Mila was one of the lucky survivors that got pulled off the streets from the Sochi Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and she flew all the way to Canada to be in her furever home. When she came here, she was extremely fearful and it was not what I expected at all. Luckily, I took a week off from work to be with her. She was terrified of strangers, loud noises, other dogs, and people wearing large fur winter coats. She’d bark, growl, and will try to hide under anything she could find.
Flying to Canada was a whole new experience for her and it made her nervous. I saw the scars in her and how much living on the streets had affected her. I can’t imagine what she had to go through when living in the streets of Sochi. I wish I knew more about her past. But I started to understand where she was coming from as I put myself in her paws and I saw how terrified she was of all her surroundings.
I worked hard- day and night, to build her confidence and make her realize that this home is her “forever”. I haven’t had her for very long but she has already made amazing progress and has grown to be such a strong and beautiful little lady.
She enjoys playing with other dogs and is starting to trust strangers. She gets excited and wags her tail when we go for walks and to the park. I thought teaching her the basic commands in English would be a challenge since she is from Russia but she proved me wrong.
Mila is so smart and picks up quickly. Mila is my first dog and she has taught me so much. I don’t know what I’d do without her! When I look at her, I see a lover, a survivor, and most importantly, my best friend.