Here begins the story. I went to the shelter in Monticello, FL yesterday and met an adorable dog. She looks like a small Newfoundland. She, and her 3 siblings, were found in a box on the side of the road a year ago. All her brothers and sisters were adopted, she has a droopy eye and is still at the shelter. She is extremely shy and is afraid to leave her surroundings, her "universe": the animal shelter. She was ok with me and I was able to pet her, but all she wanted to do while on a leash with me was go back to a pen, and any pen would do. Friendly with all other animals. In short, this will need work.
The plan as of now... We are going to take Ringo to the shelter (and I hope he doesn't get the wrong idea) to meet her. I am going to the shelter every morning before going to work (I may at one point decide to stay and not go to work anyway), possibly feed her in the mornings until she is comfortable with me. This one may take some time. Any advice will be appriciated. I will keep updating this, and will add pictures when she is home with us.
Day 2: I went in in Friday morning. The care taker brought her out to me and gave me some food for her. She was too nervous, so I took her to her pen. I sat inside with her for about 15 minutes, she sat near the fence, wouldn't come to me, but watched me the entier time.
Day 3: My wife and I took Ringo and it was a sucess. Ringo is a friendly dog, and there was no agression between the two at all. I was taking Ringo back to her pen, but since he had never been in such a place, he was quie frightened. So I went back out front, and they brought Gwenie to us. She eventually sat with me, had her head on my lap at one time, was fine with Ringo, overall she did not have a constant desire to getaway. She became comfortable with us. The four of us went for a walk at a nearby park and things went well.
I won't be able to go back until Thursday. I will take an old t-shirt.
Day 4: The break was due to going to Tampa to see Roger do The Wall (incredible, BTW). I went to the shelter Thursday morning. I went into her pen. She wouldn't come to me on her own, but continued to circle around me. There was another dog in the pen, he was all over me. I left a shirt for her to sleep with.
Day 5: Friday. I had to take Ringo to the vet for the day. I asked them to get Gwenie and put her in the pen next to him for the day. All went well. When I picked up Ringo, they brought out Gwenie and she jumped right into the car with us. I brought her home. She spent the night very timid, shy, and slept in the laundry room. Ringo and Won-Li were perfect gentlemen about the whole thing. Sparky (the old orange tabby) was quite curious.
Day 6: Saturday. She has checked out the house on her own. She loves going for walks and does quite well on the leash. AND....... while watching a movie last night, she walked up to me, sat beside me and licked my hand! Mission accomplished!
A week later, Queenie is very happy. She like to play with my hands when I sit my recliner and hang them off the back. She plays with all of our other animals (2 dogs, 2 cats). And she loves to run. She took off this morning and just ran in circles around the yard (we have 2 acres cleared, 3 are forest.)