One year ago Lifeline Animal Rescue brought a sweet but completely terrified dog to our house. I can’t imagine our family without Jenna now!
We don’t know Jenna’s actual birthday, but the other day when we were clearing things off of the refrigerator we found the receipt for food, crate, etc from the day we got her: January 13th. They said she was three when we began fostering her, so let’s just say that she is four-ish now. Her birthday might be a mystery, but we celebrate her Striepe-versary today!
We met Jenna at one of Lifeline’s adoption days at the pet store near our house, and we fell in love with her. After visiting her one more time at the shelter and taking her for a walk, we knew we wanted to try fostering this baby.
Jenna had a bumpy start. She spent the first six months of her life with an animal hoarder, living in a crate. They didn’t even take her out to pee and poop, just threw fresh newspaper down. Sometimes, I fantasize about meeting the person that did that to our dog.
She spent 2 1/2 years at Lifeline, where they rehabilitated her. When she first got there, she wouldn’t even wear a collar. If you put one on her, they said she’d just shut down. She was afraid of people, afraid to go outside…basically afraid of everything. Lifeline is a no-kill shelter, and they devoted time, energy, and love to getting Jenna to an adoptable place.
She still had a lot of anxiety when we adopted her. For the first 36 hours, she wouldn’t got to the bathroom. All she wanted to do was sit on our livin groom floor and shake. It took her weeks to warm up to us and months of obedience training before she started acting like a normal dog. We took her to Frogs to Dogs, who lets Lifeline fosters take obedience classes for free, and Jenna wouldn’t be the dog the is today without them. Obedience training gave her confidence and helped us bond with her in a way we never could have managed without that help. I am so grateful to them!
Jenna’s still a high-strung dog, to say the least. She is hyper-protective of our house, and she is scared of things like wind. When she’s around just me and Dave, though – or one of a handful of our friends that she knows well enough to trust – she’s a confident, playful, happy pup.
She loves to play “touch” – a training game where the dog jumps up and bumps your hand with her nose. She sits and stays and lets you shake her paw. She loves sweet potatoes and any store-bought dog treat that makes our hands smell disgusting, and she’s even sorted out her place in the house among our two cats.
She’s my girl, and I’m so glad that Lifeline found her, so she could become part of our family. At a public shelter Jenna would never have stood a chance, but Lifeline and Frogs to Dogs made a miracle happen, and I love them for it. Happy Striepe-versary, sweet puppin!