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SHERRY DAVIS: With groundwork laid, dog ready for formal education

BY SHERRY DAVIS Contributing columnist
Friday, Aug 29 2014 01:00 PM

It's always great when I'm out and about in Bakersfield and run into readers of this column. The love we share for dogs makes it feel like I'm bumping into old friends. Regular readers often remark about how much they enjoyed a particular column while others offer suggestions for a future one. Probably most rewarding of all are the people who say that I covered something that helped them deal with their own dog's behavior.

Amusingly though, for the last few weeks everyone who has come up to me has opened these exchanges with the same question: "How's Nora doing?"

Now in case you missed it, Nora (aka Coyote Ugly) is the dog I recently rescued from a bad situation. Her owner had fallen on hard economic times, lost her job and home and was forced to move, along with her children, back home with her father. The father made it clear that he didn't like the puppy, and when he told his daughter that she and the children had to move they were forced to give up the puppy.

So how is Nora doing? The first two weeks were devoted exclusively to improving her health and appearance, establishing a housebreaking routine and working on her horrendous separation anxiety. The health part was easy. We wormed her for everything imaginable and she eats like she's starved, but she's gaining weight and her hip bones are becoming less visible.

She got the housebreaking down quickly, which allowed me to focus on her separation issues, which are always a difficult problem. Every time I would pick up my keys or walk out the front door, she would respond with ear piercing screams.

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