Lizzy’s world as she knew it turned upside down when she was rescued at an auction after spending the first 6 years of her life in a commercial breeding facility. With so many new sights, sounds, and smells, it’s understandable that a sweet girl like Lizzy would get pretty overwhelmed and frightened by it all.
It takes time to soak it all in, and that is what she has been trying awfully hard to do. We are not quite there yet but we can see the spirit in this girl, and though it has been broken, her light is starting to shine!
She has been spending most of her time in her safe spots in the house and hasn’t explored much beyond that yet. She is really content to have us just sit next to her.
She is learning to trust people and learning they are good. In the beginning, she would duck her head down when you would reach your hand out to pet her chin, but then she would sink her head into your hand, put her paw on your arm as if to say “just stay right here.” She is becoming more comfortable with human contact.
She has been testing out dog behaviors like playing and happiness. She is not quite sure about how these feelings are supposed to work or if it’s okay. She will wag her tail, wiggle her whole body, tap her feet on the ground and do circles, crying the whole time. It has brought tears to my eyes more than once.
The happiness, trust, and love is in this girl, just waiting to burst out, but right now it is simply about patience and baby steps with her. I have no doubt that she will make up for all the lost time she’d had with amazing abundance, once she works through her fears.
Lizzy has good potty manners and has gotten much better about going through the big, scary doorway and seems to enjoy walks very much. Cars and trash cans and other things are still very scary, so I am extra diligent with her when out and about. She is startled so easily.
She has also taken an interest in squirrels, rabbits, and birds. Her ears perk up and she stands at attention and, for a brief moment, her fear disappears.
She needs to be spayed, and we are working on getting a bladder and ear infection cleared up. Lizzy will also need more time to adapt to life outside of a cage before she is ready for a forever family, so she is not yet ready for adoption.
Lizzy’s forever home must have a medium to large, confident dog to help Lizzy continue to develop her confidence and comfort level with normal family life. Children in her home should be age 13 or older, as she is easily startled by sudden movements and noises. Lizzy will also require a physically fenced yard.
With patience and love, Lizzy will thrive and make an amazing addition to the right family. We are so glad that she has gotten the chance to live a Golden life and that we get to be a part of that.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about this sweet girl!