UPDATE 9/17-Skeets is flourishing in the home environment! At first, he was a dog that was scared of touch and was extremely shy with people. Though still somewhat hesitant, he loves to follow his foster family room-to-room and be near them at all times. Wagging his little butt uncontrollably, Skeets shows unbridled excitement when his humans return home from work. He receives kisses on the top of his head and rolls over for belly rubs. He loves a good pet and will often takes a step closer and closer so the petting won't stop. He has even started jumping on the couch to be closer to his humans!
Skeets enjoys napping in the sun and plush comfortable dog beds. He is happiest when he is outside and a fenced in yard would be best for him. He likes to roll around in the grass, find a shady spot, and just observe the world. Skeets walks beautifully on a leash. While he doesn't pull at all, he walks at a slower pace (more like a stroll) and will stop once in a while to ensure the walk is safe to continue. Because of the bed rest his heartworm treatment required, he is slowly working up longer walks. (Skeets has completed his heartworm treatment and is fully recovered! ) He is now up to 2 blocks, and sometimes 3 if he looks like he is up for it. Skeets does NOT like to be picked up and will run terrified. A secure harness must be used to walk him.
Skeets must go to a home with another dog. He follows everything his foster sister does and gains confidence from being around another dog. Also, Skeets is hard of hearing and so he takes many of his social cues from another dog. It took his foster family months to realize his hearing was somewhat impaired because he was so good at mimicking his foster sister's reactions to things. Skeets would do best in a home with a similar sized dog or a larger dog that knows how to behave around smaller dogs. Additionally, he should be paired with a dog that does not have ANY aggressive tendencies, as his hearing may sometimes prevent him from picking up on social cues from other dogs. For this reason, he is not a dog that can be taken to a dog park!
Skeets will need a loving and patient home that is dedicated to making him feel safe. He has shown no aggression at all and becomes very submissive when scared. Earning his trust, even a little at a time, is the most rewarding feeling. He should go to a home where all family members can empathize, give him the space he needs, and allow him to grow comfortable at his own schedule
Meet Skeets McDonald!!!
Skeets comes to us through our partnership with Animal Rescue Corps. He is believed to be a Brussels Griffon mix. He weighs about 27 pounds and is guesstimated to be a senior. We aren't sure of his age yet until his dental is done next week. We guesstimate he's around 6-7yrs young.
Skeets lived his entire life in a puppy mill, where he lived in a small rabbit hutch with chicken wire floors. The conditions were deplorable and we wonder how he even survived. In his cramped cage, he was with other dogs, and rarely saw the outdoors. He is still a little reserved, because everything is so new to him, but he is friendly to both humans and other dogs once he is given time to warm up. Skeets is basically learning everything a young puppy would learn, but he is an adult dog having to learn about the world around him.
Skeets in in the process of being totally vetted. He will be neutered, given a dental and brought up to date on his vaccines. He will also start his heart worm treatment . He was given a bath(most likely the first he ever had) and some of the mats were shaved out of his fur. He looks a little rough around the edges right now, but once the rest of his fur grows back, he will have a soft, wiry coat, similar to a Brussels Griffon. Our vet does not anticipate that he will have any lingering affects from the heart worms, and he is expected to sail through the treatment. Heart worm disease is caused by the bite of a mosquito, and is easily prevented by giving a monthly preventative. Unfortunately, Skeets did not have that opportunity in the mill, where even the basic necessitates of food and water were scarce. Once he completes treatment, he will be like any other dog, and will be started on a monthly preventative while in rescue. His new family will need to continue to give him his preventative for the rest of his life.
Skeets is working hard on house manners and has progressed nicely, but his new family will need to continue to work with him in this area. We believe that Skeets would do fine as an only dog, or with another similar sized, friendly dog. He is still working on leash walking, and would do best with a fenced yard for quick potty breaks. He enjoys and needs to have at least one daily walk for exercise and socialization. He should only be walked in a secure harness, not a collar, as he may startle easily at new sights and sounds and could be a flight risk. HE IS NOT A CANDIDATE FOR ANY TYPE OF DOG PARK AT THIS TIME.
Skeets has not been tested with children, but MMR feels he would do fine with children over the age of 13 who can understand and empathize with his past and give him the space and time he needs.
If you feel like this wonderful gent could be a part of your life and home, please fill out an application to begin the approval process. He deserves a great life after all he's endured.
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