THIS true story demonstrates the power of commitment, patience and love in turning a small dog’s life around.
When it comes to rehabilitating a traumatised dog, it is one small step at a time and it takes a special person to understand.
Meet Miss Mouse ( right), a small terrier cross, who 10 years ago was a terrifi ed bundle of nerves due to a rough start in life.
Fast- forward to now and you’ll find this dog living quietly but confi dently in Renata Boutique in Hobart.
An identity about town, Miss Mouse has many friends who wave her a cheery good morning as she makes her way to “work” each day and others who pop into the boutique just to say hello.
Ten years ago, Deborah Atherton and her son Tom chose to adopt Miss Mouse.
Named for her timidity, Miss Mouse was 18 months old at the time and was in the care of the Dogs’ Home, having been abandoned.
Deborah can recall Miss Mouse being afraid of her own shadow, leaping in fright at noises, terrifi ed of balls and hiding in the corner shivering with fear.
It took years of patient, gentle care for Miss Mouse to overcome her demons and learn to trust again.
She now has a calm and loving temperament, doesn’t bark and is deemed simply perfect.
Miss Mouse spends her days sitting on her chair in the boutique, charming customers with her adoring eyes, enjoying the attention of adults and children alike, as well as the occasional customer who brings their own dog in to pay a visit.
The bond between dog and owner is deep and strong, forged during Miss Mouse’s journey back from her dark past to a happy new life.
“I get more back than I give,’’ Deborah says.