Every rescue has long-term animals in its care who urgently need the loving stability of a home. Sweet, 3-year-old Lily is one of ours.
All indications point to this Whippet x Border Collie x Staffy having been used as dogfighting bait. She has the multiple scars and the nervous temperament... and she is extremely frightened and defensive with dogs who are not behind fencing.
Lily was found emaciated and eating her own faeces... and continues to be extremely food driven.
She had run through a forest fire and had singed paw pads and whiskers when she came into our care. She was not human aggressive but was wary of people and loud noises, and constantly hypervigilant. No-one responded to her "Found Dog" adverts.
After 18 months under our umbrella, Lily is now registered, spayed and micro-chipped and is beginning to enjoy human touch. I wept the first time she pushed her head gently against my knees asking for affection... and stayed immobile with her eyes closed for 15 minutes while I petted her.
She is smart and eager to learn new tricks and has discovered that humans can be fun and trustworthy. Although she does not yet play; when she feels relaxed and happy, she loves to canter and romp with graceful, bounding zoomies... and to follow her carers about.
Intensive reward-based help from Good Dog Training has been devotedly followed by our incredible dog walking volunteers to bring her this far. Thank you so much team! ?
To blossom and continue gaining confidence and healing, Lily now needs a peaceful home with people who will continue to nurture her through her past trauma.
We are seeking a very special home and extra special people for Lily. She will need robust, tall fencing & gates, and to be free of other animals. Past dog experience and a large yard would be a bonus.
Lily is currently based in Auckland.
We look forward to bringing Lily to your home to meet you. ?
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Lily has recently learned to be comfortable around one of our rescue dogs, so it's possible she could bond with another dog-friendly dog after several supervised introductions.