After spending time with Phoebe, the couple decided that despite her obvious anxieties, this was the dog they had been looking for. They came back to visit her at the shelter two more times to play with and get to know her, and were getting ready to take her home with them — but the shelter staffers were less than optimistic about Phoebe and her fearful nature.
“She [the adoption counselor] said that, based on how nervous her personality was, she would likely always be ‘a fearful dog,’” Kuehn said. “She told us that it was likely that she may never like other dogs and cats, and that she’d likely be the kind of dog who wouldn’t ever want to meet guests, and would have to be put away in a room when visitors came around. We were told that many dogs are fearful for their entire lives and that we’d have to be very patient with her, because it was likely that she’d require ‘a lot of work.’”