Female, Age 10, Neutered
Vaccinated, Registered with microchip
Defne was terribly injured when she was first brought to the sanctuary by her namesake, Defne Arsoy. Her trauma left her so fearful of both dogs and humans that she wouldn't leave her kennel, even during her free-run hours. She stayed by herself, blending into a box that was just about the same color as her fur, trying to make herself invisible. The dashing and darling Dede periodically hangs out in her kennel, but even his non-threatening charm could not win her over, so the decision was made to make Nazlı her roommate. Nazlı was also once painfully timid, but she does not have Defne's bad memories. She does have a Foster Family and loving volunteers who have helped her come out of her shell. Defne accepted Nazlı and allowed her to sleep beside her in the box. Nazlı made her feel safe by serving as a shield to hide behind if anyone approached the kennel. Day by day, Nazlı built up her confidence and was eventually able to coax her outside. Defne would hover nervously, consumed by doubt, as Nazlı trotted out the door and turned to say, "Come on, Defne. See, it's safe. Come outside and play with me." Now if Nazlı goes, Defne follows and we can see she is having fun. Defne still avoids people and will run away when they try to approach her. She won't accept treats from your hand, but she'll eat them if you put them down and back away to a "safe distance". It will take time to win her trust, but Nazlı has proven that it can be done. Defne has a foster family supporting her from a "safe distance" in North America. With their help, Nazlı's encouragement, and the gentle patience of volunteers, a wonderful transformation is taking place in Defne.
Foster Family: Deneme Aile