Shy/Sky – shy and peaceful

  • female
  • black and white
  • born April 2020
  • greek shepherd
  • vaccinated and internationally valid passport
  • sterilized
  • healthy
  • about 28 kilos

Report from our volunteer R. on Shy / Sky

Besides the wonderful boyish and cuddly Spottie, the calm and sovereign Dia, there is Shy in the compound of MIAO besides Babies (whom I also want to comment later on).

The change of her name from Shy to Sky carries a justification. Dear Shy, as the wonderful people here from the animal rescue told me, has been deathly shy for a very long time after her arrival at the compound.
I personally don’t know her background, but you can still tell that she must have developed some kind of trauma. Even though she now already every now and then, but super! Rarely, she leaves her chosen place under a loft bed in the compound, she does this with absolute caution and still total shyness.

The curiosity away from her fears can still be read in her eyes.
So I left Shy alone for the time I spent in the compound. From time to time I brought her a cookie to her place, which she now also takes very timidly from my hand. This was not possible for me a few days ago – she didn’t know me yet and had to watch me a lot.

Meanwhile she also wants to greet me when I arrive and sniff me, which is a good sign for me. Because thus she conveys a curiosity towards me, even if still very sceptical.

Shy could sometimes watch me from her hutch, cuddling with the other dogs in the house or playing some games – I’m sure it helped her to understand my intentions.

I wish I could have spent more time with her during my time here with the dogs. Unfortunately, with such different characters, you can’t manage everything that way.

I am very sure that Shy ( because of her progress ) now but also rather called Sky, would like to show her true nature behind her fear! For this she needs a person at her side, who shows infinite patience and lets her observe a lot at first. Letting her decide when she CAN open up and showing her more and more loving steps that give her confidence.

A calmer home, where she has the possibility to go for walks together with her human, I think would be a gift for her.
Because I am quite sure that Sky is in herself a very curious, charming and also funny dog.

Shy grew up with her siblings in a mountain village. Her occasional contact with people in those two years or so seems to have left rather negative memories. We don’t know what she has experienced that makes it so difficult for her to trust people, but since she has been in our care, her attitude has changed, at least towards us. These days Shy comes running to the gate when we visit our dogs and she looks forward to the walk every day. Shy gets on well with other dogs and has formed a very close relationship with our Babis.

As her name suggests, our Shy is a rather shy dog who needs a lot of patience and love to gain her trust. This is certainly due to the fact that she spent her childhood and youth in her pack in a mountain village where these free-roaming dogs were not welcome and were regularly chased away.

In the meantime, Shy has been in our care for about eight months, has raised her six puppies in a garden and in contact with a caregiver, and has become much more approachable. She has learned to trust a group of people who care for our shelter dogs. She still retreats when we are back from a walk and she has been fed, but she is no longer afraid and makes a happy and content impression.

She gets along with other dogs without any problems, even though she prefers the adult four-legged housemates to the impetuous young dogs. Shy has a close doggy friendship with our equally calm and reserved Babis.

Shy/Sky ist Annette Wolter’s goddog from June 2022 until May 2023