Raj — Emerging Hero
I adopted Raj two years ago from my city animal shelter. He had a history of abuse and had been abandoned by his previous owner/family. Because of Raj’s early history, he has a lot of issues, including general anxiety and separation anxiety. He had had no training when I adopted him and was afraid of everything, including me. I had to work to earn his trust while also housetraining and obedience training him. Training Raj is another challenge. The traditional training methods do not work, so I have to reinvent the wheel with Raj.
I have been disabled for over 26 years and an essentially homebound. I have worked very hard with Raj and we have an extremely close bond. I am nominating my Raj because just 6 days ago, he stopped our house from being robbed. It was around 9:30 in the morning and I was still sleeping because I’d had a bout of insomnia (common with my disability) the night before. Raj woke me with frenzied barking from the living room, where he was. I instantly knew that something was very wrong. Raj is so quiet that he rarely makes a peep. I got up, went out to the living room and found Raj, still barking and standing by the back door. I looked out of one of the living room windows and saw that the back gate was open. Raj had seen the would be robbers enter the backyard and alerted me. He stopped our home from being robbed — all 8 pounds of him. He is my hero.