Our happy pup Liesel has come such a long way since she came to us a few months back in such a sad state. Liesel is about 7 months old now, and she has been working hard to overcome so many obstacles. Through it all, she has remained so happy, upbeat, and loving, and it's just amazing how resilient and forgiving she is. Knowing now that Liesel's condition was caused by human cruelty, we find it incredible that she is as forgiving as she is, and that she doesn't hold anything against anyone. (If you missed the original story of Liesel, and how she came to be with us, you can read it here.
As you can see in her latest video, Liesel is getting around very well these days. She still has trouble with coordination, but she manages to run, play, and enjoy herself with far less stumbling than before. She no longer circles when she walks and although she doesn't exactly walk straight, she runs like the wind and doesn't let anything hold her back! Liesel is now working on navigating stairs a little better and we have come to realize what an incredibly smart and determined little girl she is. She figures things out so quickly and has such a memory! Even if she can't do something physically, it does not stop her from trying.
As Liesel has grown up, more of her adult personality has emerged. We've noticed some protective behavior from her and also some defensive behavior when she encounters new people or pets. We quickly started training and were a bit unsure of how she would take to it, considering that she has brain damage and some physical difficulties. We are extremely pleased to say that in a only a few weeks, Liesel has learned so much! Liesel goes home with a staff member several nights a week so that she can get extra exercise, and she is learning quite a bit from the other dogs in the home. We have also enlisted the help of professional trainer Rob Hanlon, with Hanlon's K-9 in Toms River. We work with various trainers here for some of our special needs dogs, and Rob is a perfect choice to help us in our work with Liesel. During her first session, she was already impressing us with following directions perfectly, and we are confident that she will become a model citizen in no time.
Liesel is not ready for adoption just yet, as she is still a little rough around the edges and will need to continue with her training and exercise, but we are hopeful that in a few weeks, we can begin looking for that loving, forever home that Liesel deserves. In the meantime, we would like to thank you all for supporting us in our mission to help this darling girl. Liesel has been through so many tests, treatments, etc. over these last few months and the costs are now well over $10,000, and we could not do this for her with the help of our generous supporters who contribute to our Res-Q Fund. Please make a donation toward Liesel's mounting medical bills.
We will update again soon on our happy pup, and let you all know when Liesel is ready to start interviewing families that can give her the wonderful life that she deserves.