CL never lets a dog off leash-- even supervised-- until we respond to the "come" command. She'll test and test (and test) the dog. We must listen to her, regardless of the situation. Can we see her? No? Tough-- get your bee-hind back to her wheelchair pronto. Squirrel? Bird? Some odd little beasty is luring us away? Double-tough. We must immediately come, as soon as we hear her voice. This is especially important since CL lives life in her wheelchair, and running after an escapee is not a good option.
Before Duncan, it would take weeks until CL felt comfortable enough to let a foster dog off leash. In some situations, they never leave the tie down or leash. For the first time since I entered her life, CL has found a dog that has learned to "come" within 48 hours. Seriously. We are even starting to use hand signals- something CL doesn't introduce until week 3 or 4. Check it out...
This video was taken 2 days after Duncan arrived in our home. Pretty amazing, huh?
I was found as a stray in Taiwan, in the company of 2 other dogs, with a wire band wrapped around my neck. I was by far the skinniest among the 3, because I was always the last one to eat whenever we could find food. A Canadian family took me in and worked with the Animal Rescue Team TAIWAN (http://www.savedogs.org/english/) to sponsor my travel to the United States. I was fostered by Judy, a wonderful lady who showed me kindness and helped with my shyness. I was later adopted by crazy lady Karen. She helps me make friends, and I am learning to trust again.