|Barked: Sat Feb 16, '13 8:05am PST |
|Last Sept. we adopted Hoss. He came from a farm where he was kept chained with chain link fencing around his neck. In all kind of weather without shelter. Improperly fed he was skinny and had sores around his neck. From the scars on his flank it was obviously he had been shot at some time with buckshot and the owner told the rescue group if they didn't come get him right away he was going to shoot him.
When we first met him we were at Petsmart and saw him literally dragging his foster into the store. He had no leash training. He weighed in at 73 pounds and was pretty thin. There were scabs on his neck from the chain and he was fairly ripe smelling. Of course we fell right in love, LOL. I mean who couldn't love this big ole smelly dog who was just reeking of friendliness and good cheer.
The first few weeks were spent cautiously getting to know each other. He had no idea what a toy was, getting fed regularly was a new thing and walking on a leash was a challenge. He was one strong dog. But not stupid and eager to please.
At first he was super friendly but not really bonded to us. I think he would have gone with anyone. But as he stayed longer and got used to us he warmed up. He learned to love our long walks in the woods and playing with toys. He learned to sit, stay, come and not pull on the leash. And we learned to trust him.
Now it is 5 months later. His fur is so soft and shiny, he has filled out at weighs in at 79.6 pounds and is a muscle machine. Him and cat are good pals and spend hours playing and he is still a friendly happy dog who loves everyone even with his terrible beginning.
So if anyone is considering getting a rescue this is what it could be like. A happy story with a happy ending.
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