Hi friends – I’m Vlad. When I first came to my foster home I was very, very scared; I didn’t come out of my crate for 3 days. Each time my foster mom came near me I gave her warning nips because I didn’t know what she was going to do. I was afraid of everything – food bowls, loud noises, and even new blankets. I was not treated very well in my former life; I think I was kept in a cage that was way too small for me so my little legs are deformed now. Foster mom has been very patient with me and even set me up my own room so I would feel safe and have my own stuff. After a few weeks, I finally felt safe enough to approach her while she sat on the floor. I put my head down so she would pet it and it turns out that I really like to be pet; I even reach out with my little paw for more petting when it stops.
Over the last several months I have made a lot of improvement, but still have a ways to go. I love to cuddle in the comfy covers of the “big bed”. I am slowly getting on a potty schedule, but I am still afraid to go outside when it’s dark and I start to shake really bad. Potty pads will have to do for times like that. I do, however, like to sunbathe on the patio sometime while the weather is nice. I am still nervous when it comes to bath time – I hold very still and try not to be afraid but after a few minutes I get too anxious and start giving warning nips that I have had enough. I am very good at eating my food and foster mom even “sneaks” my medicine (Prozac) into my breakfast. After 5 months of having my own room, I decided that I didn’t want to stay in my room during the day anymore and now I get to spend time with the other pugs in the house during the day. I let foster mom pick me up a few different ways now instead just 1 way because I am not afraid of what’s going to happen next. We are working on some training so that I will overcome my fear of a collar and harness – right now they really scare me and I go into panic mode when I see them. My nails are still really long because I start to panic when they start getting trimmed and I can’t help but to start nipping because I am afraid. The other day I frolicked a bit and started chasing my tail and acting playful. After I was done playing, I sat on the couch with mom and rested my head on her to let her know that I am so happy that APARN saved me.
Even though I still have progress to make, I wanted to let everyone know that I am trying really hard to not be afraid of things. I hope that one day I will be able to find my forever home with someone that is very patient with me and understands how rough my life used to be.
If you’d like to help take care of me and other pugs while we are in foster care, sign up for APARN’s Gimme Five program atwww.aparn.org/gimme5. It’s easy and you’d be surprised what a difference just $5 a month will make for a pug.
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