3.18.12 Louise, The Shy

18 Mar

Louise's Adoption Photo
March 2010

We adopted Louise in April 2010, when she was about 6 months old.  I decided that her birthday would be Oct 31, 2009 so she could be my Halloween Dog.  Squash E Bear was starting to really slow down by then and he was totally blind. I thought that getting a companion might help him on our walks and keep him company. I went on and other dog sites and started to look for my next love.  After several false starts (one being a shelter adoptee that bit me and Squash the first night she was here), I was ready to give up.  Late in March we stopped in PetCo to buy guinea pig food on a Saturday and happened upon an unexpected adoption fair.  I was immediately attracted to this medium size male dog with long hair (like Squash’s), but the rescue leader tried to talk us into this very fearful little black labby thing.  I never thought about a black dog before, or a lab, and I was not interested in a short haired dog (I like the furry kind).  We took Louise for a little walk and she was timid and fearful. I really was not interested. After a while her foster family came to pick her up and I saw a different dog emerge.  She jumped on the kids and was really happy to see them.  We talked to the foster and went home to think about it.

As you can see from the adoption picture above, Louise was not in the best of shape when rescued.  They were having trouble placing her because people were scared off by the condition of her skin and her shyness, When you rescue an animal, you don’t know a lot about their beginnings. I was told that she was rescued with her sister, Thelma, at about 4 months old. The rescuers (MJ’s Sanctuary) went down to pick up a bunch of dogs from a kill shelter in North or South Carolina (that is where Maryland gets a lot of dogs) when 2 men drove up with 2 puppies in the trunk.  The rescue team tried to talk the men into releasing the dogs to them but these guys did not want to, so the team kind of liberated the dogs somehow before they could be taken into the shelter.  Hence her name, “LOUISE” (from the great liberation movie, “Thelma & Louise“).   I figure Lulu’s Mom was maybe a hunting dog who got pregnant and gave birth in a barn. Somebody put flea collars on the pups and threw some food at them but I don’t think they interacted much with them because she appeared to not be socialized to people, and definitely not to males. The flea collar was embedded in her neck and her skin was covered with terrible dry mange when they rescued her and she shied away from everyone.

Lulu trying to cuddle with Squash
April 2010

I decided that I would spend some time with Louise and see how it work with Squash.  As you probably figured, it did not take long for me to fall in love.  Though it has taken 2 years of work (which continues) to help her over the anxiety of life, I could not have been chosen by a better dog.  Today she is a loving and special girl, with a shiny coat and adoring eyes.


Louise Today
March 2012

Just another DogDaz morning at our house ❤


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13 responses to “3.18.12 Louise, The Shy

  1. Tiffy the Yorkie

    March 18, 2012 at 04:52

    What a wonderful story. It’s great that you found each other and that it worked out so well for both of you 🙂

    • dogdaz

      March 19, 2012 at 08:26

      Thanks Tiffy – we think so too

  2. Paws To Talk

    March 18, 2012 at 10:02

    We love Louise’s story. She seems like a great part of the Zoo. She is very pretty too.
    Bella and DiDi

    • dogdaz

      March 19, 2012 at 08:27

      Thanks Bella and DiDi – If she was a human she would wear pink dresses all the time – DogDaz

  3. Lindy MacDuff

    March 18, 2012 at 11:58

    I’m so happy the two of you found each other. Wonderful story!

    • dogdaz

      March 19, 2012 at 08:27

      Thanks Linda – She has made my world better

  4. Genevieve Petrillo

    March 18, 2012 at 17:17

    Such a lucky little girl! She’s beautiful. It’s amazing what love and patience can do.

    Love and licks,

    • dogdaz

      March 19, 2012 at 08:28

      Cupcake – Patience is the less, Love the reward

  5. monicastangledweb

    March 19, 2012 at 00:40

    What a wonderful, heartwarming story. I’m so glad you rescued Louise. She is so better off with you and it so breaks my heart when I hear of dogs being mistreated the way she was as a pup. Thank goodness, you were there to make a difference in her life. She looks so beautiful now, thanks to you. 🙂

    • dogdaz

      March 19, 2012 at 08:25

      Monica – Thanks for your comments. No animals deserves the mistreatment that they receive from us humans. People are mean to people, to animals, to the earth… so all I can do is rescue a few and hope that everyone will do that too. She is a happy girl and makes my life brighter.

  6. Jodi Stone

    March 19, 2012 at 10:34

    I’m so happy for all of you!! It’s horrible what people will do to dogs.

    • dogdaz

      March 28, 2012 at 12:03

      Jodi – I am sorry I never say responded, just found your stuff, along with 100s of others, in Spam folder. Guess I am not a very good site admin. Thanks for your comments. – Lorian

  7. aliceinpuppyland

    March 21, 2012 at 02:28

    Reblogged this on aliceinpuppyland.

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