HALEY IS READY FOR A FOREVER HOME!
Yes, we really think so! She has come a very long way in the nearly two years SLSR has had her, but it will have to be a really special home. Quiet, no children, a securely fenced yard, and at least one other friendly, playful dog because Haley takes many of her cues from other dogs.
The family who adopts Haley will need to understand her history and love her in spite of her quirks, realizing that she may never be a completely what you would call normal dog. She much prefers to be in the house rather than outside which was not the case when she came to live with her foster mom, and she seems to really like it when people come to visit. (And loves it when they bring dogs with them.)
She may have quirks, but she is a love! Quiet, very sweet and gentle, and adorable. When people meet her, they would love to be able to hug and love her right away, and that is one of the difficult things about living with Haley—she isn’t ready for that and may never be.
She is quick to learn by repetition of words. She has learned that hands can mean good things like petting, massage, and feeding her treats, although still quite timid about those things. When she is on a leash, she will walk along when you say “Let’s go, Haley” and does not pull on the leash, but startles easily and will jump away.
Her foster mom would adopt her in a New York minute, if not for circumstances that make it impossible. The adoption process may take a while, as we feel that multivisits to the adopter’s home and to the foster home for the adopters will make the final placement less stressful for Haley.
8/1/13 New Vignette by Haley
CRATE = HOUSE I have a crate in Jackie’s bedroom, but we call it call my “house.” It has a nice pad in it, and also my “baby,” a bone-shaped fleece toy with a squeaker in it and a pair of fleece bed socks. One time when Jackie forgot to pick them up off the floor, I started carrying them around so she gave them to me. I also usually carry my baby out during the day and sometimes, I move it from place to place. Then she has to find it at night to put back in the crate. There’s also a small water bowl because when I go in my house at night there’s a Kong with peanut butter it and also some treats and Jackie doesn’t want me to ge thirsty during the night.
When I first came here to live I was made to go in my house every time Jackie left the house, but being a smart little girl, I started refusing to come in the house during the day, and Jackie figured it was because I had to go in my crate sometimes. So as she tells it, she took a chance on me and didn’t put me in it one day. I guess I was a good girl because she never put me in it again—at least in the daytime. I still have to go in at night. I used to run and hide under the desk, and run around the dining room table or sofa and she had to “herd” me into the bedroom, but now (see, I’m smart again) she says “house, Haley” and I put my tail and ears down, but I do go in. A couple of nights ago, while she was reading in bed, I sneaked in and put myself to bed all by myself. Now every night, while she’s reading, I’m sure she hopes I’ll do it again—and probably I will—when I feel like it.
7/15/13 New Vignette by Haley
So when I found out I could go in and out of the yard, I really liked that, but I didn’t like having Jackie stand too close or be looking at me when I went out or came in. So I would come up to the stoop, and then circle the yard, and then do it again. Well, she FINALLY figured that out and would go to the other side of the room and stand with her back to me, and not look at me. And then I would quietly (I’m very quiet) slip into the house and hurry by her to my little quilted nest.
Now, I have to brag again. She sits on the arm of a sofa near the door, and I just walk on by going out and coming in, like I’m in charge and I’m just letting her do that. Once in a while, I still look over my shoulder to make sure she’s still just sitting there and not following me too closely.
Sometimes I think Jackie is pretty silly though. She has these soft stuffy things in a box—some of them make strange little squeaky noises—and she’ll toss them up in the air and make woofing and barking noises, and then toss one to me. Of course, I just stand there and look at her, and maybe take a sniff, and then she just sighs and goes away. But sometimes when a dog friend is over, I do the same things she does, and have a good time. I just can’t figure out why a human would want to act that way.
She also ties one of the soft things to a rope or leash and walks by me wiggling it—but since I also just look at it and ignore it, she just sighs again and puts it away. Sometimes I see an egg carton on the floor, and wonder what it is doing there, So I investigate, pushing the lid up with my nose. Guess what? There are treats in there, so naturally I eat them. What a strange food bowl that is!!
7/7/13 New Vignette by Haley
Shhhh! I’ll tell you a secret, but don’t tell Jackie. When she’s working in the den, or another room, I sneak into the guest room and hop up on the bed to take my naps. I’m not sure I’m supposed to be there, so when I hear her coming around the corner to the hall, I jump down and run by her, so she won’t catch me. Now that I’ve been doing it for a while, I don’t run anymore, I just kind of trot because she never yells at me or anything.
Funny thing though, the bedspread is quilted, and all of a sudden one day, a smooth lightweight cover appeared over the bedspread. I think I heard her tell somebody that it was a sheet so I wouldn’t get the spread dirty or get dog hair on it.
6/28/13 New Vignette by Haley
So when I first came to live with people, I didn’t want to be near them at all. I wouldn’t take treats from anybody, and would just pace or run around the loveseat in the living room where I had made my little nest in an old quilt. And I wouldn’t want you to think I’m perfect now, but when people offer me treats, I do take them very gently from their fingers—that’s assuming I like them. Since I never go hungry anymore, I’m kind of selective. And then when there’s another of my dog friends here, I just crowd right up to the table and beg with them. As far as treats are concerned, Jackie was very excited when I actually ate a bite of hamburger in front of her because I usually take it to my quilt because I’m still in the habit of worrying that someone will take it.
