They say that to conquer your phobia, you must face what it is that you fear. And that’s what Teresa Hwang did. Through her TikTok page, she shared how she has a fear of dogs, but she was able to conquer it and even shared her heart-warming story.
Teresa, a 51-year-old Special Education teacher from Canada, revealed that she had been bitten by a dog twice before. She developed a severe fear of dogs for most of her life. That is until she met her adopted dog, Boo. The pooch was a shelter dog that has fears of people. Boo is skittish and extremely shy, but for Teresa, they are a match made in heaven.
She said that adopting Boo was a journey about growing and overcoming their fears together. And it wasn’t an easy and rose-colored path. They had to take baby steps and have the patience to gain each other’s trust. In the end, the two developed a one-of-a-kind friendship and unconditional love toward each other. Sometimes, Teresa can’t even believe that she has Boo and that she’ll end up loving him like a son.
On her TikTok account, Teresa narrated that she used to panic when seeing a dog. However, the idea of seriously adopting a dog came to her after dog-sitting her sister’s adopted dog for two weeks. She spent weeks researching out rescue shelters and found Boo. The pup lived in Niagara Dog Rescue and has been in the system for more than months.
According to the shelter, Boo came from Texas. Boo’s description said that he was timid but could show potential if given a loving environment. When Teresa went to get her, she was a bit shocked that the dog looked smaller. Boo took on lick on Teresa’s nose, retreated, and hid behind his foster mom. The foster parent was surprised because Boo doesn’t approach people.
Their first encounter solidified Teresa’s intuition that Boo is the perfect dog for her. She knew she had to take Boo home. But, the first couple of months of them being together was a challenge. Boo didn’t engage much and wouldn’t approach Teresa; the poor dog wouldn’t even eat in front of them.
Boo eventually came out of his comfort zone, thanks to Teresa’s patience and months of building trust between them. She researched and bought several anxiety tools to help with Boo’s training. And according to Teresa, teaching Boo has changed not only the pup but also her. He helped her change the way she sees her students and is now able to build a better relationship with them too.
You can check out Boo and Teresa on her Instagram account.