From foster mom in October/2016: Brewster is a sweet 6-year-old male Shetland Sheepdog. He has been living in a foster home for the last 3 years and because of this he has made many positive changes since coming to Eleventh Hour Rescue. When Brewster came to me he didn’t trust anyone, especially men, could not get up from lying on the hardwood floors, could not climb stairs and was quick to bite when handled. Now 3 years later and he has improved immensely. All Brewster needed was to gain trust in mankind again, be put on a medication for his anxiety and receive a Spring Valley double strength glucosamine chondroitin orange soft chew from Walmart, $11/50 count (LOL).
Brewster’s leg was broken when he was a year old. The next year apparently it was still bothering him because, as the story goes, when the owner’s grandchild was placed on the couch next to him she fell asleep and fell over onto Brewster’s lame leg. Brewster reacted quickly by biting the toddler. The dog had already been unwanted because I found in his medical history that he was on Rimadyl, so that means he was being treated for high anxiety to be on such a drug but biting the child sealed his fate.
Brew has never been able to be without some sort of aid for anxiety. We tried many aids but were forced to put him on Fluoxetine 10mg tablets to help him control his outbursts. He will have to be on them for the rest of his life. He takes one pill every morning and a 30-day supply costs us $11. Brew still has issues with certain appliances in our kitchen and even when we open the drawer to get out a loaf of bread he instantly jumps up and runs for the kitchen. He waits to see if you’ll use the toaster and if you do he starts barking at it when it pops! If you open the oven door, he tries to bite it! Our solution has been to put Brewster in the bedroom when we are using the appliance or one of us puts him in a bear hug while opening the oven door.
What happens when he is off his meds? Brewster will be laying in his bed/floor and out of the blue will jump up growling and barking and run for a bone. He puts the bone in his mouth and shakes his head back and forth like he has a rag doll in his mouth. Then after a minute of this he drops the bone and walks back to bed. This would go on every hour of the day and night. We were so worried he was going to have a heart attack from getting so wound up! We have not had this happen since he has been on the Fluoxetine.
Brew has been around children and men and exhibits no hostility or fear of neither. I still would not place Brewster in a home with young children - he'd do best in a home with older children who were respectful. Brewster use to watch you like a hawk if you had to step around him, ready to strike if you touched his back leg, but now he knows we would never deliberately hurt him and on occasion I have hit his leg with my dining room chair, he always wants to lay right by my side, he just lets out a little groan or scampers to move without showing any aggression.
Brew lives in a home with 2 other dogs that are bigger than he is. One is an alpha Rottie mix. He and Brewster got into a scuffle one time in the very beginning and ever since then they seem to have learned to respect each other’s space. The other dog is a 65 lb forever puppy. He is Brewster’s baby. When the puppy came to us for a weekend stay he started coughing during the night. He had kennel cough. For 3 weeks Brewster watched everything I did with that pup and Brewster would lick the pup’s ears to comfort him. They have played together every day since and I mean hard play. When Brew gets too aggressive the pup jumps on the couch to get away and Brew waits a moment and then gives up.
Brewster is not much of a walker but he loves laying in the yard especially when his humans are outside with him. He is very obedient and knows commands. He runs in the yard if he sees a squirrel so I think it’s just the stubborn sheltie DNA that keeps him from taking walks. We always call him “a faker”. He doesn’t mind taking rides in the car but if it’s a long ride, like over 8 hours, don’t take him to the groomer for a week after your ride, he’s too cranky.
I am writing all the negatives and positives only to protect him from being returned again and to save everyone disappointment. When Brewster came back to me after I thought he found his forever home, he was so depressed that he wouldn’t eat and he almost died on me. I swore I would never let him go through that again. Please, if you are willing to commit to Brewster for the rest of his life submit an application for him.
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