Since Hazel has come to us, she has made some major strides. Everyday she comes more out of her shell. This week we got to see Hazel try to engage her roommate Turbo (a Beagle) in some dog play. Normally it's the other way around and Hazel tries to ignore his pouncing around as him just being obnoxious, but this time when she pounced back and put her rear in the air, I could only smile and be happy for her and think she is finally learning what it is to be a dog.
Hazel is still fearful of some noises and sudden movements, but this is much less than she was just six weeks ago. Maybe this will always be a part of who she is, so we just respect that and move slowly and use softer voices around her. She seems to love having music playing for her during the day, this and some medication has helped her anxiety. With the warmer weather, Hazel enjoys being outside in the sun and listening to the birds. When inside, Hazel loves to be where her people are. We try to shower her with lots of love and affection which is easy to do, as Hazel is a beautiful, sweet and VERY lovable girl.