by Valerie Leonard
Hi all, I rescued an Aussie about a month ago. She's 9 months old now. When I got her I was the 3rd person she had ever met. She had never been off the property she was born at. Never been inside, never been in a car, never been to the vet, never walked up stairs, never... so many things.
When I first got her she was terrified of me and everything. Never aggressive but always trying to run or freezing in fear and shutting down. She has gotten better though. Now She sleeps on my bed at night happily and each morning she pounces on me as soon as she knows I'm awake. She lays next to me and nudges my arm for pets. Total cuddle bug. During the day though it's very hit or miss on her wanting to be near me. Mostly it's a miss.
I try to coax her with treats and chicken. I try not to force her into things. I'd like to take her to work but it just terrifies her and causes her to shut down at home too so I stopped taking her.
I guess I'm looking for reassurance that I'm on the right track with her and one day she will be a happy girl and trust me.
Any advice on what I can do for her?
She's going to start doggy day care tomorrow. Although she doesn't understand people at all she did live with at least 18 other dogs so I'm hoping it will give her exercise and something happy.
Valerie and Kalina
I'm using my phone and can't upload a photo. She about a 40 pound black tri.