Minnie was a dog who came into our shelter confused and scared of people. She would take a long time to warm up to new people and would sometimes lash out in fear. She was adopted a few times, but was quickly returned to the shelter each time.
Minnie was shy and hid behind her handler the first time we met her. On the second or third visit we introduced her to our other two dogs. She played well with with them and warmed up to us a bit; I think mostly because we had treats. We could tell that she got along well with the Five Acres staff and felt like we could help her trust all humans again. We just couldn’t get over the thought that she had been returned to the shelter twice! We felt it was our job to socialize her so she could find a loving home.
She seemed scared and nervous at first. We were forewarned that she was very protective of her space and probably shouldn’t use a kennel; but since she wasn’t potty trained yet, we decided she needed to spend the night in a kennel. She growled and tried to bite us when we tried to get her out of the kennel for breakfast or to go out to potty. But, after 3 weeks of fostering, we saw how much she improved around us. She had won us over, so we officially became foster fails!