Melody, to us, she’s a very sweet yet lively dog. She currently is staying with a foster home in Aptos, CA (Santa Cruz area). If you are patient and willing to let her take the time to build trust, you will see a wonderful girl blossom in front of you.
Melody and her 6 other siblings were found (around the age of 5-6 months) at an abandoned lot by the edge of the city. There was scarcity of food in the area and two men who lived close by, who often took their anger out on these dogs when they were drunk. Therefore, these pups were very skinny and scared of people, especially men. We were not sure how long these pups were terrorized. One of the kind ladies who lived around the area called us to ask for help. It took us a long time to bait and trap them so that they could be rescued. Initially, we were able to catch 2 of the dogs in this litter. Eventually, we were able to rescue all of them (after several days of hard work). These pups were terrified of people when we first saved them.
Because all of them were extremely timid, after some discussions, we’ve decided to separate them all to different foster families. When Melody first arrived at her foster home, she hid in her crate for 2 days. She finally came out because she’s quite social with other dogs. She enjoyed playing with the other dogs in the family but maintained her distance with the foster mom.
Her foster mom took about 6 months to rehabilitate her and re-build her trust with people. After she developed trust with her foster mom, Melody turned out to be super easy going dog to care for. Melody is afraid of strangers so she would not get closed to people initially. She likes to keep her distance. She’s very attached to her foster mom and likes to be around the foster mom. Melody likes hanging out with other dogs and would actively seek them out to play. Melody truly is the sweetest and easy-going dogs that we ever fostered. She was always on her bestest behaviors when we took her out on trips. She liked the beaches, enjoyed swimming, hiking and all kinds of outdoor activities. Again, if you are willing to give her that time and space for her to trust you, you will be rewarded by the sweet little angel that is Melody. Foster mom took about 6 months to rehabilitate her and Melody did keep her distance from her for a while.
Melody had been working so hard to get over her fear and she is doing better and better. She seldom barks and likes to walk in a park that is not so crowded. She also is great in a car, without being car sick. She loves to take trips with her foster mom for day or overnight trips.
We believe that since Melody loves other dogs, she would do better in a home with a mid-energy dog. She will come out of her shell a little faster. She’s also friendly with cats and should be fine in families with cats.
Sweet Melody needs you to understand her and gives her the time/space she needs. We would be happy to arrange meet and greet with any adopters. We just want you to fully aware that her traumatic past is still with her and you can’t force her to be a dog that you want. If you don’t think you have the patience and willing to take the time to help her be her true happy-go-lucky self that we’ve seen, please think carefully about filling out adoption form. We want Melody to be with a family who understands her and allows her the time and space to be her.