Have you ever met a dog who melts your heart with a single glance? We have! Bailey is a super sweet, but incredibly stressed and shy Bernese Mountain Dog Great Pyrenees Mix who came to the shelter when her original owners could no longer care for her.
Once in our care, it was clear that a kennel in a loud, stress-inducing dog room was not a good fit. The poor girl would slink off to the farthest corner of her cage, roll up in a ball, and shake herself to sleep. Realizing that our environment was not suitable for this pup, we called upon our foster team to see if someone’s heart and home was open to take in this sweet dog. And that’s when foster parent Laura came to the rescue!
Coming in to meet Bailey one-on-one, Laura and her husband were determined to help this dog. After a meet and greet and info session with one of our Behavior Specialists, she was ready to commit to bringing Bailey home for some much needed R&R. And boy are we glad she did!
Since entering foster care last week, Laura has been sending us many updates on our dear Bailey. Here’s a glimpse at her first couple of days:
Friday, October 11th-
Hi all, just wanted to give you an update on Bailey.
She did so well on the car ride home. When I got her into the house she initially hid behind the chair but within minutes was out and sitting next to me (as I tried to assemble her X-Pen). Within an hour she was laying in my lap. She ate all her food, she consistently Drinks water, and she was really calm and relaxed all night. She did an absolutely wonderful job.
My husband came home around 10 o’clock and that’s when things changed a bit. She started barking at him and she was so scared she went to the bathroom on the spot. I had my husband just sit down and for the next two hours she kept trying to get closer to him. You could tell she was scared but that she was interested in getting to know him. I think this is a really good sign.
And then, after a couple of days, lots of work, and patience, the fosters sent the following email, showcasing Bailey’s incredible progress:
Monday, October 14th-
Hope everyone had a great weekend. Just wanted to give you another Bailey update:
She is doing so well! I am so proud of the progress that she makes each and every day. This weekend she got to spend a lot more time with my husband (who she was originally really scared of) and now she is snuggling in bed with him! She is still a little timid when he is standing up and walking towards her, but once he is sitting or laying down, she’s pretty comfortable. She is still really attached to me and follows me everywhere. I would like to get to the point where just because I leave a room, doesn’t mean she has to leave the room too and just because I sit down, doesn’t mean she has to sit in my lap (she has no idea what a big girl she is!).
We also focused on trying to get Bailey outside some more this weekend since she HATES to go outside. Getting her out just 2 times a day to go to the bathroom is the most we can get her out. Since it was so nice this weekend, we had her on our back porch and she did great. We kept the door to get back into the house open the whole time, but she stayed out with us on the porch. Last Friday, I couldn’t even get her to step foot on that back porch for more than a few seconds. Yesterday she spent a few hours out there.
So, pretty much all good news here! She is pretty much potty trained, she is eating her dog food (plus some people food) takes her medicine, drinks lots of water.
We are so excited to see how, in just a few days, Bailey has come out of her shell and is beginning to trust and bond to her foster parents.
Fostering a fearful dog can be one of the most difficult projects a volunteer can undertake. But knowing that you can have an opportunity to save a pet’s life is all it takes to rally an animal lover to jump in and help out. This is why we count our foster volunteers as some of the most valuable helpers on our team!
We are eager to hear more on Bailey’s progress in the coming days and will keep you posted. Please share this blog post to help us get the word out about this incredible dog – and to help us find her a new forever home!
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