I don't know where my dog, Sadie, spent her first year or so of life, because we adopted her at Wayside Waifs. I'm sure somebody treated her well, because she loves people. I have an idea she might have escaped from a house or yard and run away, because she is very hyper, and one of her worst faults has been that if she gets loose, she runs away and will not come back when I call her.
There has been some improvement in that behaviour.
Cliff and I take a daily walk in the pasture; Sadie more or less stayed in our vicinity unless Buddy, the neighbor dog, showed up: then he'd lead her away, and all I could do was pray she'd show up again, because call as I might, she wouldn't come. So I began keeping her on a leash when we walked.
Lately I've given her the chance to redeem herself, and she has actually started coming when I call, both in the yard and in the pasture. There are exceptions, for instance if a new dog shows up. She can't resist meeting new dogs. On Labor Day we headed out to the pasture and, too late, I saw a couple of beagles in the distance. Sadie saw them too, and ran after them. The chase was on, and all three dogs disappeared in the woods, with Sadie turning a deaf ear to my calls. Since I had never seen these dogs before, I had no idea where they might lead my pet... but I had visions of her running across the highway and dying in the same manner as my last dog, Mandy.
So you can imagine my joy when, about five minutes later, Sadie rejoined us. Hey, it's an improvement, because in the past she would not have given up that chase until she was well acquainted with the new dogs.
Yesterday Buddy came bounding across the pasture; Sadie started into the woods in hot pursuit, but when I called, she abandoned him and rejoined me.
She is also trying very hard not to jump on people; she still gets excited when she sees certain folks (I don't know what it is about my son-in-law, Kevin, and my grandson, Brett, but they send her into a frenzy), but you can tell she is doing her level best to keep all four feet on the ground.
So, she's improving in many ways.