Our feral momma, affectionately know as Number Two, is amazing us every day with her adaptability and her sweet temperament. As quickly as she is learning and adjusting, we are constantly looking towards next steps. As much progress as she has made in the last two weeks, she is ready to work with someone that has the capacity to train and socialize her all day long in a focused manner that moves her towards our goal of getting her adopted into a forever family.
We are going to send her away to boarding school aka dog camp (here in town) so that she can get that focused, accelerated, training and socialization over a two week period. The trainer we have chosen has experience with unsocialized and fearful dogs (although she is not really fearful any more – hurray). We will also be visiting and working with “Two” and the trainer over the two week period.
K-9 University in Garland has given us a generous discount and they will be transferring lifetime training support to her forever family. If you are interested in adopting Two, we can get into the details of what “lifetime” training means, there are some stipulations, but it is a great deal. When she graduates, she should have all the basic commands under her belt and present as a balanced adoptable dog.
How will we get “Two” to school?
First, our goal this weekend is is to teach “Two” how to ride in a car so we can transport her, without drama, to the training facility. We’ll post pics of her first car ride EVER this weekend.
Second, we need to fund her tuition. We generally don’t plead for donations – but this dog and her pack’s story is very special to GDO and to our neighborhood. Her success will provide a model for rehabilitating unsocialized dogs that were born and raised on the streets of our neighborhood.
We would like to raise $200 to fund “Two’s” school tuition. This is a great opportunity for community members to help neighborhood animals without having to take a feral dog into their own home. You can donate through our website using our paypal donation link. You can note that you would specifically like your funds to go to Operation Floppy Ear.
Tasha and Two’s legacy are very important to GDO and to the message that we send to our neighborhood and our city about animals. Animals are not disposable and it will take work to treat them with the love and respect they deserve. It will take all of us doing what we can towards a common goal. In the spirit of the unconditional love that animals share with us all, this Valentine’s day, please consider donating toward Two’s success or adopting one of her puppies.
As always, thank you for caring about animals.
“You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed”
-The little prince