Late in October of 2016, we were contacted by a shelter in southern Indiana about a dog that was paralyzed with fear at the shelter. We agreed to help this dog, we named Skittles, in an attempt to help her overcome her emotional health issues.
Upon arriving at the shelter, we realized just how bad that Skittles’ condition was. She truly was scared of almost everything. Her way of dealing with her fear was to urinate and run away. It took all we had just to get her into our car, which was parked literally right outside of the shelter’s front door.
Luckily for Skittles, she likes the company of other dogs, and we were able to help her. For the first several weeks, we could not interact much with her. Instead, we allowed her to follow the lead of our own dogs. She learned to go to her crate for food and sleep. She learned that the other dogs come to us for loving and attention, and once she decided that it’s ok to approach us, things became much better for her. She soon began to trust us.
Skittles has flourished into a fun loving, mischievous young black lab. She enjoys going for walks, playing with the other dogs, eating, and taking naps. She is available for adoption and will soon have her first “audition”.
Skittles is still looking for her forever Home
Skittles, the shy Labrador Retriever, has come out of her shell and is looking for her forever home.
When running into new situations or meeting new people, Skittles is initially shy. Once she gets used to the situation, she quickly gets comfortable with things. She warms up especially fast, if there is another dog that can guide her along. In fact, she can be quite mischievous – just the way we like her to be.
Skittles loves playing with other dogs, playing with toys snuggling on the couch with people or dogs. Skittles can be very entertaining. Her antics are so funny, she will have you in stitches!
Skittles is available for adoption in the Greater Louisville area. She will do best with a family that has other dogs. Skittles is spayed, up-to-date on her vaccinations, and has been micro chipped. Our adoption fee is $150.00
Please complete an adoption application at https://www.cognitoforms.com/SaveOneSoul/SaveOneSoulAdoptionApplication to get the adoption process started.
Video of Skittles on her first outing
Update on Skittles:
Skittles is slowly starting to get used to life. She is still very fearful of people, objects, and sounds that are new to her. To help her gain self-confidence, we took her to the park on Thursday. She started out being overwhelmed, but learned quickly that trips to the park can be fun. She also learned to trust Andy, who handled her during this trip.
Late last week, a shelter in Southern Indiana approached us about a black lab mix that was in severe emotional distress at the shelter.
Knowing, that emotional distress and behavior problems are the main cause of euthanasia in dogs, we agreed to step up in an effort to save this dog’s life. After all, our mission is to provide help for unowned and shelter dogs with illness or injuries. This includes emotional health.
When Andy and Heike went to the shelter to pick the dog (w…e have named her Skittles) up, we quickly realized how scared and skittish Skittles was. She truly is afraid of life itself.
We have brought her home, where she met our dogs. Our experience has been that a confident pack is essential in helping dogs like Skittles adjust and gain confidence for themselves.
Skittles will most likely be a long-term case. We will keep you updated on her progress. Below are a couple of pictures of Skittles. As you can tell in the pictures, she is still very leery of humans at this time.
Picture: Skittles – new to our home
Picture: Skittles – new to our home – terrified of the world