On the long road to recovery

The pain meds are long gone. Scarlett still sleeps a lot although not as much as when she was drugged. The sleep is a godsend or she’d be climbing the walls from sheer boredom. She may always sleep a lot or she may, over time, have more energy for other things. Activity expansion isn’t on the top of our list for the next few weeks.

We do slow walks around the perimeter of our building to try and work off any nervous energy. One day I made a mad dash to the store next door and left McKinley and Scarlett home with my sister. Scarlett had an absolute meltdown. AJ had to sit quietly with her in the living area until she calmed. By the time I got back she was fine, but we’re now careful about separation anxiety. I don’t leave her home alone if there is any way to avoid it.

We can work on separation anxiety later. At least she’s bonded well enough to a human to want to be with me.

As we walk, she’s learning that total strangers at the complex are now only partial strangers and no one has bitten or beaten her yet. I keep telling her she’s got a badass Dog Mommy and nothing harmful is every going to happen to her again. So far I’m right.

She’s let a couple of people touch her and pet her (besides AJ and me) and she’s been able to tolerate relatively strange (non-assertive) dogs, but Bonnie the Westie (a sweet, but vocal girl) just scares the bejeepers out of her. One day at a time. She no longer panics and tries to bolt. She has her tail down, but she’s calm.

img_2840WLD and Scarlett are friends now. They walk nicely together. They sometimes play quietly with Scarlett lying on her back and McKinley play biting her. It is a non-stress activity. They doggie grin and do it for a couple of minutes, then WLD loses interest and walks away. Sometimes they lay down and chew on the same toy side by side. Sometimes they do competitive rawhide chewing side by side for a few minutes.

I still think she’d do well as an only dog, but if she had a friend like McKinley who is very gentle, it could work. It would take some time, is all. And definitely with an older person or someone who is home a great deal of the time. She is a velcro dog.

Since we stopped putting cream on the bare spots on Scarlett, her hair has started growing back in. By the time she’s ready for the adoption center she won’t have a bald spot left.  😀

Scarlett still walks best with a leash wrap like the one I have on her in the photo. If she gets panicked she can’t struggle out of it like she can her collar (as I’ve found out more than once) so she’s always like this. I only walk her in the gated community – I don’t trust her outside the confinement of the fence, even on a leash. Too much could happen too fast. I now use the longer lead that I used with Sam. She walks very well (except if she’s afraid) so that’s not a problem.

We’re still working on name recognition. She will come if I make kissing noises. She will come if I call McKinley. She does not associate her name with food or with treats or with anything else. Maybe her name will be kissing noise, kissing noise. Her hearing is just fine.

Scarlett is available for adoption through the SPCA of East Texas. As my sister, AJ says, she’s got a beautiful face, beautiful eyes, and a wonderful disposition. She is a kind little dog. She’s a gentle little thing. She has a lot of puppy still left in her. Scarlett is going to make some person a very devoted life companion for many years to come.

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On the long road to recovery

2 thoughts on “On the long road to recovery

    1. I doubt the Cupcake will like it at all to begin with. Now Scarlett doesn’t notice it. It prevents her from choking herself on her own color it prevents her from choking herself on her own collar. She can’t wiggle out of her collar. If I put a harness on her she is the kind of dog that could get out of a harness by straightening out her front legs and backing out. This gives me far more control. She doesn’t seem to object to the fact that it is against the hanging breast material so that’s a plus.

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