This weekend, I helped my friend Lizzie, who runs a cat rescue, do some feral cat trapping in the Greenspring neighborhood in Baltimore. We were hanging out in an alley trying to catch some kittens, and spotted this poor dog. This has been his entire world for the last several years:
He was tied to a stake and could only move about 2 feet in any direction, and was standing and sleeping in his own poop.
Yesterday, Lizzie went back with someone from a dog rescue. They talked to the owner, whose explanation was "small dogs live inside, big dogs live outside." But they convinced him to surrender the dog, who is now in a very temporary foster home. They're calling him Tulsa, and he is apparently TOTALLY sweet -- not a mean bone in his body -- and also completely delirious to be getting attention for the first time in... forever?
He needs an adopter or even a short/long term foster home. He has not been vetted yet, but I can update with more info when he is. If you're interested in Tulsa, even just to foster, you can contact Lizzie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just wanted to give this guy a little bump. He gets neutered and vetted on Monday. He is reportedly totally fine (and submissive) toward other dogs. I'll try to get an update after his vet visit and post more info.
Deliriously happy is about right. Thank you for taking this guy in - I get a lump in my throat thinking of him maybe getting his own family for Christmas. I want to do bodily harm to the person who kept him living in that dump out back like so much garbage.
Might be an obvious question, but are there any rottie rescues in your area or even surrounding states that would take him in? Even if they are full, which they often are, they should be more than willing to do a courtesy listing on their petfinder site, or their rescue site. Most rescues around here will do that.
Kudos to you for getting him out of that situation, legally. He looks like a super sweet dog.
Ack, sorry, I thought the facebook link would work for everyone. Somewhere I have the rescue's website -- I'll see if they have anything up there yet.
The owner had had him for "a couple years" so I'm assuming he's in the 2-4 year old range. I'll email them next week for a more detailed update if there's nothing on the website after his vet visit.
I believe they've found a foster for him (he's with a rottie and pit rescue), so he's got a place to hang his head for the time being. But the rescue is way crowded so he definitely needs a home soon! Oh, and I mis-read the initial email about him... his name is Rocky.
Bumping for this sweet boy. Someone please give this guy a chance! I have two big dogs, a baby, and another on the way...no room at the inn.
Most rotties are super family-friendly dogs and are great with kids. Mine now sleeps next to my baby's crib and comes to get me when he cries (as though I couldn't hear the screeching!) Please don't hesitate to give this big love a home
He is in pretty good health -- has some parasites, but nothing too bad. He's heartworm negative. He got all his vaccinations and a microchip, and got neutered... apparently he was kind of sensitive to the anesthesia, but everything went fine. He does have cataracts, but everything else looked good.
The vet did discover that he's older than the owner thought, though. I guess when you tie your dog up in a shed in the backyard, it's easy to lose track of how long you've had him. The owner said he was a "couple of years" old, but the vet thought he was more like 7 or 8.
Everyone says he's a very sweet dog, though, great with other dogs and very friendly. He's a bit timid, moreso with men than women, and if you move quickly he cowers like you're going to hit him, poor thing. But he's a nice dog who deserves a nice life, and would be a great companion for someone.
If anyone is interested, you can go to the rescue's website, linked in a previous post, or contact Susan at PitsRotts4Life *at* aol *dot* com.
Hopefully this sweet boy can find a real home for the holidays!