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Family Gives Rescue Dog Her Very Own Cave To Make Her Feel Safe

“The first time Phoebe saw the cave she was wagging her tail and looked very excited."

When Phoebe’s family first moved into their house, they noticed it had a cute little cave built into it, but they decided just to use it for storage. When Phoebe later joined the family, though, they decided to use the cave for something a little more fun — and had no idea just how much Phoebe was going to love it. 

family makes dog a little cave
Elaine Mendola

Phoebe was 6 months old when her family adopted her, and was very nervous at first. She had a hard time with strangers and took a while to start to trust people, probably due to something that happened in her past. Her family thought that having her own little space to hang out in might help ease some of Phoebe’s fears and make her feel safe

family makes down her own cave
Elaine Mendola

“We decided to clean it out [and] get some new dog toys and blankets to make a little dog fort,” Elaine Mendola, Phoebe’s mom, told The Dodo. “The first time Phoebe saw the cave she was wagging her tail and looked very excited. When we got home she was sound asleep with some of my brother's old stuffed animals that we stole!”

From the moment she saw the little cave, Phoebe absolutely loved it … 

family makes dog a little cave
Elaine Mendola

… and now, that’s where she seems to spend most of her time. 

family makes dog a little cave
Elaine Mendola

From her cave, Phoebe can see her family, the rest of her home and everything in it, and can watch the action from a safe distance if things ever get too overwhelming. She’s got her own little space to escape to, and she loves doing absolutely everything in there. 

“Now that’s the only place that she sleeps and chews on toys and treats,” Mendola said. “Right in front of it is a bowl with all of her pupper toys!” 

family makes little cave for dog
Elaine Mendola

Adjusting to a new life when you’ve been through so much can be tough, but it helps when you have an understanding family — and your very own cave to hang out in whenever you want.