IRIS, female, Shelter since 08.05.2013
Crossbreed, DOB 15.01.2012 – 52 cm
Iris is our super mummy. She was found in a field with her eight big puppies. They were all full of ticks and flees but in good condition and well fed. She had been able to give them all what they needed. Iris is a little shy at first but she can be won over with food! She is a very affectionate dog with a strong but loving character. She is not really happy here in our shelter as she had been enjoying the freedom on the street she had had before. She has not much interest for the other dogs mainly because she loves people and their attention. The ideal home for Iris would be with a family who understand her and have no other pets, although with the right introduction its possible she could live with one other dog. She is very gentle and attentive, her lovely behaviour would be a good basis for her adoption.
Back in Summer of 2013, Apasa workers were called to a road side where there had been a sighting of a female dog with a litter of puppies. It was evident when the workers arrived at the scene that these young puppies had to be taken to the safety of the shelter, but their mum was very hesitant to approach the humans. As the last of her puppies were loaded into the back of the car, Iris stood on the other side of the road with her tail slowly wagging as if she was fighting with her emotions towards the humans, not knowing whether to go with her instincts and approach the humans with happiness or whether to be fearful of them. One of the workers put Iris’s last puppy into the car and turned to Iris – “Well? All your babies are coming with us. What are you going to do? Are you going to come with us too?” the worker said to Iris. Iris stood hesitantly taking in her surroundings before she decided to fight with her fears and very slowly and cautiously she approached the worker with her head bowed and her tail doing little low wags, as if to say “I don’t know who you are or where you are going to take us but I want to come too, no matter how scared I may be”.
Iris is very much loved by all of the workers and volunteers at Apasa, as she is always meeting new people with that same hesitation, but always manages to conquer her fears and make great connections with people who love her very much. She is truly a special dog in many ways and we all hope that she one day finds her ‘forever human’. Mostly her puppies found homes very quickly, but Iris is still in Apasa waiting to discover hers.