When last I blogged I told you about the terrifying experience I had visiting the City pound. What I didn’t tell you about was why I was there.
An emergency call had been sent out by the Winnipeg Animal Services for foster parents. Like many of the rescues in town, they were full to the brim and had just gotten another seven dogs dogs surrendered to them. This was on top of the continual influx of stray and unclaimed dogs.
One of these dogs in need of an immediate foster home just happened to be a corgi cross. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned before but mum has a real soft spot for corgis. With Freya recovering from surgery at Lindsay’s place, mum just had to answer the call.
Meet Sprite (now named Cali)
She is a 10 month old corgi-terrier cross who was found running in the north end of town with her brother. When she was picked up she was covered with ticks and terrified of the world. Even after her 10 day hold-time she was still covered with scabs from where the ticks had been pulled off. When we went to meet her at The Pound, she did her best to show her most submissive side by rolling over on her back and piddling when she met us.
Quite frankly, I can’t blame her. I was just about ready to do the same thing if it would mean I could get out of that place.
In the past week, Cali has really a long ways. It took her a couple of days to relax enough to even wag her tail. Now she runs and plays like a regular puppy. She is still very shy and scared around strangers but that will come with time. I’ve been taking her to the dog park. Although she loves the freedom to run and play chase with me, she still gets overwhelmed by all the different dogs there.
Today we went to the SPCA Paws in Motion walk. I told mum that it would be a very good experience for Cali. Not only would it desensitize her to being around strangers and lots of dogs, but it would also be a chance for Cali to potentially meet her new family-to-be. So mum dressed her up in an adopt-me vest and off we went.