|Barked: Sun Jun 2, '13 5:30am PST |
|Thanks again everyone for your responses. They definitely helped during a really depressing time. I live in Hong Kong (for work) while my husband (and other pets) lives in Australia so it was a surprisingly lonely & sad time for me as I didn't have a ton of people around me to talk to.
I thought I'd update you and let you know that I bounced back and forth on what to do and then was putting myself under so much pressure for a decision that I felt sick. I decided to take some time and step back and a decision would come to me. The rescue group was of almost no help, as they're disorganised and overloaded as it is.
I realised that Clement is first and foremost a scared dog and for days after he looked horribly sad. I suddenly felt guilty that if it was his last days with me, I didn't want them to be sad (as most of his life had likely not been peachy) so I tried to show him I was not mad. Over time we've become friends again, a little different of course. I realise I may have been going too fast in familiarity with him. Since then, ironically I'd say things have gotten better. He's learning not to bark at my apartment building neighbours. He seems to trust me MORE and a couple days after I woke up with his face basically on my pillow which gave me a fright!
I'm going to take him to a behaviourist and see if we can work on some things. His former foster says that he never had an issue with any of her dogs and avoided them if anything. I just took him to a kennel in HK as I'm back in Australia for a visit. He was mixing fine with the other dogs in no time. I think it's just his fear of people I need to work on!
There ARE a few behaviourists here in HK, and I spoke to a good one the other day. It is a different culture here for sure. I certainly don't think most pets are treated as well as in the West and therefore, there are a fair amount of abandonments, fearful/damaged dogs, etc. I don't know if this is common, but here in HK, people often take dogs to the woods and leave them there, there are packs of roaming dogs in the parks and rural areas. It's also common to leave animals tied up to a fence, or take to a groomer and never pick up. Anyway, heartbreaking stuff. I hear all of the fear in regards to rage, and him doing it again. I'm obviously much more wary now!
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