So torn between my ball and that treat you’re holding. Ball, treat. Treat, ball. Tough decisions. Shelter dog problems. This lovely is Kesha - and she is a dream. She could happily entertain herself all day with a tennis ball - until she realizes she’s missed out on some good cuddle time. Then you’ll find her in your lap or on her back looking for belly rubs. Those pleading eyes - more fetch, more pets, more treats. How could anyone say no? This six year old girl rides to the low ground and is all love. She walks with a loose leash, seems very house trained and adores her people. I could have spent all evening with this one - she would play and then snuggle . . . and then repeat. Kesha has one reminder for her friends - don’t forget the tennis balls. 🎾 Kesha is currently available for adoption at Austin Animal Center. A668064. #austinanimalcenter#inherentlygood#adoptdontshop#dogsofaustin#rescuedismyfavoritebreed#startastoryadopt#365thingsaustin#heartsspeak#rescuedogsofinstagram#shelterdog#dontbullymybreed
Ozzy the Great is the first pup to take advantage of our Howl-iday Special! Mama booked a 60-minute walk and Oz got 15-minutes of Reiki.
You may not be able to see his tail but that butt wag is undeniable.
Intuitive Animals Austin knows pups!
Up until last Thursday & today, it had been quite some time since we’d seen our buddy Keller this happy & relaxed. We also used to have to work much harder to help him get to an emotional state like this. So what changed recently?
Keller has some significant OCD tendencies & his anxiety and obsessive behaviors were really escalating in the stressful shelter environment. They’d resulted in several redirection bites, odd guarding behaviors, & a lot of emotional suffering for a very sensitive dog.
We requested that Keller see a Veterinary Behaviorist to get him on appropriate medications to support his behavior modification & most importantly, to improve his quality of life. There is often resistance to putting dogs on medication as part of behavior treatment & the dogs we recommend such consults for are in the minority but Keller is a perfect example of how critical that support can be to treat true anxiety, compulsive, & phobic disorders. We wouldn’t withhold that component of treatment from humans with needs like Keller’s & we shouldn’t withhold it from dogs.
Over-medicating is no better than under-medicating or using the wrong medications so we highly recommend consulting with a veterinary behaviorist or qualified veterinarian & trainer team. We also recommend this excellent article to help get a handle on when medication may be needed & when it’s not: 👉🏽
As for Keller, he is lucky to have amazing advocates in the @orangedotcrew & funding from @friendsofaac who are helping to turn his life around. This boy will still need a special adoption placement but we feel the most hopeful we ever have after seeing the positive change in him these last few weeks. 💙🧡
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Fiona and I took a solo walk this morning and I thought about when it was just us two girls. This photo is of her 9 years ago. She's a glowing sunshine angel. In truth, it shows her brief moments of calm. She was a hell raiser of a puppy (obviously the best girl now) and I'm glad I was able to capture her in a tranquil state 😇
Tonight we’ll be at the @shakeshack x @bark collab release party from 6pm to 8pm at the north (domain) location. To get your tickets (that include one drink and one toy) click the link in our bio! Cheers y’all! What a way to kick off #thirstythursday! 🍻