The Chihuahua in the first run of kennels is the most extreme case – as timid as she is bony. She eats food from my hand but has no interest in any further physical contact. Shies away if I reach out to her without a treat to offer. I don’t blame her; if I were that malnourished, my only priority would be to beef up.
Some dogs who suffer a prolonged period without basic needs never quite recover – physically or emotionally. I think this one will come around, though. I was shy and skinny once too. Then I found my home.