Hey guys, my friend works at a local shelter and a few weeks ago a 5 year old Saint came in. She had been neglected her entire 5 years, knows nothing of affection. My friend told me she would be perfect for us. After weeks of trying to get down to the shelter because of insane flooding here we finally made it down. The dog is wicked sweet. Whenever I call her she starts wagging her tail and goes into this deep woof. She allowed us to pet her and all over but she didn't like when one of the volunteers put her face in the dogs face. Our next step was to bring in our dogs so we first introduce Coop. Coop is so good with other dogs, I knew she would like Coop and he would like her. They sniffed each other and then she just plopped down. Next was Austin and Shelby. They are forever wanting to play so I didn't know how the Saint would feel about that. Austin was great with her, sniffed her and then played with Coop. Shelby, on the other hand, all she did was bark at her, she tried to sniff her but the volunteers didn't want to get them too close together. I didn't know if that was a good thing or not. I was told Shelby was protecting her pack and that she was the dominant one of the group. Shelby is so not dominant. They chase her around the house and she hides behind furniture, far from dominant bahavior, I would think? Anyways, while we were trying to figure this out, I go back to the shelter to try and make another appointment to come in with Shelby(I was told to come back with just her) and there was a woman and her husband there looking at the dog. The wife was such a you know what!!!! Didn't know how to hold a lead, never had a dog but she wanted the dog! The head of the shelter said to this woman another couple was interested and she pointed at me. The wife proceeds to tell me I don't NEED the dog because I already have a Berner. I was not amused! This woman ends up running to her vet that day and gets her cat a rabies vaccine and basically steals the dog away from us. For some reason, I knew the dog would be back, this woman had no clue! Next day, I get a call that the dog is back! I knew it. They brought this dog to the groomer, to the vet and had friends over to visit with the dog. The dog ended up biting the husband and supposedly chased the wife through the entire house until she threw herself behind a door. She
Made the dog sound Like Cujo.
Yesterday I went to visit the dog again and she's in a certain room because she bit this man so I could only interact with her through the cage but she was so happy and her tail was going and everything. My questions are: how do I try to proceed with Shelby in order to try to rescue this dog? I don't think the dog is mean at all, I think this couple overloaded the dog on the first day. Another woman at the shelter told me to love unselfishly and that it will never work with Shelby. Just thought I'd get some opinions from you guys!