a young and STUNNINGLY beautiful retriever chocolate lab x...imagine a chocolate retriever, or a chocolate setter, wow, he is lovely. he came up from VAS today, he was close to euth. as he had a meltdown in the kennels...a trembling mass of terrified jelly fish fur...not very adoptable and a city wide strike is looming so the staff asked if we could help him out here.
so max has arrived. he has been here for less than an hour, he is no longer terrified altho he is somewhat stressed and wondering what is happening now. he has had his first field run, off leash with me and deb and kenzie...he ran around, came when he was called, had a couple of swims, (ohhhh a pond, wahoo!!!!) briefly tried to engage kenzie in a game and is giving very great kisses. he is now segregated in the middle dog room til after his neuter which i already booked for wednsday and then there is an absolutely beautiful and wonderful dog for adoption jointly from VAS and saints (they keep him on their site and refer people on to him and i get to say yay or nay on the home.)
here is the thing about situational terror...it is self perpetuating and can eat anyone alive in the wrong place, in the wrong circumstances. dogs like max, panic in kennels...they are literally lost inside of their fear. the answer...get them out. give them some normality or whatever it is that makes them feel normal and good and safe. let them heal, it takes time, and then start introducing the things that frighten them when they have the strength and the trust and the problem solving skills borne of past success to be able to deal with what frightens them. it is not about teaching them to not be afraid, it is about giving them the trust in themselves and their caregivers and the skills they need to weather the storms of life. and that is exactly what we are good at here. none of our dogs are normal really, except here they are, and here anything that they happen to be is absolutely fine. there is a freedom in this for them, the pressure is off. and once that pressure is gone, they mostly with few exceptions, do fine.
welcome max, you are lovely and hopefully soon you will have a very great and perfect home.