Featured Pet: Brooke

Prior to her life at the Sanctuary, Brooke had experienced lots of change in a small of amount time. In the first year and a half of her life, Brooke went from living in Afghanistan to Pakistan to finally being brought to America. Yet her travels didn’t stop there- she hopped from one foster home to the next, never quite fitting in and finding a place of her own. Knowing she needed more in life to help this sweet, confused girl, Our Companions was contacted to discuss Brooke as a potential candidate for the Sanctuary. We welcomed our doors to Brooke in April of 2018 and she’s been with us ever since.

As you can imagine with all of her travels, Brooke was very wary of people and her environment. She was a “lone wolf” and never quite understood the concept of living in a home. She’s a curious girl and very inquisitive about her surroundings, but always kept her guard up. The Sanctuary was created just for unique, special cases like Brooke- a place to trust and feel safe. We made sure Brooke had all the time she needed to understand that this was a place she could relax and be comfortable. As time went on, Brooke began to let her guard down and accept a few friends in her circle. The small steps she took to trusting herself and her close friends was worth all the love and patience in the world! She learned that she can still be the intelligent, independent girl we loved, but she could also depend on her people for guidance.

 Brooke truly shines being outside! Having lived a life on the streets in Afghanistan and Pakistan, she loves the outdoors and the adventures that always await her! From sniffing out scents to going for hikes, Brooke appreciates her time in the fresh air, spent with her human companion. Though rain and snow was certainly a climate she had to acclimate to, she’s now become a true New Englander and even enjoys some snowy fun! The one thing that always puts a smile on Brooke’s face is running! She runs likes the wind, doing laps around the play yards, and getting the zoomies! Seeing her happy, running free in a fenced-in yard, is certainly a must with our adventurous Brooke!

In the last three years, Brooke has come such a long way with developing trust skills and relaxing in the house. Still, she’s very cautious around new people and doesn’t appreciate being around other dogs. To help, Brooke has gone through several levels of our positive reinforcement training classes, including a scent class! She even starred in one of our Training Bite videos, helping us demonstrate the skill “recall”! With plenty of physical exercise throughout the day, Brooke began to relax in the house and enjoy quiet time with her friends. Still, she’s far too smart to not keep busy and wanted more opportunities to be challenged! Staff provided plenty of mental enrichment, like scent activities or food puzzles,

Brooke continues to learn, grow, and has made significant progress each day. She would truly appreciate someone that can give her guidance and patience to navigate through life. She might never become a belly rub kind of girl, but she has become a wonderful companion to all of her friends at the Sanctuary. Brooke finds herself more mature and confident to start the next adventure of her life- finding a home! Having an active lifestyle full of enrichment, and of course a fenced-in yard, would give Brooke an opportunity to trust in her new home and with her new family!  She would thrive as your one and only pet and would love the chance to show off her intelligence with continued training! There will never be a boring moment with Brooke in your life! To learn more about this one-of-a-kind girl, please contact our Helpline at 860-242-9999 or email Helpline@OurCompanions.org.