So, I have some potentially exciting news and I have been holding off on sharing because I don’t want to jinx it! Maybe I’ll share at the end of this post…keep reading!
Chelsea is doing well, and she continues to come out of her shell a little more each day. She LOVES to play outside, whether it is with the dogs or Jayden. She will chase the ball, run around after everyone, and is not phased at all by a 6 yr old screaming like a crazy lunatic OR by Princess Lucy’s ridiculous fercious-sounding play growls! It is really amazing the difference between “Inside Chelsea” vs “Outside Chelsea.”
Chelsea still likes to spend most of her time in her crate, and that is ok with me. A crate is supposed to be their own personal safe place. While it is sad that she seems to think it is the ONLY safe place, I know that she will continue to learn. Each day she comes out to play, for about 20 min increments. I still limit the amount she gets to have toys with the other dogs, just because I don’t want it to get out of hand. When my two pups are outside, I give Chelsea time inside, where she gets to play with toys. Generally, she isn’t too interested in them though. She sniffs around, and then wants to go back to her crate.
I can tell that she is letting her guard down though, by how she acts towards me. She doesn’t flinch every time I clap my hands anymore, and she will run to me with her tail wagging. I have even gotten her to look at the camera, as long as I snap quickly!
It’s hard to imagine what would make a dog be so afraid of the world, especially because I don’t believe she was physically abused. Her fear is more about the unknown, I think. From what I know, Chelsea was brought in as a 5 month old puppy, with no socialization whatsoever. Going from that to a hectic busy home that unfortunately didn’t have time for her, only furthered her feelings that life is safest when you trust only yourself…that’s what I think anyway. Who knows what she really feels/thinks/believes!
Thanks to Mother Nature’s wrath, it has been rainy and cold for what feels like months! So, we have not been as active as normal, and therefore Chelsea has not gotten to go on any pack walks. She has been to doggie daycare a few more times though, and seems to really love it. So much in fact, that the last time we went, she bolted out of my car, sent me flying behind her, and ran inside. The staff even said “Well good morning Chelsea! We’re happy to see you too!”
Ok, so now on to my exciting secret…and if this jinxes it, I will blame the universe….Chelsea has a potential adopter!!!!!!!!!!! This is awesome on many levels! One, of course, it is always great when someone looks to adopt an older dog (meaning, not a puppy) from a rescue/shelter. Two, this family seems to be just what Chelsea needs! This has actually been going on for a few weeks now. The lady, Kristine, has gone about it in such a perfect, strategic way. She cleared it with her boss/landlord first, who realized she didn’t have insurance to cover dogs. So, it’s been a long process, but it seems that everything is set now. Once that was cleared up, Kristine scheduled a meet & greet. She came to my house, on her own. She sat down outside on my deck, and just watched Chelsea play as we talked. She got to see how lively and fun Chelsea can be, as well as how good Chelsea is with me. Getting to see this really shows that Chelsea WILL open up & bond with you, just given the time. By the end of the meeting, Chelsea even let Kristine give her some lovin! I suggested Kristine go home, talk to her family members, and think about Chelsea & her behaviors. (I just don’t want Chelsea to be returned, again. I think it would really be devastating to her.)
Anyway, we got an email from Kristine on Monday stating she wanted to continue with the adoption process, and that her and the family are so very excited to have Chelsea in their family. Yay!!! The next step is to bring Chelsea to their house on Thursday, where she will meet the 3 kids, Kristine’s boyfriend, and their little chihuahua. We have discussed the right way to do this, a lot! Kristine has such a patient personality, and really seems to get that Chelsea just needs love, patience, and time. As long as all of this goes well, Chelsea will move in over the weekend! I am nervous yet excited for Chelsea. This family is active and fun, and so understanding of Chelsea’s needs. I can’t imagine someone more perfect coming along for her.
So please, say a prayer, send good vibes, cross your fingers…what you believe in, do it! Please! 🙂