Jacqueline Colette assumed it would be difficult to choose between the several puppies in need of foster homes when a local dog shelter issued a call for fosters.She had no idea that the ideal dog would choose her.”I see this little arm simply going straight out of the gate,” Jacqueline told The Dodo.One of the chain links was just big enough for Donut’s tiny puppy arm.
Austin Pets Alive! staff members Donut, a 7-month-old named Cinnamon, reached her arm between the bars of her cage, shocking the onlookers.Jacqueline was informed that the fearful dog had shown no affection during her 11-day stay.Then they told her about Donut’s harrowing shelter experience.
“[She] was taken off the streets as a young pup and put in a shelter, but that didn’t last long because the shelter caught fire,” Jacqueline explained.Donut escaped the shelter fire unharmed, but she soon developed parvo, prompting volunteers to transport her to Austin Pets Alive’s parvo ICU unit.
One week after Donut moved into her new shelter, a sewer pipe burst, flooding the parvo unit completely.All of the dogs at the shelter, including Donut, who had just finished her parvo treatment, were moved to outdoor kennels.
“This infant is 6 or 7 months old and has been transported so many times,” Jacqueline added.She has never lived in a house, has never had her own bed, and has always been confined to a kennel.After completing the foster paperwork and picking up her new foster dog, Jacqueline eagerly began their new chapter.
Donut seemed tense as they drove home, and Jacqueline noticed it.She was trembling, her ears back, and her tail tucked under her.When a sudden thunderstorm forced Jacqueline to engage the windshield wipers, the dog stopped trembling and spent the rest of the trip home circling the wipers with her head.
Donut took a long bath to get rid of the sewage stench on her first day at home and spent some time playing in Jacqueline’s yard.During the wash, Jacqueline noticed Donut becoming more loving and at ease.Jacqueline recalled, “I was trying to comfort her when she kind of pushed up against me and put her head in my hand.””Thank you, lady,” she said as she looked up at me.Donut’s ears perked up when she first ran around her new yard, but they dropped when she realized she was being watched.
Donut insisted that she was not at ease with the prospect of spending the night inside.”She tried really, really hard to sleep on the lawn,” Jacqueline observed.Jacqueline obtained a large quilt and spent over an hour lying in the yard with Donut.
“I kind of ignored her at first, and then she came onto the blanket,” Jacqueline continued.”OK, she’s getting it,” Jacqueline said as Donut scurried over and laid her head on her new human.She is conscious of her own safety.Jacqueline decided to keep Donut for the rest of her life three days after bringing him home.
Donut has been in Jacqueline’s care for two months, and she is still coming out of her shell.”Every time she puts her head on me, she nuzzles her chin back and forth and moans,” Jacqueline observed.Donut, Jacqueline believes, is attempting to express her gratitude to her new mother for the positive changes in her life at this time.”It’s amazing to see the gratitude in her eyes,” Jacqueline said.