“She was in a state of total terror [when she arrived],” Helena le Mahieu, of Ash’s Animal Rescue, told The Dodo. “When my husband wrote the rehoming information sheet for her, he wrote 'Angst' where her name should have been.”
The Le Mahieus began the slow process of socializing the trembling dog, starting with giving her a more hopeful name.
“We changed her name 'Angst' into Angel, only two letters in the difference,” Le Mahieu said. “For days she wouldn't leave her small area. We spent a lot of time just talking to her, sitting outside her kennel.”
It took time, patience and plenty of food, but Angel began to trust her caretakers, even allowing them to put a collar and leash on her.