Staff and volunteers of the Elmbrook Humane Society will be blogging about what's going on at the society, as well as other observations about life in Wisconsin.
The mission of the Elmbrook Humane Society is to promote the human-animal bond through adoption and education, to provide shelter to homeless animals, and to prevent animal cruelty and neglect. EBHS services the city of Brookfield, the villages of Butler, Chenequa, Elm Grove and Nashotah, and the towns of Brookfield and Delafield. EBHS shelters unwanted pets and strays, and rescues injured domestic animals and wildlife, provides resources for individuals with companion animals and provides Humane Education to schools and civic groups.
Visit our web site at www.EBHS.org.
“why does she do that?”
It has been a year since we adopted this little white bundle of fur. She has changed a lot from the trembling, shaved down, frightened little girl we first brought home to foster.
She no longer trembles constantly, her hair has grown out and now she requires routine trips to the groomer.
She appears to be housebroken then leaves a puddle or pile behind a living room chair.
She comes around for treats like her buddies but refuses to take them from your hand. Place a treat on the floor and it will vanish.
She snuggles next to me on the couch contentedly sleeping but pick her up and she will freeze and avoid eye contact.
She follows me around the house but then hides under a bed or desk as if unsure of whether she is safe out in the open.
She watches as one “brother” plays with his toys, squeaking them and acting silly. She cocks her head and observes her oldest “brother” loping after a tennis ball but she participates in neither.
When company comes she’ll run to the door with the other dogs but if guests attempt to pet her, she quickly backs away.
“Why does she do that?” We hear that question many times and the very sad answer is, “She does that because she was raised in a puppy mill.”
She has come a long way during the past year and has become a very important part of our family. Each day we see more changes in her. She is no longer afraid of my husband. She eats her meals with her “brothers”. And did she really just do that? I think I saw a play bow.