The dog who came in from the wild
Sarah Fisher, author and animal counsellor
Chris Kent, Project Founder and Programme Lead of the K9 Project
Charting Charlie’s progress and setbacks, it explains how Lisa worked with Charlie to help him overcome his extreme fearfulness.
- The successful socialisation of a true feral dog is rare
- Research into the socialisation of feral dogs has only recently begun
- Charlie had previously had no close interaction with people
- Lisa’s success in rehabilitating Charlie was due to earning his trust
- Charlie reminded Lisa of the intrinsic wild nature within us all
- The historic bond between humans and dogs is immensely powerful
- Charlie’s serious fear and aggression issues were healed through positive methods
- Understanding dog ‘language’ and communicating effectively was vital
- Lisa’s mentor dog, Skye, was crucial to Charlie’s rehabilitation
- The love between Lisa and Charlie triumphed over all his issues
Charlie – The dog who came in from the wild by Lisa Tenzin-Dolma
Although Lisa had worked with many deeply troubled dogs, the challenges posed by Charlie’s background were unique. Wild, fearful and highly reactive, more wolf than dog, Charlie needed a great deal of understanding, patience and compassion in order to help him adjust to his new life.
Despite numerous obstacles and setbacks, the developing relationship between Charlie and Lisa, and Lisa’s daughter, Amber, and resident dog, Skye, transformed all of their lives. Charlie’s gradual shift from fearful feral to happy, affectionate, fun-loving family dog is touching and heart-warming, and clearly demonstrates the transformative power of love and kindness.
Format Paperback • 170 x 220mm • 112 pages • 47 pictures
Published AUGUST 2015