Adopted by Parisa Salehi & Burk Finley – Feb 06, 2013 – Washington DC

Surf’s arrival from Vafa was not only to have a dog accompany us as we go through life, but to have a piece of a place I once called home nearby. It was also a way to contribute to my Mom’s tireless efforts to make an impossibly harsh life of some of the animals in Iran a little less harsh.

She came to us afraid of city life, fire trucks specially and men particularly. She was six months old and as I write this she is 11 months old. She has made big strides. And she is still learning to trust us and all around her in the world.

She has many dog friends. Some men friends (including her dog walker) and city life while is not yet second nature, it is tolerable. She has a few horse friends and even a ferrel cat friend.

As she learns, she teaches too. Her real lessons are to be determined. But for now she is teaching me how to take pleasure on the very moments I seem to forget I am alive.

And Burk says he is learning that patience and kindness over a long haul produces good results! We are lucky to have her in our lives and hope to continue providing her a bright beginning.

Parisa & Burk

 

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