Dog Tails – Shelby

March 10, 2016 at 1:06 pm

Welcome to the next instalment of Dog Tails. When clients visit us for studio pet portraits, they often recount the stories of their dogs lives. With each dog being different, so is each story. Some are happy tales, some inspiring, some sad, but each one ends with love as their dog subjects find a place and person to call their own.

In March 2016 we had a visit from Sandy and Graham and their 2 year old Boxer, Shelby. Sandy says “Shelby was a “Let’s just go see” pup. We’d been talking about getting a dog for a while and decided on the Boxer breed to help us be active. When we went to see her litter, her Mum and Dad were extremely loud and boisterous so we nearly walked away. But once we saw the puppies and little Shelby, who was the last one left, we were hooked.

We noticed she was timid and stood away from the others in play. She was pretty much a loner but we didn’t really mind as we thought it meant she’d be a quiet dog. It’s only now when we have ongoing separation anxiety issues, we understand why she was basically the last puppy left. In saying that, we were totally committed from day one she was part of the family and not just a pet.

My partner works away so its now mostly Shelby and I together at home. I used to feel so bad leaving her, so Shelby has been accustomed to doggy daycare and constant socialisation with other dogs. I started training her as soon as she came home as she really enjoyed the interaction and learning new things.

One big thing about Shelby, she LOVES to play and because I made training play she was a great student. To this day we are always getting comments and praise about how she is one of the most well behaved Boxers they have seen. Don’t be fooled though, she is still a Boxer, so most of the time I think she just likes to show off in public.

Last December I got a phone call at work telling me not to panic but Shelby had managed to jump onto a star picket at a friends house while she was there having a play day, and it had punctured her chest. The initial prognosis was that the picket had just missed her lungs, and the wound was very deep. Once my vet stitched her up he told me that we would have to wait and see how she went. I was out of my mind with worry.

Shelby is such a trouper. She never cried and didn’t flinch during her examinations, not even after many vet visits. She astounded us all with her recovery and I was told later she was a case study for the vets as they couldn’t believe she survived – it was that touch and go at the beginning.  For 3 days and nights I didn’t leave her sight and through it all she still wanted to comfort me. She is doing so much better now and the scar is only now beginning to heal.”