“The ‘small’ obstacles like eating her entire meal and not hiding some for later in case she doesn’t get another meal, not cowering on walks when we see other humans, actually approaching another human who comes into our home,” Melissa Maher, Bella’s mom, told The Dodo. “She has come such a long way. Her bravery is amazing.”
While Bella was still learning to trust her new family, the one place in her house where she knew she would always be safe was her crate. Her parents never closed the door so she wouldn’t feel trapped, and they also knew to give her her space whenever she was in there, so she could take some time to decompress and feel comfortable.