Wendy Devent

A Tiny Touch

Wendy Devent
A Tiny Touch

I touched her the other day. The good news is she didn’t try to snap, snarl or bite. But she did frantically try to get away from me. Lacey was in her way so I got about 2 seconds of contact on her back before she managed to squeeze herself behind the couch. The other good news is that she doesn’t seem to be holding it against me. Yay!

For whatever reason, she’s struggling to come back through the back door. It started about two days ago. We now need to leave it wide open and step way back. If Summit is outside still we generally call him in and that will also help her decide to come in - even though she’s sitting at the back door freezing and obviously wanting back inside.

We are taking her to a vet behaviourist tomorrow. I decided we weren’t far enough along in our crate training (I can’t seem to get her to put a third foot in the crate), nor did I want to ruin what we had done so far, so I’ve set the ex-pen back up and left it WIDE open and are feeding her in there. She's pretty hesitant to go in though. Hopefully (fingers crossed) tomorrow I’ll be able to walk up behind her and close it while she’s distracted. If that doesn’t work, I’m not really sure what I’ll do. Marlin can’t come home to help me and I NEED to get her in the car.

I spent the weekend reading a book about a feral dog. Unfortunately it wasn’t particularly helpful and didn’t give me any concrete advice on what to do. All my hopes are set on the vet behaviourist. I sure hope it’s helpful!