Dog With Separation Anxiety Gets “Friend”

April Livingston | April 11th, 2019

A rescue dog names Sara loves her mom Colleen very much. So much so, Sara has severe separation anxiety whenever her owner leaves her alone. Even if Colleen just leaves for a short amount of time, Sara the dog panics. Sara’s anxiety started when she got older, and she began to get destructive and even injure herself. Colleen says Sara would pant, bark, chew furniture, and pace restlessly around the house trying to find her owner. Sara even rubbed her nose raw once on a door while Colleen was gone. It broke Colleen’s heart to know that Sara was so distraught while she was gone.

So, Colleen tried all sorts of things to comfort Sara. She tried training, giving her CBD oil, giving her vigorous exercise, and even resorted to prescriptions for Clomicalm, Prozac, and even tried tranquilizers from the vet. Nothing calm Sara, unfortunately. Colleen then just made sure Sara was never alone: she stayed with her constantly, or left her at another house or took her to doggy daycare. But then Colleen’s friend gave her an idea: why not leave a “dummy version” of herself with Sara? It seemed crazy, but she was willing to try anything. So, she ordered the dummy and started dressing it to look like her. She even gave it a name: Dolly. She dressed it with her clothes so it acquired her scent, then left it around for Sara to notice.

She used Dolly for trial runs while she left and Sara fell for it: one day she arrived home to see Sara sleeping at Dolly’s feet in the bathroom. While Sara doesn’t think that Dolly is her owner, she seems to be comforted by her presence while Colleen is away. It certainly works the best of any method she has tried in the past, so she is confident Sara will be comforted each time her owner has to leave her alone!

The Dodo//Facebook
The Dodo//Facebook
The Dodo//Facebook
The Dodo//Facebook
The Dodo//Facebook
The Dodo//Facebook
The Dodo//Facebook
Next Article
  • Tiny Hairless Mystery Puppies Rescued

    It was a very cold morning in the winter when a man on his way to work came across something unusual. He found six tiny animals who desperately needed his help—and he was happy to come to their rescue. The puppies were very small and completely hairless and huddled in the woods together. They very...

    Read More
  • Dog Saves Foster Mom From Snake

    A homeless pit bull named Nellie was once described as scared, shy, and fearful. But now, brave is the best word to describe the sweet dog. The five year old dog was no longer homeless, thanks to her foster mom Jane Taylor. So, the pair set out on a hike together recently and Nellie jumped...

    Read More
  • Curious Dog Gets Stuck In Pipe

    A pit bull named Rocky loves to play outside in his home of North Carolina. So, when he was out running around one night something caught his eye: it was a possum. He chased it across the yard and when the possum ran into a pipe, Rocky followed it inside. Unfortunately, the possum was able...

    Read More
  • Puppy With Broken Leg Abandoned

    A twelve week old Pomeranian-husky mix named Tahani was born to a breeder. When she was sold to a family, she somehow broke her leg. The severe injury meant she couldn’t be sold any longer, so instead of getting her help, the breeder surrendered her to the MSPCA Boston adoption center. From the moment she...

    Read More
  • Mailman Continues Legacy Of His Favorite Dog

    Back in 2013, the Cimino family in Texas adopted a German Shepherd named Gretchen. It was clear that she had a terrible life before then; she did not trust people and was very wary of all strangers. With time, she grew to trust her family, but still did not like strangers—that is, until she met...

    Read More
  • Friends Find Puppy At Park

    A group of friends thought it was just a typical day as they took their dogs for a walk in a local park in Oklahoma. However, they got to the park and realized there was something in the grass, just lying there. As they got closer they realized it was a tiny puppy and it...

    Read More
  • Dog With Crooked Face Gets Happy Ending

    A dog named Mosley looks a little different than other dogs. But despite his unique experience, he is very sweet and incredibly loveable. The young pup first arrived at the shelter in rural Georgia last month and he was overlooked time and time again. There were many other dogs at the shelter and it was...

    Read More
  • Rescued Dogs Can’t Stop Smiling

    After several neighbors called the local police about the number of dogs living in a home in Hull, England, the RSPCA went in to check. It was believed there were several dogs living in poor conditions and the RSPCA inspector, a woman named Jilly Dickinson, was shocked by what she found. When she entered the...

    Read More