Gracie Lou was eight months old when she was relinquished to CCHS in late July. She had flea dermatitis, round worms, whipworms, and demodectic mange. Gracie Lou’s biggest problem, though was that she was timid when meeting new people and did not do well at the shelter. She was sent to a foster home to relax and see how she would do with new people in a quieter environment.
While in foster care, Gracie Lou’s foster family discovered she had many good qualities. She’s affectionate, good with other dogs, crate trained, housebroken, knows basic commands, takes treats nicely, and was quick to learn her name. When her first foster family took in a litter of puppies, Gracie Lou was transferred to another foster home that spent a lot of time giving her good experiences meeting new people.
The latest reports from her foster family are that Gracie Lou is doing much better at meeting new people. She’s beginning to seek out attention and affection. She’s still a little nervous in new situations, but she’s always passive and under control.
Gracie Lou has attended some dog training classes and her trainer is quite impressed with her! Gracie honors the “leave it” command beautifully. She will ignore a toy or even a tasty treat on the floor if she is told to “leave it.”
Gracie Lou is making great progress, but she needs to get into a permanent home where she can settle into a routine and continue to meet new people. She is nearing the end of her treatment for mange and she’s ready to move on with her life. Contact the Champaign County Humane Society for information on adopting Gracie Lou.
The photo below shows Gracie Lou with her foster mom at a dog-friendly fundraising event in Douglas County. The painting was done by Gracie herself, and as you can see, she is a very talented artist.
Gracie is wearing a head harness called a "Gentle Leader." The gentle leader is a humane training aid that discourages pulling on leash.
This blog post was written by Tom Schaefges and Mary "Tief" Tiefenbrunn