It’s been two months since Amber, the abandoned Lake Road dog, was rescued from a stray life, but she’s still a long way from being socialized and needs help overcoming her fear of people.


It’s been two months since Amber, the abandoned Lake Road dog, was rescued from a stray life, but she’s still a long way from being socialized and needs help overcoming her fear of people.
Sherry Claybrook with Saving Pets at Risk said they need a “dog whisperer,” or better yet, a dog trainer who can work with her.
“This dog is in desperate need of socialization,” Claybrook said. “She’s so frightened of life, it’s unreal.”
“Ideally, we need a dog trainer who has dealt with dogs that have been traumatized,” she added.
Amber, a sweet Staffordshire Terrier, was rescued in early December with the help of some cooked bacon and the patience of volunteers.
She had been living the life of stray in the area of Lake and Gaddy Roads, where many believe she was abandoned. While she refused to leave that area, likely waiting for her owner to return, area residents would feed her daily and even provided her a dog house, but she kept her distance from them and was elusive.
Volunteers finally corralled her and got her into the care of SPAR, where she was placed in a foster home. She was making some progress, but it’s time to try something new, Claybrook said.
Now the dog is in the care of Nancy Spears with Lake Road Pet Boarding, and just over a few days, Spears can sit next to the dog, but Amber is still scared of people.
“She’s starting to come out of her shell,” Spears said. Friday, Spears crawled into the dog pen with Amber, who did accept a treat while acting “invisible” to Spears because of her fears.
Amber isn’t vicious, just afraid, Claybrook said, so it’s unknown what may have happened to her before she was rescued.
“She’s a beautiful dog and she will make a good dog,” Claybrook said. “We just have to have someone with patience and a love for animals to help her. It’s a matter of trust and getting her to trust humans.”
Claybrook said as part of the socialization, Amber really needs to be around a couple of calm dogs that are friendly with people so she can learn how to interact with other dogs and people.
If they can’t find someone come forward to help Amber, Claybrook said they may have to send her to a specialized dog trainer, but that could be a cost SPAR may not be able to afford.
Anyone who thinks they can help Amber or would like to make a donation to SPAR for this cause can contact Claybrook at (405) 641-7831.