April 2nd 2013 6:07 pm
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Angie went for a weekend visit with a couple that were thinking of adopting her. Despite never even trying to get out of my fenced yard or any of her other foster family's yards, she escaped from the backyard of this couple early Easter morning. I went to their house and walked the neighborhood around noon and again yesterday evening with Claire and Yuki, hoping to draw Angie out if she was still in the area. No such luck.
This morning she was sighted near Ohio Valley University so I drove there at lunchtime and called for her while walking all around the campus. I drove around the area, too, while calling and whistling for her. Again, no luck.
I am worried about her. If any one is in the Vienna, WV area and sees her, please contact me and tell me the location.
March 17th 2013 3:12 pm
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This past week my family visited so Angie had lots of new socialization opportunities. She'd met my mother once before so I was not surprised when Angie asked my mom for loving on their second day here. She frequently seemed surprised by my dad and would bark at him, but by the end of their visit, her barking was very short and infrequent, only if he startled her. He worked hard to win her over, with treats and lots of attention to Claire and Yuki but she remained a little suspicious of him throughout their visit.
The big surprise was how well Angie handled my brother, who is disabled and uses a walker to get around. Although my dogs have never been fazed by my brother, I do know that sometimes dogs can find people who move in less typical ways or use assistance to be scary, so I was a little worried about how Angie would react. I should not have been. From the first day they were here, Angie was not at all afraid of him. By the second day, she would climb onto the couch with him and by the third day, she was soliciting attention from him. My brother, by the way, absolutely loved that Angie trusted him but not my dad.
In Angie's defense, my dad used a lot of power tools and made a fair amount of noise. He also moved around throughout the house much more than my brother or mother, and, having diabetes, might have smelled a little off to her, too.
With all the excitement from our guests, when I had a party Friday night, I crated Angie were she could see every one arrive but was in a separate room from the action. She barked a little when guests were arriving, but so did Claire and Yuki. She was calm and quiet in her crate, and when I let her out to greet the last lingering guests at the end of the evening, she was bold enough to sniff every one and even accept some pats from one of the guests before she decided that was enough. Even then, she simply went onto the couch with Claire, rather than outright leave the room.
So we can add to Angie's list of skills and traits that she is good with people with disabilities - or at least, with the one she has met.
February 11th 2013 2:21 pm
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I know that every one is looking for love around this time of year, and Angie is no exception. She cuddles up to me and the other dogs and has even begun making friendly gestures towards my one hiking buddy, even though she had not seen him in weeks and weeks. Still working on the down command. She has the general idea but is still putting the idea and cue together. Soon, I hope.
She has decided that she hates to be in the crate. I can't say I blame her as my work schedule is more intense this semester and so she is frequently spending 12 hours a day in the crate. I wish it were not the case, but at least she is not living in a crate, as she would be at the humane society. She goes in looking dejected, not fighting at all, but clearly not pleased.
Yesterday Angie got a partial bath, mostly just to hose off the mud that she picked up while we were hiking. All three dogs were brown with sticky mud. I forgot the leash, so I had to simply hold her collar and bathe her one-handed. The screaming, fighting dog that I bathed the first time is gone and while I would never say that Angie likes getting a bath (only dogs with skin conditions like Yuki apparently enjoy baths), she has progressed past the fighting stage, past the stage of being convinced she is going to die a horrible death, into the stage of quiet resignation.
After her bath, I consoled her by trimming her nails. She really does seem to enjoy that.