When Annie first came home she was very shy and quiet. She was reluctant to come when called and preferred to observe us from afar. I would catch fleeting black glimpses out of the corner of my eye but when I turned she would be gone. I started to think of her as Annie the Friendly Ghost. She would wait until we were pre-occupied and would quietly leave her crate to see what we were doing. I chose to let these moments pass “unnoticed” because she was trying to figure out her new situation and if she was safe.
Slowly, she started to trust us and became more comfortable searching us out. It took months for her to join us in another room and the ghosting became less frequent. She now follows me throughout the house and lays down at my feet where ever I may be. It’s so normal to have her nearby that I forgot about Annie the Friendly Ghost until something sparked the memory the other day. It brought a smile to my face to realize how much she has changed as she stomps through the house, no longer trying to be as quiet and unnoticeable as possible.