was captured as a stray by Animal Control in December 2009 and came to
me a couple of days later. She was only about 9 months old and skinny,
skinny, skinny. She was also terrified of everything - so much so that I
couldn't get her out of her kennel. She crawled way to the back and I
had to go in and drag her out. She was so totally uncomfortable with
people and just about everything else that I'm amazed animal control was
able to catch her. The shelter people told me she'd been on the run for
a long time and they finally cornered her in a barn.
was pretty new to rescue at the time and just didn't have the
experience to work with her properly. She was way out of my league in
terms of behavioral modification and she broke my heart.
the time there was a relatively new rescue near Sedona, AZ managed by
the Buddhist temple Kunzang Palyul Choling. Many of the monks and nuns
had worked saving animals during Hurricane Katrina and purchased a
lovely tract of land in the desert for their sanctuary in 2006/2007.
They called their rescue Tara's Babies.
I knew one of the women who
worked there through another dog rescue that I helped transport for.
They took in dogs from euthanasia lists all over the country and went as
far as Taiwan. The animal world was singing their praises and so
grateful to them for taking in these unwanted dogs. I thought a
Buddhist sanctuary would be a wonderful place for Tama to be
rehabilitated. They accepted her and a chained dog from me immediately
and the dogs were on their way to AZ in January 2010.
a while I got updates from the sanctuary and followed Tama and Skipper
on their website. The updates became less frequent and I got busy with
the never-ending stream of Utah dogs. My occasional forays onto their
website didn't show either of my dogs listed so I assumed they'd been
rehabilitate and happily adopted.
December 2011 I received an e-blast from Best Friends that Tara's
Babies was closing and if there were any rescue groups that could take
any of their dogs to please contact them. Tara's Babies had been so
helpful to me I emailed them immediately and said I'd take any
pointer-types they had. I was horrified when they told me that Tama and
Skipper were still there - 2 years after they'd arrived. I made
arrangements to get them immediately and both were back with me on
January 3, 2012.
Neither dog had improved at all temperamentally;
Skipper was worse. I was sick that I'd abrogated my responsibility to
these dogs. I learned a valuable lesson at their expense: "Don't expect
someone else to fix your problems; suck it up and deal with them
yourself. If you don't know what to do ask someone who does and keep
working on it."
took Skipper to my vet and it was obvious he'd had a number of strokes
that left him turning in circles and very unpredictable
temperamentally. We euthanized him.
Tama came home with me where she's been ever since. When we
brought her home she was so scared of people that I had to leave a
30-foot lead on her when she went out in the yard or I'd never get her
back inside. My husband and I rarely saw her inside for the first 2 weeks - she'd
hide on a bed behind the table or cat tree downstairs. We'd hear her
racing across the floor at night for a drink and then race back to her
safe spot. After a couple of days she started to pack up with my dogs
when they'd go in and out and race between them to go through the
door. If she didn't quite make it she'd circle the yard (and us) but
not let us near her. So I'd send my dogs out for her
again. It was about 7 months before she'd go through the door by
herself to come
in. By November 2015 she'd finally race inside on her own and sit on her bed expectantly waiting for a treat.
Interestingly Tama was always very good with other dogs and cats. She seems to take
great comfort in being in a pack - the larger, the better. In March 2012 I started taking her to daycare and she loves it.
Her tail goes up, she romps and plays - just like she does when I bring
a new dog into our home for training. We've been walking her onleash with our pack on the weekends and she's good on a split leash with my dog, Misty.
had a major breakthrough in November 2014 when she decided she
liked sleeping on the bed with us. She no longer cringes or quivers
when I reach out to touch her at night and she's even started licking
me (in bed only). She also started to snuggle in bed. However,
we still can't approach her in the yard without her quivering
away. She'll usually go to greet my husband when he comes home from
work. If she ever gets off a leash or out of the yard we know we'll never see
I'm getting more used to being handled by people and come happily to them now. I'll be a better companion with at least 2 other dogs in my new home.
I'm a tall, lanky, enthusiastic girl - very enthusiastic. I was so enthusiastic my former owners kept me chained in the back yard (below). Of course I wasn't altered and they didn't have a fence so I was at the mercy of every roaming romeo. I also had a cherry eye when I came to her so she had that removed at the same time I was spayed. I'm a Brand New Girl!!! (except for that "enthusiastic" part)
I'm about 24" high at my withers. My approximate DOB
is 9/22/2014. I totally love all my people and I'm great with other
dogs. I need some serious training and exercise. A tired pointer is a
happy pointer and a tired pointer has very happy owners. Just look at me now!
I play beautifully with all other dogs, especially little man Tate. I'm a totally charming girl.