I have to apologize for the late update. Time has gone by so fast as we keep busy clearing snow! I have to keep a path plowed in the back yard for my 12-year-old resident Golden, while Kara loves to leap through the deep snow like a deer. She also loves to wrestle in the snow with my 6-year-old male Golden.
Kara has come a long way since she came to stay with us. She still has trust issues when she sees something out of place.
For example, I set a large bag of dog food against my refrigerator, and when she saw it, she scurried back into the living room while trying to get traction on my hardwood floor. Anything that is out of place will keep her from walking past it.
To teach her that it won’t hurt her, I put the leash on her and walk with her to the scary object. I tell her, “That’s OK,” and give her a treat when she sniffs it.
She also reacted when I left the shovel against the house when they were coming back inside. She wouldn’t come within 10 feet of it, so this time I moved it since she wasn’t on a leash and it was cold outside.
Kara’s forever home will have to have patience with her while she learns that she is safe. Everything is going to be new to her, so she will depend on a confident resident dog to show her things are OK. So glad she is treat-motivated, too!
Telling Kara that she is a good girl also makes her feel safe. There are times that something spooks her and she doesn’t want to walk through the service door into the garage. I have to call her while I am standing in the garage so she can see me and tell her she is a good girl. Then she will walk cautiously into the kitchen. Once inside, she gets a lot of praise and ear rubs. She absolutely loves the attention that she never got as a breeder dog.
When Kara first came into RAGOM, her fur was dry and rough. She didn’t have any feathers on her tail and her ribs and hip bones were showing. Since she has been eating good food in each of her foster homes, her fur has become soft thick and her tail has doubled in size! No more bones are showing and she feels great! I haven’t taken her to the vet to weigh her yet, but she has gained at least 10 pounds!
Kara is a big dog – very tall with long legs. She would knock over a toddler very easily. Check out the size of her paw! She is a big, beautiful girl.