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Sue Ann

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Sue Ann is an OR due to family circumstances.  She is 5 years old, 14 inches, 38 pounds (needs to lose a few), now UTD, spayed, heartworm/fecal negative.

From Sue Ann’s foster mom: At this point, Sue Ann has been with us about 3 weeks.  Two of those weeks were spent recovering from spay surgery and a dental.  She came to us scared and unsure of what was going on.  She is still hesitant about things, especially noises that she is unfamiliar with.  We crated her for about 2 weeks but then stopped crating her during the day since it was very difficult to get her out of the crate.  The crate was her safe place.  Even with the crate door opened she wouldn’t leave the crate.  We placed the crate mat in front of the closed crate and that mat is now her safe place.  We still crate her at night.  Since she is no longer crated during the day, I started feeding her in the utility room with our dogs.  Sue Ann had done well eating with the rest of the crew.  That was until the clothes dryer started up, in “wrinkle shield” mode and she and our Buddy bolted from the room.  Buddy returned but Sue Ann wasn’t budging.  It took a few days before she was able to eat in the utility room without staring at the dryer and waiting for it to scare her again.

It has been easy to keep Sue Ann quiet during her recovery period.  She is content to lay on the mat near the crate.  She does sometimes get off the mat, sort of, standing with her front paws off the mat and keeping her back paws on it.  But I am encouraged that she has recently gone beyond the mat and come to me for petting.  There have been no accidents in the house.

I’ve only heard her bark once and that was when she was in her crate and no one else was around.

A funny thing is that she sometimes seems to watch the TV.  Not sure what shows are her favorites, yet.

I haven’t seen the carefree, happy Sheltie she was born to be, but I do get a glimpse of it when she does a little spin when we come home.  I look forward to seeing her blossom when she is beyond the recovery period and is free to do whatever she wants.