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depressed dalmation

I took care of my father's landlord's dalmation Serena while they were out of town. She just recently lost her playmate (a dog) Jasmine. When I went to check on her, she was so lonely and depressed that I took her home with me. Her owners don't spend enough time with her at all. She is physically and emotionally abused. When Serena's owners came back, I had to take her back to her home. It broke my heart do so. They offered to give her to me, because they noticed a better change in her. I would love to have this dog, but I need some insight on how to help her lift her depression and fear of people that she doesn't know. She is a very sweet dog and have had the chance over the past 5 years to develope a strong bond with her.