Liberty came to live with her foster parents on January 15 2020, as the result of a tragedy. Originally from Kentucky, her human passed away suddenly at home. When pararescue came to remove the body, Liberty true to Mastiff form protested. Animal rescue was called and Liberty suffered significant trauma in the resulting skirmish. This has left her with some trust issues and a fear of the leash. She lived in an animal shelter until rescued by her human’s relatives. She was relocated to Florida. Her new humans contacted MRF and she moved in with Mike & Olga.
True to the 3-3-3 rule, Liberty spent 3 scared days quietly trembling in a guest bedroom. On day 4 she began to explore the house and other residents, which included an aging German Shepherd dog and a cat. She was curious but never aggressive. After 3 weeks she began to feel more comfortable in her new surroundings and would allow some petting. Now after 3 months she feels right at home and expects all attention to be on her.
Liberty is house broken and has never had an accident, (we have a doggie door). She is neither food nor toy aggressive. She is very polite and will sit patiently at mealtime until served. If she wants to get on the bed she will hover quietly until asked to climb in. She knows her name and can sit on command. She will come when called, especially if treats are in hand. TO date she has not been a counter-surfer. Liberty gets along well with her foster siblings but does like to be the center of attention. Wary of strangers and seems to get on well with kids.
We are learning to walk on a leash and still in the baby steps phase. She will now allow a collar and leash but is reluctant to walk much past the front steps. We will work on getting her into the car after mastering the leash. It seems leashes and cars always have result in terror and trauma for her.
Liberty will make someone a great companion. She is very affectionate. Once she learns that leashes and car rides can be good things she will be the perfect Mastiff.