Miel is approximately 7 years old and was surrendered to a local veterinary practice after an accident at home that left her with permanent nerve damage in her rear legs. At that time she needed to wear specially adapted boots or braces to help her walk properly. Miel also has some behavioral insecurities that we’ve found and probably were the reason for the accident. She doesn’t like people coming and going through doors, and being in a busy environment stresses her—this has been identified as PTSD from trauma in her past homes. Miel has a long journey ahead of her with us as she continues to heal both medically and behaviorally.
Miel is having a hard time meeting new staff members at the Sanctuary. One of the differences between living in a home versus living at the Sanctuary is that we always need to introduce new staff members to the dogs during their time with us. We practice a standard way of introducing people to the dogs that is tailored to each dog. We are having a hard time figuring out how best to introduce new people to her. The cottage isn’t her most comfortable place, so we are moving to doing most of her exposure to new people outside with the hope that once she gets comfortable with them outside, she’ll be more comfortable with them inside.