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LORI’s CORNER : Could you adopt an under socialized dog?

Over the years, we have rescued dogs that are great with other dogs but terrified of people. I’m not writing about human aggressive dogs or even fear biters, these are just dogs that would rather hide under a table if you look directly at them. In general, if the dog is over 16 weeks, it’s almost impossible to ever really change the super shy dog. This type of dog will always have issues being comfortable in new social situations. Now this is not to say that a dog that has not had a lot of human contact early in her life, if still young enough, can’t be adopted. It’s a process that takes time, patience and a lot of routine. I’m working with one now named Bernadette.

On Saturday, I took Bernadette back into our kennel. Like her brothers Dino and Curtis, they were probably all kept in a backyard in Compton without any human interaction until they were several months old. Fearful, skittish, whatever you want to call this, it’s a dog that hesitates and tries to hide when meeting new people or experiencing a new situation. For a rescue, showing a dog like this is extremely difficult at an adoption event and like my boy Curtis, the dog spends most of the time under the volunteer’s chair or hiding in a crate under a blanket. These are the dogs that, we, the volunteers, usually keep as our own personal dogs.
Bernadette had a great long term foster home, where she played with other dogs, for almost two years, until things changed and now she is back with us at age 3 ½ years. It’s difficult enough to be a black pit bull but forget getting adopted if the dog is a black pit bull who is terrified of people, keeps […]

By |July 20th, 2010|Categories: 61st Street Kennel Dogs, Adopt Me, Animal Cruelty, Foster Me|

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Dog Fillm Festival @ Crest Westwood Theater 1262 Westwood Blvd
Jun 5 @ 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Los Angeles Dog Film Festival!
Film Festival Sunday June 5th

A Bring-Your-Own-Dog Celebration! The World’s First Film Festival entirely for, by and about dogs… and their people!

The historic Crest Westwood Theater [1262 Westwood Blvd in Westwood] will be welcoming canine moviegoers (at no extra charge!) along with their dog-loving human companions. The Lange Foundation will have adoptable dogs on hand, looking for their forever homes and a chance to get photos on the Green Carpet, alongside moviegoers and their own dogs!

There are two film programs which consist of completely different groups of narrative, animated and documentary short films from around the world, all illuminating the remarkable bond between people and dogs. The two unique programs run approximately 1 ½ hours each and combine a medley of shorts into one continuous film for a shared experience of joy, amazement and amusement. NOTE: If you want to have the full dog-loving movie-going once-in-a-lifetime experience, you’ll want to come to both programs!

All the films in both programs are family friendly and appropriate for children of any age (although Program #2 has some films with subtitles which can be a challenge for younger children).

Program #1 at 1:30 PM features a more light-hearted selection of commercials and animated, documentary and narrative films. The highlight of the screening is renowned photographer William Wegman’s “The Hardly Boys in Hardly Gold,” a 30-minute full production film that he has re-mastered for the Festival, starring four of his Weimaraners in full costume.

Program #2 at 4:00 PM features delightful and thought-provoking documentary films and more sophisticated narrative films, some of which are foreign language with subtitles.

Tickets are $20 each with 50% of every ticket going to Our Beneficiaries (Downtown Dog Rescue and Lange Foundation)

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