Lana the Saddest Dog in the World is Sad Again
Twenty four months of life, less than a third of which have been under the care of a family that called her their own. Most of her life in a boarding kennel, four feet wide and six feet long, a couple of hours beyond the walls each day.
Her start in life was one of the worst. Her mom a street dog in Mexico. Born last, with 10 siblings, all of them so much bigger than she.The runt has to struggle ten times harder to get enough to eat.
Salvation would have seemed to come when she was rescued from her unfortunate beginnings. Flown to Canada, small enough to fit in one hand, she seemed to be on her way to joy and happiness. Into the arms of a waiting foster family until a forever family could be found. She had shown mild guarding issues which were worked on and that behaviour had changed to showing none, though she was scared of everything at first. She was just happy to be a thriving puppy with plenty of food, a warm bed and friendly hands. Even if she had to be moved around and spend time in boarding kennels, at least she was not on the street.
The first furever family stepped forward to give her a real home when she was five-and-a-half months old. Mom, Dad and kids were willing and ready. But it was a short lived stint. Lana snapped at Mom over food. Even though she was sweet and silly and ready to do anything for her people, the family decided the possibility of inadvertent harm to the kids outweighed their desire keep Lana. The only available option her rescue team had at the time - back to the boarding kennel.
To have had and lost, that was too much for her to bear. She just shut down, the Saddest Dog In The World.
Her story captured the hearts and minds of a world audience when her story made the newspapers.The press attention was enough to break her out of the kennel and into another foster home. It was temporary, but it was out.
Her foster family helps reassure her that she need not protect her possessions anymore. Her rescuers continue to provide her with professional training to build her confidence.
Cautiously, months later, her rescue team accepts an application for a second forever home. No kids this time, lots of dog knowledge, with an understanding of all she has been through. A secondsecond chance. A solid four months, her people follow the training advice, she is a good dog, still a young dog, sweet and silly.
Yet a mistake happens. The fall out of which is heart breaking. She loses her second forever home. She is back to the boarding kennel.
Sadder than sad?
She has been there now for three months. She is doing better in her current kennel because she is with other dogs; the environment makes her feel part of a pack. The regular routine gives her a measure of stability.
Hopeless? No, that is not a word in a dog’s vocabulary. And not the way her rescue team rolls. There is a home for her out there, the perfect home. It just needs to be found.
The perfect home would include a mature couple or person that has the time, patience, determination and commitment to help her become more confident. A family that would arrange controlled play dates with other dogs, without food or toys around. A family that has a routine she can rely on, and an active lifestyle that would banish the thought of endless hours in concrete bunkers with nothing to do.
She is still sweet and silly, that is hard-wired into her character. She is timid, wary of strangers only at first. When she is not around the people she trusts, she has the tendency to shut down or become very hesitant. It is important for her to be in a home where she will continue to be exposed to new situations with lots of positive reinforcement. She is loyal and loving to the people she trusts.
She very much likes to hang out with other dogs. However time, training and patience is required to continue to lessen her possessive issues around food. Every dog learns at their own pace, so best that she be the only pet in the home. No apartments and a fenced in yard is a must.
Her rescue team is committed to supporting her next, and hopefully final, adoptive family with training and time, as much as is needed to help her be truly forever home.