As with so very many of our precious residents, Vallis came to us from a puppy mill that housed the dogs outside in all types of weather. Sometimes we shake our heads in disbelief at the ones who make it in alive. Vallis is a survivor. He made it for over 6 years in a wire cage either smoldering or freezing. He's shy. He has trust issues. Can you blame him? We are spending a lot of time with Vallis. We speak softly to him. We pet him gently. We coax him with treats. He'll come around, sooner rather than later. We know this because we've seen it time and time again. What will help Vallis become the lively boy he is meant to be is a loving and patient person who can give him the time and attention he needs. He is already warming up to his caregivers and loves them very much, rolls over for tummy rubs and is happy to see them. He is still very wary of strangers though.