We were staying in a cabin in the country over the weekend. We found a dog that we all kind of fell in love with. She looks to be a shepherd-lab mutt mix, about 9 months old, but skinny as all heck and with an injured foot. She limps really badly and looks like she won't last out there alone for a whole lot longer. She doesn't come when called, is skittish around humans (probably born out there, it's a very wild area) but doesn't growl or act aggressive in any way. She let us get within about 6 feet of her when we brought her our leftovers etc, but was skittish and watchful, with her tail between her legs.
Even though DH is very allergic to dogs, we're considering bringing her home. We'd go to the vet and get a sedative, feed it to her in her food (she's starving, she'll eat anything), then put her in a crate once she's fallen asleep and take her to the vet to have her paw fixed. She'd live outside in our yard (she's been outside her whole life already, so it wouldn't be a problem), with a dog shed and blankets etc. The kids would have 'outside clothes' that they'd wear outside only and change when they came inside to avoid allergy problems. when we go back to Canada, the kids' grandparents have agreed to take her - they've always had dogs and love them. They have a huge yard in the country so she'd have a great life with them and the kids could see her whenever they want... (we couldn't keep her outside in Ottawa in the winter, so we couldn't keep her there ourselves).
I'm wondering though if anyone has had experience with taming a dog like this? Can we expect that with lots of love and attention that she will come around and be a good family pet? Or since she's been alone already so long (around people that come to stay but not WITH people, iykwim) will she never really trust us?
I'd appreciate any experience or insight you guys might have!