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Neglected dog- any action I can take? *NEW Pictures post #62

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  • #21
    Originally posted by Crown Royal View Post
    The son/friend just gave me permission to take the dog if I can find him a good home. He said he would be happier without the dog and "oh yeah, I didn't feed him today." I do believe the father did though.... I couldn't take the dog home tonight because it was late when I left and I had two carseats in my little coupe, but I will probably pick him up tomorrow afternoon! Will update with pictures of him once he's physically on my property.
    where am I, what day is it, am I still having a good time?


    • #22
      Yay! Seems like you did a really good thing here! Lucky dog to have an advocate, as so many die in circumstances like this, alone and scared. Good for you!!


      • #23
        God bless you for caring and doing something! Would love to hear about when you get him and pictures --


        • #24
          Originally posted by TKR View Post
          God bless you for caring and doing something! Would love to hear about when you get him and pictures --
          What's wrong with you?? Your cheese done slid off its cracker?!?!


          • #25
            Fantastic, Crown Royal! You done good!!


            • #26
              A big thumbs up for you - glad this turned out well, so many don't want to give the animal up. If OR wasn't literally across the country, I'd offer to take the poor guy - I have a BC here who would love a friend.


              • #27
                Happy you helped this guy out. Keep us posted. I hope he can turn into a happy well-adjusted dog, despite his horrible life so far.


                • Original Poster

                  He is safely home now, very nervous, but adjusting. He has already drank some but is too nervous yet too eat (plus he hasn't eaten in several days). I'm sure he will come around soon though.

                  Tomorrow he will be getting a good bath, and I will take some before and after photos to share with you guys!

                  If anyone knows of someone near MD that may be interested in giving him a good home, let me know and we can exchange email addresses. He is 2 years old, a purebred English Shepherd, and currently an intact male. He has not had any vaccinations. He is very sweet by nature, high energy, and would be best for someone with experience with this kind of dog and is willing to devote plenty of their time to him. Not reccommended for a family with children at this time, because he gets nervous occassionally, has not ever been around children, and I don't have any children around to safely expose him to. He walks on a leash without a fight, but doesn't have manners about it yet (he pulls, then stops, then cuts you off, etc.). He does not have any training and is not housebroken. So basically a previously neglected dog that has the training/mentality of a puppy, but with some baggage. I am not going to advertise him anywhere until he gains weight and some training, because I don't think that's fair to him. But if you any of you happen to know of someone, please let me know!


                  • Original Poster

                    This morning his eyes seem much brighter and much more relaxed (but still with TONS of energy) in his new environment. I can't let him loose outside the barn, but he stuck by either my side or my boyfriend's side as we fed the horses this morning and was very happy to actually be moving.

                    I gave him a good bath and tons of hair came out, but it's still a work in progress. He wasn't a huge fan of the hose, but stood completely still for me and really enjoyed the scrubbing and scratching. Poor thing probably has never received a bath before. He loved getting rubbed with the towel afterwards and we cut out several mats on the back of his legs and behind his ears. He also got thoroughly sprayed with the Hair Moisterizer from Smartpak which should help his dry flaky skin and keep his hair silky, shiny, and smooth.

                    After his bath he was running up and down the aisle beside me and would leap halfway across his 12' x 12' stall then bounce on back to me. Very happy boy!

                    I took before and after pictures, but my memory card reading device is not cooperating with my computer. I'll have to search for the better connector and then will post them on here. Poor thing is all skin and bones. You could see the hipbones and the entire spine when he was soaking wet, as well as feel every rib. But boy does he feel better! He is eating pretty well, is always covered in shavings from the stall bedding or hay that is in the corner (he spread it all out and sleeps on it), and is always jumping in place or spinning around in excitment when I go out there.


                    • #30
                      Originally posted by Crown Royal View Post
                      This morning his eyes seem much brighter and much more relaxed (but still with TONS of energy) in his new environment. I can't let him loose outside the barn, but he stuck by either my side or my boyfriend's side as we fed the horses this morning and was very happy to actually be moving.
                      Awww! Good for you CR! He sounds lovely!


                      • #31
                        You are awesome

                        Can't wait to see pics
                        Draumr Hesta Farm
                        "Wenn Du denkst es geht nicht mehr, kommt von irgendwo ein kleines Licht daher"
                        Member of the COTH Ignorant Disrepectful F-bombs!*- 2Dogs Farm


                        • #32
                          Thank God you stepped in for him! What a travesty for such a great creature -- his gratefulness and joy makes me want to cry. Can't wait for pictures -- not sure exactly what he is.



                          • #33
                            Just read the thread-- like a novel with a happy ending! Can't say enough good for you.

                            And you likely have a very sane dog in there. Otherwise he would not just be wild, he'd be permanently aggressive and/or fearful. You didn't mention any barking issues either which is a good sign, because many isolated dogs would be mad 24/7 barkers.

