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Maya, Day II

I’ve cut away most of her matted fur and she’s had a bath. She arrived Tuesday evening because things got delayed at the shelter. The night was peaceful but she was incredibly scared at first. She’s definitely never lived in a house or with people at all. Her enclosure at the shelter was 3.5 x 1.5 metres, so she was used to spending much of the day laying down. She wasn’t terribly interested in everything I’d prepared in the hall and has instead found a corner of the red room which she seems to like. We’re taking her outside for a couple of laps around the whole perimeter of the garden every hour or so to get her used to doing her business outside only. Feral dogs all have their complications, but I’m hopeful. Oh, and she refused to eat most of the day yesterday, but expecting that might happen I’d boiled a chicken, shredded the meat and kept the stock, and so she when Mike offered her that last night she gave in.

And here’s Bessie and Tara, a long time ago.

36 comments on “Maya, Day II

  1. Arkenaten
    October 3, 2019

    She’ll come round. Love conquers all, so they say.

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  2. Helen Devries
    October 3, 2019

    Chicken seems to work wonders on dogs…luckily.
    Poor litttle girl…still working out what is happening to her, no doubt, but good food and a cosy bed in a place of her choosing can only help the transition from the shelter.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      October 3, 2019

      Now that she’s eating and the initial shock is subsidising, we’re starting to get hopeful. I know it won’t be easy or happen overnight, but fingers crossed!

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      • Helen Devries
        October 3, 2019

        Time and patience…our Scruffy was found by our employee dumped on the road nearby…starved and terrified. He managed to catch her by leaving food closer and closer to our gates though she would only come when he was far away.
        Eventually he managed to catch her and put her in an outhouse with a run where Leo fed her every day but it took a long time before she would come out when he was there.
        Once fixed by a food supply she would come out into the garden on her own and met our other dogs – no fear there – and eventually we managed to bring her into the house. Any sudden movement had her looking for shelter, though and she did not want to be touched.
        She turned out to be pregnant, and it seemed as though having her puppies changed things for her. She allowed us to touch them and her and brought them out to play. She did try to drive them off when they were weaned but as they refused to leave she resigned herself to their presence!
        She is fine now with us…and comes to be scratched and cuddled, though she refuses to be picked up…but greets any stranger with a frenzy of furious barking from a lair under the table.
        Needless to say we kept the puppies too…

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  3. Bizzy
    October 3, 2019

    You have another dog, right, a smaller, nonthreatening guy? Having another dog around to show her the ropes and show that she’s in a good place will surely help. I was a feral child, so I can relate to this. I don’t mind anthropomorphising, not a bit. . She’s not used to getting attention. At first it’s very weird and scary. Eventually she’ll get used to it, sometimes even like it. And a cushy bed, in a stunning red room, that’s not a bad start.

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  4. merilee
    October 3, 2019

    So very sweer😍Is one of your older ones an Irish Wolfhound of sorts?

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    • The Pink Agendist
      October 3, 2019

      Yes! We had three Irish Wolfhounds over the years. It’s one of my favourite breeds, but they’re lives are so short, I just couldn’t handle ever having another one.

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      • merilee
        October 3, 2019

        We stumbled on an Irish Wolfhound convention at a fancy resort in New Mexico last May. Must have been 20 of them😍 Also befriended a wolfhound of sorts named Damit, it Utah (as in Damit, get off the couch!) Wonderful dogs, but I don’t get huge dogs for the same reason as you.

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      • The Pink Agendist
        October 3, 2019

        They’re the most extraordinary animals. A way of thinking and reacting that’s almost human.

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  5. foolsmusings
    October 3, 2019

    Aww Maya looks beautiful 🙂

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  6. john zande
    October 3, 2019

    What a face! I’m sure a gargantuan smile will soon adorn it.

    Well done, my good man!

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    • The Pink Agendist
      October 3, 2019

      Decent progress today. She’s relaxed more and even had a deep sleep (twitching and all.) Getting the lead on is still a problem. She does crocodile rolls and pulls like crazy. Little by little 🙂

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      • john zande
        October 3, 2019

        Have you discovered what music she likes? Max, when we rescued him, was a wild lad and got terrible separation anxiety… Until he discovered Bossanova. The transformation was amazing.

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      • The Pink Agendist
        October 3, 2019

        I normally use the music on DogTv, which works a treat to calm the other two, but I’ll definitely try Bossanova tomorrow.

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  7. Jo
    October 3, 2019

    So cool!

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  8. Hariod Brawn
    October 3, 2019

    She rose. The Asuras saw her. They called her. Their cry was, “Come, O Māyā, come thou hither.”

    — Atharva veda VIII.10.22

    [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asura]

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  9. maryplumbago
    October 3, 2019

    Ah..she looks so sweet. She is one lucky dog and will grow to see that in time. It warms my head to see that they’re still good people in the world. You are doing a wonderful thing.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      October 3, 2019

      The truly great people are the ones giving they time at the shelter. I’m always amazed at their kindness and generosity. I felt so guilty after visiting that we went back yesterday, check book in hand, to make a donation.

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  10. acflory
    October 4, 2019

    Welcome home, Maya.
    She has a haunted look, Pinky. So glad you and Mike took her on. She’ll learn to trust. -massive hugs-

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    • The Pink Agendist
      October 4, 2019

      It’s already passing. She’s observing everything today, like a very determined student. Fascinating to watch!

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      • acflory
        October 4, 2019

        Oh, Pinky! That’s really wonderful news. I suspect dogs can sense the intent of the creatures around them, including us humans. Please keep the photos coming. 🙂

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  11. inspiredbythedivine1
    October 4, 2019

    I think it’s just wonderful that you guys are doing this for her. She seems just lovely.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      October 4, 2019

      Today was fantastic! She’s accepting food from straight from my hand (before I had to set it down on the floor and move away). Building trust is going to be possible. Indoors she’s still refusing to move, though. She won’t budge from her cushions, so the first challenge is getting her to feel safe enough to walk inside the house 😊

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  12. Anonymole
    November 10, 2019

    Hello? The world needs your voice.

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