Shaking Those Rescue Dog Doubts

I don’t usually respond to the daily prompts, but I was inspired by today’s, “doubt.”

Rescuing a dog isn’t easy. Rescuing a dog who is middle-aged and doesn’t have a clue about the outside world has presented its own set of difficulties.

And the doubt that comes with the experience can be painful.

  • Doubt that you understand their needs at the moment
  • Doubt that you are giving them enough attention or enough space
  • Doubt that they will ever communicate with you
  • Doubt that they will ever play with a toy
  • Doubt that they will show affection towards you
  • Doubt that they might ever come running to the door to greet you
  • Doubt that they may ever fully be house-trained
  • Doubt that you are feeding the right food
  • Doubt that you are doing everything right
  • Doubt that you will be able to guide them past things that cause the dog fear and help them grow.

In those moments of doubt, I try and remember how far we have come.

Callie's ride home from the rescue.
Callie’s ride home from the rescue.
Callie's first day at home
Callie’s first day at home
Callie met her new best friend!
Callie met her new best friend!
Callie started having adventures :)
Callie started having adventures 🙂
Callie learned to use pet steps!
Callie learned to use pet steps!
Callie played Santa
Callie played Santa
She learned what snow was, but questioned why we played in it.
She learned what snow was, but questioned why we played in it.

 

 

 

 

She's started to love walks.
She’s started to love walks.

AND – she’s learning to be silly 🙂

I still have plenty of doubts. All the time. But if I remember the good moments during the frustrating ones, it helps to know we are still moving forward.

Doubt

9 thoughts on “Shaking Those Rescue Dog Doubts”

  1. Just like many other life experiences, focusing on the positives is the only healthy way to look at things. If that becomes difficult, just imagine the trauma that Callie would experience if rejected yet again!

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  2. Callie is insanely adorable! It looks like you’re doing a wonderful job with her! And I can totally relate to your words. For some reason, I thought when we brought Whiskey home from the shelter, we’d pick up where we left off after our other dog passed away. NOT! We both still have a lot to learn – like how she’s not a snuggler like my other dogs have been. Affection, for her, is playtime. So we’re all on the learning curve. All I can do is be present enough to celebrate the wins, the moments of connection, and try to build on them. I’ve found once that becomes habit, the moments of doubt still crop up, but they aren’t as powerful. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Christie. And I so hear you about the believing you would be right where you left off. A huge part of me expected Callie to be JUST like the Cavalier my parents adopted when I was a kid. And she’s not. But that was a ridiculous expectation with which I had to come to terms.

      Your words about connection are spot on. The Power of Choice changed our relationship a bit because I realized I hadn’t been fully being present in the moment with Callie during the times she wanted full affection. I started trying harder and she has been responding better and asking for more.

      That’s one of the best aspects of these blogs we write; the lessons learned are shared with one another and we gain, at least some, knowledge faster than perhaps would happen otherwise? LOL.

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