3 stray dogs rescued last summer learning to accept humans at their own pace

Last June, we told you about three dumped dogs rescued from a dangerous situation on Tennant Road and Old State Highway, just south of Leaf. Kind-hearted residents asked for assistance after finally securing one of the young females. Two days later, local rescuers caught the other two by springing a trap we had set. Soon all three stray dogs, possibly littermates, were at the Rescue Ranch Sanctuary.

At seven months old, they had missed a critical socialization window. The first pup was incredibly shy and submissive but less wary of people than her siblings. Each would have to learn to accept humans at their own pace.

Maeve is Amaeving!

Maeve was frightened when she arrived but could be handled. It didn’t take long for her to go home with Raymond and Yasya, two dog lovers who had originally stopped by the capture site to express concern for the stray dogs on the road.

In case you’re wondering, Maeve is doing great! Her adopters say she’s “amaeving” and have great pics to prove it!

Maeve is living on an acreage next to public forest land. According to Raymond, she’s leading an ideal doggy life with her senior dog pals Margot and Gertie, full of fun and adventure.

Yasya describes Maeve as “smart, friendly, affectionate, and a fast learner.” She adds that the young dog loves snuggling and belly rubs. “She brings so much joy to our lives,” Yasya writes.

We’re so happy that Maeve has found such wonderful adopters.

Marshall and Mindy, on the other hand, were much less interested in human interaction from the start. They were both gentle but fled any attempt at contact for a long time.

Insecure stray dogs Marshall and Mindy have made progress

Marshall is now at the Rescue Ranch Adoption Center. This beautiful, gentle boy remains incredibly shy but has started accepting and returning  affection. During our visit, he allowed staff member AliCarmen to kiss him and place a leash around his neck.

He is food motivated and so we kept him engaged with treats. Marshall was subdued on the leash but didn’t resist and walked the short distance willingly.

It’s good for insecure dogs to learn from a more socialized pal. When I visited earlier in the week, Mindy was bunking with lovely Junior, a friendly, fun-loving extrovert.

Mindy circled non-stop in the background as staff member Sydney Palmer and I interacted with Junior. She reminded me of Kenna, the feral foster I wrote about in January.

As Junior modeled taking treats and seeking attention, Mindy’s circles got smaller and she got closer. Eventually she took treats from my hand using a grab and dash technique. Sydney captured the moment with her phone.

Both Mindy and Marshall would benefit from adopters or fosters who could spend a lot of quality one-on-one time with them. We’d love to see them come into their own and thriving in loving homes. They just need kindness, patience, and affection.