Dorey is a female 5 yr old Blue Tick Hound who arrived 10-19-18. If you would be interested in adopting Dorey, please contact her Rescue, Eileen Mahan, Montgomery County Animal Care & Adoption Center at email@example.com.
Week 1. Dorey is very shy around people, sometimes to the point where she is afraid. She does open up very quickly once she is even a little familiar with you. She loves being outside and plays very well with all the other dogs. She is also.very comfortable in her crate and in the cell. It took her a few days before she started to eat, but seems to be doing ok now. Dorey has no reactivity toward people or dogs, although if a dog plays too rough with her, she will check them and then start playing again. It's always great when a dog knows how to properly address another dog without leading to aggression. This is very helpful in teaching the other dog(s) the proper "rules", and Dorey seems to have that talent. When Dorey gets tired of playing, she will go over to her handler, sit down and stare up at him, telling him she's ready to go inside. She is learning how to sit and stay. She walks well on the leash with either the harness or the collar. She appears to be more comfortable with just the collar. She loves chasing the ball and just running off leash. Her handler noted an interesting behavior during her first few days. She was stealing things and hiding them in her crate. She stopped that behavior after the 3rd day :-). Dorey has a very loving personality. She loves affection and will return that affection to the person providing it. Given her breed, she has her nose in everything. She hasn't however barked at all, which is well received, since most of the hounds we get are extremely vocal :-)
Week 2. Dorey is settling in well. She is very afraid when she hears gunshots (the housing unit is just down the road from the firing range). Her handler says whenever she hears the shooting, she becomes very frightened, starts shaking and wants to hide in her crate (so sad). Maybe that's why she ended up needing rescue (so many hounds end up dumped if they don't hunt as expected of them). Dorey's handler said she has found her voice 3 times now, but always outside and only for a few seconds :-) It appears Dorey is a very frightened dog that needs love, comfort and attention. Other than that, she doesn't appear to have any issues.
Week 3. Dorey continues to show improvement. She is a sweet and loving girl. She is still a little scared of loud noices, gunshots and unfamiliar spaces. She continues to do very well with the other dogs and with people. She really enjoys people giving her love and affection. Other than her being scared of loud noises, Dorey really doesn't have any other major issues.
Week 4. "A day in the life" - Dorey's day usually starts at 3 am. Her handler takes her outside to potty, then walks a few laps around the yard before heading back in. She walks again at 7:30ish and again around 8:30. Her handler wants to get her used to walking on a leash, which it appears she's never done. She does best with a short leash, staying by her handler's side with no pulling. When walking, with a long leash, she tends to pull more and put her nose to the ground, trying to follow whatever scent she picks up. She then will head to her crate to rest up after the long morning workout. Right now Dorey just knows sit, which she does very well, especially when a treat is involved. She is learning stay and wait. Dorey's favorite thing is to run and play. She really enjoyed the snow and just loves being outside. She is still a little afraid of being inside, with all the noises and sounds. Also, she becomes very afraid when she is outside and hears gunshots at the range. Her fear of loud noises is probably why she most likely washed out as a hunting dog. But what she lacks in that area she makes up for in love and affection.. She is such a sweetheart. Dorey would need a crate inside in order to feel comfortable and safe. She goes right in her crate and her handler doesn't ever need to close the door. Given how gentle and loving Dorey is, she would probably do very well with children. Dorey can never be a hunting dog, but she will make a fantastic companion for an indivudual, couple or family.
Week 5. Dorey continues to make progress. She's still a bit frightened of the gunshots at the firing range, and her handler continues to work to desensitize her.. She will never be a hunting dog, which is fine with us. She is a sweet, loveable girl who thrives on affection. We feel she would do well in a home where she can get plenty of exercise and LOTS OF LOVE!!!
Week 6. As each day goes by, Dorey gets better and better in dealing with her surroundings. She still is more comfortable outside than inside, primarily because all the loud noices. When she is inside, she's most comfortable in her crate. Dorey is the sweetest dog and does well with people and other dogs. She would do very well in a home where she has a fenced yard to run and enjoy the outside. She would do well with another dog and most likely would not mind children.
Week 7. With every passing day. Dorey comes out of her shell a little more. This poor girl must have suffered at the hands of someone. She still reacts to loud noises (especially gun shots from the target range). But she loves every person and every dog she meets. She ADORES being outside, running and playing. Her manners are superb. She is one of the sweetest dogs every to come into the program. She really needs a home where she can feel safe. She would do well with any person/couple/family!!
Week 8. From Dorey's handler" "It is a really awesome eeling to have something in my life to care about again. I try to do everything I can to prepare Drorey for a good home. She deserves that and I want that for her more than anything else." Dorey is getting much better on the tier but she still gets spooked when there is a loud noise. She is most comfortable with people and dogs when she is outside the housing unit. That's when you can see Dorey shine!!! She can now sit up and beg for a treat, but only when she is outside and can let her guard down. Dorey has such a sweet personality and deserves every chance she can get.
Week 9. Dorey has turned the corner!!! She was in the day room and SHE WAS INTERACTING WITH BOTH PEOPLE AND DOGS, AND HER TAIL WASN'T TUCKED!! It was such a joy to see her finally enjoying herself inside the building!!! Because her fear was so deeply imprinted, this is quite a major step for her. As always, when she is outside, she is at her best. She loves to interact with all the dogs, as well as people. She is very well trained, knows all her cues and commands, and is SO LOVING!! She is also a GREAT teacher to the other dogs who may not be as dog savvy as they should be. She is a great trainer of other dogs! She is a sweet, loving and gentle girl!!
Week 10. Since Dorey achieved her breakthrough, she is progressing very well with being inside. She is doing much better walking on the leash inside the housing unit. She doesn't shy away from people wanting to give her affection like she used to do. She still reacts to sudden loud noises or very quick movement, but she is now showing great improvement. She loves being outside, playing with her ball, running, and playing with the other dogs. She responds best to her cues/commands when outside, and is doing much better when inside,providing there are not a ton of distractions around her. We feel once she gets settled in a home, she will truly blossom. We already know what a sweet, loveable, and affectionate girl she is!!!
Week 11. Dorey is doing great. She is doing so much better relaxing in the housing unit environment. And She loves playing with all the dogs, especially Harley, who loves to grab her leash and either walk her or pull her into his handler's cell to play. It's very amusing to watch them. Her manners continue to be awesome. She is a sweet, loving girl who needs a home which will take the time to ensure her comfort.