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  • pyleapylea
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  • LilikoiLilikoi
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    She's very cute. Sorry to hear about the lack of connection between them, that would be really hard. Hope a solution will be reached, new home or otherwise. Whatever it takes for all involved to be happy.
  • niki82niki82
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    It sounds like your friend has been trying so hard. How unfortunate for her and Opal not to connect. She must be devastated and as you said exhausted. Sorry I have nothing useful to contribute but I will ask a friend of mine who has worked with rescue dogs and cats for over 20 years if she knows anything about sound anxiety and how to help. If anyone knows Barbara should. Good luck to your friend and Opal.
  • pyleapylea
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    Thank you @lilikoi and @niki82 for your kind comments. My friend is keeping up with this post and said your responses make her feel better.

    She really is devastated. This is a difficult decision for her to make, and she's been sad this whole time about the disconnect and feeling like she's unable to help Opal. :(
    Post edited by pylea at 2016-05-19 19:39:51
  • imBLASIANimBLASIAN
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    She is adorable! Good luck to your friend with the rehoming!
  • AntoinetteAntoinette
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    Hello. I am not a vet nor claim to be but I want to say that general vets and are not well versed on the proper dosage of anxiety medication. My general vet suggested giving 16 milligrams of fluoxetine daily to my Quakey when he was going through his anxiety crisis last year. As a result Quakey's anxiety increased greatly. The behaviorist vet prescribed the same medication but at 5 milligrams daily and the anxiety went away. I would suggest that your friend take Opal to a behaviorist vet. Maybe the disconnect could also be due to Opal's anxiety level. I hope this works out well.
  • She is so very adorable and I would take her in an instant but my husband would kill me.
  • NikkitineNikkitine
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  • MoxyFruvousMoxyFruvous
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    oh man, she is adorable. I think my house would be waaaay too busy for her. But she looks like a love.
  • sunyatasunyata
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  • pyleapylea
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    Thanks everyone for your support and suggestions.

    @sunyata: she's brought her dog to several vets, many times, to try and find the root of the anxiety. These are good vets too, who all say Opal is physically healthy. And Opal has already been on prescription anti-anxiety meds for a while now. That's in addition to relaxation protocol, homeopathic remedies, tons of mental stimulation, tons of exercise, etc. Not sure if you read the original post or just skimmed it.

    Also as I mentioned in the original post, my friend will take her dog to a behaviorist if no suitable homes are found. She has not given up on her dog AT ALL. Rather, she is seeing what her options are as she decides how to move forward. And I think that is fair considering behaviorists' rates start at $300/hr. As a result of this post, she's actually gotten some emails from people saying they would take Opal "for sure" but has not responded (and will not be responding) because those people didn't give any information about themselves.

    As for my friend's anxiety, I feel silly for even responding to that rude (? or just personal) question, but yes--therapy, prescription meds, yoga, you name it. I must have done a poor job trying to convey that she is a proactive rather than a helpless person.

    Good news though; my friend tells me Opal is doing WAY better since I made this post for her. Like somehow she knew my friend was putting feelers out there for potential rehoming. :-o Hope this keeps up.
  • AntoinetteAntoinette
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    @pylea-I am so glad that your friend is seriously thinking of taking Opal to a behaviorist vet. I know that the behaviorist vet really helped my Quakey with his anxiety issues including initiating the very important medication dosage correction.
  • pyleapylea
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    Me too, @Antoinette. The last vet upped Opal's prozac so hopefully a lower dose, like you suggested, will help.
  • sunyatasunyata
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  • pyleapylea
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    No worries, @sunyata. I totally appreciate your passion and bluntness; I just wanted to clarify the current situation.

    It seems pretty clear that the next step is a behaviorist vet. Thanks again, all!
  • JuniJuni
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    Perhaps your friend relaxed a bit at the thought of having an option or solution in rehoming that Opal felt and subsequently also could relax a bit.
  • AntoinetteAntoinette
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    @pylea-Please tell your friend about my success story with my Quakey. The behaviorist vet helped me not only with correcting the dosage of his medication but also made some wonderful suggestions to me about how I could help Quakey. I know what to do if he goes into an anxiety mode so I do not let him get beyond his threshold. It helps me to relax now that I know how to read his body language and I know how to help him calm down. This experience has made our bond even stronger. He knows I will help him and I know that I can. I wish very good luck to your friend and Opal. Quakey and I are sending love and hugs.
  • pyleapylea
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    Thanks so much, @Antoinette. My friend has seen your helpful comments. :)
  • pyleapylea
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    @Antoinette: would you mind getting in touch with my friend at fiveyenquilts@gmail.com? (I don't know how to send a PM!) Opal has been seeing a behavorist, but nothing is helping yet, so she has been feeling extra discouraged. She would really like to get some advice from you and see what helped with Quakey. Thanks!!
  • pyleapylea
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    Update: My friend did take Opal to a vet behaviorist and exhausted all of her options before rehoming her. Opal has been in her new home for a few months now, where she has a new shiba big brother, a big fenced yard to run around in, and two humans who adore her. She's doing WAY better now and has learned to relax by taking cues from her new brother/best friend. :)

    Opal's new mom texts my friend updates and photos all the time. It seems like an amazing fit and I'm so happy for everyone involved, dogs and humans alike.
    Post edited by pylea at 2016-11-13 19:14:26

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