in this life. And she did it. She is having so much fun walking on her leash and playing in the yard that she can hardly stand it. She is learning to live like a dog should. She is open to trying new things, even if they are scary at first. Jackie will probably never be a crazy, happy-go-lucky, sunshine-y dog. She has just been through too much. But she can and will be content and happy in a quiet home with loving people who will dedicate themselves to making Jackie understand that she will never, ever be hurt by humans again.
Buddy Messages (2)
Her Buddy, Mary Harriman from Shoreview, MN, sent her this message: "I am happy to know you, and I will be a good buddy to you. I am glad you have a good home." Jackie sends Mary many grateful kisses and little hugs!
Her Buddy, Tamara Welch, from Ventura, California, sent her this message: "Dear Jackie, You are so beautiful and I am so happy to hear you are gaining confidence. I hope you find a wonderful home soon." Jackie sends Tamara many happy, grateful hugs and kisses.

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Thanks for Visiting Our Animals!

Hearts United for Animals is a national no-kill shelter, sanctuary and animal welfare organization. Hearts United for Animals does long distance adoptions if there are safe flights and we have volunteers in the area to do a home visit. We require an application, references and a home visit to adopt one of our dogs. Our dogs are all spayed or neutered and are current on health care. We can cat test a dog if requested. If you are interested in adopting a dog, we can give you more information on each dog if you click the Adoption Info & Application link above. Buddies are people who support the dog and send them love while they are waiting for their new home. The dog does not live with the buddy.

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