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After work hubby took Rocky, Benji and Chanel for a hike up the mountain...
it's about 4 hours to get there and 4 hours to get back. So since Bella could not
go with them she came with me to the hair salon so I could get my much needed
haircut. Wow did she ever surprise me! She was so good. I was so proud of her.
She lied in her carrier(I had it open so she could see everything), and she just
watched me the entire time. The staff all took turns one by one and gently met
her and talked sweet nothings in her ear. She actually wiggled her bum when a
hairdresser spoke to her in Hungarian, it was so nice to see her unafraid. Sure
she was hesitant, but I took the time to explain to the ladies there how to
properly approach her, which we only did after about 20 minutes of Bella just
observing the premises from her safe carrier, and it went great. I took a couple
of quick photos to share with you girls.
Waiting for the hairdresser & using the free time for a little reading and cuddling...
Mom, I'm pwetty already, I don't need a haircut!
The entire time I had my hair done, which was only a few minutes, but still a
while for her, she was on the ground, right next to my feet, just watching me,
sitting there so patiently. Such a good girl. I kept telling her how good she is.
She even took a couple of treats from the Hungarian lady(I brought liver
treats with me), which is such progress. I'm still amazed. Hubby & I have
been taking Bella with us on walks every day, she met children and adults,
a few dogs, but today the changes I saw were so extreme, I just can not
believe how much 3 weeks of socialization paid off. She's a brilliant dog, she
just needed someone to work with her, expose her, teach her. I mean she is
a pleasure to work with, her rehabilitation might take much less time than I
thought! I will continue working with Bella for the rest of her life no doubt,
I do with all of my dogs, keep them learning, keep their minds stimulated, so
it does not end here, I just wanted to share a little success with you all.
I'm a big softy I know, but this experience brought tears to my eyes, because
just to think a few weeks ago she was terrified of every human and today she
not only tolerated people being near her, but even accepted some treats. Wow.