Foster Update 4.19.21
She had a great weekend. Don't get me wrong, she is still one of the most fearful dogs I've met, but she is now cautiously watching and wanting to participate. Her tail is no longer under her body most of the day. It's really crushing to watch how scared she is, so wish she could tell me why.
The mornings are my favorite with her. It's almost like she forgets how scared she is. All our pups sleep downstairs together and she comes running up to us, tail wagging, hand kisses and it's so amazing to see. It's almost like something clicks and she gets scared again...so I KNOW it's in there and will take more time for that happy pup stays in a relaxed state of mind.
She has mastered the dog door, zero fear anymore!
We had some company over the weekend and she did well. We set up a bed in the corner and she would put herself there if she needed to decompress. She kept coming out to explore and smell people, so all huge wins for me (and her).
When I went to take the dogs for a walk last night, she came running up tail wagging. She so wants to go, but we weren't able to get the leash on. We are doing our best not to take her backwards in trusting us. BUT this morning, she came up to me, so I clipped it on and off they went. I am curious to see if she starts to enjoy walks after a while....
She will play ball day long with you, but drop the ball just close enough that you can't sit in a chair to play! This is her way of making sure you get in plenty of squats!
Thoughts on a potential family -
As of today, her ideal family has to be extremely patient. She is not the dog who is going to immediately love on their owners or cuddle on the couch. It's yet to be seen if that's something she would be capable of doing.
No adult or child can come into her space. We are on day 6 and she is just now coming up to us, but she becomes very fearful when someone tries to come to her. With that being said, I do not think young kids are a good idea. If there are children, they need to be dog savvy and respectful of her safe spaces. Her family will need to be willing to wait for her shell to open with them. Again, yet to see how she does over time here and if any of this will change.
In her current state of mind, I am thinking she needs another doggy sibling. She is gaining confidence from my dogs and seeing how we are with them, which allows her to come close. Her fear seems deep and another dog can help teach her things we never can.
Breezy - Intro is a very pretty petite lab who was a stray to a shelter. She is friendly with other calm dogs and likes to give them kisses. Once comfortable, Breezy also likes to bestow kisses on humans and have her ears rubbed. She is a shy, gentle girl and unsure of all the changes in her life so will need some time to settle in at her foster home before her true personality shines.