6/20/13 New Vignette by Haley
Oh, yes, this is really important! I want everyone to know that I really like other dogs, especially puppies, and want to play with them. When I was at Westinn Kennel, they let me go out and have playtime with the other dogs all the time. I also had a very special friend. Elinor was only a ten-week-old Great Pyrenees pup when I met her, but it was love at first sight. Now she is a year old and very big, but when I have to go to the kennel, Elinor and and I play just like we did when she was only a pup.
Now my foster mom invites her friends and their dogs over to play pretty often. I really feel more comfortable with other dogs around and sort of learn what to do from them . I have two Cardigan Corgi friends, Gus and Lily; a Clumber Spaniel friend, Poppy, and five Samoyed friends, Josie, Sammy D,. Murphy, Connor,and Rori. Josie even came to spend a whole week with me and once Poppy and her mom stayed for eight days. Well, I just wanted you to know that when I go to my forever home, I would love to have one or two playmates.
6/17/13 New Vignette by Haley
I was only about 35 pounds when I came to St. Louis. Mary had put some weight on me, but I was still kind of skinny and always hungry! I ate every bite of food anyone gave me—except I didn’t like the treats. But I liked the cheap dog food that Jackie referred to as my “junk food” so I got pieces of that for treats. Then we discovered the small Milkbone Marrow Bones—oh, my, they are still my favorites. Jackie calls those “candy,” and I will usually come from anywhere to get my candy. It’s usually reserved for when she leaves me home and goes away—or after my dinner for dessert.
But now I am over 50 pounds and since I don’t lick my bowl clean regularly, I notice it’s not quite as full as it was, and I am on something called “a diet.” I’ve learned to eat little pieces of chicken, hamburger, steak, and even bits of pork chop. Once I even ate a piece of scrambled egg—but I picked it up and put it down three times before I really ate it.
Haley’s foster mom, Jackie, has submitted wonderful vignettes of Haley’s progress in her home. We will post them here regularly as updates.
Vignettes by Haley
When I first came to Jackie’s house, everything was new again. So I paced and paced in her backyard. Around and around I went until I wore a path completely around the yard and through the periwinkle and the euonymus. I’m proud to say that I hardly ever do that anymore and most of the grass has grown back and the periwinkle and euonymus are thriving!!
Then I found that I could stay out in the yard and didn’t just have to go out and potty and come back in. So I found my hidey place in a corner of the yard and would curl up and snooze. I even found a place where I could go behind some big vines, and Jackie couldn’t see me very well—the first time this happened she was really worried that I had managed to escape somehow.
Haley’s been with us not quite a year and a half. She came to us from a puppy mill is Missouri by way of National Mill Dog Rescue in Colorado. She’s now about 6 years old and still very shy and wary. She’s also very healthy, spayed and up-to-date on her vaccinations and tests. She’s come a long way and we’re proud of each of her breakthroughs. She has been fostering with Jackie Parchman since October 18, and before that with Mary Riggs.
She’s happiest when playing with other dogs, especially puppies, and when she has company, she’s much more like a normal dog. She seems to need another dog to show her how to live with people in a house. I’ve taken my female Sammy, Josie, over to play several times, and Haley is beside herself with joy! She’s come from leaning as far away from a human as possible to venturing close enough to take a treat from our hands. She’s still not ready to come up for petting or cuddling. Truth be told, she may never be. But if you want or have to touch her for any reason, she will stand still for you.
1/9/13 Updates Coming Soon
In August of 2011, three female Samoyeds, 1 year, 2 years and 5 years old were picked up from a puppy miller in Mt. Vernon, MO by National Mill Dog Rescue. They were taken to Colorado Springs for vet care and evaluation. The two younger Sammies stayed in Colorado with Denver Samoyed Rescue. The older female, now named Haley, came to us.
Haley is a beautiful Sammy girl. She weighs about 35 lbs. When you see her, the first thing you want to do is pet her and hug her and tell her that she’s adorable. But you can’t because that’s the very last thing that Haley wants done to her. In fact, the greatest reward you can give is your absence. The truth is that she’s feral and it’s going to take a lot of time, patience, and caring to bring her to the point that she wants to be part of a world with humans in it.
She had begun her socialization process at Misfit Rehab and was making some “little baby steps” with learning to accept walking on a leash. She was joining in on the morning and afternoon walks and not fighting it too much.
Unfortunately, she contracted an infection in her intestines which put a halt to her progress. After several weeks of medical tests, the correct medicine was found, and she’s now doing very well. She will have to be on this medication for her lifetime. She will be going back to Misfit to continue her learning and socialization with humans.
Haley has a long way to go and we’re very optimistic that she can break through and actually want to be with people.
Samoyeds with serious health and/or behavioral problems are a challenge. The cost for rehabilitation is high, sometimes up to several thousand dollars per dog for these special needs cases.
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