Martha arrived with us in September 2021.
She is one of our timid dogs that needs a loving and patient family to bring her on. Martha used to flee at the sight of people, however, staff have been working with her to show her that people can be trusted.
Dogs like Martha have been under-socialised with people, and the only interactions they will have had with people prior to arriving at the rescue centre will have been negative – consisting of abuse, beatings, dragged on a catchpole and scruffing, if not more.
Martha cannot currently be touched by a human hand, but since working with her she looks forward to people entering the kennels or coming to the fields. She is extremely food oriented so will come over for a treat. She can take treats from hands which is a massive improvement from when she arrived – she used to huddle in a corner and shake even if she was offered the tastiest treat we had.
She is also starting to show her goofy personality; she loves to run around on the fields with her friends she will bound around like a rabbit without a care in the world. When we took her onto our grassy field for the first time it was very likely the first time her paws had ever touched grass, as you can imagine, she zoomed around with her friend Donald and was the happiest we had ever seen her!
Martha will be a project dog; she will take a good amount of time to settle into a home. She needs someone that is willing to allow her to take as long as she needs to get there. Dogs like Martha usually do not progress past a certain point in rescue, and most progress will be seen once she has fully settled into the home environment – we know this because we have rehomed lots of dogs that were just as timid as Martha that have gone on to really bond with their owners, learn to walk on lead and live fantastic lives.