Dax was so terrified of people that Animal Control had to snare him to catch him. When we met him in his kennel at Animal Control we could see in his eyes that he wanted to interact with us but was terrified of being hurt. We patiently coached him but just couldn't get him to come out of the kennel. We put the leash around his neck and this sweet boy cried, as if the leash physically hurt him. It broke our heart!. We knew the leash wouldn't work. So we picked up this big boy out of the kennel but still no go with him walking. We picked him up and carried him outside to an enclosure where we could interact with him without that "mean" leash restricting him.
We spent several hours with him and as the minutes passed we could see more spark and trust. When we brought around another dog that we rescued that same day Dax perked up, forgetting about the leash. That dog was/is Ranger. Ranger must have sensed what was wrong. Ranger encouraged Dax to come for a walk and that interacting with us humans wasn't so bad.
As time has gone by, our once terrified Dax is eager to go out with walks with our volunteers, meeting people and canines along the way. Stealing hearts wherever he goes. Here are just a few of the glowing comments from our volunteers:
"It's so wonderful to see Dax come so far from the first time I met him after his rescue. He seems pretty comfortable and is adjusting well. Of course, I walked him with Ranger both days this week. They were so cute together. You could just see the smile on Dax’s face when his saw his best friend. Their friendship is truly so moving! Dax is also starting to jog a little bit on our walks so I feel like he's really coming into his own and we will keep seeing more and more of his personality!!! Love this sweetheart!"
"Everybody really likes Dax - he's such a great dog!"
"Dax is an awesome dog! He seems to enjoy it when I give him love & hugs around his neck. He will lean into me and just stay there, taking it all in. He is so fun to take for a walk."
"Dax is definitely a boy from the west coast: he is mellow, sophisticated, smart dresser, a chick magnet and charming. Dax was very excited, in a laid-back way that he was going for a car ride. He eagerly hopped into the vehicle and after checking out under & behind the seats; he took his spot on the console to commandeer our trip to Petco. He enjoys looking out the front of the car and licking your face every now & again. Dax was very excited when we entered the store – he had a big smile on his face and tail wagged constantly. Dax enjoyed meeting some new canine dog pals and then his favorite friend Ranger walked in. The two ran to each other and wrestled, kissed and played for a few minutes before settling down."
"We went to the park afterwards and Dax showed up his chase-the-ball skills. However, he still needs to learn to return the ball. He loves walking, so we walked about 2 ½ miles (on the grass) and introduced ourselves to several curious people. He gets along fantastically with other canines and people. It is such a pleasure to see him not scared or even apprehensive around people. He is energetic and would make a great running, hiking or walking partner."
So you can see Dax is a super special guy with a very large fan club! He is looking for that equally special family that he can call his own and share his beautiful heart with!
The two boys still see each other in doggie day care and have a wonderful friendship. They do not have to be adopted together, however if you happen to be looking for two dogs, we'd be happy to discuss them together.
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