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    She's beautiful!

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    ok. You have been given some great advice and I would one add that diner time is your best friend from my experience. All of my rescues had to learn trust; mealtime is a great way to gain that trust. I would recommend making her eat out of your hands no matter how long it takes. Sit on the floor with her and try to feed her (I usually took a different position than sitting on the floor with the Great Danes because some of them I worked with were at first a bit unsettled and more than just nervous), if she resists take the food way and come back maybe an hour later and try again. It took me several months with my rescues that were abused to get them to take things out of my hand, once they started taking the food out of my hand I would then give them their bowl but they had to initally take something out of my hand before I handed over the bowl to them. Bacon bits is usually a high value treat that works nicely to get them to eat out of your hand. Patience will be key; a nice quiet environment and she will come around, just keep the faith and good luck! She is worth it, just give her some time.

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    At least she's in a good home now, when I was younger my aunt got a dog that had been abused, I went round everyday taking her for a walk and spending time with her. For along time I put a lot in for no return but after a while she surly came round.
    Hang in there and you ll get your return


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    Quote Originally Posted by peky0401 View Post
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    Here's some pictures of her on her "spot" on the couch!

    OMG --- she is a beauty! Thanks so much for saving her fand giving her a new home!!
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    She is a cute gal! I see HOPE in her eyes. It will take time, but when she starts to trust you, you will be so rewarded with love.
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    She is lovely , wishing you both the best .


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    Did you get a crate? How did she do last night?


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    Default Re: Rooney Problems - Nervous/possibly abused

    What a sweet, sweet, baby. Rooney's story breaks my heart and angers me at the same time. I would be having the Humane Society or whatever organization investigates animal cruelty in Arkansas checking this breeder out. I once took in a beautiful Shepard/Huskie mix who was also ignored and abused . She turned out to be the most loyal and gentle dog who would protect you with her life if she thought you were in danger. I can still remember how timid and frightened she was when I first got her. Through love and patience she learned how to trust me and was always by my side. She lived to be about fourteen years old and was able to spend about seven of those years with me. I still tear up thinking and writing about her now and have her ashes. I will place her ashes along with my other dogs ashes in my special spot in our yard under "The Rainbow Bridge Plague" that I recently purchased to honor all of the wonderful dogs I have had the honor to own. Hugs and kisses to your little girl Rooney. Please keep us updated on her progress and please don't give up on her. Shamrock13 and Hooch

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    Default Re: Rooney Problems - Nervous/possibly abused

    She is beautiful. I think you have gotten some great advice. I do think an open door crate is a good idea. It is someplace she can go if she wants to feel safe. I think with time she will open up to you and you'll have a sweet little girl!




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    Default Re: Rooney Problems - Nervous/possibly abused

    You have received such awesome advice! I just wanted to say THANK YOU for rescuing Rooney and giving her so much love. She is indeed a beautiful girl. All the best to you and keep us posted please.




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    Rooney is adorable. I've not had a rescue, but you've had advice from some of the best...I would think that patience and kindness are the keys. Sweet baby!

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    Filling an emptiness we don't even know we have. -- Thom Jones

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    Any update on Rooney? How is she doing?

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