Hello! New foster mom here to update you on Ava’s progress. Ava is in a new foster home to help facilitate her weaning and the dispersal of her pups. The first two weeks in a new foster home were very stressful for little Ava.
Ava is very frightened by new environments, people, and situations. She is easily startled and needs a confident dog in her new home to help her overcome her fears and insecurities.
Ava would love to have a home where her people are around most of the time. She crates well with people around her. We are working on building her confidence so she can safely be left alone in a crate.
Due to her history, she may resource guard her humans, food, and water from other dogs. Ava has an easier time bonding to women, so foster dad had to work a little extra hard to gain her trust.
- Weighs 45 pounds and is near her ideal weight.
- Fence is required as she is a high flight risk.
- Spayed! She has two more days in the cone of shame for her incision to completely heal.
- Recovered from ehrlichiosis, a tick borne disease that is endemic in the south.
- No storm anxiety.
- Baby gates are meaningless! She will easily jump over a waist-high gate without batting an eyelash.
- Allowed foster mom to give her a full pedicure—clipped her nails and trimmed the fur on her paws
- Not a party dog—taking her to a bar, park, or pet store would be an exercise in terror.
- Adores eating ice cubes and thinks chewing on a water buffalo horn is a lot of fun.
- Takes her medication if it’s covered in a little Neufchatel or cream cheese.
- Learning how to run, play with toys, and get the zoomies.
- Will wake up and rub her head on your lap in the most adorable way.
- Would love to fall asleep curled up on your lap.
Ava had multiple challenges integrating into her new foster home. She arrived in the rain and was immediately stressed. She was separated from her ten pups, still had milk in her breasts, and was very nervous getting out of the car.
Her first few days, she sat in the back of her crate, carefully observing everything around her with big brown eyes. Foster mom got a little worried that Ava wasn’t blinking enough. It was as if her big eyes were saying “I am very frightened, I want to trust you, and I can’t do that just yet.”
To complicate matters, one of our resident dogs was too forward and unable to understand Ava’s need for space. So we had to enforce a boundary space for Ava with baby gates, pocket doors, and creative crate placement.
After two days of eating and drinking in the middle of the night, Ava finally began to eat in front of people and other dogs. Apparently, homemade chicken broth and bits of chicken breast were the ticket. She began to prance in the morning and wag her tail happily.
After a week of steady progress, she suddenly became sick! Ava stopped eating, was barely drinking, and was lethargic. So after she refused her second meal, off we went to the emergency vet. She was so frightened, she wouldn’t leave the car and she had to be carried inside the crate into the clinic.
While there, she was found to have a slight temperature and dehydration. After some fluid she was declared stable and came back home. The next morning, we went to her scheduled vet appointment. She traveled well in the car in a crate to the vet with our mellow resident dog, Mitchell, acting as her handsome canine escort.
She willingly left the car, entered the clinic, and immediately hid behind Mitchell in a corner. After some gentle coaxing, she let the vet examine her and take some blood. The vet awarded her with squeezy cheese!
Ava came back positive for ehrlichiosis, a tick borne disease that is easily treated by antibiotics. Her pregnancy must have kept the little bug in check. She came through her spay beautifully, finished all of her prescribed medications, and is now recuperating and well on her way to a new life.
This little peanut has had a tough start in life and hopes that you can be the one to give her the forever home she never knew she could have.