Howdy everybody. I have applied to a shelter to adopt Dory, a 2 yo black lab. She was owned by an Amish couple and had one litter of 8 pups before she was turned over to the shelter. She has been at the shelter since May 10 (almost 6 weeks ago). She is very sweet but very passive and unenergetic and way, way skinny. Her ribs show, and she doesnt seem very interested in food. The shelter management suspects she was possibly abused, but at least very neglected. Management also said lots of people have taken her for walks, but no one takes her home. She seems to prefer women and other dogs for company and is somewhat more reluctant around men.
I have really fallen for this dog and want to do everything to bring her back to a vital life. I am looking for a dog to play fetch and frisbee with and take camping and some light hiking with. Is it unrealistic for me to hope that she could bounce back? Should I only look at dogs that are already more energetic? Im willing to give her all the time she needs to adjust and build confidence. Im eager to invest time, attention and training with her. (I work at home) But, I am not up for a perpetually depressed dog. Is it foolish to even consider her? Are my hopes misplaced?
Adoption is set to be final after June 30 when she has been to the vet and recovered from being spayed.
Any constructive comments are welcome. God bless!
FrJMember Since 18 Jun 2012
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