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Rescued From A Life Of Horror, This Dog Now Explores The World With Her Best Friend

 Her long journey was filled with sadness and fear, but shows that the true spirit of a dog can never be broken.

As the Editor of iHeartDogs, I encounter numerous stories that make me feel something inside. Sometimes they're sweet, other times tragic, but once you find a story with a gorgeous and happy ending that brings you to tears, it touches your soul.

The story of Penni the dog is one among those stories. Penni is one among those dogs that you simply see in pictures and know that she is loved.

But it wasn’t always this manner for her. She had a journey. an extended one. One that's crammed with sadness and fear, but one that shows that truth spirit of a dog can never be broken.

Throughout everything she’s been through, Penni just wanted one thing: love. And as you'll see, she has what she wanted right along . This love will never, ever get away , because of one man who shared their beautiful story with us.

I want to offer a special many thanks to Penni’s dog dad for sharing this incredibly heartfelt story with us. this is often EXACTLY what rescue is all about.

I was about eight months into my look for a dog. I had spoken to quite few rescue groups, but unfortunately, i used to be repeatedly rejected because I “wouldn’t be an honest fit.” Luckily though, i used to be put in-tuned with Fur Friends in Need and after providing them my bio and outline of what i used to be trying to find during a dog, they offered to let me meet Penni. before the meet-up though, the rescue group warned me that Penni had endured a very rough life up until now , and that they wanted to form sure i used to be conscious of the small print .

They weren’t entirely sure of her age (somewhere between one and two years old), but they did know that she had spent her entire life locked within the basement of a drug house wherein she faced endless physical and emotional abuse. She was then thrown on the road . shortly then , she was scooped up by a politician (along with two other dogs) and delivered to the pound. Upon intake, the pound performed an evaluation on her, and that i would say that was the foremost saddening description of a dog that I even have ever read. With the mixture of the evaluation and overcrowding, the choice had been made to euthanize Penni. Fortunately, though, the rescue group arrived just in time to save lots of her life. Knowing all that, i used to be that far more enticed to satisfy her.

I met with the rescue A few days later. When Penni hopped out of the car, they asked me to attend a flash before approaching me thanks to her immense anxiety levels. I sat to the side, and without breaking stride, she walked over and sat in my lap. At that time , I knew that she was the dog for me!

Once I got her home, i noticed just what proportion work I had before me. She was scared of everything in view . She was untrusting of each situation. She simply didn't want to interact with the planet . At the start , a day was a challenge. With persistent focus, though, she slowly overcame many of her fears. Daily visits to the dog parks helped her realize the way to play (and also the way to run – because up until now , she had never had the chance to run). Daily walks helped her understand that she was not in an environment where everything was accompanied with risk and threat.

It’s sort of a completely different reality. The seemingly perpetual cycle of fears has diminished markedly. While she absolutely still has her quirks, one this is often certain: this dog loves being outside. I definitely had an inclination of this while we lived in New Jersey, but after moving to Las Vegas , there was little question . Since our arrival here, I even have made some extent of seeking different destinations as often as possible. Red Rock Canyon, Valley of fireside , Lake Mead, Zion park , the Grand Canyon , Mammoth, Death Valley , Lake Powell – I could continue and on. And everywhere we go, she seems to surprise me together with her antics. Whether it's the goofy galloping when she is wearing her hiking boots or the surprise submerses in mud puddles that are a touch deeper than anticipated, she always has me smiling. We share a singular bond once we are out experiencing these events, too. I mean, not everyone can say they need been rappelling with their dog!

And this brings me to the foremost important point. Penni has changed my life. She has also changed the lifetime of others. She somehow possesses this innate ability to only cause you to fall for her. She is that the quite dog that turns a cat person into a dog person. Anywhere we go, she seems to steal the show and that i attribute all of this to at least one simple thing: she was finally shown love. Love is what has enabled all of this.