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Old 12-10-2012, 05:44 AM
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Our pack of two is now a pack of three! We did not plan on getting another dog but this little girl came to our home as a foster and I just couldn't let her go. She has been through a lot. She lived in the back of a tire shop for at least two weeks, had puppies, her two puppies died, then a very nice person spent several days trying to trap her. Ill copy and paste a little from the post I made a few days ago before we decided anything-

She was found in the same general area as Kerrigan was- Kerri was found as a stray at 12 weeks, we have somewhat suspected that she was not actually a stray and the people who brought her to the pound just lied, but either way same area, same size and same markings down to the toes and a little tuft of white on her chest. Being that their coloring is so unique I think for sure they are related. I think this dog is shorter than Kerri, but here is the other thing- she is incredibly scared. Like paralyzed with fear about everything in the universe. I have not seen her stand up anywhere close to straight so it is hard to tell what she actually looks like. She lust slinks along the ground. It does not seem like she has ever worn a collar, or walked on a carpet. She has been at a vets office for a little over a week, they were keeping her trying to find a rescue and they spayed her and removed some torn up dew claws on her back feet. They were trying to work with her a little but they knew it was too much going on at the office to get anywhere with her. Part of me questions if she has ever been inside or if she has just been living on the street her whole life. She is scared of EVERYTHING that is normal to have in a house. The one thing she has going for her is that she is the kind of dog that gets scared and shuts down, not the kind of dog that gets scared and aggressive. She has not growled or showed any sign of that, so that is at least one battle that does not need fought.

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So that's her. She is also underweight and eats like she is starving- I can only assume that she has never had a consistent source of food. Since I wrote that above she has made a little progress, more with my dogs than with me. She really has taken to Kerrigan, and I catch them sniffing each other through the bars but she runs as soon as she sees I'm watching. Currently she is mostly confined to a large crate (think 80lb dog) with a pee pad and water and bed. Having more than that is WAY too much for her to handle. I do open the door and barricade a little area so she can leave and pee on a pad outside the crate. I've never pad trained a dog before but I couldn't possibly let her outside- I would never catch her and we are not at the leash stage at this point. She really does not want to go on the pad in her crate even though it is so big but to me that is a good thing- it means she will be easy to housetrain. I got a collar on her through force basically (something I would like to avoid) but she unfortunately has to leave to go to the vet every other day for dressing changes on her rear feet and I need ID on her for that. Hopefully tomorrow that will be over because it is really not helping me get anywhere with her.


^ She spends about 95% of her time just like that.
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:51 AM
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I LOVE YOU!!!

It makes me so happy to hear that you decided to adopt her! I knew you would.
I think she is in such great hands, I know you will help her rehabilitation.
Take it easy, it'll come. I'm still working on some things with Bella.
Patience and lots of tlc, you girls will be ok I know it.

You deserve a BIG kiss for adopting this girl, you really do, MUAH!
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:59 AM
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I LOVE YOU!!!

It makes me so happy to hear that you decided to adopt her! I knew you would.
I think she is in such great hands, I know you will help her rehabilitation.
Take it easy, it'll come. I'm still working on some things with Bella.
Patience and lots of tlc, you girls will be ok I know it.

You deserve a BIG kiss for adopting this girl, you really do, MUAH!
Oh LS- thank you for the kind words. This is going to be a long haul, we realize it is a marathon not a sprint. I was getting a little overwhelmed and my husband told me- look. One step at a time. First goal is to get her to stand up on her own with us around. If that takes a week then that takes a week. Once that happens we will have a party and make a new little goal.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:06 AM
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You got it! Slowly but surely.
I know it's overwhelming now, and hard to believe things will get better, but
they will. And I'm looking forward to hearing about Nova's rehab journey. I'm
so happy she's with you, I could cry. You & hubby are just awesome. I wish
you guys all the best. I know you are very knowledgeable and have lots of
experience with dogs, but if you ever want to chat about anything or if I can
be of any help let me know...it's good to share experiences sometimes.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:37 AM
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I am sure we will be chatting! Our dog experience is certainly helpful but Nova is a big undertaking, I am open to all the suggestions and help and encouragement anyone has to offer. She is a sweet girl under there I'm sure. I picked up a thundershirt this afternoon and tried it this evening, it actually made an immideate (although small) difference. I will update on that tomorow, cause it is almost 2am. Why an I still up???
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:38 AM
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Annie--BLESS YOU for fostering, and now adopting Nova! The world needs more people like you!!
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I suspect with love and attention this little one might have the life that LS's Bella now has. I look forward lot progress updates. Her coloring is very pretty.
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:30 PM
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I second what Deana said. I'm so glad you've adopted her. I feel so sorry for the girl and so glad that she has found you. I'm sure it will be a very long and very hard task but I am also sure that for every ounce of energy you put into her she will give it 100x back in love. There is a very special bond created when rescuing that I don't believe you get otherwise. I look forward to hearing lots of updates.
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