New Coton de Tulear Rescue
We had been looking for an older dog as a playmate for Cotton for about a month.
Although I really wanted another Coton, we were unable to find an adult in any of the shelters or thru the breeders. I found thru petfinder a female coton in an animal rescue place in Ga. so we drove almost 9 hours up and 9 back to bring her home with us.
She is a real sweetheart but had never been in grass. No training of any kind, potty or anything else. The rescue lady was so kind and she said the dog's feet were sore from being kept in a wire cage. I can only imagine what this poor little girl has been thru. She has still got a lot of mistrust issues but will now follow me around the house, once in a while she comes to me for a head scratch but is still always on guard.
We are working thru some of this but it is so hard to try and correct the bad things as I am trying to build up her trust in me and do not like telling her no. It just sends her running. It is a real challenge as I have never dealt with this type situation before.
She is going to be a beauty when she gets cleaned up a little more. We are working on cleaning her but can only do a little at a time as she gets so stressed. What a terrible life she must have had.
We have named her Candie and I will post more pictures of her as we progress.
Is there a magic way to gain her trust or just be patient-gentle-quiet with her and hope it happens? She does not come when called but will take treats from my hand then run off. Cotton has been a terrific positive influence on her, of course she is terribly jealous but that is to be expected for now. They do get along really well and chase each other around at times.
These pictures were taken the day after we got her and she still has alot of the GA clay on her. She will be totally white and gorgeous I know. Her little disposition, although guarded yet is really mild. No growls or biting. I am grateful for that. Have any of you gone thru the same distrust issues and could you tell me what to expect?
I hope she is not to old to potty train.