Haddie, the “pirate dog,” has become completely unrecognizable after enduring relentless attacks from fighting dogs in an illicit operation.
Erin Williams, aged 36, found herself captivated by her distinctive appearance, and presently, both of them reside contentedly and securely in Washington D.C.
Haddie, who used to be afraid of other dogs, has conquered her fear and now finds pure joy in playing with the pack at her local park.
Erin told The Mirror, “She’s become a true dog’s dog, which warms my heart.”
Erin stumbled upon Haddie on the petfinder.com website in August 2020, and Haddie lingered in her thoughts persistently.
Haddie was rescued from a dogfighting ring by a kind-hearted Samaritan who then brought her to Mutt Scouts, located in South California.
The puppy, who was only two years old, sustained injuries throughout its body, but the most severe damage was inflicted on its face.
According to a doctor, her injuries and temperament were believed to be a result of her being used as a “bait dog.”
After being paired up by Mutt Scouts, Erin and Haddie became inseparable, completely transforming each other’s lives.
Erin’s body would tremble uncontrollably at the sound of a dog barking or the sight of another dog. To assist Haddie in conquering her deeply rooted fears, Erin sought the aid of a professional dog trainer.
“We’d feed her hot dogs and introduce her to a dog across the park,” she explained. “Then we’d get a little closer and closer until she associated dogs with safety and teats.”
“In the end, I believe her personality made it possible.” She’s extremely bright and resilient, which I’m sure aided the process.”
In the neighborhood park, Haddie finds delight in frolicking with fellow dogs. Whenever her enthusiasm to venture outdoors peaks, she playfully exhibits a delightful “funny little hop.”
“She’s a social butterfly,” says the narrator. “She adores people and expects everyone to scratch her ears,” Erin explained.
“Most people respond with warmth and friendliness. Erin explained, “Her joy for life is so obvious that it would be difficult not to be.”
“Every now and then, we get a rude remark or an uneasy glance, but they’re thankfully few and far between. Those people will never know her, so it is their loss.”
Erin’s life has been completely changed by her unique dog as well, who has provided her with comfort during her struggle with depression. “Haddie is constantly there to prompt me to take a walk, and she’s always ready for a relaxing afternoon nap,” Erin shared.
“The people I connect with there are supportive and thoughtful, and I’m so grateful,” Erin said.