A few days ago an elderly woman who knows us because of our dogs (ie. she is terrible with dogs and always wants to say hi to Kasper and Rey, and we have to try avoid her a lot!!) came around and asked if we could look after her neighbours’ dog.
The dog is a Chihuahua x Dachshund about 8 months old, housetrained, vet checked / vaccinated, and spayed. Supposedly good with other dogs and cats, and playful in personality. That’s all we knew.
We said we would try look after the dog, if there were no issues and it didn’t upset the boys.
I thought the neighbour was going to bring the dog around to us…but the dog is too scared for them to get her.
We said we’d go to the house and see her, and wow. She is one scared girl!!!
And she’s only 8 months old 😥
We sat in a separate room to her for hours. To begin with she would stay 15+ft away and bark repeatedly. We completely ignored her. After an hour she was trying to sniff out and eat the treats, but still kept several feet away. I did get sniffed once though!
The neighbour called the womans’ sister, who is in the area but leaving tonight, and the sister came over as the dog knows her…wow okay, she grabbed the dog (who was clearly terrified) and dragged her out by her collar!!!!
Once the lead was clipped on we walked her to our house. This normally takes less than 5 minutes, but it took 20 minutes with Pixie because she was so scared.
There was much straining in the opposite direction, lying down, tucked tail, cowering etc. And to boot her collar is stupidly large and she can fit her head out, so that was a huge worry, and we won’t be able to tighten it any time soon!!
When we finally made it home I literally had to drag her into the house as she was so scared. I waited a long time but she was working herself up and I couldn’t pick her up, so 😦
Inside we dropped the lead but left it attached.
Pixie is in the living room, on her own for now. The boys are in the other downstairs rooms, the cats have upstairs. Seesh!
Pixie was very stressed: panting, yawning, lip licks etc. I scattered some hotdog about and gave her the pupcake we bought at the fair recently. She hasn’t eaten anything but sniffed them.
We have a small plastic crate for her (I have no idea what she’s like left or whatever) and for tonight we’ll put her in a small section of pen with the crate inside, right by our mattress.
For now she is keeping her distance, but she has been quiet and doesn’t seem as scared. She has been here several hours and is lying down about 5ft away from me.
We are completely ignoring her. Offering lots of calming signals without looking at her. I hope she does okay, I’m not sure what they want to do otherwise. I don’t have any photos as she is too scared.
Tonight will be interesting…