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    Zoey, the perfectly scruffy foster dog

    Meet Zoey! I picked her up on Sunday. She's about a year old, rough coated JRT mix by best guess, a year old by best guess. Had puppies at the shelter, wanted nothing to do with them being a baby herself, they were hand raised and have all been adopted.

    She's is super sweet, but lacks confidence. Starting to come out of her shell though. Getting her to eat has been a challenge, none of the usual tricks are working. She's picky but picking well enough that I'm not too concerned yet. Also has separation anxiety and seems to strongly dislike being confined, which is why the rescue and her previous foster thought she'd do better with me. We're already making great progress in that department!

    First evening home, Sunday Feb. 12th






    Cat friendly, as we discovered (we were very careful at first of course).


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    Re: Zoey, the perfectly scruffy foster dog

    Now that is the definition of adorable. I hope she finds her forever home soon!

    Soro the lab mutt - approximate birthday: April 22 2006

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    We've been doing some work on her separation anxiety. I've been trying to encourage independence and confidence because she is so super attached to me. There has been some progress. She likes hanging out in the pen downstairs and her crate upstairs, whereas she used to cling to me. She has been able to work on chews and on Kongs a little, which are not so much given to make positive associations and keep her busy as for me to get a read on how stressed she is. SA takes a long time to get through and I've been fairly satisfied with our progress thus far. Then I went out of town this past weekend and wrecked her life. She was stressed all weekend, whining and crying and barking, my husband wasn't able to sleep much, she wouldn't touch Kongs or chews, she would barely eat her food. Her nose is rubbed raw and her teeth are stained from biting the crate bars. This isn't the usual isolation distress type of SA, this is stress from being separated from me. It doesn't matter where or how she is confined, it doesn't matter who else is there, it doesn't matter if there is music or tv or if it's dark or anything else. She panics until she has me back. Within 3 minutes of me being gone she is shaking hard all over, panting hard, eyes big. Within 10 minutes she is trying to rip the door off the crate (again it doesn't matter the size of crate, if it's a crate, pen, bathroom, nothing matters she panics until I'm back). She is known to chew electrical cords like computer cords so to keep her as safe as possible and to protect my house as well we're sticking with crating while I'm gone. I contacted the rescue right away and have been instructed to get an appointment with their vet. Their vet can coordinate with our veterinary behaviorists (VBs) as we are lucky enough to have two in the state. I really hope we can find a good cocktail of meds for her. I'm seriously concerned she's going ot break her teeth.




    Time stamp on the video: 10 minutes and 36 seconds. Keep in mind I set the camera up to record, then turned on music then left to go downstairs, bathroom, then actually left. So maybe like 7-8 minutes to get to where she is bracing her back feet against the back of the crate and yanking on the door.


    How to break your teeth... bad popping noises on the video.


    I'm worried about Little Girl
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    Re: Zoey, the perfectly scruffy foster dog

    Aww, sorry to hear that Sibe! Separation anxiety is the WORST. Absolute worst. Even as a trainer, I barely want to touch these cases because they are, like you said, so complex and take so long to make any progress. I'm glad you have to vet behaviorists around and I hope you're able to find the right meds for her to make progress.

    Soro the lab mutt - approximate birthday: April 22 2006

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