The sheepdog, which suspect is of a Pyrenean Sheepdog, is quite timid and shy. Tom Barse and his wife, Carolann McConaughty, have been trying to lure the pooch with milk bones but they are finding it a challenge to befriend this dog. The couple wants to get near to check its collar for any identification and also to see if it is healthy or covered with ticks and fleas but to no avail.
“Everybody has milk bones to drop it off, just to try to get her a little bit more socialized, “Barse commented. Slowly but patiently, they have been trying to build her trust making sure not to frighten her by grabbing or capturing the pooch indiscriminately. But there has been some progress.
One time, the dog would wait for Barse’s wife to leave before eating the milk bone she left 20 feet away. Now, it’s down to 5 feet.
The couple is also trying other methods to befriend the wandering pooch by letting their other Australian Shepherd pup, Heidi, play with the shy pooch. They would let Heidi go off-leash to find if they would hit and off and play. Heidi is now their ambassador to this standoffish sheepdog.
Another neighbor, Chuck Smith, while walking with his dog Dolly, happened to get near the sheepdog. Somehow it decided to bravely befriend Dolly and smell each other’s noses but when Dolly started to bark, the sheepdog dashed away. Smith noted that it was like watching Wile E. Coyote. From then on, they started calling the timid dog, Wiley.