Haley, Yellow Labrador Retriever Female, 11.5 Years Old
July 17, 2018
She is a love! Sweet. Calm. Easy-going. Well-behaved to the point that I [almost] want her to chew up a sneaker, surf the kitchen counter, knock over a trashcan, or try to jump up on someone!!! Maybe she did all that stuff as a young pup and now as a senior dog (she is 11.5 years old) she’s content to get a couple of 20-30 minute walks a day, go out to the yard for potty breaks, eat twice a day, get some pets and treats now and then, and sleep.
But I think this girl has a lot of living left in her! I think she is just now beginning to show signs of recovering from having her heart broken, from being surrendered by her owner, from losing the only home she ever knew.
Her sad eyes and subdued demeanor leave me feeling that she is very confused, unsettled and uncertain. She has had moments while she’s been here where she genuinely seems happy (playing with her ball, getting belly rubs, learning new tricks) but most of the time she seems reserved and distant.
Tonight, after I brushed her (which she really likes) I invited her up on my bed AND for only the 3rd time since she’s been here, she jumped up! (I pat the spot next to me often, but she usually just watches me.) Then she did something she hasn’t done before. She rested her head on my lap and licked my hand – for about a minute.
It’s hard to foster these discarded dogs, win their trust, heal them, and then let them go. They are so special: vulnerable, confused, and uncertain…yet I believe they crave connection. I want to keep every single one of them. Of course, I know I can’t. And after fostering so many times now, and then saying goodbye, I know these dogs go on to live a great new life where they are appreciated and loved for the remarkable and precious pups they are.
Haley is in the top 5 of the best, easiest, most adaptable foster dogs I have ever had from any organization! Everyone who meets her marvels at how she seems to fit right into our routines like she’d been here her whole 11.5 years!
She is quiet – except a brief few barks to greet visitors. She sleeps through the night on a dog bed on the floor, has not had to be crated, does not trash pick or jump or push past gates, is respectful of the other dog’s food, takes treats very well, knows how to sit, walks well on a leash, is not in the least bit aggressive towards any dogs she has met – that includes my 3, my daughter’s Basenji mix, my friend’s very senior and bossy Chihuahua, my neighbor’s hound and other neighbor’s black Lab, and any dogs we’ve crossed paths with on walks. She is a bit of a loner, but enjoys receiving affection and attention when given it, she just is not needy or pushy!
June 24, 2018
When my dogs came down, they were excited to meet a new friend but obedient to my command to “stay back” and “sit” – Haley seemed much less interested in them! She showed no signs of aggression or any indication that she might have an issue with them, so I took her outside, shut the back door, then went in and let my dogs out. It was the easiest intro I have ever had – not one growl, whimper, or look that she wasn’t happy to meet them. My girls stood patiently while she sniffed them – then she wandered off nonchalantly like, “Okay, I’m done with that.”
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