Nicole Marie Wasieleski is a volunteer worker with Animal Rescue League of Iowa. While she may have a big heart for every animal in the center, she didn’t have any intentions of adding another one into her small pack. But then, an older dog sitting quietly inside her kennel caught her attention. And she couldn’t take her off her mind.
Kairi, a 10-year-old dog, has been through a lot. She suddenly lost the family she spent most of her life with. And while her new home with Nicole promises a better environment than the shelter’s, it was difficult for Kairi to adapt to her new environment.
Knowing how agitated the senior pup was, Nicole thought treating Kairi to something special would help. So, she tagged Kairi along to the pet store and had the dog choose her toy. Surprisingly, Kairi knew what she wanted.
The lovely senior pooch picked out a pink stuffed dinosaur that looked a little funny. Nicole tried and offered her other usual pup toy, but she merely ignored them. “She carried the dinosaur around the store and to the register,” she said.
The pink “Dino,” costing only $17, may not be that costly. But the stuffed fabric was precious for Kairi. Since having it, the dog would bring it anywhere she goes. She would let her dog siblings play with it, but they are gentle enough not to rip Dino apart like they do with all their other toys.
Dino has helped so much with Kairi’s separation anxiety. With the dog’s parents’ absence, the little stuffed animal proved to be more than just a toy. It made Kairi feel safe.
Slowly, Kairi is adjusting well with her new life. She would often place her big paws on Nicole’s arms as a sign of gratefulness for giving her a second chance at life. And while she’s starting to be more independent, a smart back up plan is already in place in case Dino goes missing: “My dad went to the pet store back and bought another dinosaur for her,” said Nicole.
Credits to Nicole Marie Wasieleski