Another wonderful update!! This is a “How cool is that” moment. Yvette
This is to let you know how happy we are with Tasha. She’s a lovely dog, with a wonderful disposition, and is quickly adapting to her new home and family. It’s extraordinary that she could have been abandoned, beyond our comprehension – but she’s so lucky that you found her – and we’re committed to giving her every opportunity for a good life.
We’re so impressed with you and all your volunteers. We’ve been in contact with several members of your team this past week and each one has gone that extra mile – so friendly, so helpful and so knowledgeable – they’re a delight!
Back to Tasha, she’s responded very much as expected based on our conversations with you, Denise and Pam, and based on the comments going back to February 17th on your blog. She’s very gentle and friendly and loves to lie down beside us. She loves her exercise, needs work on leash, but has excellent recall off leash. She is clearly going to be highly responsive to additional training. We have access to a fenced 10 acre property in Langley where we spent a few hours with her yesterday (see attached photos) and discovered just how great she’s going to be as a walking/hiking companion – she stays fairly close but again has remarkable recall. She’s so happy in that kind of environment.
Of course there are some challenges. She shows signs of separation anxiety, which we knew about and was confirmed by her foster parent Pam. Fortunately, given we’re retired and not needing to go out together alone all that much, we’ll be able to work on this systematically. We will also ask for advice in this area from a vet specializing in these kinds of behaviour.
Tasha is also being finicky with her food. We expect this will resolve as she becomes more and more comfortable here. Was she finicky when she was with you – we are interested in how and what you were feeding her.
Also we’re wondering how she was with smaller dogs when she was with you. Pam raised an interesting question about her response to cats and smaller dogs. We’ve noticed she seems to have a strong prey instinct with respect to smaller critters: squirrels, etc. We’ll want to get a better understanding of this before releasing her in local off leash areas.
Once again Yvette, thank you so much for this opportunity. We are so fortunate we found you and Tasha.
Cathleen and Chris
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