This sweet, cuddly girl had a long journey from Istanbul to our forever Canadian home. Timid and understandably nervous at first, this lovely girl is feeling more secure and confident every day as she feels love, encouragement, and positive reinforcement flow over her. We know that Enya is grateful but we are even more grateful to have such a beautiful girl in our family.
In April of 2016, we had to say goodbye to our beloved 10-year old Golden, Buck. He was our 5th Golden, and just as sweet and loving as all the others. We knew it would be a hard day, and it was. So hard, in fact, that we resolved to wait a year before considering adopting again. However, after only a couple of weeks, we felt an emptiness in our home that could only be filled by another gentle Golden soul.
Thus began our journey with Golden Rescue. In mid-June, we got a call from Golden Rescue, advising that we had been “matched” with a young female Golden, scheduled to fly over from Istanbul, with a group of 12 other dogs. The “Lucky 13” arrived in Canada on June 30th, following a harrowing stay at the Istanbul Airport when it was bombed on the original flight date, June 29th.
We met our Enya as she emerged, very nervously, from her crate at the Toronto airport, and within minutes, we felt a very special bond with her. She curled up in the back seat of our car for the 2-hour drive home, and we spent the next few days getting to know each other. We went for long hikes and boat rides and explored the woods, and we enjoyed seeing her take in all the sights and sounds that living in the country has to offer. We also came to see that she was very fearful, especially of men, loud noises and other dogs. At this time, we realized our goal was to help Enya become a confident and happy Golden and to know that she was safe and loved.
Nine months have passed since Enya joined our family. Although she is still sometimes haunted by the “ghosts” of her past, she has made great progress and has become less fearful. We continue to socialize her at every opportunity, and she has rewarded us with her increased confidence. This little girl who had no concept of “playing” last June, now enjoys her tennis balls and her chew toys. She enjoys being brushed and cuddled, and in return, we get the loving devotion and companionship of this very special girl.
Thank you, Golden Rescue for bringing Enya to us!
Andrea & Paul