Liberty on the Homefront

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Re: Liberty on the Homefront

Postby littleCloClo » Wed Mar 31, 2010 10:04 am

WOW, what a huge change - she looks fantastic in that last photo! :inlove:

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Re: Liberty on the Homefront

Postby Amie » Thu Apr 01, 2010 6:53 am

Today Liberty has been with me eleven months.

When she came to me, a behaviorist we worked with proclaimed Liberty the worst fear shut-down case she'd ever seen. Lib had to be carried outside to the bathroom for several weeks because she was too scared to leave her own room. She was terrified of the car, of new places, had no obedience, and would cower while walking up to new people. She once spent nearly 45 minutes standing outside a PetCo because she was too frightened to go inside. She was frozen in place for almost fifteen minutes while out on a walk when she could hear but not see someone bouncing a ball. She had nightmares almost every time she fell asleep and would wake up screaming and unaware of where she was. It took me two months to be able to walk past her with anything in my hands without her flinching severely, and about three months longer for anyone else to be able to. There is a pink ball that used to be nearly as effective as a baby gate in keeping her in place, she was so scared to move past it.

Last night she graduated from her first obedience class, where she learned sit, down, nose touch, loose-leash walking, recall, and is working on going to bed (which is hindered by her SA) on cue. At four years old, she learned every one of those skills faster than the nine month old Aussie Shepherd in the class. This week she went to the vet and walked right into the new location without having to be coaxed, dragged, bribed, or encouraged. She learned to pee outside her school building before class and on a break, instead of squatting in the middle of an exercise. She can meet people, dogs, cats, kids in strollers, people in wheelchairs, and people with bags and other things in their arms. She smiles in her sleep and almost never has nightmares anymore. And she played with that pink ball this week, too.

(first night at home)
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(in class last night)
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Re: Liberty on the Homefront

Postby MikeInTacoma » Thu Apr 01, 2010 7:12 am

:clap


:cheerleader:


:yay:

I think that, if you can send her on to another home after all that, then you're made of sterner stuff than I. (Just adopt her already. :)) )

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Re: Liberty on the Homefront

Postby Ilovethepits » Thu Apr 01, 2010 8:37 am

Woot Woot!! You are two amazing ladies!! :bowdown:

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Re: Liberty on the Homefront

Postby littleCloClo » Thu Apr 01, 2010 9:59 am

So, so impressed by both of you! :headbang:

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Re: Liberty on the Homefront

Postby FBODGRL » Thu Apr 01, 2010 11:46 am

:thumbsup:

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Re: Liberty on the Homefront

Postby KittyNyanNyan » Thu Apr 01, 2010 5:45 pm

Congrats! You've done so much with her!

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Re: Liberty on the Homefront

Postby Maven » Thu Apr 01, 2010 6:00 pm

Yay!!!!! Congrats to both of you hard working ladies!!!!

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Re: Liberty on the Homefront

Postby starrlamia » Thu Apr 01, 2010 6:37 pm

wegobad wrote::clap


:cheerleader:


:yay:

I think that, if you can send her on to another home after all that, then you're made of sterner stuff than I. (Just adopt her already. :)) )


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it's been amazing watching this thread unfold and seeing what effect love and patience can have. You're awesome!

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Re: Liberty on the Homefront

Postby Amie » Tue May 25, 2010 9:18 pm

Three days in a row and almost NO crying when I left or came home. It's been almost like the world might continue to spin. Imagine that.

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Re: Liberty on the Homefront

Postby HappyPuppy » Tue May 25, 2010 9:43 pm

Hooray!! If anyone can do it....YOU can! :nana:

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Re: Liberty on the Homefront

Postby Beowulf » Wed May 26, 2010 7:32 am

:clap :clap :clap

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Re: Liberty on the Homefront

Postby Ilovethepits » Wed May 26, 2010 8:12 am

Amie wrote:Three days in a row and almost NO crying when I left or came home. It's been almost like the world might continue to spin. Imagine that.


:bowdown: to you both!

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Re: Liberty on the Homefront

Postby Amie » Wed May 26, 2010 8:52 am

Her first Separation Anxiety spike was June 26, 2009. So this has been a really pleasant development this week.

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Re: Liberty on the Homefront

Postby KittyNyanNyan » Wed May 26, 2010 12:14 pm

:clap :clap


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