Photo Comments Age: 16 Years Sex: Male Weight: 1-10 lbs
Leave a bone for Jingles (1999-2012)
Eugene (after my cantakerous father), Crabby Appleton, Jingle Bells
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June 6th 2000
Loves to be kissed on his face!
Messing with his face!
His bad cuz...just fits his mouth and he can't disembowel it!
Up and down our steet.
Jingles was found in a terrible shelter sick, raging with fever, covered in dried feces and pretty much a goner. He'd been there several days and was given no medical help at all. A member of our rescue group pulled him and I offered to foster him. She had done a wonderful job of cleaning him up but he was still in terrible shape. Too weak to protest, he came home with me and we got him vetted and he pulled through. I promised the poor little guy that I wouldn't give up on him because it looked like everyone else probably had. He was around 5 at the time and had advanced cataracts...odd for a dog so young. Once he got to feeling better, a side of him emerged that caused some real problems. I reached to get some lint off his face and he bit the tar out of me...chewed up both hands! At first I didn't know what set him off. It would happen at odd times. Otherwise, he was very loving. Long story short, he kept chewing me up that first year. We figured maybe if he could see better, he wouldn't bite...maybe that was the problem. I made an autctioned off a quilt to raise money and donations came in for him and we got his cataract surgery done. Lord, the e-collar he had to wear only made things worse. You didn't dare put your fingers inside there for ANY reason! Giving him his eye drops was an ordeal. If held too close, he'd bite the nipple off the dropper and I'd lose the whole bottle of medicine! Eventually, the collar came off and his disposition didn't improve. The rescue wanted me to put him down but I just couldn't do it. I took him to trainers for evatuations and they believed he could be worked with to overcome this biting. 4 times I was urged to put him down. A friend told me about Barkbusters and I contacted a trainer who made a special trip from Nashville to help us. And their technique did the trick! Within 1 week, Jingles was dropping challenges left and right! He began to play with toys. He also began to play with other dogs. And he learned to love attention. Today he is a different dog. He was made a permanent foster because we could never be sure anyone adopting him might not trigger something and get bitten. Besides, I'm Mama now and I know his signals and how to work with him. He loves me and is very good for me. Eyedrops are now a treat because he gets kissed on his eyes after the drops and he loves it!
Please DO NOT PURCHASE a pet from a puppymill! PLEASE check your shelters and rescues. Good dogs deserving of good homes are waiting for you. They just need a second chance! You can see from Jingles' photos how pitiful he looked to start off with...no hair, bad stains. But a lot of TLC and determination overcame all his grumpness and turned this little frog into a handsome prince!
I've Been On Dogster Since:
|February 24th 2008
||More than 8 years!
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