Zelda is a German Shepherd mix that was found by animal control officers wandering in the streets. She was brought to a local shelter, but it was overcrowded. The frightened pooch was filled with stress and anxiety, and it was clear that she wasn’t making any progress inside the shelter.
Luckily for her, a nonprofit animal rescue group discovered her plight and took her away. The shy pooch was then handed over to Seneca Krueger. She is from St. Paul, Minnesota, and has welcomed more than 40 dogs in her home as her foster pets. She has had many experiences with rescue dogs, and she has no plans of stopping.
A strong bond
Unlike some of the other dogs that temporarily stayed with her, Zelda made a very strong and special connection with her. Despite her shy nature and tendency to be by herself, Seneca tried very hard to get closer to Zelda.
Because of her fear of her new surroundings, the rescue dog refuses to bark and wag her tail for the first few months. She was constantly scared, unable to trust anyone. But with lots of love and great patience, the kind foster mom was able to break through her barriers.
Seven months after she was brought in, Zelda became a trusting dog and accepted the human presence around her. She was now ready for adoption. A family was immediately found, and they adopted the dog. They brought the pooch to their home in Chanhassen, 22 miles away from where her foster home is located.
Seneca was heartbroken and cried for three days. But she knew that she had to say goodbye so that she can foster other dogs as well. But she never forgot Zelda.
And apparently, the dog didn’t forget her as well.
10 days after she moved in, Zelda ran away from her new family. Seneca was informed about this, and together with the dog’s family, they started searching for her. They went online so that they can get more help. There were sightings of the dog reported, and they realized that she was going back to her foster home.
For the next 97 days, Seneca kept on looking for Zelda, not giving up any hope of finding her. Then finally, someone caught her and had her scanned for a microchip. The dog was returned to Seneca who was overjoyed to find the dog safe and healthy despite losing a lot of weight.
After a discussion with the adoptive family, they all decided that Zelda is better off staying with Seneca. They already knew who the dog wanted to live with.