Lana’s heart is broken; her photo taken just moments after her family returned the one-and-a-half-year-old Labrador retriever after a year tells her story. Depressed and feeling rejected, Lana sat in her kennel on her bed all hunched over, making no eye contact, and for a full day wouldn’t respond to anyone.
According to Mighty Mutts, Lana was rescued from a high kill shelter in Mexico when she was a tiny puppy; no bigger than the size of one’s hand. She had been part of a litter left in a pile to die with their mother. They soon arrived in Canada to their new lives. At five months old, Lana was adopted. According to Dahlia Ayoub, of the Canadian based rescue organization, when Lana was just a puppy, the little ones had to compete with each other for food, and thus was born Lana’s guarding behaviors. Although volunteers worked closely with Lana, her guarding behaviors recently resurfaced when she snapped at one of the children. Lana was returned, even though her family tried their hardest to work with her; it was decided that it would be best for Lana to be in a home with only adults.
Lana is currently in boarding and will only come out of her kennel for two people who have always been constant in the young dog’s life. “Lana is still a timid girl in unknown environments. When she is with people she knows and trusts, she is a silly and sweet. Lana is great left alone, good with other animals (cats/dogs), however, she will exhibit guarding behaviours around food with other animals. She loves to go hiking and is very good on a leash. She also likes car rides…well, she will still fall asleep almost as soon as the car begins to move, just like when she was a tiny pup.” A Facebook page for Lana can be found here.
Lana needs a home with no children and a person experienced in food guarding issues. Adoptions are limited to Ontario. If interested in fostering or adopting, please click here. Please share Lana’s story with friends, family and social media contacts. Lana is a beautiful young dog who is just full of life; please help her find the perfect family to share the amazing adventures a loved dog’s life awaits for her.
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