Today’s Tripawd Tuesday celebrates the beauty of being a foster failure to BP the 3-legged sled dog! And it also shows that even a shy, easily spooked pup can learn to trust others again. So take a break and celebrate the miracle of the human-animal bond. Here’s the story of BP the 3-legged sled dog, as told by his human, TC Wait.
Shy, 3-Legged Sled Dog Finds His Way Home
Remember this guy? Pepper the 3-legged Husky came to us as a foster a year ago. He was out of shape, overweight, and very shy. We fostered him and looked for a good home for him. Several people came to meet him, and he even went on a home visit for several weeks, but just didn’t find the right fit.
Or maybe he did! After several months with him, we came to realize that our pack had exactly what Pepper (now known as Black Pepper or Mr. BP for short) was needing. He was most comfortable outside with a pack, and needed someone who understood his Husky mind and could help him overcome some of his shy hesitations and develop some trust.
Sure enough, with a lot of patience and daily work, he has turned into a delightful guy who has a brilliant sense of humor, loves to play with other dogs, and has learned to trust humans.
I still remember the day this past summer that Mr. BP made the decision to initiate touch. He always tolerated me touching him, but one day he just trotted over and put his head in my lap, asking for my attention. That was different. That was the day he told me he trusted me.
He is still a spooky dog, but he also has turned a corner and understands that I will not put him in harms way and will respect him. It was the beginning of a partnership, and now when new people visit he comes out to see them -from a distance- and doesn’t hide in a dog house.
Even Shy Dogs Can Develop a Bond with Others
Recently, we participated in a solstice Fun Event for sled dogs and mushers to celebrate the coming of winter here in Alaska. Mr. PB, who was not excited about being touched a year ago, ran on the team and hung out with several dozen mushers and their teams. He was in his element! Cold snow, barking dogs, people who spoke Husky, and a night to enjoy howling at the moon! It was wonderful to see how much progress this dog has made in a year.
Thanks to everyone who expressed interest in Mr. BP, spread the word about him, and sent him happy wishes. And for those of you out there dealing with dogs that are shy or skittish or having trouble bonding with you, please keep patiently working toward your goal. Know that it will happen, and there is no such thing as an “instant pet”. Be calm and quiet, appreciate each little step that is made, and remember that the deepest bonds don’t always happen quickly – it takes time to develop deep roots.
Your Pet Can Star in Tripawd Tuesday
Each Tuesday, Tripawd dogs, cats and other critters from around the world can enter for a chance to be “Tripawd of the Week.” Just share your Tripawd’s story and you’re entered to win! On every Tuesday of the week, tell us about your three-legged hero. Just follow these easy steps:
- In a short paragraph or two (or longer if you’d like!), describe your three-legged hero’s story.
- Include photos or links to videos already uploaded to YouTube.
- Include a link to your Tripawds Forum topic and/or Tripawds blog, social media handles, etc.
- Email your story and photos to us.
All entries must be received by Saturday at 11:59 pm. One Tripawd story will be selected at random to be featured the following Tuesday.