Fraser might look big and intimidating, but when he arrived at the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in the UK, he was neither. His ears and tail had been cruelly docked to make him look tough, but poor Fraser, an enormous cane corso, was terrified of pretty much everything, The Dodo reports.
“He was too scared to leave his kennel, even for a short walk,” said Sarah Copleston, communications officer at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
Fraser had been through so much
It became very obvious to the Battersea staff that this dog had suffered a lot of stress. He was especially fearful of people. Sadly, everyone knew his aversion would harm his chances of finding the loving home he so deserved. The staff knew they had to do something. Then someone came up with a plan.
Elizabeth Kidd, a canine behaviorist at Battersea had just adopted Pancake, a six-month-old pug. Kidd thought that if she introduced the two dogs, it might comfort the big boi and calm his nerves. Kidd believed that Pancake, with all his confidence, could be just what the huge dog needed.
It was worth a shot
And Kidd wasn’t wrong. The two pooches hit it off immediately. Fraser seemed to know he had a new friend and he was much calmer, as a result, MailOnline reports.
“Although Pancake and Fraser didn’t appear to be the most likely pairing, it was heart-warming to see how well they got along,” she said. “Little Pancake really taught Fraser how to be a brave dog and be more confident in himself.”
Fraser went from fearful to friendly
As the two dogs continued to play together, the huge dog grew happier and his anxiety seemed to disappear. Now Frasier is such a sweet, playful boy that it’s difficult to imagine that he was too scared to leave his crate.
I can’t imagine what this poor dog went through to make him so scared of people. Whatever it was, it obviously wasn’t good. Now he’s a lovable goofball and it’s rewarding to see something like this. May this gentle dog always have a happy life. He’s definitely earned it.
Potential owners are already showing interest and Fraser is now ready for adoption. If you’d like to find out more about adopting him or another dog, why not contact the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home for more information?
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