We all have secrets we keep from our Mom and Dad. We don’t mean to keep these secrets but there is no way for us to tell them. These secrets have to do with our lives before we came to live with them.
don’t have the same problem. They are always telling us about what
happened in their lives, usually when we are alone with them and they
are feeling blue. But that’s what we are there for. We look up at them
with our sad brown eyes and listen with our big ears. Somehow that makes
them feel better.
we can’t do the same. Dogs do have the wonderful ability to live in
the moment. We are in our forever home so it’s we convince ourselves we
have always been in our forever home. But there is a little bit of
memory inside of us that we can’t suppress. When something bad happens
that little memory of our old life explodes and for a few days it makes
us The Dog Who Lives in The Past.
happened twice to our friend Trixie in the last two weeks. Trixie was
found wandering in a Wal-Mart parking lot and brought home by her new
Mom, our Aunt Linda. She is a wonderful Mom and Trixie could not have
found a better Mom, or better siblings in Tashi and Tiara.
on this day her Mom tripped going up the stairs and landed on the dogs
including Trixie. None of us know what traumas Trixie faced in her
former life but when her Mom landed on her Trixie got hurt, and then
scared. She ran under the bed and would not come out for her Mom at
all. She did, after lots of coaxing, come out for her Dad. But she was
scared of her Mom. Aunt Linda was very upset, trying to get her baby
to come to her, but poor Trixie was so scared she snapped at her Mom
when she came near. They were both broken hearted
spent her time with her Dad and ignored Aunt Linea until finally Aunt
Linda called Hannah Banana’s Mom Kim. Thanks to Aunt Kim’s good advice
Aunt Linda began playing on the floor and giving treats to Tiara and
Tashi while their Daddy ignored Trixie. Seeing her sibling playing with
their Mom, Trixie began to trust her Mom again. One good walk alter and
everything was back to normal.
less than s week later Trixie got very scared again. It was time for
her to be spayed. She was nervous when her Mommy dropped her off at
the doctor’s office. Then she woke up not knowing where she was, with
her Mom nowhere to be found, and in pain. The Dog She Used to Be took
Trixie got home she looked for a place to hide, finding it under the
couch. She would not eat or drink, she just lay under the couch and
cried. She even refused to take her medication. The next day her Daddy
lifted the couch, her Mom threw a towel over her, and they took her
back to the vet.
had been so scared and afraid to move she was covered in doggy
droppings and needed a bath. She also got a shot of Tramadol and some
Cittrine for her upset stomach. She was then taken home and put in her
crate so she could not hide again. The doctor suggested some Prozac for
her but her Mom felt like she needed it more.
next step was to place the crate in a playpen with pee pads spread out
under it. Safe inside the pen Trixie came out for water and food. The
next day she allowed her Mom to wrap her in a towel and hold her.
Every day since she has made a little progress.
is going to take while for Trixie to lose The Dog She Used to Be and
occasionally that pup will pop back up, but now her Mom knows how to
handle her, and how to send the The Dog She Used to Be away so Trixie
can enjoy being the Dog She Was Meant to Be.