11-17-2012, 06:24 PM
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Hello, everyone. My family and I recently adopted a dog from the shelter where my daughter and I have volunteered since this past June. We have named her LaSalle. She is most likely a German Shepherd mix. But, at one year old and only 35 pounds, she is clearly mixed with something considerably smaller. We also have a 12 year old cat. It's nice to have a dog in the house again. But there are a couple of issues. I'll probably address those in another thread and hopefully get some much needed feedback. A little general background about LaSalle first, though. I'm told that she was born into a hoarding situation. After that, she was originally sent to a shelter that soon ran out of room. She and a probable littermate were then transferred to the shelter from which we eventually adopted her. This was in May, however, just before my daughter and I began volunteering. So we didn't see her at that time. She and her sister were quickly adopted, by the same family. In early September, however, these folks returned LaSalle (then called Louise) to the shelter, but kept her sister. They said that Louise/LaSalle was "too shy" and had shown food aggression towards her sister. The people at the shelter who remember the pups from the first time around confirm that they were both very shy although, at the time, LaSalle's sister appeared to be the more shy of the two. Anyway, she didn't get off to the greatest start in life and has been bounced around from place to place a bit since then. Sooo, as volunteers, my daughter and I began to bond with Louise/LaSalle. Our family adopted her in late September. LaSalle is indeed really shy and skittish, but super sweet and very affectionate once you win her trust. (This is one of the biggest issues, actually. She has not warmed up to my husband at all.) We only have the one other cat, but I don't see any food aggression (or any other kind of aggression) whatsoever. Just timidity, fearfulness and a lack of confidence. She's actually a very gentle little soul. We are trying to get her socialized as much as possible now and build up her sense of security. She's definitely a work in progress, but I know she is worth the effort. I think she honestly wants to be more trusting and outgoing, but is having a hard time breaking out of her shell. Hopefully, we'll get there....
Last edited by LaSallesMom; 11-17-2012 at 06:27 PM.