CHARLIE, THE DOG WHO CAME IN FROM THE WILD

By Lisa Tenzin-Dolma

This book came out through Hubble & Hattie publishers in August 2015, with a foreword by eminent scientist and author Marc Bekoff. It tells the heartwarming true story about how a traumatised one-eyed Romanian dog learned to adjust to life in a home after living wild through his early years. It's available directly from Hubble & Hattie, at bookstores and on Amazon UK and USA.

One cold February night, a terrified feral dog was carried into the author's home and began a very different life to everything he had previously known. This is the true story of the extraordinary bond that developed between Lisa and Charlie, a one-eyed Romanian feral dog who had lived wild until he was captured and sent to the UK to be homed. Unused to the presence of humans, Charlie had no coping skills other than to follow his instincts. Although Lisa had worked with many deeply troubled dogs, the challenges posed by Charlie's background were unique. Wild, fearful and highly reactive, more wolf-like than dog-like, Charlie needed a great deal of understanding, patience and compassion in order to help him adjust to his new life.

Despite numerous obstacles and setbacks, the developing relationship between Charlie and Lisa, and with Lisa's daughter, Amber, and resident dog, Skye, transformed all of their lives. Charlie's gradual shift from fearful feral creature to happy, affectionate, fun-loving family dog is touching and heart-warming, and clearly demonstrates the transformative power of love and kindness.

Scientist Marc Bekoff, who wrote the beautiful Foreword, interviewed me about life with Charlie and the special needs of feral dogs for Psychology Today