In August of 2011 we saw online where a beautiful stray dog was given the grace to wander into the woods behind the home of none other than volunteers of Angels Among Us Pet Rescue. We were drawn to this angel right away, even though he was not up for adoption yet, we had to meet him after hearing of his rescue. He had appeared in the woods dragging a cellphone cord tight around his neck. He was hot, thirsty, scared, and not yet trusting of people. The amazing volunteer family spent a very long time coaxing him to come to them so that they could cut the cord off his neck and get him inside where it was cool. They provided him with food and water and became his foster parents.
At drop off, we discussed more about Bentley's fears and Angie was already observing him with us right in the lobby. We learned what all was involved and what our role would be, and then we handed over our scared pooch to her. During the week we got updates and saw pictures of him with other dogs, but this pack was different. They were calm and comforting and displayed proper behavior...it was a balanced pack, just what Bentley needed, balance, boundaries, and structured interactive fun within a pack.
(Pictured above: Bentley and his sister, Maddie)
A week later, we excitedly returned and were informed that WE would be walking Bentley with Josh on...wait for it... BUFORD HIGHWAY! (Uhh hello, he is afraid of walking in our subdivision…) But off we went, with a new collar in place to help us guide him. After a week of doing this with Josh, Bentley was amazing. We walked him near a busy intersection which was really loud, in shopping plaza parking lots, and a lawn mower repair place that had mowers running, and Bentley was walking just fine! I was tearing up watching my husband walk our dog happily for the first time, but Bentley was fine! We learned more after the walk and about Angie's observations. Bentley has feral tendencies, which would explain the excellent skill he has for catching opossums! He must have been outside most, if not all the time, before his rescue, maybe with other dogs, but he did not trust humans, and because of that we had to become proper leaders to earn his trust.
- Mary Olds