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Geisha Girl!

By Harriet Kaufman – HCWS Volunteer

Geisha was one of the dogs that came to HCWS who was labeled a “nightmare”. She was in the Pups on Parole program for a full four months, which is considered to be a long time for a pup’s rehabilitation. Geisha was suffering from major separation anxiety, when her prison handler was not around, and she was aggressive towards other dogs. That was simply the way she displayed her shyness and insecurity.

Finally Geisha was adopted, but her new owners were often not home and her separation anxiety worsened. Unfortunately, she was returned to HCWS.

Geisha then spent an additional six months at HCWS, until her luck changed and she was adopted by Leeza and Dennis Osburn on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving). And, according to Leeza, what a day it was! Leeza and Dennis wanted a companion for their Chihuahua/Basenji mix “Missy”, and Leeza searched Petfinder for months – until she came upon Geisha. “I just knew the moment I saw her photo that she was the one,” Leeza told me. “Her little picture just spoke to me.”

Geisha fit all the requirements she wanted for Missy and their household. Missy was very shy, just like Geisha, and Geisha is a terrier mix, just like Missy. They are both the same size, and the minute she introduced Geisha to Missy, they were taken with each other. In fact, Leeza says Geisha bonded with Missy even before she bonded with her and Dennis!

When Geisha came to the Osburn’s, she was quiet and very timid. Now she is goofy and funny and greets them at the door to welcome them home. All she needed was a little attention. Leeza said she never even got a chance to experience Geisha’s separation anxiety, because she is never alone anymore. She has, however, become a bit of a kleptomaniac! She affectionately takes small objects that belong to Leeza off her nightstand and places them outside. This is a puppy that is now thriving, even though someone had given up on her.

Every Thursday, Geisha now attends obedience classes with Dennis to work on her social skills. She is now even able to go to the dog park and play with the other dogs. This just goes to show what love and attention can really do for a pet.

Animals suffer from separation anxiety, just as humans do. If you simply do not have the time or desire to dedicate to your dog or cat for playtime, snuggling, and companionship, it is in your best interest (and the best interest of the animal) to not adopt until you can give it the love and care it deserves. That way, they have a real opportunity to be placed in their forever homes. Thank you to Leeza and Dennis (and Missy) for welcoming this Geisha girl into their loving family!

Geisha and Missy with Dennis and LezzaGeisha's first trip to the dog park.



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