Penny Update 11/10/20 - Penny is one of the sweetest foster dogs we've ever had, and we've had a lot. She has been with us for 2 months now and here is the latest about her.
• Takes treats very gently
• Loves to play & wrestle with other dogs
• Loves to snuggle on the couch and in bed
• Gives little soft kisses, but might also nibble your ear
• Is a good napper and sleeps quietly
• Loves going on walks and gets excited when she sees other dogs and people too
• Likes to play with toys and destuff some of them
• To help deal with her nervous Nelly issues she is now wearing a pheromone collar to make her feel more secure & trazadone to lessen her anxiety. Both seem to be helping slowly but this is still a work in progress.
• She is still skittish around new people in our house and has a sort of panic reaction to quick movements or loud sounds and will bark and sometimes flinch/jump/run
Penny is a total love bug and super fun pocket Lab. She does, however, need a person/family with the patience to let her adjust to new people and can provide her with the attention she needs. She would do best with another doggy playmate in the house and no cats/critters due to her high prey drive. Although we are biased, we feel that Penny is very much worth the extra initial effort it takes to make her feel safe and bond. The right family (human/canine combination) is going to be completely in love with Penny.
Penny progress report 10/11/20 – Penny is getting more and more comfortable in her foster home. She is now a very good eater and will go outside with a foster to receive her bowl, although if the bowl moves she will jump as her skittish nature still exists. Penny has started playing a lot with the foster dogs from morning until night on and off, so it appears she would like to have a younger doggy sibling who can enjoy rassling with this sweet and nutty girl.. She has now also moved into the master bedroom and is sleeping in between her fosters every night. On walks Penny is getting more comfortable seeing other people and gets excited about other dogs. She has started to display a strong prey drive and likes to go after critters in the yard and tries to get them while on walks too, so she might not do well with a cat in the home. Penny does bark a fair amount at just about anything and startles quite easily. She definitely is a dog who loves affection and snuggling on the couch, laying in your lap and giving kisses and even ear nibbles. She is a sweet girl who wants attention but it takes her a long time to feel comfortable and is prone to momentary setbacks but she clearly wants to be a happy and loving fur family member.
Penny came to us as an owner turn her. Her owner had purchased her from a breeder when she was a puppy and loved her, but could no longer provide the life she’d previously enjoyed. It was a difficult decision but she wanted only the best for her. Penny is very under socialized with people and is actually quite terrified of any new person and even reacts to her fosters at times. Her level of fear is to the point she will bark, shake, bolt, pee and sometimes poop, even while in a loving foster home. She has been there for a few weeks and is slowly acclimating to her new situation but it is a likely going to be a while before Penny is comfortable or ready to go to a forever home. She likes other dogs and gets along with the resident foster dogs and with her prior owner went to a dog park regularly. Although she likes other dogs it is not clear if she needs another dog in the home as long as she does get to be around other dogs. At this time there is not the option of letting her off leash as she does not trust new people enough to reliably come back. Penny has bonded with one of her fosters who has dedicated himself to gaining her trust and affection. It was a slow process of sitting in a chair nearby, then at the end of the couch, sleeping with her on the floor, then on a dog bed and now in a guest bedroom. She will still bark at and run from her other foster at times, even when she was fine with her the previous hour, so it is an ongoing process. Penny is not aggressive and can be quite sweet and affectionate when she feels completely safe and comfortable. She is just a special girl who will require lots of time, patience, understanding and love.