When Kelly Tedford
“I adopted Juno not really knowing her full history or understanding what I was taking on,” she told The Dodo. “By the time I had responded to her ad on Petfinder, she was an adult dog who had flunked out of two adoptive homes.”
“Being the stubborn person I am, I sat on the ground with treats for half an hour until she would approach me,” she added.
Tedford, being a dog walker and part-time trainer, had a lot of experience with difficult dogs. But when she started to introduce Juno to her clients, she would become hostile out of fear.
It took Tedford a lot of effort but eventually Juno began to calm down and would even enjoy their company during walks.
“She would get to know them over the course of a walk and become friends with them,” Tedford continued. “If we went more than a week without seeing them, however, it was like she didn’t even recognize them.”
Tedford tried everything to help ease Juno’s ordeal until a vet prescribed Prozac to her dog. The medication lessened Juno’s aggression and she began to remember her walking buddies every time she saw them.
Soon, Juno became very attached to two Labradors named Callie and Blondie. “As I drove to their house to walk them she would start going nuts as soon as we drove onto their block,” Tedford shared. “So that was kind of cool.”
When Tedford took a new job and moved to a new location six months ago, she noticed that Juno became lonely and having trouble befriending other dogs, so she decided to give Juno a special treat – a playdate with her old friends!
“With her behavioral traits, it’s kind of hard for her to make friends now that I don’t walk dogs,” she shared. “So I have started driving her back to our old neighborhood to play with dogs that were formerly our clients. It really improves her mood and de-stresses her.”
She even took Juno and her buddies for a swim and she could see her dog finally relax and enjoy herself.
“We are constantly working on her behavioral issues, but her time with her ‘friends’ is an escape from things.” “Playing with her friends really helps her mentally,” Tedford concluded. “So, for now, I guess we will be making trips on the weekend to see her friends, taking them out to remote rivers and parks to play off leash.”