Doggy Waif

Lily talks about her fears and her accomplishments as she transistions from a puppy mill survivor to a happy confident dog, as well as the trials and tribulations of having a Great Dane for a big brother. Thanks for stopping by!

New Year’s Revolution! December 28, 2008

Filed under: friends of mine,Mom,my world — Lily @ 11:04 am

Yes, I said revolution!  I put my paw down and got Mom to agree that I can have more computer time.  BOL

The biggest thing going on right now is going on at The Cocker’s house.  Their mom has taken in two fosters.  These little girls are about two years old and up until a few weeks ago they didn’t know anything but the inside of their crate.  They were rescued from a puppy mill that got closed down in Pennsylvania.  Can you imagine being in a crate all the time?  Never getting to feel grass on your feet?  Never knowing the goodness of being held in someone’s lap and just being petted?  I can remember being leery of people when I first went to my foster home but these little ones are downright scared.  There were five of them in one crate, and from what we’ve seen, there’s no doubt they’re sisters.

Ava and Leina

Ava and Leina

Ava’s the more adventurous of the two.  She’ll come out of the crate and wander around and try to get Jordan to play.  She’s fascinated by the ball he plays with but isn’t sure how to go about getting him to show her how to play with it.  She was afraid of me the first time we met but now she walks right up and we touch noses and she tries to wag her tail– so cute since all she has is the stubbiest of stubs!

Leina is still too scared to come out of the crate to look around.  She’ll dart out to get a drink but the slightest noise has her darting back in again.  She’s better on a leash than her sister and will do her business outside (Ava doesn’t yet) but if you go to pet her, she gets all stiff and scared.

The Cocker’s mom will sit quietly next to their crate (the door of which stays open all day, they’re only confined at night) and just let them come and go as they wish.  Ava actually asked for a little head scratch the other day!  Mom will catch Leina and put the leash on her and take her outside and then bring her back in and using the leash will keep her from going back into the crate and will keep Leina by her side and will just keep petting her, barely touching her.  Or she’ll pick her up and hold her in her lap until she stops shaking and stops panting.

I hope that with The Cocker’s help, and my help, Mom and Jill can help these dogs learn to be dogs so they can have a forever home like the ones we have.  😀

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