MoMo’s Journey

Continuation from when I picked MoMo up on April 7…

MoMo walked into our condo and seemed happy. She walked around sniffing and checking things out. I thought no worries because dogs are able to adjust to new surroundings quickly.

Even though she was warm, friendly, and very polite and looked comfortable in our home, I began noticing things about her behavior that worried me. Here are some of her behaviors that I didn’t understand:

She would not come into my kitchen and eat the delicious meal that I prepared for her. She just sat by the kitchen entryway and stared at me, not moving. I tried to hand-feed her some snacks, she would not take that either.

When I took her outside to the grassy area to take care of her pee and poop, she looked at the grass and gave me a look as though she was asking, “What is this? I never saw anything like this before”. She finally did her business when I found a strip of gravel by a new construction site with no greenery growing out of the surface.

When bedtime came, she didn’t want to go into the wire kennel lined with a soft cushion that I purchased for her. Instead, she wanted to sleep on a hard surface where it was not covered by a rug. I gently coaxed her to go into her kennel. She kept looking at me with her sad eyes, not making a sound. I couldn’t bear to leave her alone for the night, so I slept on the floor next to her for three nights.

Then came the most terrifying thing for MoMo … getting into the car and going for a ride. I never saw a dog shake so hard. We went for practice rides for a week and she started to get more comfortable. Thank goodness, that was a relief.

I was not used to raising a dog who had this much fear and anxiety. I thought, she must have had a terrible life in Korea where she received cruel treatment from humans. My hope was that acclimating MoMo to her new life would go a little faster… I think it’s because I’m a goal-oriented person and expect things to go on schedule … very quickly. I think some of you understand how I was feeling, right?

Then I was able to get back to my right mindset. I found a card inserted inside the Orientation folder that was given to me by Ginger’s Pet Rescue. Let me write it here for you to read. This card said everything that I needed to hear!

Thank You for Adopting Me! From: Ginger’s Pet Rescue

Now I have arrived at your home, everything is strange, and I don’t feel good.

Do not feel impatient if I don’t sleep in my new basket. Yesterday, I slept on a stone floor.

Do not be terrified f I gobble up my food. Yesterday, I had to do it to survive.

Do not get angry if I pee on the floor. Yesterday, it did not matter.

Do not be sad if I am afraid of your loving hand. Yesterday, I did not have one.

Have patience with me, it’s your world, but not yet mine.

If I trust you, I can gibe you the greatest GIFT I have to give… MY HEART.

Please never forget, I was a proud dog. All I need, is a bit of time to adjust.

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Wow, these were powerful messages that brought me to realize that empathy (not sympathy) was needed in this situation. I have to walk in MoMo’s shoes and understand how she was feeling, not looking at things from my point of view.

Please watch my video where I draw MoMo and watercolor her drawing.

Thanks for your interest in MoMo’s Journey. More to come….

Comments

Taeko & Joe
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We had the honor to meet Momo the other day. She is such a sweet dog.
We are so touched by Momo’s story by Kay.
Although she had terrifying life in Korea, she is lucky to have such a caring and compassionate person like Kay.

KayHirai
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MoMo has such wonderful gifts to give to the world. We are very lucky to have her.

atsushi kiuchi
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really enjoying your MoMo stories.
Does she remind you of Shiro?

KayHirai
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Hi Ats, thank you for reading about MoMo. Yes, so much like Shiro. I will have many wonderful stories to tell about her once she becomes acclimated to her new life.

Joe Greengard
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Hi Momo,
You are so fortunate to have been adopted by Keiko Kay! She is a wonderful soft caring companion that will bring you to your comfort zone quickly.
I am anxious to share the rest of your journey with you and Kay because I know already it will be heart warming. It’s just to share how she does it with you.
Looking forward to your next step…..or fllight of stairs,
Joe

KayHirai
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Hi Joe, dogs like MoMo who has gone through so much suffering are different then raising a puppy who knows nothing else other than being raised in a comfortable home. I can see it in her eyes. Always wanting to please by not over-stepping their boundaries.

Sue Willey
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SO sweet. Bless you, Kay, and Ginger’s Pet Rescue – and of course, MoMo!

KayHirai
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Sue, she is a very special dog. Even though she appears happy, I can see the sadness in her eyes.

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