Keep me safe......
October 18th 2010 4:33 am
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One of our exercises we do with Darcy is to tether her to me so she can interact and not hide. During this time I usually sit on the floor and just place my hand on her side. No petting, no talking, no eye contact. Just sitting and breathing - calmly. I usually sit with her for about 30 minutes watching the news. Well yesterday while we sat all Darcy did was shake. Sometimes it makes me so sad other times angry. How could someone make a dog so afraid that the only touch it received from humans was one of frustration or anger. We have a long road with Darcy, this we knew ahead of time. She's made great strides with leashes, walks and feeding. But the touch is going to be the hardest to do. When we walk and I see a car coming, I have to walk her off the road and rub her chest for reassurance that the vehicle will not hurt her. She flinches to my touch and hits the ground when the vehicle passes - tail tucked to her belly.... Yesterday, while we were walking a car approached us, I rubbed her chest, the car passed and she shrunk down just a bit. I told her what a good girl she was and we continued to walk. Her tail wasn't tucked and we continued. The only thing is after the car passed she kept looking behind her. She will not treat (not even cooked chicken) when she is like this. We only walk the lake once a week, but each time is getting just a hair better. Frustrating? You bet! I just wish I could choke out those who did her wrong.