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At A Glance
Chloe came into RAGOM about 1 week ago. Her very experienced first foster recognized right away that Chloe was very timid and would need a foster home with a fence and a large dog for Chloe to role model after. So she moved here 6 days ago.
Chloe is almost two years old and spayed. She was surrendered by a family that no longer had time for her. Chloe went to the vet since her ears were very red and inflamed. She had quite a high fever and 3 different germs growing in her ears. Dr. Geske thinks she may have allergies since her ears and belly are oink and she has been licking her paws a bit. Her ears are so red that Dr. G. was worried about Chloe getting an ear hematoma from scratching and shaking her head so fiercely. So she put her on pain meds, antibiotics and Benadryl. She also is a little on the thin side and needs to gain a few pounds. I brought my resident boy Skye along for Chloe to feel safer. He helped her get through the doors. Once inside the exam room, she hid under my chair with her face towards the wall. Talk about a wallflower!
Chloe originally came from a breeder and was adopted at the age of nearly 4 months. It is clear she missed out on some puppy socialization that is crucial in those early months. She continues to be VERY shy and scared--moving away from anyone who approaches her. If we sit low to the ground, she will approach for kisses and pets. Any noise or movement or new person scares her and sends her running to her safe spot. Right now her safe spot is her crate when we are indoors and under the lilac bush when we are outdoors.
Chloe has taken a strong liking to my other foster Max 09 179 and they wrestle for hours. It is fun to see her looking like a normal dog during those play times. Otherwise she moves around with her tail tucked tight and her head low--as you can see in the picture. The only other thing that perks her up and gets her tail out from the tucked position is a tennis ball--or any ball really. But if it lands anywhere but out in the open, she won't approach it.
I know Chloe will peak a lot of interest since she is a beautiful, young female but Chloe will have some special requirements in her new home.
* A physical fence due to her fear of being approached. If she was running, she would not come to you.
* Another medium to large breed dog for Chloe to gain confidence from
* A fairly quiet home environment
* Someone with LOTS of patience who can help show Chloe that only good things come from people and help her come out of her shell.
I'll update as I get to know her better.