Sunday, July 15, 2018

Emotions and Trust

It's the time of year that the sunflowers are in bloom. On Saturday I took my annual pilgrimage to see the fields in Maryland. I'll share a few more photos in my next post.  

Emotions are still running high as the struggle with Eva continues.  She's not eaten much since Tuesday, and it continues to be both crushing and heartbreaking and I am at a loss as to what to do.  We're getting great support from both the rescue, and the holistic vet. But in the end, it's up to me to try and find something she'll find palatable and want to eat. But I keep striking out, but of course we'll keep trying.

Turning the focus there's our temporary addition Chipper. He's been here since late June, and its been a bit of a challenge, but he's gaining confidence in himself, and isn't hiding as much as he was initially.  Because of this, when the foster home coordinator for the rescue returned from being out of town, we decided it was best if Chipper just stayed here ..... for now..... The only thing is, is that the rescue wants to make him available for adoption, and let another family work with him.  I don't think that he's ready for that step, because he's still so afraid of so many things.  But maybe Chipper's trust that he's building with us, is the same that we should have in someone else.

19 comments:

  1. Sad about Eva . . .
    Makes me wonder what has occurred
    in Chippers life to have such trust issues.
    One thing for sure . . . you are “golden.”

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  2. Hello, Sending good wishes for Eva and Chipper. I wonder if Chipper has been mistreated, labs are usually such great dogs along with the goldens. Love the sunflowers. Enjoy your day and new week!

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  3. I hope Chipper gets to stay with you. Another change could cause more anxiety for him.

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  4. I have to agree with Starting Over AC above. sometimes maybe they just need a chance at stability in their life.
    my heart to Eva. bless you all! I literally don't see how you do it. you're their own Mother Theresa! XOXOXO

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  5. Eva must be in bad shape. I could be on my death bed and still be up for sunflower seeds.

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  6. I know first hand the frustration and despair of trying to feed a dog that doesn't want to eat. My Samba refused to eat anything I offered and it was heartbreaking. Bailey is still eating well but getting weaker each day.

    It must be so hard for Chipper to trust and moving him again so soon doesn't feel like a good move.

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  7. Sounds to me like Chipper needs to stay with you for a while. He's making progress, sending him somewhere else may be too much for him. Give him a chance to be a dog and find out humans are good. He will tell you when he is ready to go to another home. Dogs talk, we just have to listen.

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  8. All paws crossed for Eva. We know that you are trying your darndest to keep her going, and we also know you will always do what is best for her.

    We agree, Chipper needs more time with you. Another upheaval in his life would just undo all the good you have done. We will cross our paws for him too.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

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  9. Getting sick dogs to eat is one of the most frustrating and heartbreaking things to do, because you know where this is all headed. My prayers for you and Eva. I know you will always do what is best for her. (((HUGS)))

    We agree that Chipper needs more time with you and the Farm.

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  10. So sorry that you are having such a struggle getting Eva to eat. We also agree it would be better for Chipper to stay with you longer and not undo his progress
    hugs
    Hazel & Mabel

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  11. Poor Eva. Brings back memories of boiling fish for ageing PONs.

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  12. That's heartbreaking about Eva.

    If Chipper is doing well with you it seems he would be better off staying for a while, but maybe the potential adopters could visit and make sure he's comfortable with them? They need to be well vetted.

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  13. I am thinking of Eva, and I know that you'll do the best that you possibly can. I am sending POTP for her... Please eat, sweet girl.

    As for Chipper, having lived for 6 years with a dog who is fearful like him, I tend to think that you're right... that he at least stay with you for a while longer to get his paws firmly under him. Thank you for helping him.

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  14. I am sending lots of POTP for Eva and hope that she will eat...something...it is so very difficult sometimes. I really hope that Chipper gets to stay with you as it seems that another change might set him back. You are such a sweetheart for helping them. Prayers for them and for you.

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  15. So very sorry to hear that Eva isn't eating, but hope you find a solution soon. I definitely feel that Chipper will regain his trust in humans if he's allowed to stay with you. Life with you will offer him all the love, contentment and security that must have been sadly lacking before. The poor boy deserves some chance of happiness.

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  16. I've often found that feeding a dog right from my hand will for some reason entice them to eat. Something like a scrambled egg or ground beef which are apt to be tempting. Maybe you've tried this already.

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  17. My heart is with you.
    Hugs to all
    Gus' Mom

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