A Female Mixed Breed presently Adopted
Update Nov: Wonderful news from Elfie's foster parents. The recently sent us this news:
Elfie is getting so fearless and adventurous that we now call her Lara Croft! She went as far as stealing a small bite of chicken off my plate the other night! Hahaha!
She stays with her pack instead of seeking refuge in her cage. She eats with the other dogs in our presence. And she no longer tends to flee when we move about in the house.
She is progressing SLOWLY but surely. Seeing her play for the first time, roughhouse with the dogs, wag her tail, bark, eat a treat out of our hand, run or roll in the snow reminds us that, although she has a long way to go, there is a real dog inside the shell that she created. But, patience, interaction with humans and especially love can accomplish miracles!
Elfie's Foster Parents
In August, Animatch took in five dogs as a result of a seizure. Much as we have seen many dogs in varying states of neglect and distress, these five girls were some of the most shut down dogs that have come through our doors. Animatch knew that they required more attention and work than was available at the Centre. For that reason, all five were placed in foster situations. One lucky girl has been adopted. Two are at FIC where Virginie Forest and Alain Bonneau and their students continue to try to break through their shell; they have been successful with one and won’t give up on the other. Cachet (on website) is in a foster home with a Volunteer where she is making slow progress – the resident dogs are helping.
Meet Elfie who is also in a Foster home and shares her space with three other dogs (former Animatch adoptees). Elfie is making progress although she still likes the safety and comfort of her crate a little too much. Her family now sees some tail wags and cheerful barking when they arrive home – in the past, we only saw fear. Like the other four who arrived with her, she has a fear of men and her family is working on that. One positive detail is that she does like treats and will come for one; liver treats are her favorite! Elfie is much more comfortable outside and believe it or not she enjoys going for walks on leash. She walks proudly beside her human with her tail held high. Although she is still not keen and tenses up when held, she does not snap; she much prefers just sitting alongside you on the sofa. Elfie is presently sharing her space with cats and ignores them most of the time. Another well-adjusted, confident dog in her new home would help her immensely. No doubt, the journey is not over for Elfie and we are looking for a patient and understanding person who is willing to help with her progress and accept that it will be a process. If you have always wanted to really help a dog like Elfie and restore her faith in humans, please consider adopting her. Fill in the Adoption Form and ask for Elfie.
More Details About Elfie
- Status: Adopted
- Breed: Mixed Breed
- Size: Medium
- Age: 8 years
- Gender: Female
- Grooming: Medium-high
- Energy: Medium
- Children: 12 and over
- Cat friendly: Yes
- Dog friendly: Yes
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