Written by client Freya’s mum
I feel I need to tell you why I love my Freya so much.
About 5 years ago I rescued Freya. She had been advertised on a Facebook group and I saw something in her eyes and had to have her. We picked her up from a friend of the owner as the owner didnt want her and had threatened to take her and throw her down a mine shaft. When we got there Freya’s face was bleeding and she had obviously been bashed that morning.
She was a scared skittish dog, a week or so later I thought I would take her to obedience training. We arrived and was talking to a lady there about Freya and a gentleman came around a corner holding a broom and Freya cowered and wet herself. We were advised that she was not ready for training and to bring her back when she had settled a bit more.
So I guess you thought we saved Freya? No she saved me.
I had decided to do a course at TAFE hoping to do Case Management … to do this I had to do child youth and family intervention and because of the huge amount of triggers based on my own childhood and early adulthood I had a breakdown. For many months I rarely left my bed. The nightmares seemed to come in waves, I wasn’t showering, barely eating, barely living. Freya was there. She licked my face when I had nightmares waking me from them. The anxiety attacks I would have were so debilitating. In the darkness of my room I would be so overcome with fear I couldn’t move.
Then I realised that Freya was soundly asleep and I finally realised that if Freya was still asleep I was safe and no one was there. That become my recovery.
With the help of counselling I made a pact with my counsellor that yes it was ok to have one bad day but on the second day I had to get out of bed and have a shower. And my mental health continued to improve from there.
I got to a point that I was able to get a job at the airport and I felt so much better. Unfortunately my living arrangements turned very toxic (they were already toxic but I couldn’t see it at the time – hindsight’s a wonderful thing) I pretty much was couch surfing between two houses. I had to have two lots of eye surgery to repair damage to my eye including a complete cornea regraft. I now have some sight in my eye which I haven’t had for over 20 years.
There were times I thought I would have to give her up and the thought would make me cry so much. You have no idea how much I love my girl.
Because of you and your family you gave me reason to keep slogging through and not give up. The photos you shared helped me so much. It is obvious that you have been taken in by my Freya’s charm as I was. To see her bag of goodies and her big bag of food and your lovely card really further my resolve to truly tell you the impact not only you but Safe Pets Safe Families have had on both me and Freya. I will be forever grateful and hope one day I too can do my part in helping.
So once again thank you.
***** and Freya