Anabel has been through so much in the last two years. With kind women, she is affectionate, playful and snuggly. But, right now, Anabel is terrified of men. When her family could no longer care for her, she was given away online. This second family ended up being breeders, who kept her in a small space with many other dogs. From what we know, the man in the home was very cruel and abusive to her. She was pulled from there by a savior, who thankfully brought her to ABR. Helping Anabel on her emotional journey to recovery will be one of the most satisfying experiences, and we'd love for her to find a forever family who wants to be there for her, no matter what.
Having been through this traumatic experience, Anabel needs a family who will take things slow and not try to introduce too many new experiences at one time. She is becoming less fearful seeing men when out and about, but only with consistent and proactive positive reinforcement to help her learn to associate male figures with good things. She would do best in an adult female only home or a home with a man who understands how to take things slow with her. The way to win Anabel over is not through immediate love and pets -- touch is too overwhelming for her. It's with patience, plenty of treats and toys, and watching for signs of consent from her.