An e-mail from a St. Hubert's adopter who received assistance from our pet retention helpline when her dog was suffering from separation anxiety:
Addy’s separation anxiety is definitely getting better! I wouldn’t say it is completely gone, but it is getting better. For the first few days that we had to leave her alone she barked and howled for hours. Now she will sometimes do it for 20 or 30 minutes and then she settles down for the rest of the day. In fact, now there are some days where she barely barks at all! Her overall demeanor is much calmer. So she is headed in the right direction. No more destroying blankets either. Just a little barking.
On a separate note, Addy is the best dog! We are completely in love with her. She loves other dogs and loves going to the dog park in our apartment complex. People love her, too. They stop me on walks so they can pet her. She gives off a sweet, friendly vibe. She also loves snuggling, and she has claimed a prime spot on the couch as her own.
I hope you can share this story with other families whose dogs are going through some separation anxiety. It does get better. Hang in there! Also, I want to thank you for all of your help, Tara, and for the good work you are doing at St. Hubert’s. Having a pet helpline is a great idea!"