Oh my gosh!...Mona has the sweetest face I've seen in a long time, just begging to be kissed!
That is an adorable dress she has on and you are an ANGEL for rescuing this precious bully girl.
GOD will rescue YOU accordingly
Your Mona will blossom with your love, patience, understanding & time...I know this because I
rescued my Brutus just 6 months ago from almost the same situation except he had many owners
and just kept getting passed on & on, I'm the 3rd one I know of and got him from a nurse who'd
had him less than a year...off craigslist! It's a wonder he's able to respond to anyone at this point
much less, bond with but such is the magnitude of his great bully heart that he did have more to give
and held nothing back...he saved me.
We hit it off immediately and a month in I was amazed how well he'd adapted but....one day a potty
accident had me upset w/him and then he balked at going outside, impatient, I was pulling him outside
when he grimaced and cowed away from me & showed me teeth. I immediately let him go, shaken up
but his grimace haunted me, then it hit me hard, it had been a look of FEAR. I just sank beside him and
gathered him to me and bawled like a baby. I was so stupid!!! So, I slowed everything way down and
remembered to see things from his viewpoint, his perspective. Like Mona, he had not been socialized or
played with, had no toys, even crated, inside the apt, hours & hours (hence the potty issues but learned,
immediately to go outside) and yes, he was very polite (I get the feeling he got yelled at, a lot & therefore
tried to be quiet & good...no playing or anything. But I wanted to rough house, wrestle around & play!
At 3 months together, we were stuck like glue, Brutus trusted me totally, knew he was safe from harm
and ME, know he could play w/me and not get yelled at (still wasn't too interested in his toys yet) loved to
go places (not so much being there) and his personality was really coming out! At 6 months, we are fully a
team, he plays with me, with his toys and is less nervous at places other than our house.
Once Mona REALLY trusts you then she will show you WHO she is and WHAT she's made of...she's never
been able to do that before, once she feels safe enough to show you, buckle up for the ride of your life!
I would suggest NOT taking her to places just yet maybe for rides and/or to more intimate ventures out
such as friend's or relative's houses and meeting non-aggressive dogs, one-on-one for the next 3 months.
Do basic commands and build your relationship then when you do go out and she's uneasy, she knows YOU
have her back...and that will help. In time, she may not be fearful at all or she may always retain some of it.
You have yourself a diamond in the rough, Congratulations! And...Welcome to EBN, please keep us informed
of your wonderful journey. Again, GOD bless you for saving such a sweet & beautiful Mona!