Meet Minnie by Skeeter
I would like for y’all to meet Minnie. Minnie is a Hound/Spaniel mix that is currently being conditioned and Fostered by the Saints mother. (Mom B)
Mom B works with several animal shelter and rescue groups in the Fredericksburg, VA area. This past weekend, she was assisting in the adoption process at a newly open Petco store. That is where she met Minnie.
Minnie was cowering in the corner of her kennel and covered with grim and poop! Seems that just before her scheduled pick up time for the transport, she and her 3 other siblings had romped and stomped therefore she became really soiled from head to toe. Of course no one was interested in adopting Minnie.
Mom B could not bear to see her in this condition so she had one of the groomers in the store bathe her. Minnie shined with her bath and grooming session and Mom B knew if she went back to the shelter, that in no time at all she would be soiled again. Minnie is a sweet dog and shows no aggression so Mom B took it upon herself to take Minnie home with her. Mom B wants to condition Minnie to be sociable and has hopes of making progress in about two weeks time.
The first night of Minnie’s visit was not so good. For some strange reason, she will not walk out of or back into the house. They had to pick her up and carry her in and out. Once carried into the yard, Minnie would just sit down. She would not go to the bathroom outside nor would she walk. The next morning, Mom and Dad B woke up to one heck of a mess and smelly kennel! They cleaned and scrubbed to get things back to normal.
The second night, they put her kennel in the garage. The next morning, they again woke up to a mess. They are sticking to a routine and on day three, Minnie was using the outdoors as her potty and they did not put her back into the garage that night. She has not had a mess in her kennel since but now it is a struggle to get her in the kennel at night! She wants to stay with them instead. She now does her business outside but she still has to be carried in and out of the house at times. She is also taking walks in the neighborhood so they are making great progress with this shy girl.
She is still a growing puppy, being about 7 months old. She should be doing puppy things but the first two days she basically did nothing but lay around at their feet. She is now playing with a toy and chews on the furniture (ouch!) and becoming more active with each day. She is starting to explore more of the house and she gets along well with Missy, (their cat which we have talked about before) But Missy is feeling a bit neglected so they have to give her extra pats and treats.
Mom B is working really hard to condition Minnie and it sounds as though she is making great progress! The Saint and I wonder if Minnie already has a new home…
Adrienne, you are in their area, do you know of anyone looking for a new pet?
posted by Skeeter at 8/17/2007 05:57:00 PM