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A girl named Cupcake

IMG_9755There’s something about a shy dog that can be so endearing. They can be shy and timid in the outside world, but at home show a personality that just makes you smile.

Cupcake is a one of those shy dogs. Wary of strangers and scared of new places, Cupcake has always been happy to stay at home. It’s where she feels safe. It’s the one place she can let her hair down and be her silly self without fear. It’s also the place where she can flirt and wrestle with her brother, bark at and chase her sister, and get lots of attention from me. Some of my favorite  moments are when she places her front paws on my leg and waggles her butt and tail and smiles and begs for a little attention. She loves attention. She loves to play games. At home, she is a true character and full of sass and silliness. It’s the side most people don’t get to see.

But on Sunday, I watched as Cupcake’s personality came out to play – at my mother’s house. Something she has never done before.

Granted, she has only been to my mom’s house a few of times, but on every previous visit Cupcake has been cautious, reserved and even a bit growly. Sunday she was the exact opposite. She approach my mom and her friend, Peg, for treats and attention. She wagged her tail numerous times throughout the day. She barked and played in her backyard and even laid down and fell asleep in her den. I was amazed. It was like she knew she could be herself there. (I also think she has a thing for my mom’s Sheltie, Jake.)

Cupcake and her friend Kellie

Cupcake and her friend Kellie

Like the unfolding of the petals on a flower, Cupcake is slowly starting to come out of her shell. At home, she has already demonstrated that she has a cute and sassy personality, but now she is starting to show it at the dog park. She barks at other dogs and will engage them in play. She chases squirrels and chipmunks right alongside Clover and Abby. And, she continues to approach people at the dog park for attention and treats. Truth be told, I think she may be under the impression that everyone at the dog park has treats. 🙂

The progress Cupcake continues to make is what makes me smile each day. She is making her own path, deciding her own way, but she is making progress. Who could have guessed that a very shy girl, on the run for 12 days, could become such a character? Cupcake did. I’m just glad she’s sharing it with the rest of the world now too.


  1. cindy smith
    November 4, 2013 at 7:32 AM


  2. November 4, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    That’s awesome – proof that patience and perseverance pays off for both of you!

  3. November 4, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    That’s so great. She is such a beautiful dog, love that last shot.

  4. November 4, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Yesterday I was just thinking – no one got to see how funny, loving and adorable my first Russian Blue was, Mitri. And maybe no one is going to get the love and silliness I see all day in my Eskie Stoli. Just barks for everyone else. But maybe that will change!

  5. November 4, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Cupcake I used to be super super shy, but it gets better all the time! Woooowooooo, Ku

  6. November 4, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Cupcake is such a beautiful dog. It is wonderful how you have helped her to bloom! 🙂

  7. derrycats
    November 4, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Wonderful – isn’t it fun to watch an animal come out of his or her shell!

  8. November 4, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Such great news, and what a beautiful girl!!

  9. November 4, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    What a happy story! Good for you, Cupcake.

  10. November 4, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Way to go Cupcake!

  11. November 4, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    She’s stunningly beautiful! So glad she’s coming out of her shell and building confidence – it’s a reflection of great leadership and guidance!

  12. November 4, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Pretty girl. Reminds me of my late Sheila.

    • Mel
      November 5, 2013 at 5:40 AM

      Sheila must have been a beautiful girl.

  13. November 5, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Fiona is shy as well, so I know what you mean about them coming out and being themselves at home. Fiona is shy around strangers too, but I’ve watched her come out of her shell as well and once she trust you the book is wide open. 🙂

    Isn’t it the greatest thing to see?

    • Mel
      November 5, 2013 at 5:40 AM

      It’s like two different dogs sometimes isn’t it? I love that Fiona will let people in after she gets to know them. Cupcake is getting there. 🙂

      • November 5, 2013 at 2:18 PM

        yes. When my husband started taking Fiona out in public on his work routes, Fiona would tuck her tail so far between her legs and cower because she was so scared. So my husband started running with her at the pit stops along the way and she’d bounce right back. That was one of the first steps to helping her overcome her shyness.

      • Mel
        November 6, 2013 at 6:49 AM

        Oh! Poor Fiona. I bet the running helped a lot. Focused her mind on moving and breathing and less on her fears. Smart man. 🙂

  14. November 5, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    How adorable! She looks so beautiful. I just want to give her a big hug! That last picture is definitely Instagram-worthy.

    • Mel
      November 5, 2013 at 5:39 AM

      LOL! All three pictures are from Instagram. 🙂

  15. November 5, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    I have a shy kitty that is our “favorite” – she has such a great personality, running around and playing fetch and making little chirping sounds – it’s sad that no one else ever gets to see it! So sweet that she had some fun at your moms!

    • Mel
      November 6, 2013 at 6:48 AM

      She sounds like an awesome cat Julie. I have a special spot for the shy ones. It’s like they save all their personality with you. Watching it unfold is such an honor.

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