By Jessi Chomos
Shadow was first introduced to me in the summer of 2015 when I started working in the kennels at Brother Wolf. It was a couple weeks of feeding and taking care of him before he got used to me because his fear of strangers was so strong. He also had other issues like guarding food and toys, but that didn’t stop him from wanting to play tug of war with his rope toy every time someone he knew walked into his kennel. I believe that was his favorite game, and he loved to play with his people.
Because of his fearfulness and the behaviors it caused him to display, people would walk by his kennel that he didn’t know and think “that dog is mean”. But the people that cared for him knew how gentle he could be.
Relationships with dogs like Shadow are strong, because although it takes a while to gain a fearful dogs trust, once the trust is there it’s the foundation upon which the relationship gets built.
He loved walks and he was much loved by the volunteers that took him out almost every day.
When it was Shadow’s time to leave this world, he was finally able to find rest and peace from a world that misunderstood him. He passed away surrounded by those who loved him and cared for him every day. He was surrounded by friends.