A very brave little dog

The first photo I saw of Bea, she was all skin and bones and belly full of unborn puppies. She was scared and tired and resigned to whatever fate. She needed us as much as we needed her.

She didn’t have time to get to know us because her 11 puppies were born within 12 hours of her arrival to our home. She also didn’t have time to mistrust us.

We were dealing with a job loss and a health scare, 2 things that only time would resolve. What better endeavor than to invite a mama and her pups to share the wait.

Bea raised her 11 pups, attending to their every need and slowly decided that we were more than just her meal ticket.

Our health improved a bit and a job was found! Things were moving in the right direction.

Bea’s first experience on leash was likely the first time anyone gave her a choice about how to act on a leash. We took it slow, allowing her to walk or not. Soon, her desire to see what was beyond our 4 walls, was stronger than her memory of all things bad while tethered to a human.

After weeks on the new job and health restored, we’re comfortable in our new rhythm.

And today, Bea trotted confidently by my side, all over downtown Petaluma. She even walked on the wobbly float house pier on the river. She deftly made space for other dogs that she did not want to meet face-to-face.

And I fell in love with her. She is a brave little dog, exploring new stuff, deciding that the world is in fact, full of good good good.

Message me if you’d like to adopt this solid dog with so much love to give. Once you get to know her, she’ll show you her playful side.

Our little Bea is such a prize. Who can give her the very best home?

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