                            Remember, he IS somewhat socialized, he's not feral. He's been around people and older dogs most of his life. If you could handle him so quickly to give him a bath, he's likely going to be very manageable.

                            Work first on more of that. Get him ready to be handled by vet. Work on handling ears, mouth, paws, even tail. Don't worry about the sit/stay stuff, get him really happy with close contact by adult humans while you have him.

                            Also remember that he does know about other dogs and this is a real advantage to him. Once you have him vaccinated, assuming you end up with him for a little while, you might think about safe introductions to your dogs. This will begin to widen his world and if it goes well, give him a lot of pleasure.

                            Don't do it while he's in "his" stall, though. Maybe put one if your most friendly stable dogs in another stall and let new guy into the aisle for a couple of days.

                            Threedogpack knows a LOT about fosters and might have better suggestions but it sounds to me like this is a dog with the ability and character to make it given a chance.
                            Ring the bells that still can ring
                            Forget your perfect offering
                            There is a crack in everything
                            That's how the light gets in.


                            • #34
                              Congratulations on a job well done! Sounds like he will make somebody a wonderful addition to their family! I am sure you will find the perfect fit for him.
                              All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
                              -Edward Burke


                              • Original Poster

                                Thanks everyone! He is being a very good boy so far and is loving the attention as well as the head and belly rubs.

                                He has been around people- definitely not feral- but it was mostly someone kicking him out of the way when he was in the garage and people were coming through there to go in the house. He is a barker when you first leave him and he was barking for a bit when he heard me talking to the other dogs in the fenced in yard. He was definitely worse before he came here, though. He is fine with me rubbing him around his ears, is sometimes a little wary of me touching his legs and tail but cheerful verbal encouragement brings on a tail wag and he becomes more relaxed.

                                Right now he is just getting a lot of love and grooming everytime I go out, as well as learning to walk politely on the leash for walks. He likes to stick by my side and "help" me feed the horses and looks like he's trying to be one step ahead of where I'm going. I bet he would so love a herding job- he has a big interest with the horses' movements and does try to bark at them. We're working on the barking though...he's learning it isn't necessary when their heads are simply hanging over the stall doors.

                                He's very sweet and I'm thrilled to be helping him transition into a new home.

                                I still cannot figure out how to get the good pictures from the camera onto the computer, but I took a few of him on my cell phone yesterday. Not good quality, but it's him. Tons of hair is coming out every day, and you can't tell how skinny he is with all the hair, but they're still something to look at!

                                Picture 1

                                Picture 2

                                Picture 3
                                Last edited by Crown Royal; Jun. 11, 2012, 11:31 AM. Reason: typo


                                • #36
                                  OMG he is ADORABLE!! CR, you are awesome to rescue this guy. Cannot imagine how he was treated, anyone doing that. Just glad you were there and were able to get him. What a lucky lucky dog and so cute! i'd love a dog like that but he'd have to be a cat fan Seriously, so glad you stepped up!


                                  • #37
                                    I'm loving the updates CR!!

                                    He's a lucky boy, thanks for doing what you're doing.
                                    where am I, what day is it, am I still having a good time?


                                    • #38
                                      Good job, Crown Royal.
                                      I have a damaged Golden cross in a stall in my barn now. Makes me want to hunt somebody down and beat the crap out of them. She is 7 and has known no kindness. She won't even wag her tail.
                                      Thanks for saving this dog.


                                      • Original Poster

                                        Just wanted to update on Ruger.

                                        I think he has definitely gained some weight...I feel a little bit of fat around the hip bones/his hind end (do you call a dog's backside a hind end, like with horses? ). Still very skinny but he is eating, drinking, and LOVES his vitamins from Smartpak.

                                        He is always super happy to see me and really, really, really enjoys going out on walks/short bits of jogging around the property. He is getting much better on the leash and is now leading more and more without pulling (getting braver) and not zig zagging quite as much. He is starting to walk on the leash in the pony pasture and learning not to pull at the leash to go after them when they run (but he gets quite excited). He no longer barks at them.

                                        He seems to want to stick by my side even outside the barn, so after he gets hosed off in the hottest days, I drop the leash and let him follow me back into the barn. He hasn't tried to run off or anything and in the barn he has enough sense to not enter the stalls (which are open to the pastures) when I leave them open at feeding time.

                                        I put a fan in front of his stall that he was afraid of for a couple minutes, but then ended up laying directly in front of and absolutely loving. Unfortunately he accidentally knocked it over yesterday and broke it, so will have to wait until my boyfriend fixes it tonight to have it back.

                                        But he's doing well and I can't wait for him to find his person.


                                        • #40
                                          Thanks for rescuing him! Why people treat dogs like they're cows, I don't understand. Most of them don't thrive outside alone (I know, I know, some do, don't sic your LGD on me ) and the description of this dog's behavior in the former hog pen (sigh) was so sad. He must be so much happier now.