Casey has made a big step - she's now spending most of her time with Foster Dad, Foster Mom, and our resident dogs, away from her safe spot. It's been a subtle but very important change.
She sleeps in the bedroom with us, watches television with us, and likes to be close to her dog buddies. She has a spot in the sunroom that she favors and is often curled up there napping. She has several other favorite spots in the sunroom, but definitely prefers that her people just stay seated, and then she can just settle in.
When we leave the house, we now see that she's playing with toys and interacting with our resident dogs. We've noticed that she has a new safe spot that's in our bedroom and we think that's a big step, too, since it took her a long time to venture into that room.
This last weekend, we adopted out another foster dog who was a sprite, energetic dog, and Casey clearly misses her. For a few days, Casey retreated to her corner, but she's now back to her routine. This was a good reminder about how important it is for these retired breeder dogs to have confident, social dogs in their forever homes.
Casey's new best buddy is our young male dog who really wants to play rough-and-tumble with her, but she's not quite ready for that. She tolerates a bit of bitey-face games and then walks away.
Another new thing - a small thing but still delightful - is that Casey has shown much interest in treat time. Our dogs know where the treats are stored, and if we make any movement to that cupboard, they're quickly lined up, waiting expectantly. Casey now approaches the group, but hasn't quite joined in. She will take a treat if it is placed on the floor, but she's still not ready to take anything from our hands.
She is still uncomfortable with human touch but is making slow progress. After a bit of panic, she now lets us comb her. You can tell that she's initially very frightened, but I think she actually enjoys it after she relaxes.
Casey has a lot more to learn and needs a family that is familiar with dogs who came from breeding facilities. She needs consistency, patience, and love. And a confident dog buddy, too!