Here's a story from Ann Marie Payne of Ann's Canine Care, about a very traumatised podenca she has had for 8 months already and whose journey to trusting humans will be a long one. Little Pearl is in the best of hands for the journey.
'Earlier today while I was at the desk little Pearl came out of her crate, sneaked behind me and went across the lounge, then she came back into the crate again, she did this a few times, and each time she did it I couldn't turn my head to see what she was doing, knowing she'd go into panic mode if we made eye contact. After a little while she hadn't come back to her crate. I was hoping that she'd found the sofa, but sadly no!
I couldn't see her but, knew she was at the side of the armchair where nobody could see her. I left her there for about an hour and gave her some hot dogs, which she wolfed down when I wasn't looking. Then I decided to take her out. When we came back inside she headed straight for her crate. Trying to get my head round this behaviour I thought back to this morning. Galga Amy had walked into Pearl's crate, sniffed her food and walked straight out, and I think that this possibly unnerved her and, she didn't feel safe there any more.
Before I let her back in the crate I changed her bedding and left her some treats, then when she went inside I closed the door. I left it closed for a couple of hours until I saw she felt settled. Then I gave her some Lomo frito en manteca, which is basically pork in lard. Now this is a first, she started sniffing it before I put the saucer down. I think it's now her favourite food.
She's such a special little Podenco, but so scared, and I feel so sad that she has to go through all of this to get on the brighter side of life
My little sweetheart will get there one day.
I know she will.
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