May May Came to Play
Meet Ellie May or May May as she is affectionately called. She’s my niece’s dog. She was bought from a homeless person when she was just a pup. Her days on the street scarred her a bit. She’s skittish and doesn’t warm up to people easily. I’m slowly becoming her friend by bribing her with dog treats and Cheerios.
She came to play with Misha last week. I use the word “play” loosely. Misha and May May are alike in many ways. Although they’ve known each other for about 3 years, they most circle, sniff, and avoid.
As you can see, my attempts to get a photo of them together went awry. Well, at least I got them in the same frame.
Misha really isn’t this much larger than Ellie May, it’s just the angle. Though I think she’s about 2 lbs heavier.
May May has that scruffy cute that you can’t help but love. She’s some sort of terrier but we just don’t know what.
Despite ignoring each other for 3 hours, the dogs were exhausted after their visit. They didn’t exactly play but at least they tolerated each other’s presence. That’s a start!
Do you have tips on how to help shy and skittish dogs to feel more comfortable around other dogs? If so, tell us in the comments.
2 thoughts on “May May Came to Play”
Oh, May May is a doll baby. I have a shy dog myself. Sinead doesn’t come from an abusive background at all, but she’s never been super comfortable around strange dogs or strange people. I use a lot of treats, positive reinforcement and plain patience. We’ve been working on her progress for years, and just now, we’re seeing some breakthroughs. It can happen, just not quickly!
Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie
Jean, Our little shy dogs need all the help they can get. In Misha’s case, she was skittish to start, but the loss of a love done made it worse. Like your dog, I’ve worked with Misha a lot to get her trust people again. As you said, it takes a lot of patience!
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