Since these dogs from MO came into RAGOM’s care, the Foster parents have been comparing stories to learn how the other dogs are doing. It really helps to learn that many of these dogs were behaving the same way, so when someone finds a solution to a similar problem, we can learn from it and try their solution.
When we took Khloe outside during the first weeks, she would continually circle around us while holding the leash because she was scared and didn’t know what to do. We related that to the dogs running in circles inside of their small pens for exercise. Now Khloe is interested in all of the new smells in the yard, especially when the deer were there the night before!
While inside our house, she didn’t want to leave the safety of her kennel at first. One comment from another Foster really struck me – We can’t keep coddling the dogs so they feel safe in the kennel; we have to teach them to trust us and show them that they can feel safe outside of their kennel. Now Khloe LOVES to lie on the big dog pillow in front of the patio door. When we get her food dish out, she does a happy dance and bounces on her front feet, so we call her ‘Happy Feet.’ We are trying to get her to sit for her treats, but she is too excited yet. She loves routines and will go potty on command when outside. We take her out right after she wakes up or right after she has eaten and hasn’t had an accident in the house for weeks. Good girl!!
Khloe met our 4 & 6 yr old grandchildren yesterday. She wasn’t sure of them until they offered her yummy treats! She stayed on her dog pillow when they were around because they make loud motor noises when they play and she didn’t know what that was. They knew that she was unsure, so they stayed in the living room and she was fine. She prefers a quiet house and just wants to lie around instead of playing with toys or our dogs. When the kids were eating lunch, Khloe was very attentive because she knew they were eating chicken. We used chicken to entice her to come to us when she first got here. Khloe is very food motivated!!
Since our last update, Khloe has mastered running up the stairs to the bedroom. She comes down the stairs slower, but isn’t afraid of them. She loves routines, so when we go outside for the last time at night, she comes in, waits until we unhook her leash, then when we say let’s go to bed, she runs up the stairs to her kennel. We have a dog bed in the bedroom next to the kennel so she has her choice, but prefers to sleep in the kennel with the kennel door open. Since day one, she has never made a peep during the night and waits patiently in the morning while we get dressed to take the dogs out. Khloe is such a sweet dog!
There are so many great people who have helped RAGOM continue to rescue these dogs. Khloe would love to meet her sponsors, Sara Dobyns and Jim & Patricia B, and thank them for helping her and the other rescued dogs!! If it wasn’t for them, RAGOM couldn’t help so many deserving dogs! Thank you!!
If you are looking for a quiet, mellow dog, and have a large breed resident dog that Khloe can continue to learn from, please let your placement advisor you’d like to meet Khloe. She barks if she is left in a room alone and knows I am upstairs because she wants to be with someone. Her furever home will need to continue to help her feel safe and teach her their routine. Thanks for reading about her.