Beanie has never had a human who loves her like Julie Elrod. Until Elrod brought her home, the timid rescue dog had never known a loving touch.
Through dance, the two have formed a special bond.
“I’ve been dancing with Beanie every day since we adopted her from Rescue Dogs Rock in 2018,” Beanie’s mother, Elrod, told The Dodo. “I communicate with her through touch because she is blind and deaf.”
Dancing together strengthens their special bond, which is especially important given Beanie’s aversion to being touched.
“Previously, when we tried to pet her, she would want to get away from us and be alone,” Elrod explained. “I now do’slow dance therapy’ every day to hold her close and sway back and forth.” I sing to her even though she can’t hear me.”
Beanie looks forward to spinning around the living room with her favorite person after years of dancing together. And so does Elrod.
“She now completely trusts me, and she relaxes and melts into my body as we slow dance,” Elrod said. “I make time every day to slow dance with my best friend and soulmate, regardless of what appointments I have or who I am supposed to meet.”
Here’s where you can see Beanie and Elrod dance:
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Beanie’s journey before Elrod had not been easy. Beanie has come a long way thanks to Elrod’s perseverance and patience.
“She had no idea how to give or receive love, and it was clear that she had no love in learning about love,” Elrod said. “She knew nothing about housebreaking.” She didn’t like to eat, so we have to hand feed her even now.”
Elrod’s small dog has been with him for four years and does not wag her tail or give kisses.
“She shows me that she loves me in different ways,” Elrod explained. “And she’s in my arms nearly 24 hours a day.” She follows me wherever I go.”
Beanie finally found happiness, but Elrod claims Beanie changed her life.
“I wouldn’t trade being Beanie’s mother for the world,” Elrod said. “I love her completely and infinitely.” Beanie is my soulmate dog, and I thank God for every minute I get to spend with her. No amount of time I spend with her will ever be sufficient.”
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