Update 7/28/17: Penny had her annual checkup and bloodwork today, she has come so far! She is maintaining her petite figure, weighing in at 38 lbs. She went on a leash with her foster brother for company instead of being carried in a crate:) Penny now spends a lot of her day outsdie of her crate on a bed next to the couch where she can get used to being pet and accepting affection without it causing her anxiety. This is one of the tips her foster mom got from working with a trainer this spring. She goes for walks each day now with her foster brother, and also out for “playdates” each week with a canine Reiki practitioner who has 2 dogs and a huge backyard. She gets to run and interact with other dogs in addition to her Reiki session! Penny continues to take tiny baby steps on the road to becoming a more balanced dog, but it will probably be a lifelong journey for her. Because foster mom works long hours as a teacher during the school year, we are still looking for just the right forever home for Penny. Please contact our adoption coordinator if you think you could be this special home with a few hours each day to devote to the ongoing training/desensitization that Penny needs.. We would also gratefully accept donations toward her vet care while she continues in foster care!
Update 3/16/17: Penny is a puppy mill dog, in every sad sense of the word. She has been back in foster care for a year now and is making very slow but steady progress. She has tried pheromone collars and diffusers, a thunder coat, melatonin, Benadryl and finally Prozac to help alleviate her anxiety with the crazy world she now lives in with all its brightness and strange noises. You see, she most likely lived the first 5 years of her life inside a dark building, with human contact only to drag her out away from her puppies. This has left her with some emotional scars that she may never overcome. The good news is that with the help of the Prozac and Barney, her new brother, Penny is finally willing to come out of her crate and socialize a bit. She even ventures all the way upstairs finally! Penny may never be a dog that someone wants to adopt, but she is relatively happy and safe in her foster home and is welcome to stay as long as she needs to. She is hoping that you might be willing to help with her vet bills since she needs regular blood work now that she is on medication. She also chews up bedding during thunderstorms which required a costly vet bill and a chew proof crate pad:) Please consider making a donation to help make this deserving girl’s life as comfortable as possible!
Update 9/1/16: Penny is slowly coming out of her shell. She has benefitted greatly from her foster mom being home more in the summer months and is gaining the courage to come out and explore her surroundings. She will now take treats from foster mom’s hand, especially American cheese. She also appreciates the company of the other dog in the foster home greatly and will whine for her if she is not in the same room when we leave the house. Sadly, foster mom is a teacher and must go back to working a full week, so Penny is still looking for the perfect home. She would do better in a home where there is someone home most of the time (especially during thunderstorms! ) and needs another dog to help her feel secure. Is there someone out there with plenty of time, patience and love for this sweet girl?
4/1/16: Penny is a beautiful, petite girl who has had a tragic first 6 years in life and needs a very special adopter willing to take on the challenge of rehabilitating a puppy mill dog. Penny is very fearful of just about everything, from the leash to the sound of a food dish to the great outdoors. She must have come from the very worst kind of puppy mill, the kind where the only human interaction was that of rough handling. It will take much patience and TLC for her to overcome this, but it IS possible. While in foster care, Penny is starting to respond by coming out of her safe place for short explorations around the house when all is very quiet. She is beginning to pick up her head and perk up her ears at times when we walk by her room and seems to know that it is better to try to hold it and go outside even though she is terrified once she gets out there. Penny has great potential, but may never be a snuggly dog. She is in need of someone who has the time and energy to bring her to the best she can be, and let her live out her life in peace. Penny will do best in a quiet home with another dog who can show her the ropes and help her to feel safe. Please contact our adoption coordinator if you think you may be that special person for Penny.