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My new rescue: Cassidy!
I joined here sometime after I got my first havanese GusGus last summer (I have lurked around a lot, but never had anything of my own to post.). He has been a dream come true and an absolute best friend! Because we never introduced ourselves properly, I attached a picture of Guser is his Christmas coat :-)
I was totally happy with just one havanese, but my friend learned of a poor little girl in a less than great sitation. She didn't have it as bad as many rescues, being kept in garages or dark cages, but her mom just didn't understand how to be a good mommy. She had other dogs and let them bully Cassidy since she was first brought home as a pup (Cas is a little less than a year old now) and did not pay attention to Cas's grooming needs--resulting in a very timid girl with severely matted undercoat. I am afraid there might be more to the story though because she is terrified of men!
We decided to *foster* Cassidy since we have experience with Havs and understand their temperament and typical behaviors. We are hoping her timidity can be overcome because she really is such a sweet girl!
On Wednesday DH was taking the pups out to potty and Cassidy got spooked and ended up slipping out of her collar. Because she is scared of men, when DH reached down to grab her, she took off running! She was last seen heading straight down the middle of a moderately busy street. Needless to say, we were wrecks! We distributed over 450 flyer, hung up posters, put ads in the paper and on craigslist, contacted every shelter/vet/pound in the area, and scoured the areas endlessly. After four very scary days, someone called us and had found her!
For being 25 degrees outside and snowing, she was in surprisingly good shape! Aside from behing dehydrated, the vet gave her a clean bill of health. Unfortunately her coat was much more matted than it started with (I had initially had hopes of getting her all combed out) so she had to be shaved ALL THE WAY down. I included pictures from the day we got her, the day she was found, and the day she got groomed.
Anyway, I was hoping for some advice. GusGus has been a perfect little gentleman to Cassidy. In fact, he was so excited when she came home because he had a new playmate! However, Cassidy is somewhat agressive towards GusGus. I assume it is because she has only interacted with bullying dogs and doesn't know the proper way to ineract, but GusGus has started avoiding her. She doesn't growl or bare her teeth or anything, but she snaps at him if he has a toy she wants and occassionally if he comes up to me when she is sitting beside me. Does anyone have good techniques for curtailing this type of behavior? How about overcoming her phobia of men?
I would really like to adopt Cassidy, but I don't want Guser to have to live in fear. And I also don't want Cas to become a shrinking violet everytime DH is in the room. Thanks in advance!