Lily III


 UPDATE 1/21/13:         Lily is ready ot be adopted. She needs a home where people are around the home most of the time as she gets a little insecure, or if she could go to work with he new owner, she would love that. She will definitely require an above average fence due to her Houdini like abilities to find her way out. Not to run away but to get back with er family. She has grown quite a bit confidence wise and is a super sweet companion when in her comfort zone. Quite the cuddlier. Still a little stand offish with men due to her past abuse.

I can be happy, I just need time to adjust and learn about you.

UPDATE 12/1/12

At home, Lily has blossomed into a super sweet, affectionate girl. She sleeps in bed with her foster mom every night and follows her around the house. She is clicker trained and has learned a miriad of behaviors including sit, come, down, stay, leave it, wait at doors, touch and will ‘play dead‘. Lily is an avid learner and will do ANYTHING to make her person happy. While Lily has improved tremendously she does still struggle with seperation anxiety. Her crate must be completely secured or she will bust out of it. Any prospective adopters need to understand Lily needs time and patience to warm up to you. This process may take a week. Once you have earned her confidence, you will have the most loyal and devoted of companions. Lily needs a home with at least one other confident dog to help be her guide. Lily’s main phobia is of strangers so she would NOT do well in a city or somewhere where she would be meeting a large number of strangers in an uncontrolled environment. A home that has a lot of people walking by the house or a large number of visitors would be too stressful for this sensitive girl. Any potential adopters must be dedicated to taking positive training classes with Lily to help her become more socialized. Lily’s main goal in life is to be with her people as much as possible. Hence we would like her to go to a home where she can go to work (which she does with her foster mom) or a home where people work from home. Lily is still very much a baby and will celebrate her 2nd birthday on December 26th. She is spayed, heartworm negative and up to date on vaccines.

Lily is 2 years old and just got spayed and updated on her shots on 10/4/12. She is a VERY shy girl and reactive when afraid of something. She is just into the rescue program and her evaluation time will be slow as she has to learn to trust. She was never socialized and allowed to let her fears.anxieties fester to the point she is at now. She is loving with her old family but any new introduction would send her off in fear. If she feels threatened we think she may act out to protect herself, but has not bitten anyone.

So far, due to her history, she will require and at least 4 foot high fence as she will try to get away if scared. Because of her nature, we advise a quiet home, which would mean not a lot of new people coming and going. We would be cautious with children due to her fears, although there were kids in her first home.

We expect Lily will take a while to evaluate, amybe months. We will update on her as we learn more. She gets along with other dogs, so a confident companion would be good for her.

UPDATE 10/23/12

Now that Lily has bonded with her foster family, her true personality is beginning to emerge. She is a smart, silly, sweet girl who ADORES her family. She will snuggle on the couch, climb up in a lap and gives lots of kisses. She is also excellent at sitting on feet. With any visitors, she is still extremely fearful and can be mildly reactive. If the visitors completely ignore her and let her approach at her own pace than she will slowly warm to them and they may be able to even pet her. However, Lily could easily fear bite if she was chased or cornered. While she has made a lot of progress, Lily is still prone to panic attacks if she encounters something novel or different. While not destructive, Lily also has some separation anxiety. She wants to be with her people at all times and will try to escape her crate or the yard to get to her people. She can be left alone in her crate if it is secured tightly with clips.
Lily’s foster mom is a Veterinary Behavioral Technician who is working with Lily to gain confidence and the necessary coping skills to be a healthy, well behaved member of society. Lily is now clicker trained and knows sit, shake, down and to wait at doors. Lily is also on anxiolytics (anti-anxiety medication) to help her learn appropriate coping skills. She will need to be on these inexpensive medications for at least the next year. Lily needs a home that will be dedicated to continuing to work with her anxiety and slowly socializing her. Lily strongly looks to the other dogs in the household for cues on how to behave and will need to live with at least another confident, calm dog. She will need to be enrolled in positive training classes (preferably clicker). Lily is spayed, up to date on vaccines, and heartworm negative.

If  you are interested in learning more about this wonderful, challenging girl, please e-mail fer foster Mom at

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10 comments on “Lily III
  1. Melinda Reid says:

    Lily is a beautiful girl. I know my home would not be right for her because we have children and often have company, but I do hope she finds a good home soon.

  2. Kathleen Schwaderer says:

    I am interested in adopting a Bernese Mountain Dog and happened across your site. I live in Maryland though so I would not be able to come visit Lilly nor would I be able to have a home visit. Do you allow out of state adoptions? Thank you!

  3. Chris Falley says:

    We have a 3 year old female Berner (Stella) who would like a companion…when Lily is ready, please let us know.

  4. MaryLiz says:

    Wow, just when rescue seemed quiet, it got busy again very quickly.

  5. April says:

    Thank you Melinda. She is turning out to be a big sweetheart, she just gets so nervous whenever we have company. I know the perfect home is out there for her.

  6. April says:

    Hi Chris, I didn’t see your post. Please fill out an application and I’d be happy to speak with you about her. She gets along GREAT with other dogs but she still needs work at learning to trust people.

  7. Zoi says:

    I really hope I will be able to adopt Lily – she would be the perfect fit for our family. I am very patient and willing to work with her to combat her fears.

  8. Heather says:

    What a beauty! I’m so glad she is doing well in foster care. She sounds so much like our Levi, who was a stray. Fences, crates cannot contain him & he’s afraid of his own shadow. Best Berner ever though, loyal through & through. He’s perfect for our family, all 110 pounds of crazy hairball!

  9. Robin Lambert says:

    Hi….I think that Lily would be perfect for our family. We have two small dogs right now and are heartbroken over the loss of our black lab girl about 2 years ago…they miss her. We have a large fenced backyard that is not busy and full of area to run. Please let me know how it is going will Lily, we are very interested. Thank you!

  10. Beth Canzano says:

    Lily is adorable 🙂 My 8yr old Berner, Martini, also went through a fearful stage when he was younger. It is so hard because everyone wants to pet the ‘pretty dog’. I spent lots of time asking people to be patient and let him approach them. He has made such a turn around! We used to have to park 2 blocks away from the vet and eventually had to get the vet to just get in the car to give him his shots! Persistence has paid off though. Now he marches right in like he owns the place! Then he just looks at the poorly behaved dogs with an air of superiority that belies his former panicky moments 😉
    I look forward to reading more about the progress Lily is making!

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