MAYA

Mixed Breed SPAYED female, 1 year old and 54 pounds.

Update on 6/25 from her foster mom, Laura: Maya continues to make progress in her foster home. She’s now willing to go out and come in the house on her own, and has learned to sit before doing so. She loves to play, and engages the other dogs in play. She knows “sit” and “down,” and will lay on dog beds with the other dogs, not always hiding in a crate. She comes up to me looking for attention voluntarily. She is still working on her trust with humans, and I find that she does better with me when I feed her by hand. She’s also making slow progress with vehicles passing by when she’s out by the road. She had been pancaking down, but with practice, she’s been able to ignore vehicles and focus on getting treats. Her new family will have to have the patience to deal with her getting used to a new environment and routine, as well as to continue to work with her in training. She would do best in a calm household, with a mentor dog buddy. Check out the photos of Maya at the Casa de Laura. She's hanging with Laura's dogs and also Ruby, another shelter guest. Looking good, Maya!

CASA DE LAURA UPDATE: MAYA has been lucky enough to be taken under the wing of our one and only Laura--foster volunteer extraordinaire. Maya was VERY shut down when she came to the shelter, and she did not want to leave her kennel. Laura to the rescue! Maya's been at CASA DE LAURA since March 9, and Laura's been working with her, helping her feel comfortable in the big world. Here are insights from Laura: "This sweet, shy is living with 6 other dogs at the Casa. She was so scared, she would not walk. Her first few hours here, she was given plenty of TLC, and started wagging her tail. The next day she sat up briefly, and by day 3, with plenty of help and encouragement, she was able to go into the back yard with a couple of other dogs. She was still extremely scared, and only stayed out for a few minutes. It’s been a slow process of healing for Millie – we don’t know what happened to her, but she’s trying to be brave. Seven days later, Maya is able to walk around the house and the back yard, and walk out the door and back in on her own, with some of dog buddies!!! She’s still fearful, and prefers to find places to hide – a crate, the igloo, under a bush, behind the kennel – but she is responding to my voice, and is excited to come to me when other dogs are around me. She is also starting to learn to walk on a leash, with the help of some of her dog buddies here. Millie is crate trained, but I think she might have been confined to a crate, with limited human contact. She’s house broken. Her new family will have to have lots of patience with her, be gentle, and work daily with her. I feed her by hand, which is helping her develop trust with me. Millie loves belly rubs, face and full body massages, and she shows she’s happy by going into her happy dance on her bed. She wags her tail, and loves attention. A mentor dog buddy would be ideal for her."

Laura proves over and over again what can be done to help a nervous, scared dog, with patience, kindness and lots of love. THANK YOU LAURA!

Maya is a beautiful girl, and seems very sweet.She's very shy right now, and we don't know much about her. Our dedicated volunteers and staff will be spending time with Maya, and with patience and some TLC, we're sure she will gain confidence. We'll update Millie's bio as we learn about her, so please check back!

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