Lily 19-023

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Lily came into RAGOM along with several dogs when their owner could not adequately care for all his dogs. Lily is healthy but is missing some toes on her right back foot. Lily is sensitive to noise and high activity level. As a result, Lily cannot live with children. An easy-going, confident dog is required for Lily to follow and learn from. A physical fence is required. Lily can live with cats. Lily needs a quiet home with calm, patient people who will help her gradually acclimate to house living.

At a Glance #19-023

Mixed Breed 5 years old
Female 38 lbs

Available as of June 19, 2019
Fostered in Delano, MN

Status: Adopt Me
Adoption fee: $400

Cannot live with children
Another dog REQUIRED
Can live with cats
Physical fence required (no invisible fence)
Medium energy
Cannot live with children
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Lily came into RAGOM along with several dogs when their owner could not adequately care for all his dogs. Lily is healthy but is missing some toes on her right back foot. Lily is sensitive to noise and high activity level. As a result, Lily cannot live with children. An easy-going, confident dog is required for Lily to follow and learn from. A physical fence is required. Lily can live with cats. Lily needs a quiet home with calm, patient people who will help her gradually acclimate to house living.

Updates

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Happy New Year to everyone!

Lily has been doing wonderfully on her dose of Prozac. It has made a huge difference for her. Her tail has been wagging so much more and at times, she is coming out of her hiding spots to see what is happening. Even though small noises can still send her out of the room, she does not run as far away as she did when she first came here.

When our adult kids came here for our Christmas get-together, Lily barked for a very short time and then retreated to her hiding spot in a bedroom. After they were here for a while, she came out to see what we were doing. She was such a brave girl! While she didn't hang out with us, I was so happy to see that she ventured out and was interested in what all the noises were about.

Late last year, we decided to try some chiropractor visits for Lily. On her first appointment, we learned that Lily's pelvis was rotated, the middle of her back was locked up, and a couple of vertebrae in her neck were stuck also. He also noted her right back foot, which only has one toe, was fused just above her foot. Lily basically has a peg leg since her ankle does not bend.

He adjusted her pelvis, her back, and her neck. We went back four more times with the most recent visit being last week. The chiropractor was very happy with how she was moving.

It has been so exciting to see Lily run out in the yard, and she even tried play-bowing with our resident dog, Ollie. With having several joint replacements myself, I totally understand how her pelvis, back, and neck were really limiting her movement and possibly causing her pain.

While Lily isn't back to any sort of normal activity and more than likely will never be due to her deformed right back foot, anything we can do for her to make her move and feel better is a win for her. We have a chiropractor appointment set up for February, and after that, the vet thought we could spread them out to every couple of months or so.

Lily would love to find her forever home. If you find yourself wanting to give love to a dog that needs a special place to lay her head, please let RAGOM know. We know there is an angel out there for every dog, no matter the needs.

My buddy, Ollie, and I like to hang out in the kitchen just in case we need to clean the floor while Foster Mom is cooking.
My buddy, Ollie, and I like to hang out in the kitchen just in case we need to clean the floor while Foster Mom is cooking.
The winter cold, snow, or darkness doesn't stop us from walking. My new glow collar lights the way.
The winter cold, snow, or darkness doesn't stop us from walking. My new glow collar lights the way.

Friday, September 6, 2019

I know it's been a while since our last update. I have been busy working with Lily and trying out some new things to see if they would help her at all. There has been some progress, so that is a good sign.

I had a discussion with the vet, and we decided to start Lily on a low dose of Prozac to see if it would help with her anxiety with noises and new things around the house. It seems to be helping, although I am thinking we might need to increase that a little bit.

Lily is not quite as jumpy with noises and seems a little more relaxed, but she still runs to her safe places with even small amounts of noise. The vacuum continues to be an issue since that is quite loud for, her but we are working on that also.

Lily also had a visit with an orthopedic vet to see if the limping on her right back leg was due to her hips, knees, or some other structural problems. The vet did not find anything that stood out on her X-rays and she also didn't feel Lily was in much pain due to her right back foot having only one toe.

I am going to see if I can come up with some sort of a boot for that foot just to give her some extra cushion since the one toe and the middle pad have to support her.

We had our adult kids over for a get-together a couple of weekends ago, and Lily did bark quite a bit even though she had met all of them at separate times. We finally put her in a bedroom so she had a quiet, safe place where she could calm down.

Even though there has been progress with just me and my husband in our house, Lily seems to get overwhelmed when several people come over at once. Lily has met new people on our walks and while hesitant, she does OK when we are outside. With some of those people, she actually walked up to them for pets.

I did have a couple of exciting moments with Lily when we were out in the yard. Lily was laying in the sun while I was doing yard work, and when I walked up to her, she actually rolled over and wanted belly rubs. Such a great development that she was comfortable enough to do that. First-time belly rubs were pretty special.

Lily is also taking treats from my hand now. Before, we had to put them down close to where she was laying, and then she would pick it up and eat it. If she is out of the crate, she generally takes the treat into the crate to eat it, but recently she stayed out of the crate to enjoy her treat. Yay!

While it seems that Lily is making very slow progress, I am very happy that even baby steps are achieved. Lily is a sweet girl and just needs extra time and patience to learn to trust people and that things out in the world are not so scary. We will continue to look for ways to help her come out of her shell and give her all the love she needs while we do that.

Lily's favorite spot on a hot, sunny day.
Lily's favorite spot on a hot, sunny day.
Lily grabbed a chew stick one day and took it into her crate. First time ever!
Lily grabbed a chew stick one day and took it into her crate. First time ever!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Please meet our little Lily. Lily came into RAGOM from a hoarding situation. She is a petite girl who weighs about 38 pounds.

We don't think Lily ever lived inside of a house. She is housebroken, but many other things about living inside have been challenging for her. We have a crate set up for her and leave the door open so she has a safe place to be when she needs it.

Lily has only one toe on her right back foot. She has been limping on that leg, so we took her to the vet. We are in the early stages of figuring out what treatment she may need for that. She is currently on Carprofen to help her in using that leg.

Lily 19-023

Lily has had several rounds of wormer for hookworms. They have been tough to totally eradicate. She just got done with a treatment, so in a month we will need to retest and see if the wormer was successful.

The things Lily will need in a forever home are a pretty quiet house with no children. Lily startles easily and does not do well with loud voices. When new people come into the house, she does a lot of alert-barking.

Her forever family will need to work with her to desensitize her to various things such as the vacuum. She is very afraid of any vacuum noise. We are using some Tellington Touch and other methods to help Lily along so we can try and get her to relax.

Her forever home will need time and patience to help Lily be the dog we know she can be.

Adopt Me: If you think Lily would be a good fit in your home, please review our adoption process. If you have already submitted an Inquiry for Application, email [email protected] with Lily's name, RAGOM number (19-023), the name you submitted under, and a sentence or two explaining why you feel your home would be a good match.