Drusilla

Is that really the face of a monster? Probably not. But she sure has the reputation of one!

Drusilla may be an itty-bitty little dachshund, but she sure can be a terror. A great rescue group pulled her from a city shelter and tried to find her a home – but one home after another returned her with the same verdict: "This dog is impossible!"

She greets you by jumping up to give you a "friendly nip" on the face! When she's out on leash walks, she pretty much …. Goes kamikaze on every dog that you meet – even if they're much bigger than she is! And if she ever escapes from your yard, watch out! She'll look for the first tail going by and chomp!

There were caregivers at her last rescue group who just weren't comfortable looking after her. They just didn't know when she might growl or try for a nip. And a trainer officially assessed her as not being able to recover from feeling aroused "within normal limits." So what to do with Drusilla?

Well, Best Friends caregivers are putting on their bite-proof gloves, because Drusilla has arrived, to receive that famous Unconditional Love here at the Sanctuary. Trainers are going to be working hard with this one.

Will she learn how to make a friend? To snuggle? To really bond with someone? Guardian Angels, please join with us with all your love and support as we see how this exciting Drusilla Drama unfolds. Welcome, little girl!

DRUSILLA'S PROGRESS JOURNAL
True Dru August 16, 2016

A new friend charts the path to Drusilla’s heart.

Leaping and learning September 30, 2015

Canine agility gives Drusilla a physical and mental workout.

Fun and games July 2, 2015

Every day is fun when you’re Druscilla, but a day with golf cart ride and romping in the creek is extra special.

Adding friends April 3, 2015

More people are being added to Dru’s inner circle, which results in more car and golf cart rides!

Catching up September 5, 2014

Volunteers from Drusilla’s original rescue group visit the legend — and live to tell the tale.

New faces September 18, 2013

Drusilla learns to trust her new trainer and makes friends with her newest caregiver.

Mix-up August 6, 2013

A misunderstanding over a dropped treat stirs up Dru, but she quickly recovers.

It takes two July 16, 2013

Dru lets it be known that she prefers her walks to include Marla.

Strike a pose July 8, 2013

Dru displays her best behavior for her latest photo shoot.

Rattled again June 25, 2013

For a second time, Dru emerges unscathed after another rattlesnake encounter.

Fearless June 10, 2013

Dru isn’t rattled at all when she encounters a snake at the dog park.

Rebuilding May 29, 2013

Caregiver Carissa gives Dru a little break to re-establish their relationship.

Adorable April 30, 2013

Dru shows off some old tricks following a walk to the middle of nowhere.

Enrichment April 22, 2013

Dru takes to her hydrotherapy appointment like a fish to water.

Practice April 5, 2013

Dru's friend has an idea to add some fun to her life.

Good patient March 25, 2013

Dru impresses everyone with her behavior post medical checkup

Snausage March 7, 2013

An old friend checks in on Dru and is pleased with her progress.

Encouragement February 25, 2013

Trust over time is the key to forming a meaningful relationship with Dru.

Under pressure February 11, 2013

New dog caregiver Amy has some pretty big shoes to fill.

Mixed feelings January 24, 2013

A sudden change of heart has one caregiver searching for answers.

Big smiles January 11, 2013

Dru had an infectious personality which is larger than life.

Vogue December 10, 2012

Dru struts her stuff during a recent afternoon of fun and fashion.

Newbie November 26, 2012

Dru's new caregiver is put through the ringer during his first days on the job.

Down! November 2, 2012

Practice makes perfect for this little pint-sized show-off.

Work in progress October 15, 2012

We're encouraged by Dru's improvements in some areas, but she still has some things to work on.

Cruising September 25, 2012

Dru's outings have been getting smoother on each trip.

Busy day September 7, 2012

Golf cart rides, special outings, a new dog run filled with toys -- Dru is having a lot of fun lately.

No worries August 23, 2012

Dog trainer Huck shares one of the highlights from this past month with Dru.

VIP August 3, 2012

An enthusiastic greeting from Dru can make you feel like the most important person in the world.

New friends July 26, 2012

Dru's "party" ends without major incident, even if Drusilla did have to kick one person out.

Summer splash July 18, 2012

Dru cools off at the dog park after a little bit of coaxing and some yummy incentives.

Letting her hair down June 22, 2012

Dru enjoys herself with a game of fetch and a romp in the pool.

Shocking twist June 11, 2012

To everyone's great surprise, Dru actually seemed to enjoy her ear swab!

Building trust May 22, 2012

Having a relationship is important when modifying behavior and dog trainer Huck is up for the challenge.

Silly wiggle butt May 7, 2012

Dru is winning everyone over with her improved attitude and willingness to learn.

Love bug April 23, 2012

Dru's list of friends is getting longer by the day as she is accepting more people into her life.

Charmer April 11, 2012

Dru makes a good first impression on one of her new caregivers.

New adventures March 22, 2012

Big changes are on the horizon for both Dru and dog trainer Jen.

Circus dog February 29, 2012

Dog trainer Jen continues to find new ways to challenge Dru's brain. Watch the video!

Snow Angel February 23, 2012

The day after a snowstorm, Dru and dog trainer Jen hit the dog park for some off-leash fun. New video!

Speed demon February 10, 2012

Dru flies through the agility course and is ready for something new. Watch the video!

Highlights January 31, 2012

Read about how Dru's new year is going so far. Watch a new video.

Teamwork January 16, 2012

A vet appointment goes really well thanks to a team of helpers and Dru's ability to hold it together!

Missing! January 4, 2012

Dru goes on a solo adventure when she gets loose while out on a hike.

Out for a walk December 20, 2011

Dog trainer Jen has good success on a recent walk with Dru thanks to innovative gear.

Loose-leash Walking 101 December 7, 2011

After a day or two, it became clear this little redhead needed an additional aid to learn to walk on a leash without pulling.

Dru on a leash November 28, 2011

Loose-leash training sessions give this spirited pooch and her trainer a workout!

Minor setback November 14, 2011

Dru's reactive behavior is tied into the amount of exercise she gets. In other words, more is better!

Catching on! November 3, 2011

To correct Dru's fears, trainer Jen helps create a new set of memories and not reinforce the old ones.

Challenges October 26, 2011

Dog trainer Jen hopes to build Dru's trust and replace her old behaviors with new ones.

Meet Drusilla October 18, 2011

She looks cute and sweet, but Dru has a long road ahead to overcome difficult behavior.