Raindance and Mochaloca
Raindance joined our family in early September, 2009. She was about 2 years old and was dumped at the local pound with her three week old pups. A rescue group saved their lives by taking them all in. Rain was never properly socialized with humans as a pup and can be very fearful, Someone also tried to leash train her and punished her by hanging her up by her neck on a choke chain. On top of that, she has been found to also be low thyroid, which can occur in young dogs and often causes behavioral problems including aggression and fearfulness. She slowly learned to be more trusting.
To help her along, we adopted one of her eight week old pups. They were thrilled to be reunited. The puppy also showed signs of being fearful of new situations, so I spent lots of time handling her as a pup.
Her name is now Mochaloca- because she is sweet like chocolate, wired like coffee and just a little bit crazy. Mochaloca had a penchant for eating gravel, a dangerous habit my vet says usually proves fatal. I had to buy enough shade cloth to cover the ground in the 14 by 28 foot pen outside the doggie door so she could play outdoors without access to rocks. Now, she no longer has the problem and has grown into a lovely girl.