We may never know what happened to Red during her time at One More Chance--all I know is that when I looked at her face for the first time three months ago, I could tell she'd been through a lot. Back in February, she was known only as Dog #33 - a spayed female hound mix. Because there were so many dogs & we split into teams to care for them, it took me a couple weeks before I got to spend any time one-on-one with Dog #33. By that time, most of the dogs had realized we were nice people & it was okay to trust us, and jumped up & down eagerly when they saw us coming towards their pens with leashes. Not Dog #33 - when I entered her pen with leash in hand, she sat in the back corner and gave me the wary expression you see in the picture above. After I spent a few minutes talking softly to her, she allowed me to put a leash on her & take her on a walk around the warehouse. She lived up to her "hound" label, eagerly sniffing everything in her path. From then on, she realized I was trustworthy and didn't shy away when I walked her.
As the weeks went by, Dog #33 came out of her shell more and more, and she was christened as "Red" by one of the volunteers. We worked hard to try & find homes for Red and all of the other dogs at the shelter, and eventually someone associated with the raid on the shelter said she would give Red a home...she just needed to fence in her yard first. Another volunteer, who Red had really taken a liking to, agreed to foster Red until the yard got fenced in.
Through Red's foster mom's Facebook page, I got to celebrate Red's small victories, like the first time she felt comfortable enough to lay on the ground:
The reason I'm featuring Red on my blog is because the person who was going to take her no longer can (for reasons unknown to me), and her foster mom belileves she deserves to live in a home where she's the center of attention. I got to see Red again recently and want to share some pictures so you can see how much she's come out of her shell when compared to the scared, shy dog I met a few months ago!
She is not aggressive towards men--she is definitely scared & submissive. She did meet my husband on the day I took these pictures--I had warned him that she was very fearful of men so he basically didn't pay attention to her until she approached him. She would stand right up against his legs while I was petting her and, after a while, he was able to pet her as well. (This doesn't surprise me, as all dogs seem to love him!) I think Red just needs some time to learn that all men aren't bad, and needs a forever home where her new owners can devote time to working with her so she can come to that realization!
Her foster mom also said, "Really breaks my heart to not be able to keep her but she really needs a home where she has someone that can make her the center of attention that she's never been before."
If you'd like to give Red her forever home, please contact her foster mom, Jennifer at (937) 405-8048 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just because I'm a relentless shutterbug & want everyone to see what a gorgeous girl Red is, here are a couple more pictures!
Here's Red, happily sniffing away in the yard:
And here's Red, getting reaquainted with Sly, a fellow One More Chance survivor who's also currently in foster care: