I learned a lot from my experience with this precious dog.
She had to return to the Humane Association because she was too agrressive for my home and neighborhood.
By the time I took her back, she had threatened a 4-year-old child and killed my cockatiel. She was already in “Last Chance Saloon” for chasing a man in my neighborhood and scaring another person.
Returning her and surrendering her to the shelter was an awful experience. I knew she needed to go; yet I felt like a traitor.
What I learned:
*Some dogs will recover from anxiety disorder and learn to be less aggressive; some need a lot of time, if they get well at all.
*Really check out the rescue organization. Felicia probably should have been evaluated more thoroughly in the first place. I hear rumor that she is already up for adoption, something that troubles me: There is no way that her problems have been solved in only six weeks.
There are organizations that make sure animals are ready for placement; others, not so much.
The consolation is, I have a different puppy. I had no idea that Felicia was so impaired until I got my new little girl: She was doing things at 10 weeks that Felicia couldn’t do at 13 months.
At 15 weeks, she is having to work on some of the same things that Felicia was learning at 7 months. The difference: She is mastering the lessons.
I will introduce her in my next post.