Anya got to experience her first two meet-and-greets which were a little scary at first, but then she found a spot she felt safe for people to stop by and pet her. Afterwards, she got a special treat of a little ice cream (another first for her) which made it all worth it.
Her confidence at home has grown incredibly, but going out into the world is still a big learning curve with each new experience helping to give her a foundation from which to trust. There are a few signs this is starting to happen, as she now will take treats from others at times and will go up to them for pets if she sees that Nicole and Paddy are there.
I also have to tell you this little girl gives out a big snort as she settles in for a good sleep. My other dogs let out a big sigh when they are relaxed, but Anya just gives a big snort as she settles in - very cute, even if a little unladylike.
We've had a few more car rides, and she's getting so much better at jumping in and out of the car. Even though she is nervous at first, she will now usually lay down on the back seat and just hunker down until the ride is over. I think it has helped for her to get comfortable with my car and learn with each trip that we always make it back home.
With the exception of when I'm at work, Anya has had free roam of the house with Nicole and Paddy. She's right there with the pack to greet me when I get home and will start barking if I don't get in the house as fast as she'd like. I can tell she likes to have her people where she wants them - close by.
As I've observed Anya, I think she could do well with another confident dog regardless of age, male or female. She has bonded with Nicole who is 10 and Paddy who is about 4 and receives different things from both of them.
She is capable of play and also able to initiate it once she has learned to trust and feels at home. It will take time initially for her to build her confidence and comfort level when her forever family finds her, and they will need to be patient with her.
Another volunteer put it very simply - she really responds to love. As she feels the love consistently day in and out, her love for you will grow, and she's not shy about showing it.