Sara, a sweet rescue dog, has been in combat with separation anxiety for a few years now. Whenever her owner, Colleen, leaves the house, whether it’s for an hour or 10 minutes only, the pup goes panicking. Fortunately, though, Colleen might have just found a creative fix.
The discomfort Sara suffers from being alone started when she was older. It manifests with her self-injuring and destructive behaviors. The very second Colleen is out, Sara barks, pants, chews on furniture, and paces endlessly through the entire house looking for her.
Colleen gets heartbroken every time she sees Sara being so anxious. She’s tried almost everything to calm her. Sadly, crate training, CBD oils, going on long walks, and prescription medicines of the vet like Clomicalm, Prozac, and even tranquilizers have all failed to soothe the dog.
“It has evolved to me having to be constantly with her,” said Colleen. “Sometimes, I’d leave her with a friend or take her to doggy day care.”
Eventually, Colleen’s cousins thought of a creative idea: To create a dummy that resembles her to Sara has someone to be with while she’s away. Although skeptical, Colleen gave it a shot and bought a life-size posable dummy online.
Colleen started dressing her dummy equivalent, dubbed Dolly, to be convincingly like her. She even added a pair of glasses. And to be more reassuring, Colleen also places Dolly on her bed so it’ll have her scent.
Then gradually, Colleen introduced Dolly to Sara. She leaves it resting in areas where it’s not typical for Sara to find her, like the bathroom. Apparently, it seemed to work.
While Colleen is out, a passing glimpse of Dolly seemed enough for Sara to be at ease. And when she comes home, she’ll find her dog sleeping like a log like she’s never left. But one day, Colleen came home to this:
“She curled up on Dolly’s feet!” said Colleen. “Sara has ever slept on the bathroom floor, not until Dolly came. The dummy, so far, has worked better compared to other methods. I hope they stay close.”
Colleen still has no plans of extended getaways. But with Dolly’s help, she’s optimistic Sara will become less anxious. And for the dog, Sara surely knows Dolly isn’t Colleen. But having someone else to love while her owner is away isn’t such a bad thing at all.
Credits to Colleen via The Dodo