Friday, November 6, 2009

Will you be the winner?

Carrie, our little spook, is getting better every day. It takes a lot of time and a lot of patience to bring out a dog like Carrie, but our efforts are starting to pay off. Each day she is just a little less fearful, and each day she gets a little better. It is baby steps with her, but we expect that. Today I opened the door to let her out and she ran out. That might not seem like much, but for Carrie to come within a few feet of me on her own is terrific. Normally I have to lead her or carry her to the door because she is too afraid to walk near me on her own. It means she is starting to build a little trust in us. The hours and hours of sitting next to Carrie on the floor petting and reassuring her are paying dividends. Once she gets to the door, she turns on the jets and off she goes. Our next door neighbor has a boston terrier that came up to the fence and Carrie had fun playing with that dog today. We can see that Carrie is going to end up as a very friendly, playful dog that will make someone very happy. She will probably be the best dog they ever had. She has never had an accident in the house, doesn't damage anything, and has been very easy to take care of. We don't crate her at night, or even during the day when we are gone and when we get back, not a thing is out of place. The person who adopts Carrie is going to end up the winner in all of this. Her eventual adoptor will need to put some work into her up front, but the payoff will be huge. She still needs some more rehab time at the Hound Hotel, but if you love greyhounds, this is one to consider.

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