In June 2020, we were contacted by a good Samaritan about KANGA. This gentleman had transported Kanga all the way from California to Seattle for a ‘rescue’ who then left him holding the “dog” with no place to go. He wound up fostering Kanga for many months but finally had to bring him to Malley Valley after altercations with his resident dog. Kanga loved his foster and the many adventures they went on but was uncertain around the other family members. At the kennel, noise, activity, and the many different volunteers were a challenge for Kanga to handle until his “godmother” Heather came to the rescue! Heather realized that behind the snappy exterior lay a frightened and confused pup so she gave him his space and would just sit with him, not demanding anything and talking ‘with’ him not ‘to’ him. She would toss treats far away from herself so he could get them without having to go through the scariness of being close to her. Over time, a great change occurred—it was all about building trust and allowing Kanga to do it in his own time, in his own way. Now, Kanga at almost 5 years old is a loyal guy and will be a great companion for someone without another dog in the home. He also LOVES the snow! His number one favorite activity (even more than walks and treats!) is going for car rides! He loves feeling the wind in his face through an open window (car surfing). Kanga is incredibly observant and curious. Kanga’s comfort with people has grown significantly while in rescue. He does need a little time to build trust, but eventually he will follow you around and give you kisses! He is also quite affectionate and loyal to those he bonds with.