Hello, Archie here with an update for all the lovely people who stopped to read my story and cared enough to help. I am only a baby really and due to my issues I was going to be put to sleep at 9 months. I was saved from that fate by Donna of Marleys Rescue and I was fostered and even adopted but I couldn't cope because my anxiety was too strong and I did things that I shouldn't to myself and others. Even though I didn't want to, I hurt myself and I just felt bad all the time. I chased and bit my tail, I chewed my legs and I bit people. I spent every hour of the day anxious and scared and I didn't know what to do with myself....I was so unhappy and my body hurt; I was broken and just wanted to feel better and be better. Auntie Donna signed me over to the Sanctuary for a last chance and it may seem strange to you but I loved being in a kennel and it helped me to deal with and get away from my separation anxiety. Auntie Joy said that this happens a lot with dogs like me...we are just happier in our kennels because we find the home environment too stressful. I settled in almost immediately, was less scared and did not hurt myself much at all. I keep myself very busy with all the cool things I had in my home, toys and balls and ropes and tyres to chew and chuck about in my own little activity centre and I didn't feel the need to chase my tail or bite my legs as much when I had so many things to distract me. I enjoyed the goings on in the yard and it was fun to sit and watch what everyone was doing. There were so many things to see and hear there and I had so many friends to talk to; I never felt alone and that made me feel so much safer and happier. Auntie Joy loved and accepted me for who and what I am and she promised me that together we would help me to stop hurting myself and be the very, very best I could be.
You may notice that I am talking in the past tense because I have some amazing news! I worked really, really hard with Auntie Joy on my rehab and my separation anxiety has dramatically improved and I almost never chase my tail now unless someone sweeps in front of me and Auntie Joy says I am just motion triggered now which is easily controlled. She says that I have been incredibly brave and she is so proud of me and although I will miss her and the friends I made at the sanctuary, I have packed my suitcase full of tricks to help me cope and put in my new found self-confidence and taken the next step on my journey and I am now with Auntie Joy's friends at Last Hope Rescue to see how I will cope in a home and if I will like it. If I do I can apparently have a foster home and maybe...just maybe if I am very brave and very lucky; I can find my forever home.
I know there were so many people who helped Auntie Joy to give me the space and time I needed to help me to mend and sent me toys and treats and I wanted to say thank you so much for loving me and caring enough to help me. I hope I can continue to make you proud...I promise to keep being brave and trying my very best and to let you all know how I am getting on.
Love and licks, Archie x
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