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Age: 7 Years Sex: Male Weight: 26-50 lbs
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Clooney is a spokesdog for dogs in shelters who couldn't be rescued because the rescue group was extra (XXXtra!) picky over who could adopt their dogs. Clooney came to our house as a foster dog for the Partnership for Animal Welfare (PAW in Greenbelt, MD) in February of 2007, after I (his then foster mom) heard rumors that he was aggressive to small children, and that my then rescue group considered putting him down. I don't have any small children; in fact my "smallest" was 20 at the time. I took Clooney to my house, and it only took but a couple of weeks to fall in love with him. I also have a dog-agressive dog named Cessi, who lives separately from the rest of the dogs in the downstairs apartment. When I communicated to the rescue group that I was considering adopting Clooney, the Dog Coordinator (DC) said that I could not because a) he would learn bad habits from Cessi, b) I might have a grandchild soon, and c) my other dog, Josie, had "resource guarding issues" (she didn't actually). When I suggested that Cessi is separated from Clooney and doesn't have an opportunity to teach him bad manners (other than occasionally over e-mail:), the DC threatened to take Clooney from us. There was no foster home for him, so he would have to go into boarding, and in any case the rescue group was toying with the idea of euthanizing him. The next several months were very tense, but finally two other more senior officials in the rescue group overruled the DC at my request, and I was able to adopt Clooney.
The moral of the story is that this is typical of some rescue groups, which are run by small groups of people controlling adoption decisions, and their adoption criteria are sometimes bizarre at best. Their reasons for denying adoptions are diverse and arbitrary: from applicants' smoking or limited English ability, to potential for having grandchildren, lack of a fence, or lack of other dogs in the residence. As a result, in my former rescue, many potentially good applications are declined, and dogs go into boarding for many months at a stretch, while the unfortunate dogs at our local shelter (a high-kill shelter) that could be rescued are put down. With some rescue groups it is a virtually an impossible feat to qualify for a dog; everything has to be "just so" (they call it a policy of the "best match," as opposed to "quickest match"). They seem to forget that if a dog has to wait in a cage for 8 months for that perfect match, it might not be so perfect after all.
For Clooney's mom's new blog on her experience with Clooney's rescue, please go to http://paw-rescuedotorg.blogspot.c om.
Clooney is total love! He is a sweet and funny fellow and likes to clown around a little. He loves to please and is almost always very obedient. The only exception is when it's raining and he has to go out. He then plops down and refuses to get out, even briefly. When down on the floor, he makes his sweetest grimaces and milks it for what it's worth! Not only does he get to avoid the dreaded outing, but he also gets tons of kisses, which is what he lives for. That's what we call two birds with one stone.
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October 6th 2010 6:48 am
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Clooney has been behaving himself, but life has been catching up to him. Mom is now having doubts as to Clooney's true age: he might be older than originally thought judging by the graying around the muzzle (sweet). Clooney had surgery last night. He was groggy and exhausted, and with his head all bandaged up, he looked like he had partaken in a drunken brawl. He is doing better today though. Thank you for everyone's thoughts and good vibes! One of Clooney's cat housemates (Wally) had a panic attack at the sight of Wally's "new" head, challenging the assumption that cats go by scent. Apparently appearances are important to them too!
June 7th 2010 4:18 am
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Clooney has been misbehavin' and paying for it! Actually his humans have been literally paying for it! Over $600 by now. First Clooney tore a cruciate ligament in his back left leg, and now his right back leg is bad. That's what happens when you cannot tame your own hunting demons. And Clooney just cannot leave the back yard critters alone. He has been taking a little Tramadol, but the pain is better now, so there is no longer need for it. He is still taking his Glucosamine and other arthritis herbs and spices to controll swelling and inflamation. Clooney is a very smart fellow and knows that if he acts forlorn he gets catfood (very little) and lots of kisses, so he has been milking it for what it's worth! The cute pouty wrinkles on the face! Oh, they are irresistible and Clooney knows how to make them to good use to get attention. He is total love, Clooney is.
November 3rd 2009 11:33 am
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Clooney has recently lost some weight. It looks really good on him! His perfect physique is now the envy of all the neighborhood dogs and their owners. Clooney's waist is now clearly visible. Clooney is now even faster than he was before, and he was never known for being a slow runner. Sadly, this may have accounted for an untimely death of a squirrel in Clooney's back yard; we don't know though for certain. What we do know is that the slimmer size allowed Clooney to dig under the fence and to squeeze under the fence Peter Rabbit style. Clooney's disappearance was immediately noted, and family members still clad in pajamas were immediately dispatched to find Clooney. Well, thankfully he didn't go far. He was in the yard of the next door neighbor, scaring the neighborhood cats witless. The numerous Clooooo Neeeeeeeee cries could be heard in the neighborhood until the culprit was captured and hand-carried (not easy) back into the house. He received one minor smack and dozens of kisses. He was so out of breath he couldn't even get up to drink! The exciting escape was over. It's unfortunate a pile of very heavy bricks appeared out of nowhere and found its way under the fence where it was so tempting to dig. Oh well. Clooney enjoys being obedient too, most of the time.
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