We have had Carrie for a little over a week now and she is making progress, but it is slower then we would like. It is very odd because in every way she is a perfectly normal dog, except around people. When we weren't looking, she starting stealing kitchen towels, she taught herself how to go up and down the stairs, and she likes to play with our dogs. She does all the things we would expect any normal dog to do. But once a person walks in the room, she gets scared. I don't know what experiences she has had in the past with people, but obviously they weren't good. I can imagine her being a shy dog to start with, and her trainers growing progressively more frustrated with her, making the situation worse and worse. I don't know if that is the case, but I can certainly see something like that happening. Carrie probably still views us as her trainers thinking we are going to drag her across the kennel to try to make her race. She is making progress in that department, but it is slow going. It takes a long time to build back the trust after it has been lost. We can tell that she wants to come out of her shell, but isn't quite sure yet. She follows us around the house but keeps a safe distance. She is like any other dog in that she wants to know what is going on, but she is still afraid to get in the middle of it. She comes up to our room at night and sleeps with us and our hounds. She doesn't like being left alone downstairs. She will get there, but it will take some more time. Stay tuned for more updates on her progress. In the meantime, enjoy the video of Carrie and see for yourself what a beautiful dog she is.
2 days ago