- Status: Available for Adoption (adoption info)
- Adoption Fee: 375
- Species: Dog
- Rescue ID: D200753
- General Color: Yellow
- Eye Color: Brown
- Ear Type: Semi-erect
- Tail Type: Long
- Current Size: 55 Pounds
- Current Age: 2 Years 4 Months (best estimate)
- Fence Required: Yes(6 foot)
- Declawed: No
- Housetrained: No
- Obedience Training Needed: Needs Training
- Exercise Needs: Moderate
- Grooming Needs: Moderate
- Shedding Amount: Moderate
- Owner Experience Needed: Species
- Reaction to New People: Cautious
Adoption Fee: $375
Requirements: securely fenced yard; confident companion dog; no small children; shy dog experience preferred
Celeste is a brave girl. Her life experiences have resulted in an extra dose of fear and shyness but she is starting to believe she will be OK- that everything just might turn out OK.
Her world has turned upside down. She has gone through more changes than anyone should have to in such a short time, and she has never lost her gentle nature or sweet kindness. When she’s uncertain or a little scared, her default is to retreat into tense submissiveness. Never a growl, snap or snarl. If death is imminent (such as when a leash is attached to her and in the hand of a human), her reaction is more intense. She will do everything she can, short of aggressiveness, to survive this attack – pulling, jumping, twisting, yelping, snapping at the leash and peeing. We are working on this fear, which most likely is a rational fear in her mind, due to some past mistreatment with a leash, rope or other similar object. Even the sight of a rope-like apparatus – straps, cords, leashes – will invoke a terrified response – cowering and hiding. There has been some improvement with associating high value treats with the presence of a leash. Celeste is also very fond of lots of petting and loving, and if the other dogs are gettin’ some, she has to be right in there for her share. We’ve used this to help with the leash – put the leash on the other dog and give lots of attention, and pretty soon she’s trying to overcome her fear to get some of that lovin’. Celeste is also getting used to a small piece of yarn tied to her collar at all times to try to reduce her fears of the leash. After she has recovered from her spay surgery we will try putting a harness back on to see if that is easier for her to get used to.
Celeste came from the Reservation pregnant with a litter of puppies. She gave birth to them at the end of June and has been improving in her shyness ever since. They have all found forever homes, and she seems to be relaxing even more now. At times she still runs away from me when I approach, and loud noises or unexpected movements scare her. But many times, the fear now has an undertone of playfulness rather than terror when she darts away. Because of this startle reflex and fear when there are unpredictable or loud activities, for her comfort it would be best for her to live in a home without small children.
Due to her fear of leashes and the lack of a fenced yard, Celeste has yet to be outside at her foster home. She will be a huge flight risk in a new home because of her fear and lack of tolerance of a leash, and for her safety, great care will need to be taken with her when outside. She has learned to use potty pads very proficiently. Once she is OK with a leash and/or has a completely secured area to be in, potty training outside will be something to work on with her.
Celeste needs a safe place to get away to. At first that was her crate – she rarely came out in fact. Lately she does not visit her crate, but has a safe place under a desk to hide and curl up and relax. We will be working on getting her comfortable being enclosed in a crate again, but it shouldn’t be a big adjustment as a crate was her chosen safe place for many weeks. She has a favorite dog bed in an open area that she spends a lot of time on. She has recently found the courage to get up on the couch and the bed. She has a lookout on the arm of the couch to watch the squirrels, turkeys, and other happenings in the yard. She has become very playful with the resident dogs and opens up with them in a way that she rarely does with people. She follows their lead and if they are doing something interesting, she’ll try too. Although afraid of the resident cat at first, Celeste has now made friends with him and lets him snuggle up to her.
I have never heard her bark, but she will pace and whine quietly at times when she is left alone in the house. If she’s in her safe room when left alone, preferably with a chew toy, bone, or Kong, she does well and doesn’t get into trouble. She has a particular penchant for chewing shoes or other personal objects if left lying around and she is left unattended for too long, or without an approved chew toy (bully stick, no-hide, etc.).
Celeste is very friendly and likes having human visitors. Her curiosity gets the best of her and she runs up to see and sniff them; she crouches or play bows, running away, but always returning, wagging her tail. She will usually let strangers touch and pet her also – men and women.
So far with Celeste, we’ve been working on overcoming some of the fears and shyness, not training or manners yet. She will need some help learning the rules of the house – like no taking food from mama’s plate. But she is very sensitive and very responsive to a quiet, warning No, or ah-ah-ah. She will not need or do well with intense correction.
Celeste has the best heart of any dog. She tries so hard; she watches, listens and reacts. She is engaged and engaging. She is gentle and sweet and so eager to please. She is an empty cup, waiting to be filled. She will probably always battle extra fear, but all she needs is a stable, loving home, some room to run, a confident doggie pal to learn from, personal space when she needs it, and some additional training to give her more confidence; she just needs someone to make her believe she will be OK. She has come through so much, but with some stability and love, she’s made amazing progress in just a few months; in the right environment, her life will only get better from here.
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