“This dog never knew a warm moment in her life,” Brooks said. “My range of emotions goes from anger to deep, dark sadness to ugly-face crying over her. I picture in my head what she went through over and over again.”
Bait dog survivors typically struggle with reactivity toward other dogs and sometimes need rehabilitation to become more trusting of people and other dogs. However, Colette is the exact opposite; after becoming comfortable in her new environment, Brooks said, she has been very loving toward people and dogs that she meets.
“Colette is the fourth bait dog we’ve ever had — and she’s the first one who is not dog reactive,” Brooks said. “The fact that she can walk past other dogs and not lunge at them is so great. She just continues to show us how forgiving and sweet she really is.”