Wilma & Jamie
Little Wilma (formerly Sadie) had such a terrible life before we were able to rescue her. Her journey with us started when she was on a dog meat truck. Luckily, she was pulled from the truck before meeting the terrible fate that so many dogs in China do. After being pulled off the truck she was then put in the shelter. Life is still hard in the shelter and while there, Wilma got pregnant. Wilma gave birth to two puppies (Jax and Jake who traveled to Canada at the beginning of September 2019). Wilma took time to heal, she had such terrible skin disease and had to be shaved. She was also absolutely terrified of people but we knew this girl would soon learn what love truly is. Jamie, her adopter, was just the one to show her. Read on to see the experience Jamie had finding Wilma and their life together now.
I found Wilma (formerly Sadie) through Chance's Bridge to home. My coworker had adopted Raymond a few months before and we were all in love with him. I wasn't planning to adopt a dog myself, but loved to look at all the new dogs Beth (from Chance's Bridge to Home) would post. The second I saw the picture of Wilma I contacted Beth immediately. I grew up with schnauzers and I couldn't resist. She was so gorgeous and had the sweetest face. So I spoke to Beth and then she was mine. I had to wait 2 long months before she arrived in Montreal, but it was so worth the wait. I had heard of the Chinese meat trade before, and was so sickened by it. But you can't really grasp it until you meet one of these amazing, loving, sweet dogs and see how scared they are that you can really even begin to grasp how bad it is for them. Wilma is truly the sweetest, most amazing dog I've ever met. Since the second I picked her up from the airport we have been inseparable. When we first got her, she was so scared and shy, but you could see how badly she wanted to be loved and how hard she was trying to be comfortable with us. It took about 24 hours for her to relax around me and my husband, and about a week for her personality to start coming out. She is so sweet, loving, and hilarious. Both my other dog and cat adore her, my husband adores her, and she just fit perfectly into our family. She LOVES meal time, and getting a treat makes her entire day. She used to cower when we would try and pet her, but now she often comes up to us and paws our hand asking us to pet her. She is of course still timid of new people, but she has never shown any type of aggression towards any one or any animal. Even after everything she's been through, and how horribly she has been treated by other people, she doesn't have a mean bone in her body. Adopting her was one of the best things we've ever done. I cant recommend adopting a dog from Saving Harbin Dogs more.