This beautiful girl came to us a few weeks ago from a commercial breeder. She was scared. Very scared. At first, I thought she was unable to walk because she wound herself up in a ball so tightly and put no weight on her back legs. I lifted her up and immediately became her go-to person, which was not too hard to do as this was also how we went out to go potty, so I was lifting her up quite a bit. When put on the ground, she would freeze with fear and not walk. I don’t think she pooped or peed for the first two days. On the other hand, by the end of that first day, while I was still holding her, I sat with her in my lap, and Kelly softly lay her head on my shoulder and took a nap.
As advised, Kelly had the first few days in her crate in the living room, not exactly off the beaten path, but not right in the middle of things. I could sit in the living room with my laptop and keep her company without scaring her. Slowly but surely, she met the clan and our two resident dogs. In fact, I could almost see the words jump out of her mouth, “MY TRIBE!” when she first saw our resident dogs. That’s when her tail started wagging, and she was happy to greet them.
Anyway, by day three, she would make her way out of the crate on all fours, only to turn tail and run back in at the slightest movement or noise. With two resident dogs and teenagers, you can imagine that was a lot! The crate was definitely her safety place. That soon changed with protests about sleeping alone in her crate. (She wasn’t even alone. She had Cala in a crate right next to her.) We are continuing to work on making her crate a good place. She barks a little less each night.
We are also working on potty training, and she’s made great strides there. It’s especially helpful having the other two dogs to show her the ropes.
At six months old, she is playful, but not wild. She’s a very gentle girl. She LOVES rolling in the snow and then coming in for a cuddle. She will be available soon after she is spayed.