Bashful is one of several little dogs rescued from a hoarding situation. The poor fella had lived his whole life outside prior to becoming our guest. We doubt that he'd ever had much human contact and what there was of it doesn't seem to have been positive. The day Bashful arrived at ACS, he was filthy dirty and infested with fleas and engorged ticks. A quick bath and some flea/tick preventative quickly improved Bashful's appearance but it's going to take a lot more than that to heal his tortured soul. The poor guy is terrified to be touched but is very slowly coming around. He now wags his tail when we approach his kennel but he still runs and cowers when we go to take him outside or bring him inside. When he goes for a walk, he mostly just stands or sits nervously but we know he'll start enjoying this new activity in time. Bashful still trembles for the first few minutes when we pet and brush him although the latter seems to eventually relax him. You can see the improvement in his demeanor through his pictures but he still has a way to go. We can only imagine how horrible and miserable Bashful's previous life was and we don't blame him for being so shutdown emotionally. But, we truly believe that there's a fun-loving and affectionate dog hiding inside Bashful just waiting to come out. The person who adopts this little guy is going to need a lot of patience and must be committed to however long it will take for Bashful to let down his guard and be the happy little dog he desperately wants to be. Although he came from a hoarding situation, or maybe because of it, Bashful tends to be on guard around other dogs when foods around. The rest of the time, however, he's fine with other dogs. One of the dogs he came in with, Doc, was recently adopted and Bashful sure does miss him. We let him outside several times a day with several different dogs. Some he ignores, others he is curious about and he even tries to play with one of our Administrator's dogs. If you would like to give Bashful a loving and committed home, just stop by the shelter and ask to meet him. It will probably take you several visits to win his trust but we think he is well worth the effort. NOTE: Because of Bashful's 'flight' tendencies, we are requiring a fenced yard for him. /// BASHFUL IS SPONSORED THRU FEBRUARY 2019 BY MARGARET STAPLETON IN LOVING MEMORY OF HENRI (NEE SPINNER), HER ACS CANINE COMPANION OF 13 YEARS. Primary Color: Brown Brindle Secondary Color: White Weight: 17.44lbs Age: 2yrs 5mths 3wks Animal has been Neutered I am available for adoption at the Animal Care Society.