Life with Jasmine, Juliet and Buttercup, Our Rescued Dachshunds

Random notes on our experience with THREE rescued miniature dachshunds

A New Neurosis

on November 1, 2007

Okay, I don’t get this one.

Jasmine loves Walkies.  At least, she used to.  She has refused to go for a walk for two days in a row.  She cowers at the end of the driveway, sits her little butt down, and won’t go.  I coax her along with a little Pupperoni, but she stops and sits again.  Shiver shiver, droopy eyes, totally freaked.  She turns around and RUNS to the house.

Is it that she’s now afraid of the dachshunds down the street?  Whenever they are out, she wants to go inside.  Is it due to the two earthquakes we had recently?  She barked during the 5.6, but didn’t even notice the 3.6.

I don’t get this at all.  I’m totally puzzled.


One response to “A New Neurosis

  1. Cathy (in New Jersey) says:

    I am the proud Mom to 5 mill surviors, 4 poodles and 1 bichon. I have had 4 of them for a little over 2 years (3 poodles & the bichon)they all came from a mill in MO that was cleaning out “old” dogs – the poodles were between 12 and 14 years old, the bichon was 5 or 6. These boys came to me direct from the bill, straight off a transport. They had fleas, ear infections, bad teeth, worms, nails inbedded in the pads of their feet and on and on. All where afraid of everything. Two of them are still not totally settled in and enjoying themselves. They have moments when they will play and run and enjoy but then something kicks in and they will not let anyone approach them, they don’t want to be touched and sometimes decide not to eat. All were afraid of men. I think most mills are run by men and they associate men with bad memories. I guess what I am trying to say is just let her be, accept the good times she has and know that she is really just lovin’ her new mom and dad, it is just hard for her to really forget everything she went through and how she was treated. I keep faith in my heart knowing that I have turned 3 of the 5 totally and the other 2 will eventually realize nothing bad is ever going to happen to them again. Please, don’t push Jasmine to do anything she does not want to do. If she is not up to walking the neighborhood, she if she will walk up and down the driveway or take her to the park and she how she reacts. Do you have a doggie park with an area just for small dogs near you? A trip there maybe keeping her on leash for a while will help her. Take care and good luck. Cathy

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