Luna is certainly one of the most special cases we’ve taken in at the Sanctuary. Found as a stray and brought to local Animal Control, it was very clear that she was an under-socialized and extremely fearful dog. Knowing that her needs were very unique, she was brought to the Sanctuary to receive the patience and love that she rightfully deserved.
Upon arrival, Luna was fearful of almost everything. She would cower in the corner, faced towards the wall, unable to handle the world around her. Observing her signs of fear and stress, staff worked carefully to care for Luna and give her the respect and time to understand that she was safe. This consistent and diligent work continued on for months, even at times when there was little to no progress. Still, we were hopeful that she could start anew and trust in us to guide her in the right direction.
It all began with her believing in one person, her primary caretaker. Luna started to let her get close enough to feed her treats, harness her, and even sneak in a few pets. Whenever her person would be around, Luna started to gain confidence in herself and she knew she could let her guard down- even just for a little bit. This blossoming friendship of trust and love allowed Luna to enjoy life, like relaxing on a couch or going outside for a brisk walk. As this friendship continued, Luna started to even show us her personality- and boy, was it fun! She started to get zoomies and loved to run around in the back yard. She played with toys and loved learning new training skills! She would communicate to us her likes and dislikes just by her percussion of snorts. She even coined the nickname “Looney Tunes” given her fun-loving, animated personality! With her person by her side, she would approach everyone, whether she knew them or not. Though, she gets highly disappointed if you don’t have any treats to offer her!
With this bond, we now had the proof that Luna could trust in herself and in people. Staff then began the work of slowly helping Luna create new friendships. It took time and plenty of chicken, but we noticed that she was trusting people and building new relationships, expanding her circle of friends each day. She would go out for field trips and training classes away from the Sanctuary, experiencing the outside world in a whole new light. With these relationship-building skills, she started to make friends quicker than she ever did before. Though she tends to have a hard time leaving the safe haven of her cottage without her core group of friends, she surprises us each day with her ability in becoming a more confident dog.
Not to say that she still doesn’t have some special quirks of her own! At around 6 years old, she’s still trying to figure out ceiling fans, as well as why the wind is so scary! Regardless, we have gotten Luna so far in becoming a more capable, confident dog that we believe she’s ready for the next chapter in her life- joining a family to call her own! Given that she’s very shy, it would be amazing for her person to spend time with Luna prior to adoption to form a relationship with her before she goes home. It will take time, but gaining the trust of this special girl is a reward unlike any other! She would also appreciate a fenced-in backyard to feel more at ease in her surroundings. If you think you’re that one of a kind person for Luna, please contact us at 860-242-9999 or email Helpline@OurCompanions.org.