Dog ID: 18-047
Adoption Date: 2/23/2019
February 24, 2019
This was written by Hannah's adoptive home.
We are so proud of Hannah. She doesn't seem to be stressed at all. When we first got home she laid down in the hallway, but after the dogs, my husband and I settled in the main room and started to read, she came in, went to the toy box and got a tennis ball, then plopped herself down. Every now and then she has been going to my husband and sits next to his chair, wanting him to pet her. When he does, you can hear her tail go thump, thump, thump. My husband is so happy. Right now, as I write this, she is laying next to me where I am on the couch, and wants to be petted! If I'm petting her, and then stop to lie down, she sits up and looks at me as if to say, " Hey... Why'd you stop petting me". Then there's the tail wagging again. She's got some happy tail wagging going on! I love to see that.
Our dog Olive follows her around. I've never seen Olive this relaxed and laid back. I'm truly stunned. It's like she's bringing Hannah out of her shell. It's almost like Olive knows when to comfort her and when to let her be.
Yep! Hannah is going to fit in this little zoo of ours just fine!
February 12, 2019:
It's time for Hannah to find her forever home. Even though her journey to recovery isn't over, it's time for her to continue her journey in a home where she can develop permanent bonds with a loving family.
Where once her coat was dry as straw, Hannah's coat is now soft and silky. Where once she didn't even understand why she she should go outside, she now races out the door with her foster sister and brother, and just as eagerly races back to the door when she's done her duty. Where this sweet girl was withdrawn and fearful, she now eagerly reaches out to be petted. She lays at the side of my chair, then sits up, thumps her tail, and rests her head on the arm of the chair until I reach over to scratch her ears. Her head melts into the palm of my hand. Every morning when I wake up she comes to the side of my bed to be petted. But she needs to learn to reach out to more people than just her foster Mom. I'm excited to see her begin to reach out to strangers, but it's time to build on these tentative and trusting first steps.
Finding a forever home is proving to be a challenge, as dogs with Hannah's background have special problems, that require an exceptionally long time to heal. The dog that I see every day is beautiful, and loving and smart as a whip. She is a dog that has an endless amount of love to share, and trust and confidence that continues to grow. But I worry that potential adopters will only see a dog that still has a good deal of weight to lose; a dog that needs to build her stamina before going on those long walks that many adopters look for; a dog that is still shy around strangers until they earn her trust. In the right home she can accomplish all these goals. A quiet home where she can feel safe and loved.
My Hannah Banana is very special girl, and the right family is out there for her.
January 3, 2019:
The last two weeks have brought a remarkable transformation in Hannah. Although she felt comfortable leaving her hideaway in the bedroom to join the rest of the family in the living room, she would not approach to be petted. In the last two weeks she has found the courage to approach and finding that it was pretty good stuff, she now follows me around, and even curls up next to my chair so she can be reached to be petted nonstop. Her trust has grown and shows itself in many ways. Previously, she was hesitant to come in from outside, now she responds to her new name and comes in willingly and eagerly. Her office hideaway has been disassembled and she now eats with the other dogs in the back bedroom. The dogs are no longer separated when they’re fed and there is no indication of food aggression. At night the three dogs trot into the bedroom anxious to get their nighttime treats. My two sleep on the bed and Hannah on the floor. At Christmas dinner I had guests of the two and four-footed variety...a total of 5 dogs. Hannah did great and even tentatively reached out to the strangers to be petted. Although she is tentative with strangers she is making great progress.
She has gone from 97 lbs on November 19th to 87.8...a loss of 9.2 lbs. I'm so proud of her. You can really see it in the way she moves. She actually runs when she goes outside and trots on her way in. The bare spots on Hannah’s coat have filled in, and the texture which once was dry as straw is now smooth and soft. She is turning into a beautiful dog.
This gorgeous girl is well on her way to recovery.
December 21, 2018:
Hannah is continuing to do well. Her stitches from her spay were removed today and the scar looks good. She had her booster shots as well. I have been taking Hannah for walks outside and to a couple of pet friendly stores. Usually about half way through the walk she lays down. I asked the vet whether she thought that was due to her physical condition or whether she was shutting down. She checked her hip/leg extension and didn’t see any problem. She believes it is most likely due to her weight and that I should continue to focus on weight loss. She has so far lost nearly 5 lbs. She is learning to use the ramp. Coming home from the vet today she needed very little encouragement getting in to the car. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for that piece of equipment.
Hannah is also improving in her social skills. She will often come directly to me to be petted, and if I stop she will make signs for me to continue. It still comes and goes, but there is a big improvement. She now sleeps near the bed instead of at the door, and has even laid next to my chair in easy reach of petting.
December 6, 2018:
For the past week or so Hannah and I have been playing this game called “I just happen to be in the neighborhood, standing here next to you, so if you want to reach down and pet me, I won’t move or back away, and I’ll wag my tail”. This morning we took it to a new level. I woke up around 5:00 am and as I stretched and rolled over in bed I heard the unmistakable thump of Hannah’s tail against the side of my bed. Half asleep, I threw my hand over the side of the bed and to my surprise, it landed on Hannah’s head. I scratched and rubbed her head and back to the steady thump, thump, thump of her tail.
Hannah has been with me for three weeks, and in many ways has made tremendous progress. In particular, she has formed a pack with my own dogs. However, she has not been able to pass through that invisible wall that separates the two of us. I have never experienced dealing with a dog that has been through what she has, so I have no idea what to expect or what the timeline should be. Thanks to your advice, and the articles you provided, I know that it’s not a good idea to push a relationship. I need to take it at her pace. However, after 3 weeks, I am beginning to take it personally...it must be something about me. The step she took today has thrilled me because she initiated it. It was no accidental encounter. She still hasn’t approached me directly, but I believe we’re very close to a breakthrough. Wahoo!
November 24, 2018
I've had Hannah for one week now. She is a sweet little girl who has had a rough time. She is seven years old and has a number of issues both physical and emotional. She has pain in her joints from possible arthritis, very poor skin and coat quality, and a nasty ear infection. She also needs to be spayed. She came to us fearful of many things including people, new places, and, strangely enough, being outside. Although she is very gentle and easy to handle, she does not accept affection from others without hesitation and fear. With proper care and time she can overcome these problems and has made tremendous progress in the last week. She has made friends with her foster sister, and she is learning to play like a dog for perhaps the first time. She has learned to love being outside with her sister and has made significant progress in the potty-training department. She is also making progress in accepting the love she deserves. It may take a little time but I believe eventually Hannah will make a great addition to the right family.
November 19, 2018:
Hannah is new in foster care. More information will follow.