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Features February 2014 Issue

The Dog Who  Mistook Her Owner For an Enemy

Poor Gracie is scared to death of her gentle owner, Mike Phillips.

The Dog Who Mistook Her Owner For an Enemy

Some adopted dogs start out afraid of the people in their new homes. How to coax your dog to trust you.

We wanted to show a photo of Gracie the Bassett hound with her new owner, Mike Phillips. But that would have been impossible, reports Mr. Phillips’s wife, Beth. Gracie won’t go near him. She is “terrified of him,” Mrs. Phillips says. “She stalks him when he is moving around, barking non-stop,” but as soon as he comes towards her, “she shies away from him and runs.” …

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