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  1. tubby3pug says:

    Well often even dogs that have had great up bringings can be uncomfortable with certain types of approaching or certain sorts of people or outfits they are not familar with, such as men with hats. Our Dr Z had a difficult up bringing and we adopted her at 9 she never really got over it and was pretty fearful but never aggresive, we walked her in quiet places only. She passed away in March at 13. Norbert who is social is a bit nervous of men in hats and also people appropaching him at night, he will give one loud bark.

    I really like the books of Patricia McConnel. She has a book the cautious canine that may be good.

    urban hounds

  2. Lulu says:

    Aw little Susie-Belle, you do just what my Stevie does! Some people she accepts, others she doesn’t and I’ll never know why. She doesn’t like noisy streets either. Worst of all, we’ve had her from a tiny puppy and she used to be as brave as anything, so I don’t know what happened!

  3. She knows she has a great life now….. and we all can get startled from time to time.

    Rubie’s mum xxx

  4. Ditto Rubie. Good thing is she has a lovely home now!Have a great Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

  5. You just keep working at it Susie-Belle, THEY just don’t completely understand how bad puppy mills can be. I been with my peeps for 3-1/2 years and they are the only peeps I like, all the others I just go and hide in my Corner Bed.


  6. Thanks chaps, you’re all really sweet. The thing with the puppy farm rescues is that they can so quickly go into major nervous meltdown as theyve lived such restricted, abused lives, so what to a dog like Renae might be a moment of agitation that quickly passes as she’s had a good grounding, to SusieB can be something that sends her right back to that trauma, it’s the different degree of response that’s very marked.

    Thankfully SusieB is good with most people. Another common thing is they hate people being behind them and from the reading ive done and talking to people who know more than I do about this, apparently it’s because in the farms they’re either being kicked about, kicked out the way, or mated, nasty things happen when humans come up behind them. She does a very good heel walk though, rarely strays from our heels when she’s in a new place.

    Still, all that’s in the past and we keep moving forward with her, not dwelling on the past. Right now, she’s just come home from a busy fun morning at the daycare place and is snoozing in her bed cuddled up to Renae, a picture of peaceful happiness 🙂 thanks again everyone for your interest in her and us xxxxxx

  7. Oh, forgot to say thanks for the book recommendation too, UH, I have one of her books, but I’ll look out for that one, sounds great 🙂

  8. Dear Susie-Belle,

    Mr Piglet, who used to live here before I came along, was the scarediest dog ever! He was a fearsome big pigdog like me but he’d lived in a pound almost all his life and when he first got here, he was scared of everything! The tiniest dogs in the park and ladies in sunhats and loud voices on the telly and cars! It took years and YEARS but eventually he got good and became A Saint Among Dogs and The Best WatchDog Ever. I hope this true story makes you feel better, and your mama too. Don’t give up hope, Susie-Belle! All things are possible with time (and good food) 🙂

    I hope you’re having a delicious weekend. Hooroo! X

  9. Hey nice to hear from you! I agree that with shy dogs, there will always be some grain of caution lurking within them. But it doesn’t mean they can’t live full, fun, productive lives.

    My little foster Pager has come along way since I got her but she was a nervous wreck during the fireworks the other night.. I thought she would be traumatized for good. But the next day she was back to her silly, bouncy self, fortunately.

    The fearfuldogs.com website is really helpful–take a look around there if you haven’t already.

    I look forward to hearing Susie-Belle’s story unfold! You are giving her a wonderful chance at a happy life after the terrible start she had.

  10. Dogs are so very resilient and it’s amazing that they even trust humans even a little bit after being treated so horribly for so long. Thank you for taking her in and healing her little heart and mind.

    I am dropping by on the blog hop today to share an inspiring story about a parrot rescue lady in Canada. Watch the video and I know you’ll be inspired.

    Have a great rest of the weekend with your fur-kid.

  11. rumpydog.com says:

    Some dogs learn fear from bad pasts, and some like Lulu… well, who knows what frightened her? But you’re right… it’s important to live in the moment. It just never hurts to be prepared in case that moment isn’t pleasant.

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