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Now at his home in California, adopted by the Samoyed Rescue of Southern California.

Izzy’s adopter was a volunteer for SRSC when she instantly bonded with a newly arrived puppy rescued from the White Fire Kennel in Iowa, one of a batch of Samoyeds sent to the California group to find homes magnets. “When Izzy Bella and my eyes first met, something clicked inside each of us that instantly bonded us to each other.

My family already had a wonderful Sammy and I had absolutely no desire to bring another to our house until this moment, a time I will never forget. I carried this 18 pound ball of down with her pleading eyes in my arms and took her to live with us in her forever home.

On their first walk together in her new home, her adopter marveled at her innocence and playfulness – and fear. In a way, she was a normal, playful puppy who did silly things, loved her new sister, happily explored her new home, and played with other local Iowa dogs on dates at a dog park. .

But she was terribly afraid. “I was, and still am, the only person she trusted. It took two years before she started going to my husband and letting him pet her. Now, three and a half years later, she occasionally lets four other people gently touch her head. That’s all. The burglary was difficult. His “fear poop” inside lasted a year and a half.

“At first his fear just made him curl up, back down and hide. Gradually, he evolved into more aggressive behavior. She started fighting with her dog park friends and throwing, barking and slapping at other dogs, people who walked their dogs, joggers, cyclists, snowboarders, motorcyclists and vehicles. I have tried all kinds of training methods to no avail.

“Finally, a coach made perfect sense. He said it was crazy to keep taking a dog like Izzy into situations that scared her when she was blissfully happy and at peace with plenty of room to exercise at home. He said to stop trying to desensitize her by exposing her to uncomfortable situations because it was actually like torturing her.

They immediately changed their way of life. Izzy is now happy to be with his mother 24/7. “I love him in pieces and I am delighted to have a dog who is so strongly connected to me and who is so happy and excited to be with me. I call it my Jackpot.

“Yet it pains me to realize that his white fire scars are so deep and haven’t healed yet. Every day she snuggles up against her bowl of water, as if it is a heartwarming treasure for her, and I can’t help but wonder if it’s because the buckets of water during her first month of life. life in the dead of winter in Iowa were frozen over.

Izzy loves chasing vermin in the yard, playing ball, going for walks and rubbing up against each other. She is healthy, intelligent and can do tricks. “But she can swing into her fearful self in a flash. We call it its ‘default mode’ and have resigned ourselves to the reality that it may never change.

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