December 2nd 2012 4:52 am
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Yesterday I took the three dogs hiking with a friend and her dog. The first time Angie met this particular dog, Zoey came on way too strong and terrified poor Angie. Since then, however, they have met several times and every time, they have been quite fine with one another. We had not seen Zoey for quite some time and I was surprised by how excited Angie was to see her yesterday.
Angie also seemed excited to see Zoey's owner, who commented to me that Angie was nothing like the dog she used to be. Yes, she is still skittish with strangers, but she is much more calm around strangers who are not trying to touch her. When we ran into the ex-husband of another neighbor (recognized only because he had her dogs with him), Angie ran up to say hi to the little dogs and did not react to the man at all, even though she was within touching distance, for probably five minutes. Then, for unknown reasons, she started barking and darting towards him. But, just one word from me and she quit that behavior, came over to me and sat politely for a treat.
To me, this is a real mile stone. I don't see the daily changes that the neighbors are commenting on - and several of them have made that comment, that Angie is so much calmer and more confident - but sometimes I see the progress when we have an event like yesterday.
So whoever decides to take Angie off my hands will be getting a much different dog from the dog I took in as a foster all these months ago.
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