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ReneeG

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Hey Travelingman, how is Sahara doing?


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ReneeG wrote:

Hey Travelingman, how is Sahara doing?


Thank you for asking ReneeG.

She has been doing great. She has become very comfortable around the house. She no longer shows any fear about me or my wife. I told about when we first got her, that she had showed some agression when my wife came out of the bedroom with heeled shoes on the wood floors. After getting her use to seeing my wife in her Sunday clothes and then letting her hear the shoes, she now runs up and tells her goodbye for the day. She knows around the time she should be back and will jump off the couch and go to door and start listening for her. When she hears the garage door open up, she will start dancing and whinning and then lay down at the door until she comes in. Then the happy dance starts.

It is kind of funny. Our last lab was a female too and was "my" girl. She loved my wife, but was "my" dog. If I did something, she was by my side. Inside or outside, she had to be there. My wife would say that she hoped she had a dog one day. This weekend I was outside and took Sahara. My wife was inside cleaning and Sahara made me bring her back inside and she would follow my wife around or would lay down so she could watch her. Now, whenever my wife sets on the couch, Sahara will jump and lay down beside her. Tonight she jumped up, laid down beside her and put her head in my wifes lap and went to sleep. My wife looked over and said, "well, it looks like I got that a dog I wanted."

With the weather we have had, she hasn't been out much but hopefully spring will be here soon. I have noticed though, that a few times we have been out that if another dog comes up with a person, she acts very calm. She doesn't even bark at the person. We also found some video of her from the rescue where she was in a dog park and had no issues with people. So, we are wondering if another dog might help her with people. We also found out she is around 4 years old verses the 2 1/2 we thought. So we know that she had been mistreated for longer than we thought.

Forgot to mention that she is responding well to learning commands. She is a quick learner and we just need to practice more.

To see the progress she has made in the 6 months we have had her, to me is amazing. Yes, she is still scared of some new things, but we understand that. We know we have to watch her from now on, but we are OK with that. She is our baby, and she now knows that.


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Wow! What wonderful news! Thanks so much for responding and providing the update. I just had to smile a huge smile when I read "well, it looks like I got that dog I wanted."

It's so sad to know of any dog that has suffered in one way or another. We have a little Rat Terrier that we adopted at a year old and although we've had her since 2014, she still shows signs of abuse, but has come a long way. We have never abused her only showered her with love and affection and yet she still shows some apprehension with us. We just coo to her and gently pet her and she always relaxes and paws us seeking for strokes.

Take care and keep up the good work.

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Travlingman wrote:

ReneeG wrote:

Hey Travelingman, how is Sahara doing?


Thank you for asking ReneeG.

She has been doing great. She has become very comfortable around the house. She no longer shows any fear about me or my wife. I told about when we first got her, that she had showed some agression when my wife came out of the bedroom with heeled shoes on the wood floors. After getting her use to seeing my wife in her Sunday clothes and then letting her hear the shoes, she now runs up and tells her goodbye for the day. She knows around the time she should be back and will jump off the couch and go to door and start listening for her. When she hears the garage door open up, she will start dancing and whinning and then lay down at the door until she comes in. Then the happy dance starts.

It is kind of funny. Our last lab was a female too and was "my" girl. She loved my wife, but was "my" dog. If I did something, she was by my side. Inside or outside, she had to be there. My wife would say that she hoped she had a dog one day. This weekend I was outside and took Sahara. My wife was inside cleaning and Sahara made me bring her back inside and she would follow my wife around or would lay down so she could watch her. Now, whenever my wife sets on the couch, Sahara will jump and lay down beside her. Tonight she jumped up, laid down beside her and put her head in my wifes lap and went to sleep. My wife looked over and said, "well, it looks like I got that a dog I wanted."

