The guy who adopted Emma is a really, really nice guy, but … he keeps coming back with LOTS of questions (an email to me every day or two and a phone call to my Mandarin speaking friend every second day), many of which I feel ill-equipped to answer. (see below)
I guess I ask a lot of questions, too, but…
When I first found Emma, she had scabies (mange) and I was told to put her into quarantine for a MONTH. She stayed in my biggish bathroom and cried a lot. She missed out on so , SO much important socialization for a 2-3 month old pup. She got walks , but minimal interaction as I was sht-scared of spreading her mange to the other animals in the house.
Maybe she would have turned out the same, maybe not. I feel it was this isolation that made her scared of everyone except me. The guy who has her said she has warmed up a bit to him, but he is convinced she was abused while she was on the street. Possible, but I have a feeling it is from not enough socialization at a crucial time… Either way, she is very shy of people, and she barks (which, I suppose isn’t that abnormal for a dog…)
" I watch Emma’s junior pictures over and over again, and I felt so sad.
She must have led a miserable life before she met you.
I conclude that maybe there is a shadow hanging over her
She is afraid of many things.
Till now she does not get closer to me than that of my
Sound I take her to see a “mental vet” "
… I advised just giving her lots of love and being very patient.
"I will keep on trying my best to love her.
And I will keep on modifying the way of love until we have some “feeling” in common.
I addition, she always pees outside.
But sometime she has to pee in the balcony because of the typhoon.
She will not pee unless I take her out.
Do you have any better idea? "
Gee, I dunno. Sounds really great to me.
The next day he writes:
“Sometimes I feel sorry about Emma because I put a muzzle onto her mouth when I have to go out for a little moment and almost my neighbors stay home.
I am just afraid
(1)When the time almost my neighbors stay home, for example, late in the evening she barks as I am absent from my place
(2)She likes to bite something that she is not allowed to do when I was absent for a while
I am afraid that she will dislike me for the reason, but I have no choice though I pay much love to her.
Do you have any idea or could you pass me some information about how other experienced people
deal with the serious problem?”
A muzzle? While he is gone? Uh oh… I thought those were to prevent biting - but it sounds like he is using it to prevent barking. My initial intention when I took Emma in was just to CNR her. The vet said she was too young, too thin, and not healthy enough for surgery, so I had to wait. I decided to try to find her a home. A mistake? I dunno. Maybe.
Maybe I should break my rental contract and try to find a place to live where barking is not going to freak the neighbours out and take her back. It is just that I can’t quite wrap my head around hauling TWO dogs along should I decide to return to my birth country. One I can handle.