When Jackie Rakers adopted Heaven From Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter, she knew the road ahead wouldn’t be easy.
The poor pup was scared of everyone and everything, so Raker devised a plan to help her come out of her shell.
Trips to Home Depot…
The Home Depot runs started as a way to help her with her fears,” Rakers told The Dodo. “She was nervous about new places and new sounds, so we’d go for five minutes and she’d get all the treats.
They soon gradually started making the trips longer and exposing her to more and more things within the store.
With Home Depot being such a dog-friendly place, it was the perfect environment for Heaven to find her confidence and she soon earned her own Little apron.
Now whenever Raker brings her apron out, Heaven knows she about to visit her favorite place!
I keep it in the car so we are always ready,” Rakers said. “As soon as she can tell we enter the parking lot, she just quivers until I put [the apron] on her and then takes off towards ‘work. She walks around like she owns the place.
Home depot has never had a harder worker!
Being such a regular at the store, Heaven has now become a bit of a local celebrity, with all of the staff knowing her by name and her even having special access to the staff break room.
She even seems to have been brushing up on her customer service skills.
“She walks around minding her own business and then suddenly insists on meeting someone,” Rakers said. “She just sits and stares. They always end up saying how they needed that pick-me-up.
It seems like Heaven almost has a sixth sense of who needs to be shown some love on any given day — and one of her favourite places to do that is Home Depot!
Heaven is definitely a new dog since starting her employment at the store, making sure to greet people whenever she and her mom are running errands.
“She was scared of everything, but with a lot of training and patience, she learned to trust, and now it’s like she pays it forward,” Rakers said. “She finds who needs her and gives them that smile and a cuddle.”
Luckily Heaven’s mom is always coming up with new home improvement ideas, so there’s always a home depot trip to be had.
Heaven is the perfect example of what happens when you meet someone where they are at and love unconditionally.
She went from being so scared and so sad to being the happiest dog in the world, and we couldn’t be happier for her!
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