Pebbles stayed with us during her foster family’s Outer Banks beach vacation in late July, early August. Except in looks, Pebbles was nothing like Paisley. She’d come to us, tail high and wagging, enjoyed being petted, confidently approached Wendy and Little Dog and happily explored our yard. And since Peg, her foster, had already gotten her used to a leash we could even take her for walks. At first Paisley didn’t seem interested in Pebbles; she would slink away when Pebbles approached her. Pebbles wasn’t deterred though and continued to try to make friends with Paisley. After just few days I started finding them lying together in the dog area or walking together around the yard.
Peg had offered to take Paisley and Pebbles when she returned from the beach. Since Pebbles enjoyed being with Paisley and Paisley would likely improve faster if paired with a more confident dog like Pebbles this was a promising plan. Peg picked them up August 7th and has been sending me updates. I’m amazed at the progress Paisley had made under her care.
Here’s a video from August 11th:
An email from Peg dated August 13th:
The chicas are doing well, although Paisley isn’t nearly as social as Pebbles. Today we’re trying to keep them separate, for two reasons. First, Pebbles (aka Pebs) can be a bit much for shy Paisley (Pazie). Pebs loves roughhousing, and, while Pazie enjoys that, she tires easily.
We’re also separating them today because Pazie has always had Pebs as a buffer between herself and us. She takes most of her cues from Pebs and still shies away when one of us approaches her. I think Pebbles might have some ownership issues—that may be playing into Pazie’s shyness of people, wanting to avoid Pebs’ jealous nipping.
Paisley is doing so much better though—her tail is up, her posture is much better, she sniffs around on walks, etc. Your suggestion of keeping her on a leash has been invaluable—this lets us give her a lot more (perceived) independence to explore the neighbor’s fenced yard and our house.
Pebs and Pazie are also good friends…they do have fun together, and enjoy napping side by side. It’s very sweet.
And from Monday:
Ohmygoodness, Allison…it has taken a while, but sweet Paisley has finally stopped shying away when we go to pet her.
She’d been joining Pebs when Pebs would come up to any of us for a pet, but wouldn’t let us actually reach out and touch her until a couple of days ago. I think it was about last Thursday that I saw her playing with a chew toy for the first time—she was finally relaxed enough to actually play by herself!!!—and then, lo and behold, this morning she came over to my husband’s side of the bed for lovin’—she just wanted to be pet and loved, and then she went back to bed!
Peg has done such an incredible job gaining Paisley’s trust, I’m so very grateful too her.
Since these girls have become so close, they will be adopted together. Here’s their petfinder page: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36023622