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    Default Here she is...

    Here's Sohpie - still very unsure of what that big black thing is infront of my face... looking very serious here. The one pink inner lid and one black sort of makes you look at her funny, but it's worse here cause she was in the middle of her first independant snooze and I disturbed her {it's her tell for when she's really tired - the pink inner turns a dark shade of pink!}

    You can see the bite marks out of her ear... that's the ear that also has the tear from fold to edge.

    Since taking this, I've also found punture wound scars on the back of her neck (probably a male from not being receptive), plus healed holes under the cheek that has the bite scars from canines, plus now the staining on her paws is fading, it's revealing a litany of healed wounds around her ankles and hocks too. It justs gets worse and worse.

    On the up side though, we had our first session with out behaviour trainer, and she is positive that Soph will indeed come through this, but it is going to take work and dedication from us {which I knew already}... she'll get there; we pretty much aced out walk today in comparison to where we started just 2 weeks ago tomorrow. In another 2 weeks, she'll be that much further advanced again, and another 2 weeks passed the horror of her 6x4cage.

    OH! Almost forgot... on our Thursday afternoon walk, we came face to face with my absolute worst nightmare when walking a dog - a gaggle of schoolgirls running - yes, running - towards us. My back was initially turned cause the Soph was fixating on a man jogging past, when all of a sudden comes the battle cry behind me (our actual direction, remember, I was turned around to redirect) "CARLY! CARLY A PUPPY! CARLY, COME SEE THE PUPPY!" And all of a sudden, running feet - more than 4 running feet - 16 running feet it turns out! In a split second I had whipped around and busted my own move straight out of a 70's disco video.... "NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! STOP!!!!!!!! I SAID STOP! STOP NOW!!!!" ... ANd {in hindsight} the funniest pile up you could ever see - 8 girls screeching to a halt on the footpath just about running into each other and causing a pileup on the motorway!

    After giving them a rather stern chat about how you never run towards a dog you don't know yada yada, there was no way I was going to get the Soph around them without letting them pat her, so I made them drop everything in their hands (all sorts of weird stuff!), line up single file on the footpath about 3 path squares away, then they were allowed to creep forward 1 at a time in total silence to me, and I took their hand, let Soph smell {she was a total quivery jibbery doglet by this time} and they got to touch her on the should ever so gently, then walk back.

    I am SO proud that she trusted me enough to allow it to happen with no signs of agression at all... but it did take us about 5 minutes to walk about 3 house lengths past those girls once they had all had their turn and gone back to playing... I also had to spend about 5 minutes trying to explain the facts of Soph's anxiety to them in terms they could understand (they ranged between 6 and 7, so the truth about puppy farms had to be edited somewhat - didn't want to have to deal with angry parents on my next trip up that street!) - but they were very concerned, and quite happy to let her pass without moving or making a peep, which was great. And Sue (trainer) was happy with the way I handled it too, which is good to know too, for my own sake.

    OK< so that's enough for a photo post... here she is:

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    Great post Pinkest. Sophies a real doll.

    Love the big floppy lips and that suspicious look she's giving !! Hopefully she keeps improving each day.....sounds like she will slowly but surely......good luck !!

    Lol at the girls piling up !!! Thanks for the picture (finally lol) ;0


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    She is gorgeous. Hooch has the same - one eye white lid/one eye black lid and when he is tired, at night, its always reddish. Took us awhile to realise its not an infection.
    Adds to their character
    Great job Pinkest!!!

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    Oh Pinkest, I cried and laughed reading your post. She's a most beautiful girl. Ruby also has one black inner eye lid and one pink one, the pink/white one always makes her eye on that side look a bit droopy, it looks worse when she's tired, or goes in the water at the beach.

    I'm so glad Sophie's being looked after by you, you're her guardian angel, and hopefully she'll soon forget all that she's been through, I could strangle those cruel beasts that can do this to these poor innocent dogs.

    I could just imagine those girls all crashing to a stop and your horror for Sophie, sounds like you handled it really well and taught the girls some manners!!

    Looking forward to many more pictures of Sophie

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    She is learning about love. You hold such a gift for her, do keep us posted on her progress and ups and downs. A Sophie diary.

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    Sophie shows so much trust in your post. How wonderful to see this shining through your post.

    I dont doubt with you as a team, she'll overcome everything. Some things may still need you at the end of the leash for, but we all have these moments, not just puppy farm pups.

    Good luck, and keep posting! Its been great to read anothers struggles with trying to solve inherited nervy dogs.

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    Awesome and beautiful girl
    she is such loved..

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    Pinkest, Sophie has really landed on all 4 paws at her perfect forever home at your place ! She looks lovely !

    Keep up the good work !

    All pups are very special - but rescue ones are more so - it is so gratifying, particularly when in a very short time - you can physically see big changes in them.

    As far as problems you may have with her, the best advice I can give to you is keep your cool and treat every day as a new day ! Once she really gets to trust you - there will be no stopping her !!!!!

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    Great post Pinkest! Sophie is a beautiful girl, and she's fallen on her feet with you!

    It's amazing how resilient dogs can be in good hands, and I'm sure she will continue to gain strength and trust with your support. Lucky Sophie and lucky Pinkest, me thinks.

    I bought harnesses for my guys that have Velcro so you can stick on patches with messages- eg my mum has 'Please give me space' and I have 'in training'. You can get quite a variety of messages, and I've been gobsmacked how much more appropriate people are around a dog wearing a harness. If Sophie is to stay with you long term, it might be a worthwhile investment (they're at K9 Pro The K9 Professionals; Online Dog Shop if you want a look).

    I'm still giggling at the visual of you jumping out in front of Sophie and telling the kids to stop. Good on you!

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    Thanks everyone - V&F - thanks for that link - I was just saying to Mr Pinkest today that I need a neon sign for her lead telling people to back off and leave her be... just today I have a trio of tools refusing to move off the footpath for her than laugh AT her as she crept past cringing with her tail between her legs... one of them had the audacity to declar whe's be OK with one of her cuddles, then cracked when I said to stay away from her! Jayzus some people just had no clue At All.

    Those girls do Make Me Giggle! It was a real Diana Ross moment, thrusting my hand out at them with the "STOP!" command! In hindsight now I get quite a chuckle, especially at their pile-up - but I tell you what, I prefer their innocent enjoyment of her doggyness than the ignorant tools of today, that's for sure!

    In general though, I do feel very underprepared for what is ahead of us. I'm tending to dwell on all the physical scars she bears that wave a flag in my face hourly to remind me of what has gone before - she couldn't care less about them, they're over and done - but they are affecting me. I find it very difficult to not bend over to talk to her - I know I should be upright to establish the leadership protocols, and that's one thing I can't "deal with later" - I'm attaching far too much humanity to the issues where there shouldn't be any, and sometimes I wonder if I'm sending mixed authority signals, and maybe she would have come on further if I actually had a clue?

    Oi!

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