Because Li Ming's new home will be the UK, she needs to have the rabies vaccination and then 30 days later, blood is taken and the serum of the blood is sent to a laboratory in Changchun. This is known as a titre test.
Li Ming had her rabies vaccination and the serum was sent to Changchun. When the results came back the test showed a negative so she was vaccinated again and is waiting for the 30 days to be over for another serum draw to be taken and sent to Changchun. This happens sometimes and is nothing to worry about.
Li Ming was measured and weighed so that we could give her adopter, Callum, the cost of the flight.
The IATA flight crates that are used to transport animals overseas must be big enough for them to have a comfortable journey so we passed on these measurements and Li Ming's weight to the pet transport company.
Li Ming sat on the scales patiently waiting until her weight was recorded. She also stood patiently while the workers at the shelter measured her height and length. Such a good girl!
L Ming had probably never had a Christmas celebration before. If her owners dumped her when they moved house, they probably never involved her as part of their family, least of all at Christmas time. So Christmas 2016 was a double celebration for her. 1 because of her amazing transformation and 2 because she was celebrating Christmas with us.
Some middle school students came to visit us and play with the dogs and Li Ming was among them. She was patient and kind around the children.
After being fostered and socialized at our volunteer's home, Li Ming was brought back to Du's house so that she could socialize more with the many visitors, volunteers and delivery drivers around her. This also gave her another opportunity to be around more dogs and this was essential because Callum (her adopter)had shown an interest in her and we wanted her to be 100% before she went to her new home in the UK.
In the following weeks she grew used to being around the strangers that visited and she began to enjoy herself and the many petting and playing sessions she was involved in.
Now it was time for her to go out on walks with the student volunteers who come to the shelter every week (below). Li Ming really enjoyed herself on the first walk and she was first at the door the next time the students came. Now, she knows them very well and looks forward to the walks.
She was finally ready to start the adoption process!
Li Ming was very, very depressed when she was first brought to Bo Ai. She wouldn't eat or interact with people. She was grieving for the family who dumped her. It was hard to see her like that but all we could do was try to give her encouragement and as much love and time as we could. Eventually she began eating but she was still very withdrawn and refused to communicate with people other than Du.
As the months went by she bonded with the female staff but not the male staff so it was decided that, while she was doing ok eating, drinking and communicating with women, she would be fostered by one of our long term volunteer and good friend,
did a really good job of introducing Li Ming to different scenarios and places and she built Li Ming's confidence up a lot. So much so that Li Ming eventually began to trust men aswell. This was essential because most of the workers at the shelter are men.
's work paid off. Li Ming was soon eligible to go out for walks with the student volunteers...