|Gender: Female Age: 7 years old|
My Special Sponsors:
Lennie and Jane K, in loving memory of River and in honor of Bob and Lisa Miller
Needs to have a fenced environment and would benefit from obedience training.
Laura, named for Laura Bush, is also very un-socialized mill dog and scared. Laura had to be carried as well and cowered in her run at our vet partner. She appears to be developing a skin infection and has patchy fur under her neck. There was a glimmer of desire for affection--she seemed to want belly rubs. This girl, estimated to be 7 years of age, also will need lots of love and patience. We appreciate your support and would welcome sponsorships and donations to offset her medical costs. Keep her in your thoughts--stayed tuned for updates and prayers for her happy ending.
Foster Update: 4/3/19
Miss Laura is slowly coming out of her shell. She takes small steps but continues to try new things. She is awesome at making eye contact, is responsive to her name being called, and moves around the room especially to eat.
Foster Update: 1/22/19
Miss Laura is showing signs of relaxing a little more each day. She still prefers her safe spot but will move out of it when on leash to go outside. We continue our routine of going to a different spot in the house for the petting session following our outside trip.
Miss Laura has come so far in her efforts to feel safe. She will lay calmly now for petting and does not try to run away. She seems to be more comfortable in open space as long as she is near her foster mom. Once mom moves so does Laura..back to her safe spot.
Laura's foster mom sent in the following update on this sweet puppy mill girl. She is making progress slowly, but surely!
Laura is showing some encouraging signs. She seems to enjoy our little walks and will now get up when I put on the leash and call her name. She walks next to me or even a little in front of me unlike her days of walking as far behind as the leash would allow. Normally she will only go 4 houses down the street to the corner before she puts on the brakes. This morning while it was still somewhat dark , we went down the 4 houses and she was willing to cross the street with me and come back down the other side. This was a major step for her. I tried it again around noon and she accomplished it again today. I am always watchful for cars or anything that might frighten her and will gather her close if a loud vehicle is going to pass us. Very proud of her.
Yesterday we were sitting on the floor and she was on the opposite side of Mary. As I reached out and pet Mary, Laura leaned over and licked my hand. This was the first effort on her part to make contact. She continues to do well with eating by the other dogs. She has learned that she needs to eat when given the food or else her foster brother will finish it for her.
She is doing well with going outside to potty. She has a couple of favorite spots that she uses. Originally she would not pass me on the landing when I held the door open for her to come in. I had to latch the door open and back my way in so that she would come in. Now I can stand on the top step, hold the door open and she will come into the kitchen. I am working on her sitting when she comes in and I take off one leash. If I take off both, she darts for her spot in the living room. Rather I use the remaining leash to walk her around the living room, take her to the bedroom area and then let her go to her place. I am trying to adjust her place so she sees that it is all safe.
She responds well to petting, kisses on the nose and ear rubs. If I say her name, she looks at me right away so her responses are increasing. A couple of times at night I have seen her up walking around and checking on things. Progress- slow but sure!
Laura is ever so slowly making progress. She is extremely uncomfortable around people and probably has had no socialization. She is comfortable around the other dogs in her foster home. Her foster mom has been working hard with her to integrate her into the living space in her home. She goes out on the leash for short walks around the backyard. Laura appears to have a strong flight instinct, so she is double leashed for her safety. She is responding to a 'go potty' cue. She is working on 'touch' to put her nose on her foster mom's palm of her hand & gets lots of praise when she does. She is walking closer to her foster mom while on leash. She is making more eye contact & her foster mom pets her briefly when giving her her food & when she comes in from outside. It is going to take Laura a long time for her to trust poeple, but happily she will be given all the time she needs!
Laura is a puppy mill survivor. She displays many of the typical puppy mill behavior of not trusting people and not having been socialized to anything outside her immediate surroundings. She is very gentle when having to be given medications. She is frightened of new situations & needs the company of a confident dog to take her cues from. She also enjoys playing outside with the resident dog & will need a physical fence due to her fears. This sweet girl will need lots of love & patience!
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