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ROXIE had a life home with her brother for 13 years.  Then the pair found themselves in a Shelter.  They were adopted together, but her brother was soon returned because he barked through the night (Old dog Haven cross-posted him, he was adopted again, and is doing very well in his 2nd new home.)  After her brother left, ROXIE began to show signs of separation anxiety. Previously she had always had a dog buddy to keep her company, but now when left alone she would bark, pant, run around endlessly, and poop and pee in the house.  Her owner tried various treatment approaches, but ultimately took her back to the Shelter.  Left at the Shelter for the 2nd time in 3 months, ROXIE became depressed and withdrawn, and therefore unadoptable.

ROXIE obviously needed a dog buddy, and my other ODH dog BUGS (aka WREN) needed one as well, so arrangements were made for ROXIE to move to her forever ODH home and join BUGS and GINGER.  When she met BUGS out in the yard, all was right with the world.  But when she met GINGER (blind and 75# to her 23#) ROXIE took one look at GINGER’s white glassy eyes, and launched a full-on snapping attack. GINGER never moved – she couldn’t see ROXIE coming – but having a leash on ROXIE’s harness allowed me to pull her back and lift her into the air before her teeth actually connected with GINGER’s face.  Scared me – I thought for sure that was the end of this happy homecoming.   But after that ROXIE just walked away and never reacted to GINGER again.  And now all 3 dogs are BFFs.

Next up was ROXIE’s separation anxiety – she still has that (barks, pants, runs around, pees) even with BUGS and GINGER right there.   So we have work-arounds, and she is MUCH improved from when she first arrived.   If I walk ROXIE first, then she remains calm and sleeps while I walk each of the other two. I run errands when my contractor is working in the house, so he can talk to her if she starts to get anxious and that seems to keep her quiet.  She wears diapers so peeing in the house is no longer an issue for me and the carpet when she does get anxious, although adding to the situation is that she may not have been housebroken in her past life (maybe had a dog-door, or stayed outside more than in.)  Pee control is still a work in progress.

When ROXIE arrived, she would cower in fear and go flat on the floor whenever I reached down to pet her head or put on her harness or adjust her diaper – she had obviously been severely disciplined at some point in her past.   But every day she gets better, and only occasionally reverts back to that behavior. She sits attentively at my feet while I do the dog food prep – she quivers so much with anticipation that her teeth chatter !!!

ROXIE had her ODH Intake Exam with her new veterinarian.  She has multiple congenital spinal abnormalities including scoliosis which causes bowing of her ribs to the left side, and age-related spondylosis throughout her lumbar spine.  Even so she really perks right along on our twice daily walks and no treatment is currently needed.  ROXIE does however possibly have Cushing’s Disease – further testing is scheduled to determine next steps.

Roxie (center) with her new pack

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