“She was afraid of EVERYTHING,” Kuehn said. “She wouldn’t walk more than a few feet at a time on the leash, stopping frequently to suss [out] anything she wasn’t familiar with. She froze every time we tried to get on the elevator, she stopped walking completely if she saw another person while out on a walk, and any loud noises — trucks, buses, thunder, kids yelling, you name it — would make her fur stand up and she’d start to shake.”
Through it all, though, Phoebe’s new parents remained incredibly patient, and they helped her overcome each new obstacle as best as they could. They gave her tons of treats every time she was brave enough to approach or do something new, and they came up with lots of different coping mechanisms to help her get past her fears.