Phoenix arrived at the animal shelter with a heartbreaking story. Someone had found her tied up in the woods of Quebec, Canada. She had blisters and burns all over her body and when she arrived at a local shelter she was placed on a euthanasia list. But that all changed when a rescued group in Halifax, Nova Scotia stepped in. The group, called Litters ‘n Critters Rescue Society, pulled him from the shelter and jumped into action to help him. Phoenix was in terrible physical shape and was also very sad and withdrawn. He was taken to the vet for medical care and then placed in a foster home with a woman named Lori Teale and her husband.
When he first arrived in their home, Phoenix was scared of everything. Loud noises made him shake and even just shut down. Anything could set him off: the curtains moving, a cat walking by, or just anything he didn’t expect. Any sudden movement or loud voices would cause him to shut down and lay down on the floor in fear. There was one thing that didn’t scare Phoenix, though: Lori’s dog Echo. The two dogs immediately bonded and Lori and her husband knew they needed to adopt Phoenix. Their bond was so strong that she knew the two dogs needed to be together.
Lori gives all the credit for Phoenix coming out of his shell to Echo; he helped him to gain confidence and settle down in their home. Phoenix has made a complete transformation since meeting his brother Echo: he is no longer afraid, loves attention from Lori and her husband and even loves to snuggle. Lori and her husband were so worried Phoenix would never bond with them, but he surprised them both and is now so sweet and affectionate with people and dogs. Lori and her husband say Phoenix is just what they needed in their home and their lives!