“Ugly” is not really a word that can describe any puppy. Regardless of their appearance, puppies are the cutest little things in the world, right? Meh… It’s complicated.
Yes puppies are cute, but the truth is that “cute” for most people, are the fluffy, juicy puppies on TV commercials and on breeder’s ads. Most people will smile at the sight of one of those puppies, but will walk past a mangy, stray puppy like Daisy with a simple “eww”.
And that’s not all. Of the hundreds of abandoned puppies we come across every day here, usually dumped on the streets by the mother dogs owner, some of them will get more “ewws” than others. The average looking ones (usually black or brown) are bound to get more “ewws”, have less chances of being rescued and far less chances of finding a home.
Among the five mangy puppies that were rescued by Save a Greek Stray, Daisy was the “ugliest” one – not to me, or to any other volunteer. To us they all look gorgeous. But after being around for years, you know which ones will be considered cute and which ones will be considered ugly by most people.
Apart from her appearance, sweet Daisy was the most fearful of the five, which made her look even less adoptable. After she fully recovered from mange, she started being socialized with other dogs in the shelter, and humans too.
As Daisy was growing older, she would become cuter and cuter – although her big disadvantage was that she was not as white as her siblings were. I remember looking at them thinking that the white, fluffy ones would be adopted first, and Daisy would be the one that gets to grow up in the shelter.
It turns out that I was wrong. When Joia decided to adopt one of the rescue dogs of Save a Greek Stray, she came asking for all the black and brown ones -do you know how rare this is? In the end, she flew back home to Chicago with sweet Daisy, who is now unrecognizable.
For the first few days Daisy didn’t leave her crate much. She was scared of everything new that was around her, including her mum Joia. Today, only a month into the adoption, she is a happy, funny dog, who enjoys life, and has nothing to do with the miserable puppy the shelter rescues a few months ago.