Shayla enjoys the quiet of our house. She has a nice little corner in the office that she spends most of her day, quite contently. But that’s because she isn’t really interested in human interaction, or dogs for that matter. Her anxiety levels were so high before I got her that she can’t seem to cross that line far enough to really enjoy interacting with others.
So, last week, after some talks with the vet, we have some new, nifty things to try with her, including a little anxiety medication to help her along with a spray that will also help her feel calm. And she is actually starting to trust me. In the morning, she stays close to me outside of the crate, which is a huge indication!
And last night, she spent the evening following me around as I made dinner. And she even snuggled on the couch! Granted, she still gets very jumpy and when she is scared or startled, it takes a good hot minute for her to calm herself down, but progress is being made!
I’m so thankful for the SPCA. They have equipped me with training, one-on-one time with the behaviorist and the vet, and all of these tools to provide the best care for Shayla. They truly love the animals that walk through their doors, and they always try to do everything they can to help give them their best chance.
I think she still has a long way to go, but she is making wonderful strides with the new tools we are using to help her. And some day she will be in her own home, with her loving family, and all of this anxiety will be a distant memory.