The circumstances of our first meeting with Zehavit were not very pleasant for both of us. It was pouring non-stop for several days. She stood in the water, sticking to the fence of the flooded shelter (not ours, a different one) beneath a tent. Two of her puppies were evacuated with all the other dogs, she probably stayed near because of them. Of all dogs in the shelter, she was the only one left behind. She did not trust people and would not come near anyone. This way she spent two days without food, not able to sleep since the water was everywhere.
I succeeded to put a leash around her head, but that was about it. She wouldn’t move, was shivering from fear and prepared to fight against the two humans who came for her, Kogan Evgeniya and myself. Creatures she learned as a stray dog to keep away from.
I naively thought I could put a blanket around her head, hold her tight in my arms. This proved to be impossible. The attempt to hold her ended up in a rough fight, I was surprised she did not bite me.
After the brute force approach failed, Evgeniya tried to convince the terrified dog to go with her. Amazingly enough Zehavit agreed to follow Evgeiya, who spoke to her and convinced her to move, step by step through the flooded area. One wrong step and Evgeniya fell right into the water but she did not lose the leash!
Now you can fully admire Zehavit’s achievement, when she takes food from my hand. The trust between us is not enough yet to come near for no reason. And she still takes the pleasure of barking at me from time to time, so that I don’t think too much of myself. But she is making progress, and is in good terms with our deer Danka, which make me admire her even more.