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Woman Builds a ‘Bridge of Biscuits’ to Quivering Shelter Dog

Woman Builds a ‘Bridge of Biscuits’ to Quivering Shelter Dog

At an animal shelter in the Italian city of Ponzano Veneto, a medium-sized dog named Cornelia was rigid with fear. Too afraid to stretch in the morning or to sprawl out on her side, Cornelia lived in the crouched position, forever trying to make herself invisible. She was overlooked and distrusted by the shelter staff who had written Cornelia off as an unsocial dog, but when volunteer Ambra Carraro came on the scene, things slowly began to change.

“I began to pet her, but then I thought I had been unwise. This dog could have bitten me so I pulled my hands back,” Amber recalls. “But actually, she was so scared, she would never have bitten me. I offered her a biscuit but she didn’t eat it. But as soon as I was out, she ate it.”

And so began a ritual that would continue day after day, week after week. Ambra held a vision of a different Cornelia, one who would have the confidence to join a family, to sleep on a soft bed and to play with toys on the kitchen floor. She was building a bridge to Cornelia’s heart one dog biscuit at a time.

“She was always scared and shy, but she slowly began to appreciate my compliments,” Ambra says warmly. “She would eat biscuits, taking them from my hands and she stopped trembling. One day she licked my hand and in that moment my love for her became stronger.”

“Every time I went to the dog shelter, I hoped not to find her there because in my opinion she had to have found a home, but she was always in her corner,” Ambra continues. “I didn’t want to have dogs anymore, after suffering the loss of my beloved dog Charly, but I understood I was being selfish. I had the chance to make this dog’s life better but I had been putting my feelings before hers.”

“Although the owners of the dog pound had said she would never walk with the lead, she learned it fast,” said Ambra who has now adopted Cornelia. “She began licking me whenever she could. It was her way for kissing me. She learned to rely on me and ignore other people. She loves me and we have been everywhere: to the mountains, to the countryside and to the city-centre for doing shopping. When I tell her: ‘Cora, let’s go out with the car’, she’s so happy that she runs toward the car and jumps onto her place.”

As for the biscuit ritual, you guessed it, the cookies continue to flow. Ambra’s mother has joined in as well, giving Coraline every reason to put the past behind her. One last photo of Coraline here

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11:29AM PDT on Aug 29, 2014

What a beautiful story!

5:10AM PDT on Aug 18, 2014

:) love the end.

6:29PM PDT on Aug 17, 2014

I love, love, this story!! It made my day for sure today!!! For me, I think of both the woman and this dog as angels------the story was so well told in many details ---I loved how the woman was so focused on showing the dog that she was very patient, caring, kind, and just wanted to share her beautiful spirit with this sweet female dog, and then the part of the dog in this story, who knows what her past neglects and abuses were part of her baggage from life, yet the spirit of the woman allowed her to start to trust, just a little at a time, but the woman was so patient, that was the perfect way to work with the dog and show her love and in time, this sweet female dog accepted her kindness and her love, and the two of them got the best gift from it all, a lifetime together from then on. What a beautiful story of two beautiful spirits, a woman and a dog. Like I shared, this story really touched me today.

12:19PM PDT on Aug 16, 2014

Beautiful dog, beautiful happy story!

3:47PM PDT on Aug 15, 2014

Bless you

5:56PM PDT on Aug 14, 2014

Great story

3:58PM PDT on Aug 14, 2014

What a happy ending.

6:00PM PDT on Jul 22, 2014

Shelters in the US would have killed this dog. Calling themselves "shelters" they are staffed by animal sadists, who have found it politically correct to commit murder.

10:02AM PDT on Jul 15, 2014

Another "Awe" moment!

3:30AM PDT on Jul 7, 2014

Ambra Carraro, Coraline was waiting just for you (her angel) to come along! Thank you for loving her!!

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