Arrival Story: Preston is a sweet 5 year old male poodle mix looking for a quiet life and lots of love.
In February 2012, Preston and 99 other dogs were liberated from a horrible hoarding situation in rural Kentucky. Preston spent months at a shelter being treated for skin problems resulting from his ordeal as well as post traumatic stress symptoms. On June 30th, he traveled to Pennsylvania and became a Rogers’ Rescues foster dog.
Preston’s life in the hoarding situation has left its mark on him. He is frightened by much of the world, making him reclusive. His favorite place to be is in the corner of his foster parents’ bedroom. In fact, he has what we call a “compound” of cozy beds and throw rugs to give him an incentive to move around while still feeling safe and protected. He is coming along slowly but steadily.
Bio: Preston loves his daily routine. He knows when it’s time for his meals and he sits patiently waiting for “room service” to arrive. He LOVES LOVES LOVES going for walks 2 or 3 times a day. He runs happily with his ears flying behind him and what definitely looks like a smile on his face. Once back in his compound, he is rewarded with a piece of cheese or slice of hot dog and he takes these treats from his foster mom’s hand. He is taken to the back yard several times a day. He does what he needs to do and heads back to his safe haven. Recently, he has started coming out to see the world a bit. He jumped up on his foster parents’ bed the other morning and enjoyed his breakfast there. It was a huge breakthrough in his socialization and proof that he just needs time to blossom fully.
Preston loves to go for car rides. He will sit on a lap looking out the window or curl up in the back seat or on the floor. Taking Preston on car rides is an easy and effective way to expand his horizons and help diminish his anxiety about the world.
Preston has been evaluated by the behavior specialists at the University of Pennsylvania. They suggest a quiet forever home for Preston and think he will continue to emerge from his shell with love and consistency. They prescribed 10 mgs. of Prozac daily and it has helped him tremendously. It is an inexpensive drug and he may be able to be weaned off it in the future. Preston also requires eye drops and will probably need them for the long term. He did have chronic skin infections but they have been brought under control. He will probably need a medicated bath every few weeks to keep them that way.
In some ways, Preston is “low maintenance” because he doesn’t require a lot. But in other ways, he will require a very strong commitment to keeping him healthy, improving his level of happiness, and making him feel safe and secure. He isn’t a dog for a busy family. He will do best with a quiet family who can patiently work with him.
He has been in his foster home for over 3 months and he has improved consistently in that time. He is living with wildly active herding dogs and he doesn’t seem to mind their antics. He will sniff other dogs and shows no fear of them at all. However, we think his optimum situation would be as an only dog so he gets the loving attention he deserves.
To read more about Preston’s story and see video of him loving his walk click here: http://www.rogersrescues. com/preston/