|Barked: Fri Oct 12, '12 10:33am PST |
|Hi, April. Thank you for taking in this poor scared creature and all you are doing to try to help her! She's so lucky that you found her.
First, please do consider that this little dog might have an owner somewhere that is searching for her. Things happen; dogs slip out of doors, kids accidentally leave doors open, dogs get scared, dogs start running and get lost.... Presumably, you found the dog with no ID attached and the vet, hopefully, has already checked her for a microchip. If the vet didn't do that, you should ask the vet or a local shelter to do that. Also, you should (in most places you are legally obligated) report the found dog to your local animal control shelter. To be extra sure, you might also: report the found dog to shelters within a certain radius of where she was located; report to vet facilities within a certain radius; post an ad in your local newspaper, Craigslist, and/or post some flyers in the area.
In the meantime, it's wonderful that you are giving great care to this dog. If I were you, I'd call back the vet that already has checked her out, and discuss your concerns about her health (like sleeping excessively). Since the vet has recently had her for an office visit, he/she will probably be happy to talk with you about additional concerns, and advise if another visit or other steps are necessary.
As far as her behavior, she's obviously gone through a lot of stress (having been out on the streets for an unknown period), and now is in an unfamiliar place, unsure of what is going on. In the ensuing days and weeks (if her owner doesn't turn up), you will get to know her better. She may relax and come out of her shell. It might take some time. Just keep practicing patience and kindness, and know that Dogsters will be here to support you. Please keep us updated!
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