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Hi, my husband and I adopted a precious 2 year old chiweenie named Easter in January. We lost our previous 13 year old to aging the year before and were finally ready to open our hearts and home again. We found Easter at a small dog shelter and did not realize all of the red flags until it was too late and we were already in love with her. The info on her past was patchy and inconsistent depending on who we spoke to. She was likely a puppy mill baby, contracted and nearly died of Parvo (was given up for adoption at that time), was adopted by an elderly woman who hand-fed Easter table scraps and had to re-home the pup when she was put into a nursing home. Then Easter was passed between several foster homes until we adopted her just after her 2nd birthday. That's a ton of rehoming. She's the sweetest little pup and we adore her, but I'm very worried about her happiness. She's super healthy and eats homemade dogfood. However, she really doesn't respond to either myself or my husband after this whole year with us. She's terrified of other dogs and going for walks, hardly spends time outside and only plays with a couple squeaky toys for about 15 minutes per day. She sleeps more than any elderly dog I've ever owned. Is she potentially too depressed or traumatized to bond with us? We're determined to love and accept her no matter what, but it makes us sad that she hardly does anything and doesn't seem to want to play like a puppy should. Help?