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    Default Sophie B. Dogg is in da house!

    We welcomed little {literally!} Sophie B{oxer} Dogg home on Sunday morning.

    What
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    Adjustment!

    Sunday afternoon we spent with one of her foster buddies who is pretty much 'bomb-proof' to ease the transition - but of course the reality was that as soon as he left with Nikki {Boxer Rescue Vic}, she went into meltdown looking for him - front door, no, not there... try the back door again... no, not there, let's try the front door - and so on, for several hours. Eventually she calmed down enough to get her distracted and on the lead and tethered to me without fear of her hurting herself trying to go in one direction and me in another, had a snooze on the 'good' couch, then about 5 o'clock we got out for a walk.

    She did really well, considering that up until 3-1/2 weeks ago, she'd never been on a lead.

    She's imprinted with me really well. We've been feeding had to mouth so she associates me with being her primary source of care and shelter, and this moroning started on feeding to her whilst she's standing at her bowl outside.

    We're now walking 3 times a day in short loops to condition her senses to being out and about, and this afternoon we went for a bigger walk into unchartered territory and she did very well. Already pretty accepting of walking beside me on a short leash without having to wrestle her for it, but her spacial awareness has a few issues - she wanders if I let the lead get too long and sideswipes me like a truck! As a rank beginner, she's really good.

    I'm not giving her any formal obedience training per se {yet}, but I am using repetition of terms so that she free associates... such as 'bed-bed' when she hops into her bed at night, and 'step up' when she's invited to snuggle on the couch, and even in 4 days, she's getting it - she's no idiot, even if her confidence in herself is lower than that of a doormat.

    So, here's her history:

    * Sophie is a 5-1/2 year old Boxer female who was a breeding bitch inside a Gippsland-based puppy farm.
    * She was kept caged 24/7 when not with a litter, which are believed to have numbered at approx 7.
    * Upon arrival at rescue, had no name.
    * She was massively infested with fleas upon arrival at rescue, so much so that the ends of her ears are litterally still thickened from their attacks, and has several bald spots in her coat where the build up of flea doo-doo has literally destroyed the hair, but we do hope it will regrow in time
    * Her white paws are stained brown from having to walk around in muck - when she could actually walk - she has healing pressure sores on her hip points from being forced into weird positions inside her cage
    * Her back measurement is 45cms, which according to the Vet would indicate a normal weight of approx 26 - 28 kgs. Her weight on arrival at rescue was 21kg. She is currently just on 24kg.
    * Her face is pocked with bite scars, either from being caged with other dogs and fighting for space, or arguing back at a male. One ear has a healed scar running laterally from fold to ear tip - probably another fight scar.
    * She had no whiskers upon arrival at rescue - they were literally worn off from sticking her nose through the wire. She was also sporting pock-mark like scabs around her muzzle from 'wire bites' that correspond to the area of fur-wear, so we have assumed the cage was cyclone mesh wire. Happy to report that whiskers are coming back in, along with muzzle hairs.

    Nothing, and I say that in all seriousness... NOTHING prepares the un-knowing what the reality of life with a rescued dog will be like. I read so much stuff {still am} from books, to forums to websites... I can understand now why some dogs keep reappearing at pounds and rescues. Some people, yes, like me, think that rescuing a dog is all waggy tails and face licking happily-ever-after-right-now. That their rescue will be just like their old dog, because it's the same breed {I didn't expect that one, thankfully!} or the same age, or the same colour. It is so much work I cannot even begin to wrap my head around it - my husband is completely isolated from her because she is anxious around men, so she has not imprinted with him at all well yet (of course, farmer was a bloke, makes sense) - so yet another difficulty is asking him to ignore her and for now to wait it out. For some people, they do get the happy ever after experience straight away - but that's luck, not design. The ones of us that have to work for it are the ones who wonder, when they feel themselves tensing because they want to 'get it right' and end up feeding frustration and tension to their dogs - they're the ones that worry me, because if they give in, or give up then their doglet is going to be trapped in their history and never be able to experience the true happy reality of being a dog.

    I so don't want that... I just have to keep up with Sophie's Motto - 'Always walking forward'

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    Awsome !!

    Sophie B. Thats a cool name. So happy she has finally found a 'real' person to love her.
    Her story is so sad, but hey, thats all behind her now and she has everything in front of her. Sure, it's going to be a mission but hopefully, slowly, she learns to be a normal dog. Pinkest your a dead set champ i reckon.

    The way you have described her progress so far has made me realise how hard it can be for both the new owner and the dog.
    It was a real eye opener for me, so thanks heaps.
    I hope your hubby can be part of the team soon. He must be feeling just a little left out. I'd hate for a dog to hate me just because i'm a bloke, but i totally understand why she's not a fan of males. (Old mate puppy farmer needs a few uppercuts )

    Good luck to all of ya's.
    I dont care about bald spots or been thin........i'm already a big fan of Sophies !! i wanna see her !! Piccies please Pinkest

    Always walking forward....love it....should be your new sig Pinkest !!


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    What a horrendous life sophie b has had so far.

    Ive taken on a rescue, took 6 months for him to trust my hubby. But that's ok, it took me 6 yrs lol

    I dont care either about being thin, sparse of hair, photo's we want photo's.

    thankyou for taking her out of that miserable existence and giving her a wonderful opportunity.

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    ++ for photos then we can share the journey a little. Onya for taking her on and giving her a life for the first ever time.

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    What a wonderful lady you are Pinkest, and also to Sophie B, may she learn to trust again and find a happy forever home with you and Mr Pinkest (that made me chuckle when i read it in one of your posts lol)

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    Pinkest - how is Sophie going ?

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    Yes Pinkest.........update time please..................and piccies of the lovely Sophie B would be nice too !!


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    Well considering all she's been thru you are advancing in leaps and bounds. I do breed specific rescue and in cases of ex puppy farm dogs I don't leave the house with them for about 2 weeks.

    It's not uncommon for the man of the house to be a bit scary, given time this lessens, when the times right perhaps he can take over some of the feeding.

    The very best of luck with your rescue.

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