This is Mimosa, a rescued stray dog from Spain. She is around 1,5 years old chihuahua cross.
Her story is a tragic one. Someone has cut her tail off to get started with. She was found on the streets with her puppies (she is almost a puppy herself!) and the dad of them a couple of months ago. The whole family had been abandoned at the same time. It is unbelievable how people can do things like that!
All the dogs were taken to Triple A dog shelter which tries to find homes for the abandoned dogs. The shelter has hundreds of dogs and for a little dog like Mimosa it can be a very stressful and scary place, and so it was. She got very sad and depressed. Luckily she only spent quite a short time there and is now with me in Finland.
The puppies have got homes and so has the dad too, luckily.
I believe that Mimosa has been kept as an inside-house dog. She had no idea that dogs should pee and poo outside. She was scared of everything outside. She peed on the kitchen floor and pood on the bedroom floor. She was scared to walk thru the doors and to go in or out of the elevator. At first she was scared of me or anyone approaching. She would run scared away if anyone took a step at her way. I can only imagine what cruel things people have done to her to make her that frightened.
I am blessed with having such a lovely dog as Princess (also a Spanish stray). She has appeared to be the best dog-life teacher ever. With her help Mimosa has now learned to go potty outside, enjoy walks, not be scared of all people, and most of all, live a happy life as a dog. Princess even taught her to go to sauna where this photo is taken. :D
Picture is taken on the 9th of Oct 2010 on our island in Southern Finland with Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
Setting: intelligant automatic