Abby, one of our 3 most recent mill or hoarding dogs is also slowly making progress.
She's guessed to be a poodle-chihuahua mix! Short little legs, curly hair like a poodle!
Here is what her foster mom has to say about her:
Abby is very shy and reminds her foster mom of the squirrels she watched at Loring Park when she was a kid. Some were tame enough to feed by hand. They would nervously come up to her outstretched hand, grab a peanut, and then scurry off. That is Abby. She has learned that if you nose your foster mom's hand when you hear the word "touch" you'll get a piece of cheese. She has also learned that you get cheese if you look at your foster mom when she says your name. She will tolerate a tiny bit of petting - on the nose with one or two fingers - but more than that frightens her. This may seem insignificant, but when she first came to her foster home she would run off if she noticed someone looking at her.
Abby has made even more progress when it comes to involving herself in the household. Following the lead of her canine sisters, she is never far from her foster mom and dad. She sits near them on the couch to watch TV - not touching them, but close. During the past week she has even started jumping up on their bed in the morning to join the lobbying effort to get breakfast served. She greets her foster mom at the door when she comes home from work and has even warmed up to one of the neighbors who comes to visit her. She used to just stand across the room and bark at him until he left. Now she will take the cheese he offers from his hand. Abby won't be available for adoption until she can be handled and picked up, but she is on her way towards that goal.
Having read the foster's description of this cute little girl you can begin to understand the patience and dedication our fosters have.
Abby is making good progress. Her personality is beginning to show through, she is learning to trust people and she will one day find just the right home for her!
Millie, a puppy we took from the hoarder house, has found a home and is flourishing there.