Pippa is only four years old, but she spent most of her life having puppies for profit. Her body is healthy, but her spirit is broken.
It was likely her soft apricot colour that drew the eye of the breeder. Her dark eyes and strawberry blonde coat made her a target. Beautiful and sweet to her own detriment.
There isn’t a mean bone this her little body and even at the height of her fear she doesn’t bite, but she will urinate and defecate when handled. Pippa has found people don’t want to handle a dog that pees and poops on them and has learned to use it as a weapon.
So strong is her fear that her body releases everything inside when she encounters people. What must have they done to this wee dog?
She’s terrified of people.
Pippa was dropped off at a shelter by a breeder who didn’t have good things to say about the apricot poodle. Pippa was equally unimpressed by the breeder and would poop on him when he tried to pick her up…. a trend that she continues when any man tries to handle her.
The Importance of Foster Homes
I put a call into one of my amazing foster homes asking if Raye could work her magic on this sweet girl and teach her that life can be good. Raye immediately jumped to the challenge, but stated that her dogs would likely do most of the work.
Likely Raye’s BCFS permanent foster dog Harriette would do most of the work. She’s proven herself to be a lovely companion with excellent motherly skills at welcoming a frightened pup and teaching them how to be dog. How to chase squirrel, drink from bowls of clean water, curl up in a soft bed and always have a full belly. To feel like a healthy normal dog — something we at BCFS never thought would happen for Harriette, but did — will happen to Pippa.
I completely agreed with Raye and it was no surprise when they came to pick her up that Pippa immediately took to Harriette and was following her around the yard. It was the first time I felt hope for this sweet strawberry blonde.
We let Pippa run about the backyard while we talked and when it was time to for her to be caught and taken to her foster home. Paul offered his soft hands and a gentle voice, but still ended up with poop on his hands.
Foster Mom Raye’s Report:
This is the first day I have had off to really watch Pippa closely. What I know for sure she has a problem with males just hearing the voice can make her look for hiding place and shake. She is much better with Paul but he is around more. She still gives him a very wide berth but does not shake unless he is very close . At feeding time he puts her dish down and when he backs away she eats so I think with time this will improve.
We will continue to keep you updated on this lovely lady and please send good thoughts to heal her spirit.