One thing that Cora has improved upon is being in the house when someone new comes in. As long as she can be on her dog bed, she knows that she is safe there. She doesn’t like anyone to walk toward her, so we have to approach from the side and sit down first. Then she will allow someone to touch her, but she doesn’t enjoy it.
Cora goes outside any chance she can get and wants to be the first one out the door. Getting her back into the house is more of a problem. She is always the last one to come in.
She comes into the garage and stands in front of the kitchen door looking in and looking behind her in the garage. I have to stand by the kitchen sink so she knows where I am and say “Cora come!” before she will even think about coming in. Then after 2 – 3 minutes, she finally comes in when I tell her “It’s OK” or “Good girl!” This girl takes a lot of patience, which I have, but it is difficult when I am trying to leave for an appointment.
One major problem with Cora is she loves to eat fabric, foam, and leather. One of my resident dogs has always loved destuffing toys to get the squeaker out, so I would only have them out when I was home so I could take them back if anyone started chewing on the fabric.
I always had a rug under the water bowl and it was never chewed on until Cora got braver. One day I found the edge of it unraveled, but didn’t know which dog had done it and didn’t worry about it because everyone seemed fine.
A month later Cora started acting sick. She didn’t want to eat or run around the yard. Then she got diarrhea and started throwing her food up. The next day she was throwing up bile, so I brought her to the Vet and we ended up at Blue Pearl Emergency Hospital. Cora had a blockage from the strings that she ate from that rug a month earlier! The surgeon said it can roll around in the stomach for a long time before it starts moving through the digestive tract and gets stuck. Poor Cora needed immediate surgery to remove the blockage.
I had to remove all area rugs, kitchen mats, pillows, and blankets. When I leave the house, I have to put all dog beds away except for one with a canvas type cover on it that she can’t chew. Cora freaks out when I put her in a crate and tries to chew her way out. I’m afraid she will break her teeth or hurt herself, so I don’t use it.
When I left the dogs here for a few hours one day about 3 weeks ago, I came home to a 10 x 12-inch hole in the leather cushion of my couch. My heart sank as I watched the video from the baby camera that I have on while I am gone. Cora laid on the couch for 25 minutes ripping pieces and chewing them. I am still watching her for any signs of another blockage. Now I block all dogs in the kitchen when I leave.
When I took Cora in for her annual checkup, the vet suggested that I bring her to a behaviorist. She also gave me a prescription to relax her for when I am going to be gone for hours. This is in addition to the Fluoxetine that she gets every day. I am anxious to see what the behaviorist says about Cora. She continues to trust me a little more every day, but still hasn’t taken a treat from my hand yet. That is the day that I am waiting for!!