Holly is a sweet little terruer who was brought in this week – she is a scared little youngster who cowers and cringes whenever anyone goes near her – mostly she is terrified of men. We don’t know what has happened to her in the past but it hasn’t been good. She is also very thin. When she is on her own in her room she burrows down into her bed or runs and hides in a corner. We’ve given her a den so she can feel safe but it will be a slow process to get her to feel confident and happy.
She is beginning to be a bit more confident with us and when we cuddle her she is starting to relax, it’s just a question of gaining her trust. She’s such a pretty little dog and when she realizes that she isn’t going to be hurt you can see her tail start to wag. It is distressing to see a dog cower and cringe so much though.
Going out for a walk is fine unless she sees a sudden movement and then she hits the floor and puts her head and her tail down. She has such a sad face. She did a lot of shivering at first so we’ve put her a coat on and that is comforting for her. Dogs like to be wrapped up warm when they are stressed.
If Holly doesn’t know what something is she won’t go near it – even the feed dishes were a worry for her at first. Now she’s eating well although it will take a while to get her weight up to normal.
This is Holly when she first came in.
They are making lots of fuss of me here ….. but I’m still not sure …..
I’m cosy in my nice pink coat …..
Lots of fuss – just what I need …..