SAUL is not only a survivor of a shelter who misjudged him, gave up on him because of his behavior and ultimately failed him but he is also a survivor of prejudices.
When I saw SAUL for the first time my thought was that he had totally given up incarcerated in a kennel he could not escape from. His spirit seemed broken.It was obvious to me that I could not let him down- so ADR.org pulled him.
Then things took even a turn to the worse where he was temporarily boarded. Mistake was that SAUL is NOT a dog that feels safe if you try to be his best friend from the beginning. Instead he was/is looking for an assertive person that helps him to understand rules, structures and ultimately brings the best out of him.
With a change of environment in SAUL's life came piece by piece a change in his behavior when he met a man/trainer @ the new boarding that gave him time but at the same time was very strict and persistent in teaching him respect and trust.
NOW- you would not recognize him. he is no more lunging at the kennel wall when a stranger passes by that "scares" him just because he does not know him.
SAUL now can be let out into the play yard area, follows the man that he so trusted and interacts with other dogs - and can accept unknown, new situations.
He has a great recall (listens to his name being called) and learns to quickly new tricks.
At times he might still be apprehensive or nervous around the unknown - might be people, environment, noises or other things.
He is a very smart dog that wants to please.
So we all cannot let this die now. We cannot let him down - now that he has come so far.
SAUL is about 55 lbs. and muscular. Exercises and hiking, continued training and achievements will make him happy. BUT most of all - a strong, dog savvy owner that wants to take the challenge on to continue life with SAUL.
If you think you are that person please email ADR at ADR@animaldefenserescue.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We want to talk to you after you have filled out the application that we will send to you once we heard from you!
SAUL needs to go on his next journey.
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