Humane Society of Lawton-Comanche County
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Ronnie and Jackson- March 2019
Ronnie was found on the prairie as a stray and came to the Humane Society sick and very emaciated. She was nursed back to health by her foster mom with the help of Lawton Veterinary Hospital. Ronnie was very afraid and needed a lot of rehabilitation, but she still struggled with separation anxiety. Ronnie was adopted to a family who cared for her and did everything right, but on her first night in her new home, she broke out of her crate and tore all the blinds down. Ronnie came back to the Humane Society which is where Jackson met Ronnie and fell in love with her. Ronnie still struggled with separation anxiety and Jackson had to provide a lot of support to get Ronnie past her fears. Jackson even spent the night with Ronnie in his truck, as Ronnie could relax and get some sleep if she was in the truck. Ronnie has been with Jackson for almost two months, and while she still has some bad days, she is doing well.
Jackson says that when he first decided to adopt Ronnie, he thought he would be able to give Ronnie a couple hamburgers and give her lots of attention and she would be so thankful and be that perfect dog. Jackson says that through this experience, he has learned that dog’s don’t have an on/off switch. Dog’s are creatures who have emotions and they have something to say about their lives. Jackson says that new animal owners need to give the animal enough time to have their say and that it takes time, love and care to support a dog like Ronnie. Jackson continues to support Ronnie by giving her a lot of structure in her life. He also takes Ronnie to basic obedience classes and dog day care where Ronnie learns what it takes to be a dog in a human’s world. Ronnie and Jackson are inseparable and have developed a close bond.