Her mom Mariluz tells us Khala’s story:
Khala’s rescue story begins when she was picked up from the streets of Madrid by a dog pound known as the “the dog pound of horrors.” There, dogs are put down 21 days after no one claims them and they are treated terribly. Luckily, a local dog rescue organization called RAMA (Rescate Animal Marina Alta) took her in and placed her in a foster home. Through a friend of mine, I heard about Khala and she put me in contact with them. We immediately fell in love with her through the videos and pictures we received.
When we picked up Khala from there, she was very frightened, and this could have been mistaken for aggressiveness. She stayed under my bed for the first three days, refusing to come out, but little by little she became more comfortable with us. We noticed that it took a lot more time for her to trust men, especially if they wore hats, so we deduced that she had probably been abused at some point.
It took about a year for her to fully integrate into the family. Now she is a member of our family and is happy to go wherever we go. She’s traveled the world with us. With Khala’s trust came infinite loyalty that she shows with her affection every day for the simple act of kindness we showed her in offering her a home.
Through the experience of rescuing Khala, I learned that it doesn’t take a lot of effort to make the world a little bit better. In offering protection, love, and care to Khala we received the joy of an affectionate dog whose loyalty proves she is more valuable than a mere 21 day grace period. In these six years with her, we couldn’t have been happier with our decision. Her story sheds light on the good work that these organizations do to fight animal cruelty.
My advice is to be patient. When you get a dog from the litter, you have to teach it to go potty or train it to respect your furniture. I have never had to teach Khala any of that. She has always been very respectful of everything, she follows me everywhere (with or without a leash) and although it was difficult for her to learn how to play, she’ll bring a stick so I can throw it at her when we go outdoors. She is definitely like any other dog, only that her adaptation process to a new home was somewhat different.
We always knew that everything would turn out well. She fears male humans and it seems that it will always be like that. However, apart from barking at them for a while, she then rolls over on her back to get belly rubs from them.
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