Daisy Doesn’t Get Humans
Continuing the week’s theme – uplifting tales of dogs whose lives are transformed by kindness and Schnauzerfest – Daisy brings us crashing back to earth. She’s a dog with seriously entrenched problems; a dog for whom life may never be what anyone might call normal; a dog the puppy industry has damaged beyond full repair; a dog who cannot trust any humans. All that is except one very special one, Janet, manager of DBARC, Daisy’s foster mum, who tells Daisy’s tale better than I ever could:
Daisy arrived into our care just before Schnauzerfest last year. It was clear she had extremely limited eyesight and would need surgery, we were thankful Schnauzerfest funds would help her. She was a petrified little girl, terrified of people. This is common in dogs from her background and something we at DBARC are familiar with, but it never gets any less upsetting for us to see yet another wounded and terrified poor soul arrive in this state.
Daisy would run away in panic, fairly ferociously growling and barking if anybody approached her. It was traumatic for her being near humans, and we drew on all our experience as a team to help reassure her she had nothing to fear any more. Weeks went past, but still poor Daisy remained absolutely terrified of life. The other schnauzers she shared time and space with all managed to find loving homes, so Daisy came into my home to continue her recovery, which was proving stubbornly slow.
I knew her cataracts weren’t helping her nervousness but with her severe behavioural problems the timing of her surgery had to be absolutely right. Cataract operations require fairly intensive care from us in the weeks immediately following, eye drops need administering and for a dog unable to be handled it’s an impossible surgery to undertake. But, at the end of last year I decided she had developed just enough trust of me that surgery was possible for her, so with the help of Schnauzerfest donations her eyes were operated on. She recovered well and settled in to home life with me well – in fact a little too well!
I have to admit that Daisy is totally dependent on me doing things with her to the exclusion of all other humans. I can do anything with her, which was such a relief in the post-op recovery time. Nowadays she loves to sit on me and we watch television happily together, her new eyes working beautifully! She’ll angelically walk beside me on our walks and I know she trusts me 100%. BUT, oh Daisy there is one enormous BUT in Daisy’s tale.
The really sad part for Daisy is that she just does not like anyone else. No-one. She remains painfully fearful of all other humans and I’m surrounded by a team of kind, wonderful, understanding humans she meets on a regular basis. But she cannot let go of her human-aversion. This is such a shame for a little dog who has finally learnt that love and cuddles are actually quite nice.
We’ve tried lots of things to help Daisy, drawn on all our combined experiences here at DBARC, from Tellington Touch to aromatherapy – but she still only has eyes for me! The good news for Daisy is that I’m happy to share my lap for the rest of Daisy’s life, and continue to try to help her let go of her past. Even though, we at DBARC understand that this may never happen for this sweet, once abused, but now deeply loved little dog.
What Daisy’s world shows is that for some of the dogs who exist in awful lives for so long, it’s just too hard for them to let go of their fears. When they suffer at the hands of selfish, unkind humans, it’s sometimes too mammoth a step for them to take to trust those who only mean them great kindness when they’re finally rescued.
It’s for dogs like Daisy that we must all keep raising awareness of puppy farming and the breeding industry this Schnauzerfest weekend – and beyond.
If you’d like to make a donation to this year’s Schnauzerfest, the fundraising link is HERE.