When she arrived on 9/29 at the AHS Buffalo site there was duct tape on her crate, 'Extremely fearful ... Caution!' We lifted her crate down from the cargo van where she had just spent 3.5 hours on transport with 12 other Leech Lake and Red Lake reservation animals. We opened up the crate door and she looked at us and cowered further back into her crate. As usual, we had the warm, welcoming committee of the staff at the Buffalo AHS ... big smiles and excitement to meet the precious critters arriving on transport. We let them know that one of the animals on transport (Xanti) was very shy and fearful. You could just feel the energy shift .... kind, soft, gentle energy surrounded Xanti and body language from the staff that indicated to Xanti, 'I'm not a threat.' They got down to Xanti's level, avoided eye contact, and just let her come to them. Within seconds Xanti was not only out of her crate, but she had found safety and refuge behind Tina, one of the Buffalo AHS animal care staff.
|Xanti ... brave girl :)|
With her 'crooked face' (the vets have determined it to be something genetic) we all think she's even more beautiful. There is an incredible spirit in this sweet girl. Many of us were the the Golden Valley AHS site yesterday for a Leech Lake Legacy Celebration party, and after the celebration, a few of us walked through the adoption floor to visit with Xanti. She has come a long way and came up to the front of her kennel. She wags her tail and eagerly waits for staff.
Thank you to Rory for persisting and catching Xanti so that she will not have to spend the winter trying to survive out in the bitter cold finding shelter and food; thank you to AHS (and all your amazing staff and volunteers) for taking her in and providing her with the love, care, and kindness she needed to help her come out of her shell.
Let's help spread the word on this amazing girl ... she deserves only the best from this day forward!! :)
You can visit Xanti at the Golden Valley Animal Humane Society. For more information, click here.
|Xanti finds comfort with Tina (AHS staff)|