|Barked: Fri Mar 19, '10 12:55pm PST |
|So here's what I've been up to lately:
I recently took in a foster dog, Sally. She was rescued as an unaltered stray, who had been living with a colony of feral dogs. She'd already had at least one litter of pups that had survived to adulthood, and was nursing another. When she was trapped, the current litter of pups went to rescues, and Sally eventually found her way to me. Her remaining (grown) offspring remained behind.
As far as Sally goes, she's perfect. She'd obviously been owned by someone at some point in her life, as she is extremely friendly (albeit a little shy).
Her eldest pups, on the other had, have NEVER had any human contact, and are pretty much feral.
I went with Sally's rescuers this past week to help trap the remaining dogs. No luck on my part, but they were able to capture most of them, including one of Sally's sons. They have a rescue lined up to take him, but he wont be moved until next week. I agreed to let them keep him in Mulder's unused kennel until it was time to transport him.
Sadly, he won't let anyone near him. The woman who actually did the capture/rescue has been coming over to feed & water him, as he trusts her somewhat. However, he cannot be touched by anyone, and wont even let anyone get close enough to get a leash around him. He growls and bares his teeth at me for just walking by the outside of the kennel, so I haven't even attempted to get close to him. I don't want to be the person who gives him a bite history.
Now, I know before coming to me he was boarding at a vet's office. They claim to have been able to walk him/handle him with no problem. I honestly find that hard to believe, considering how he's acting now. I suspect he was either drugged, or in such a complete state of shock that he couldn't even react.
Anyway, I only have this dog for a few more days. He gets transported on Monday, so there's not a whole lot I can do for him.
But is it possible to ever fully rehabilitate a completely feral dog? I mean, if they can train wild bears, I assume they can train a dog... but will he ever be completely trustworthy? To the point of being socially safe? I'm worried about him. I'm scared this rescue he's going to might not be able to handle his issues... and I don't want him to be discounted if there actually is some hope that he can be changed.
A picture of him
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