Chained inside a junkyard for years, this eight-year-old cavity bull had lost her trust for humen. People called her “mean” and “gross,” but two roommates couldn’t watch her life be wasted on the wrong side of a chain connection fence. They decided to rescue her, but helping a puppy that has been forgotten and mistreated for years is never simple.
On the first day outside of the junkyard, the roommates had to muzzle her while they tried to get her collar off. She was afraid to be touched, but the collar she’d been wearing for years was excavating into her neck. When it was finally removed, it was caked in dirt and blood and exposed a large wound that had been left to fester.
With her collar off, the long process of recovery and house trust started. She refused to walk through doorways and was nervous about being inside. If anyone tried to approach her, she would growl and demonstrate her teeth.
It took weeks to see improvement, but the dog’s rescuers refused to believe it when people said she couldn’t be saved. They were patient and kind, and more importantly, they didn’t give up.
After a month, the former junkyard dog ultimately felt safe enough to be pet. She was still uncomfortable inside, but she found solace in her new favorite place on the front porch. With more period, she let her rescuers get closer and closer. Eventually, she was sitting in their laps and attacking them with kisses.
It was abruptly obvious that the dog no one believed in was ready and willing to start life over again. But before she could really move on, she required a name. The first time she laid her head in her new owner’s lap was when they officially called her Princess.
It wasn’t easy to assistance this junkyard puppy find her style to being a front porch princess, but her story is proof that with love and patience, dogs can learn to trust again.