My beautiful Cora continues to get braver! She is so ready to find her forever home so she can learn your routines and explore your yard!
She loves and needs routines so she knows she didn’t get hurt the last time she did something. For example, she now knows that she is safe waiting in the kitchen where she now eats, right by me, after she finishes eating, while I wash out the bowls. Then she knows she will go outside to go potty.
If someone new is in the house, she might not wait in the kitchen because she thinks that person might grab her. She waits in her safe spot, her bed, but as soon as she hears the door open and I call her name, she will come outside immediately. I am trying to have different people come over to get her used to new people.
Another thing that I am working on is getting Cora used to being petted or just having her ears rubbed. I sit by her dog bed and talk to her while petting her every day. Now I am also putting a leash on her and bringing her by the couch when I am sitting on it so she doesn’t think she has to always be in the bed.
When I get up in the morning, she is sleeping on the floor between the couch and the coffee table. As soon as she sees me, she goes back to her bed even though I tell her she can stay there.
Her anti-anxiety meds are doing wonders for her. She doesn’t run away from me as I walk within a foot of her outside now. I have to pick up any dog poop right away or Cora will beat me to it and eat it. When we are going back into the house, she will walk right next to me. Hopefully some day we can wean her off of the medication.
Cora still loves her car rides. Today when we went to the bank, I saw her in my rear-view mirror. I knew a dog was standing with front feet on the console next to me, but thought it was my resident dog. It was Cora! As soon as I started talking to her, she got back onto the back seat, but when I put my hand back there, she licked my hand! Baby steps!
Cora is going to make some family very happy some day! It has to be someone with a lot of patience and can wait for Cora to do things on her terms. She really needs a confident dog to follow. If you would like to meet Cora, please fill out the inquiry form.