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Welcome to TLR MD Daisy! Daisy comes to us from a very rural, high kill area of Georgia. Daisy is a little shy of new people and isn’t a bundle of energy so she was pushed out of the way by the other dogs at the kennel until she made the urgent list. Then one of our wonderful volunteers opened their home to save Daisy’s life and she’s now adjusting to a better way of life here in MD. She was a little unsure when she first arrived and paced trying to figure out what was going on and why was she here? But we knew she’d soon figure it out when her tail started to wag.
Daisy is a 3 year old Shepherd mix. She is spayed and current on her vaccines. She is heartworm positive and we’ve begun treating her through the slow kill method. The rescue will provide all medication and related care until she’s heartworm negative. We are just starting to get to know Daisy and will post an update soon but so far we know she’s indifferent to cats and dogs and gets along with everyone. She is crate trained and house trained and very mellow.
Foster Update 5/1/16: She's doing well. She is amazingly good with the cats and the kids. She is still a little skittish, and doesn't like to be petted much, but she is definitely better than she used to be with that. She still paces, but it doesn't seem nearly as frantic as it used to. She much prefers to be outside than in, and I do have trouble getting her back in the house sometimes. She only barks when she is hungry, LOL. In fact she could be my new alarm clock, because she barks at 6 AM every morning. But she is gradually becoming more receptive to affection, especially if you pet her on the body and not the head. She likes to chew on bully strips, and destroys them relatively quickly, but has not been destructive to any of the furniture in the house. She did rip apart her pillow, but that's OK because she seems to prefer to lay on a hard surface. She totally ignores the dog bed. She really is a great dog! Haven't tried to play fetch with her, but we do take walks periodically and she is getting better on the leash she doesn't pull, it's actually the opposite problem. She lags behind and has to be tugged to get moving a lot. But like I said, gradual improvement. She's been friendly towards other dogs, and interacts with the dogs in my neighbors yard through the fence a lot. One of the two next-door likes to bark at her, but she doesn't bark back. She has a very low tail wag, which at first I thought was a sign that she was scared, but I think now that that's just how her tail is. I've never seen it up more than halfway.
Update on Daisy, June 26, 2016: Daisy has calmed down a great deal in the past two months. She greets us with a wagging tail every morning and whenever we return from being out. We no longer crate her when we are not home, and she has not been destructive at all. She also no longer sleeps in the crate, preferring a spot on the carpet, completely ignoring the dog bed as well. She is very well house trained, not having had any accidents in the house; the longest span she has been home alone is probably about 8 hours. She is not a barker with the exception of when she really needs to go outside. In fact, she prefers to be outside, regardless of the weather. She has not shown any inclination to leave our yard, which has a four-foot fence. She still paces a little, usually when she first goes outside after having been inside for a while, but not nearly as much as she initially did. She is still not interested in traditional play – chasing balls and the like – but has become much more affectionate, coming up to us to be petted when we are sitting around. She has started following me around the house when I first come home from being out, and laying down next to me when I work on the computer at night. She continues to get along well with both the children and the cats, and has interacted well with other dogs in supervised situations. She has not had the opportunity to interact with other dogs in the same yard off leash, but her on-leash and through-the-fence interactions lead me to believe she would do well with other dogs in general. All in all, she has been a wonderful foster so far, and I think she’ll make a wonderful pet for a family looking for a relatively calm dog!
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