Star is making progress. I was really hoping after a week or two of kind treatment she would quickly turn around and I would be able to instill a little more obedience and socialization, but that hasn't happen exactly as I thought it would. There is progress being made though and she is a long way from where she was when she first arrived.
On occasion you find a dog that is so damaged and broken, "life skills" become the training you teach. Star is that type of dog. She has been working on just being a dog, and folks she is succeeding! She loves all dogs, big and small, and they are where she finds the most comfort. She plays with the cats, and she is learning the finer things in life like how to sleep in a bed or on a couch. She is housebroken and the crate training is moving along swimmingly.
Even though she often times acts like Drew Barrymore's character on the movie 50 First Dates, she wants to be with people badly. You can see it in the tail wags, the way she forgets to be afraid and wants to be petted when the other dogs come up for affection, and the fact she is always lounging 2 feet away from us when we are in the office or doing housework.
It's dogs like Star that burned me out on rescue, and one of the reasons I quit last year, because if you look at the way Star acts it's easy to loose faith in humanity. We will not mention that in her presence though because I need her to move forward and grow. And grow she will, her trick for today is learning how to beg from the table! She is catching on....