Some days you get news which can absolutely warm your heart. I received the following email this morning which made me smile so much I wanted to share it with you. The reason I picked this one out is because you can hear the love and admiration in the owners words for their beloved new rescue dog, who is still very new to them. With the hard work we have put in already, they have really earned the love and respect from this dog that might otherwise have been passed by. What a lovely life this dog has now.
The other thing I wanted to point out was the owners’ acceptance of work still to be done, and this really is what helping someone with their dog’s behaviour, to me, is all about. I have nothing but admiration for these lovely owners.
Quick update on Missie. We took her to Mablethorpe on Saturday, and she got on really well. In a couple of places, she put her ears down and pulled for all she was worth, but most of the time, nothing bothered her. We stopped against one of the machines that has a crane inside, and you try to get the toys out? That didn’t faze her, and we stopped outside an amusement arcade – lots of noise, again, no problem. We took her into a pet shop, and walked her around. She got lots of fussing from other customers in the shop, again, no problem.
We then took her to the beach. She looked at it, wondering what on earth it was. She introduced herself to the donkeys, but was only curious. Then we walked out to the more solid, damp sand. We thought, oh well, here goes. We let her off the lead, making sure there were no other dogs too close. The sight almost brought tears to our eyes. She ran around, full pelt, about 30 feet away. She kept us in her sights, as we kept on walking. She went up to the sea, at first, not getting her feet wet. Gradually she got nearer and nearer, and in she went. She ended up with her under side all wet, sand on her face and legs, totally puffed!!
The training with the long lead has certainly paid off, as she didn’t leave us far, but ran and ran. She chased a couple of seagulls off the beach but didn’t attempt to run to any other dogs. We can now get her to lay down and let them pass, when she is off the lead. When we have her on a lead, she goes and gets herself noticed, and introduces herself.
I can’t begin to tell you how happy we were to see her chase around, having fun. A totally different dog. To know that we can let her off a lead, have a good run, and know that she will come back to us, is really fantastic.
Our thanks to you, for giving us the basics to start with, and for sending the info about separation, and protection, which is our next hurdle to get working on.
Will keep you in touch with how things are going, but it seems she is more defensive with men wearing glasses!
Thanks again, regards, Val, Nev and Missie.”