We got her when she was a puppy from a customer of the Philadelphia Housing Authority. She was all legs when we brought her home.
She was terrified of the grass because it was something she had never seen. My husband placed her on it and her fear instantly dissolved. She still fears people, despite the fact that she has met many.
We believe her fear comes from a customer at PetSmart who would not leave us alone. She informed us that she was a dog expert but showed no indication of it when she grabbed Luci and continued insisting she was an expert. My husband and I were shocked that she actually conned herself into believing this. I was not going to tolerate her anymore and informed her that my dog was obviously terrified. Her eyes were as big as saucers. The woman finally relented and put Luci down. I think she knew she had pushed us way too far.
Luci has since shown proof that she no longer feels safe in PetSmart. This is a shame since most dogs love it there, but her memory of the psychotic customer remains strong. An employee attempted to help her calm down that day, but her stubby remained between her legs.
People who come up to her meet her wrath. Yes, dogs do remember crazy people and crazy incidents.
Cane Corso dogs are bred to guard. She guards out of fear for herself, unfortunately. Boarding her is difficult for her. She sits in the corner of her cage shaking the whole time she is there. I’m told she is slowly getting better.
I have hope that she will find that humans are not her enemy someday. We took her for a walk in the park yesterday and she enjoyed herself. She was impressed by the horse and rider who rode through. The girl slowed down to talk and Luci did not bark. I believe that was a good sign. We believe that the more we walk with her, the less fear she will show. We also believe that we need to be more aware of impending people who are potential problems for her. In time she may learn to trust again.
We had another small dog whom she got along wonderfully with. The other dog passed away and she still misses him. The cat and the dog are slowly learning to get along. The cat is my boy and the dog is my husband’s. Luci seems to want my attention as my husband is away most of the time, but when he gets home, Dino shows herself in my dog.
Yes, I love my Cane Corso. She is my little girl.