Penelope was then evaluated by Dr. Sam Babbitt, who specializes in dentistry and oral surgery at VVC. He found numerous crushed teeth, saw her lower jaw was fractured and realized that the holes discovered in her first surgery had perforated the top of her mouth and nasal cavity. Dr. Babbitt surgically repaired Penelope’s mouth and she continued to recover.
And, much to everyone’s surprise, she not only recovered, but thrived.
As she grew stronger, she got braver and started earning her feisty reputation. “She was a handful from day one!” Braden said. Braden’s attempts to confine Smush while she recovered from ringworm proved futile: “She climbed over every barrier I put up, so I caved in and gave her an entire room.”
When animals are orphaned at a very young age, they miss out on learning crucial social skills from their parents and siblings. It’s during these first months that they learn how to interact with others. A kitten being raised by his mother will be corrected if he bites too hard during play. He doesn’t intend to hurt his playmate, he just doesn’t understand the difference between play and prey.
The rescue assured her it would get better. Often, new adopters don’t realize there is an adjustment period for both owner and pet. Adopted pets are thrust into an entirely different environment and feel unsure of their surroundings at first. Everything is different, from the food bowl they use to the bed they sleep in. They may not eat, they hide and even the most housebroken dog may have accidents in the home. And they need time to get to know you.
Lizik committed to Buttons and sought resources for help. She read about the Shiba Inu breed and reached out to dog trainers for advice. Buttons continued to scream through the night. It was physically and emotionally exhausting for Lizik, and the training methods she was trying weren’t working.
Deciding she had to change her way of thinking, Lizik says she stopped thinking about what she needed from him.