With the weather we have had, she hasn't been out much but hopefully spring will be here soon. I have noticed though, that a few times we have been out that if another dog comes up with a person, she acts very calm. She doesn't even bark at the person. We also found some video of her from the rescue where she was in a dog park and had no issues with people. So, we are wondering if another dog might help her with people. We also found out she is around 4 years old verses the 2 1/2 we thought. So we know that she had been mistreated for longer than we thought.

Forgot to mention that she is responding well to learning commands. She is a quick learner and we just need to practice more.

To see the progress she has made in the 6 months we have had her, to me is amazing. Yes, she is still scared of some new things, but we understand that. We know we have to watch her from now on, but we are OK with that. She is our baby, and she now knows that.



great news and great work and patience. my wife and i have been a foster home for a chihuahua rescue for several years. 2 of our fosters along the way we ended up adopting after 2 years of fostering them. They both have been with us for a total of 4 years. Momma Girl was rescued from a puppy mill kept in a small wire cage 24/7 and Meg came from a 40 dog hoarding case.

they continue to have trust issues but they still make slow progress and are 2 of the sweetest dogs ive know.

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great news and great work and patience. my wife and i have been a foster home for a chihuahua rescue for several years. 2 of our fosters along the way we ended up adopting after 2 years of fostering them. They both have been with us for a total of 4 years. Momma Girl was rescued from a puppy mill kept in a small wire cage 24/7 and Meg came from a 40 dog hoarding case.

they continue to have trust issues but they still make slow progress and are 2 of the sweetest dogs ive know.


Thank you for helping the pups by fostering. It takes someone very special to be able to do that in my opinion. It sounds like Momma Girl and Meg have found a great home with great parents, and they deserve that.

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I'm so glad that Sahara has made such good progress! Thank you for your patience and love as she continues her socialization and training process.


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An update on Sahara. We went on our first trip of the year. We haven't been out much the last few months due to issues other than Sahara, so I was worried how she would react to people. We walked around the campground 2-3 times a day, and she never had an issue with anyone. She would do the usual Lab bark, sees someone and lets you know they are there, but no agression.

One walk turned out to make the trip. As we were coming down a section, a guy standing at the end of the lane commented to his wife how pretty Shahara was. As they approached with their Golden Retriever puppy, I asked them not to try and pet her and told them why. They understood perfectly and we talked about someone who would harm a dog. Well, Sahara and their pup decided it was playtime, and they started having a big time. It was great to see her so happy playing. About this time, a friend of theirs walked up with a lab and he decided to join in the fun too. The first gentlemen I spoke to, bent down and stuck his hand out for Sahara to sniff. She slowly went up and sniffed, then put her head under his hand for him to pet her. He started petting and she just stood there and enjoyed it.

We had told the 2nd gentlemen who walked up her story, but he went ahead and bent down and stuck out his hand. This time Sahara just walked over, let him start petting her and rubbed up against him. She set there and let him pet her until we left. To say this was the highlight of the trip, would be an underestatement.

I had hoped to get her in the dog park with their dogs, but didn't. Everytime we went to the park, there was always other people in the area and I don't feel comfortable letting her off leash with people in the area.

But, again I saw some progress. I have noticed around other dogs seems to help her accept people. Still working on her training and have also been working on getting her comfortable with a muzzle to take her out to a Lowes or such to be around more people. Almost forgot, Sahara and my wife are best buds. Of course this means my wife now has a 90 lb. lap dog.

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Fantastic!! It also helps when you encounter people who really know dogs and their behavior and also know how to interact. Well done.


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That's great news Travelingman. Sahara's improved behaviour is a huge testament to your working with her and your kindness.

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That is heartwarming news!! Great job!

Sometimes it IS all about the introductions. My Aussie Ike wanted nothing to do with men - I suspect there had been abuse from his prior owner's husband. But when my son-in-law Creig first visited after we got Ike and I explained the dog's fear of men, Creig got down on his hands and knees and did a "play bow" to Ike. Ike immediately responded in happy play - and a bond was forged that lasted Ike's lifetime. Some people just know how to tell a dog "I will never hurt you".

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