Paul and Mary T.
"It's all about baby steps Meagan and with the help of your wonderful FM, you are definitely headed in the right direction!!"
In memory of our sweet Puppy Mill girl Shondra, we will always love you and miss you! The Johnsons Merry Christmas, Meagan! Matt, Jenessa, and Belle From Melissa J to Donis G Merry Christmas to the Golden Seniors! From Anonymous
This beautiful, gentle lady is safe, and beginning her golden RAGOM life. We picked up Megan from the vet New Years Eve Day. She is 7 years old and was surrendered by a breeder with Ginger 11-413. Thank you RAGOM transporters for her long trip from South Dakota. She was micro chipped and received the mandatory vaccinations. Other than a little peradontia and being overweight at 89# she is considered healthy. No more babies for this girl. She'll be spayed in Feb. and not available until March at the earliest.
To say Megan is scared of everything would be an understatement. She would not stand for the complete exam so a fecal test will have to wait. She crawled into the crate & was lifted into our SUV to go home. Megan celebrated New Years Eve quietly in her “house” and refused to come out, eat or drink water.
Fostering this sweetheart reminds me of the lyrics to “Bridge Over Troubled Water” “Your time has come to shine. All your dreams are on their way. See how they shine. Like a bridge over troubled water, I will ease your mind.”
Monday before work she braved the big scarey outside world. Gates closing behind her send her in a panic, but she did her business and returned to the safety of her “house.” Shortly after we went to bed and it was quiet, she finally drank some water and ate her food mixed with some beef broth.
Tuesday more progress walking around the backyard and started to run a little, always on leash for fear she may jump the fence. She seemed to enjoy a little exercise and shadowed me the entire time. To encourage her to eat more, we added cottage cheese to the food and broth. It worked, but she only eats after we go to bed.
Wednesday, in hopes that she would eat food while at work, I added the cottage cheese to her dry food with a fish oil pill. She ate the cheese and pill. Good girl! Tonite she was okay with a little brushing and I got the loving golden paws on my leg when we were outside for poddy. Good girl.
Thursday Megan let me cut a couple mats behind her ear and a clump of dried stinky stuff from her behind. She is slowly getting comfortable with loving outside her house, putting her paw on our arm when we stop petting her. She flew into her house when FD accidentally dropped her leash when he was petting her. She is running more and less afraid of the backyard but stays next to me and we run together.
Saturday. Its been a learning experience week with Megan and us. Today we went for a walk around the block with the golden girls. Megan was fabulous. We double leashed her, but it wasn’t necessary. She was more curious than scared and walked along with no problem.
Sunday is bath day. We couldn’t tolerate Ms. Stinky any longer and resolved to give this girl a special spa day. We had cardio training (running) in backyard, hoping it would tire her for the ride to her appointment. She was trembling at first, but relaxed a bit during the sudsy massage and even allowed a quick pedicure while she baked in the lavender conditioner. She was calm and relaxed after we wrapped her in a towel and laid her on a comfy dog bed.
Tonite I moved her house into the living room next to Heather’s house where the action is. The vacuum didn’t seem to bother her. First time she is taking treats from my fingers, cheese and salmon chummies.
Tuesday, Not eating food or drinking much water. Getting more comfortable going outside with her leash trailing. We play hide and seek behind the trees, trying to give her some independence because she is ignoring the girls and almost glued to me. More dry food soaked in beef broth that she refuses to eat. Nature called me at 3:30am, and her food was untouched so I tried coaxing her to eat. I put food on the top of her paw. She ate it. Then from my hand, paw, hand, paw, hand. Yea! Megan ate a cup of the mushed up stuff. Guess I need to pick up more cottage cheese ;-)
We've had this beautiful girl almost 3 weeks now. She is coming out of her house with less resistance. She is starting to explore the backyard and finally using her nose. She is still afraid of almost everything but building more trust in us. Please keep pawsitive thoughts and prayers for Kekoa.