We spoke with our vet and a PR trainer who would cover our area for a little extra charge.
Neither had any advice to offer. The vet said we could try medication in the short term, but it would still involve us having to build up leaving Zoey very slowly over a matter of months.
The trainer said we seemed skilled at handling behavioural problems with our dogs, and she could not offer any more than what we are doing. She recommended trying to leave her in a separate room more often whilst we are in the house with things to do (we have been trying to do this but she’s just started whining). Leaving Zoey would have to go right back to the start too, just a minute at a time, so she wouldn’t have time to feel anxious.
The trainer said rehoming her sounded like it could be the best for all of us. She did not push us to rehome Zoey, but she said it was a very valid option.
We have had Zoey’s information listed for potential fostering for three weeks now, and less than a week ago some people messaged saying they were interested in adopting her.
We got in touch and have spoken a few times. They’re home all day, Zoey would be an only dog (meaning she would get all their attention and could have toys about 24/7), force free training methods, and they have said they understand things would have to be taken very slowly.
I have been very honest about Zoey, her issues and how much management she will need. The original information the people responded to was 2601 words long; this blog is 404.
If they really are interested we will meet up with them and Zoey, and take it from there.
I expected to be crying hysterically 24/7 if we ever reached this point, but I am actually just totally numb. I’ve only been able to sleep 5.5 hours total the past two nights. I have a headache and feel constantly nauseous.
I think this might be the worst Christmas ever.
Zoey is her usual happy self when we’re home. Lots of snuggling and kisses and happy smiles. I want her to be like that all the time. Kasper and Rey are fine too.
I don’t understand why I’m not breaking right now. I’m scared there’ll be a point where I just crack completely.
I hope everyone else has a Happy Christmas, sorry for such a depressing post…