We are working on trying to socialize Bella and expose her to different surroundings and things. So last night I dressed her in her best dress and we headed out to see how she did with her first nursing home visit. Well we have to say that she was pretty overwhelmed by it all. We would say she got a 5 out of 10.
When we arrived we walked in by ourselves and she was just walking getting some petting and we then met two Golden Retrievers who she did fine with. But as we began walking the halls a little later a young German Shepard approached her and was just a little to happy to be her friend. She didn't welcome his snoot in her face and snapped at him. She then began to shake and do some low growl noises for everyone. It is odd because Amiee is in her face all the time and they are always playing bitey face together, but I guess that is different when they are your fur-siblings. She did snip at my parents young toy poodle the other night as well but I just thought she was to high strung for her and Bella associated her with a "rat" of some sort. BOL After her encounter with the Shepard she was pretty much "stand-offish" with all the other dogs after that. We basically let all the other dogs move forward and we kept her at the back of the pack and let her sniff and just walk and hopefully get use to all the different things. Her experience with inside things is very limited since she spent the first 2 years of her live outside with no socialization with other animals or people.
We believe she is just very nervous inside buildings with new surroundings and other doggies. She did fine when we took her to local community sale last month, but that was all outside and she approached all dogs with no problems. So definitely an inside thing that we will be working on.
Of course we were really hoping to see our friend Bunny the stunning Greyhound during our visit and introduce them to Bella. Well they arrived a little late and by that time Bella was feeling the stress of it all and really didn't want to be introduce to Bunny, even though Bunny was very interested in meeting her I believe she could sense Bella was having a rough night and kept her distance. We also got the honor of seeing Blueberry as well from Tales and Tails blog. Of course Bunny and Blueberry had the most stunning collars on and Blueberry felt like silk. Their Mom Peep was able to get Bella to warm up to her with her famous treats. She actually snapped a few pictures of Bella so we look forward to seeing and hearing what she thought about Bella.
We have to say that all the people there with their fur-babies were so sweet and understanding of Bella. They kept telling her how well she was doing and kept telling me not to worry about her snip that she did. I think they could tell that her being snippy was sort of upsetting to me. They provide great support for us and we will be taking her back next week to the other nursing home to see how she does. We may take Amiee with us for some moral support for her and see if she does better with her fur-sibling with her.
Here are just a few pictures I snapped of her.
Bella preparing herself for her big night
Bunny face and Blueberry's butt
Our good friend Bunny
A few Goldens that are regulars
Blueberry she had the most beautiful collar
Bella had enough
We are hoping next week will be a little bit easier on her.
Bella and HoundDogMom