Friday, May 24, 2013

Pet of the Week: Pebbles

It is so hard to decide who to pick every Sunday for the PotW posts. There are so many dogs at the shelter, and each one has their own story and personality that I would love to share with all of you. But every week I have to decide on one special pup to be featured. And this week I would like to introduce you to a very sweet girl named Pebbles. 
I just love her sweet face!

Pebbles came in with her two sisters about 6 weeks ago. When  they first got here, you could not even look in their general direction without the three of them cowering to the ground in intense fear. No amount of, sweet talking, treats, or kind words could get these three pups to trust anyone. 

It was such a sad sight, to see these three adorable Australian Shepard mixes so completely terrified of people. It broke my heart to see them in their pens every Sunday, clinging to the floor just trying not to be seen by any human eyes. 

When I think of a puppy, I think of a bouncy, clumsy, lovable mess. But these three pups were the complete opposite. It was very apparent that they had had ZERO socialization before they were dropped off at the shelter. And I have a sneaking suspicion that something may have happened to them, that made them so afraid of people...

But over the last few weeks the three sisters, very very slowly, began to come out of their shells. After a few weeks they wouldn't cower if you walked by their pens. Then after a few more they would let you pet them. Then another week and they could walk on a leash (sort of). 
Pebbles practicing her 'herding skills'.

Two of the sisters were eventually adopted by a man. He has a farm in the country and wanted to get puppies for his two daughters, one for each of them. A picture perfect ending (or beginning) for these two pups! But poor little Pebbles was left behind. 

So now Pebbles really needs a home! The shelter is no place for a sweet pup like her. She does need work on socialization, and could most absolutely due with some puppy obedience classes. But I just want to put out into the universe, how PROUD I am of Pebbles!! She has come so far in her short stay at the shelter.

I wish that all of you could have seen her six weeks ago, when she was just absolutely terrified of everything that moved. And compare that to her behavior today. She has come leaps and bounds, thanks to all of the Staff and Volunteers here at the shelter. Its been an amazing transformation to watch. But she still needs a lot of help learning to trust people. And she can't do it at the shelter. She needs a quiet home environment to grow into the well adjusted, loving dog I just know she wants to be.

This may sound a little nutty... but I can see in her eyes how much she wants to let you cuddle and pet her. But something is holding her back. But I know with time and the proper training, she would make an absolutely wonderful addition to the right family. This girl will always have a special place in my heart, and I want so badly for her to find the loving, patient home that she deserves.

If you think that you could be a good match for Pebbles, please contact the Williamson County Animal Control and Rescue Center in Franklin TN. Or check out their Pet Finder page for many other adoptable pets!

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