He was found in the Corridor, half-starved, terrified, and with a broken leg. It took a lot of love and coaxing to come in because he was so scared. He has been severely traumatized by what has gone on in his life before we were able to rescue him. Initially, he was skittish, cried a lot, exhibited submissive urination, hid from sight and had no trust in people at all. It is heartbreaking contemplate the horrible things he has gone through that would so break his spirit and emotionally scar him so badly.
A lot of love and patience by his foster family has helped bring him out of his shell and helped him to learn to trust other dogs, and humans. He seems to get along very well now with his fosters' pack. He has blossomed and is very affectionate and loves to snuggle and give kisses. He can be very playful and joyous and energetic and the difference between when he was first rescued and now is almost impossible to believe. He wants nothing more than to be with his human--once he learns to trust them.
That used be something of a problem, however. Dallas used to have a severe case of separation anxiety. He was terrified of being abandoned again, and he could be almost inconsolable. His foster parents have done an amazing job working with him through his fears and rebuilding his confidence for the past 6 month. He is currently on anti-anxiety medication, and he probably will be on it for the indefinite future, perhaps the rest of his life.
Here is what they had reported about his progress:
‘Dallas is now having many more good days than bad days. In fact, ‘bad days’ are just a bad memory for him these days. Although he still gets anxious when his foster mom leaves for work, it is now exhibited by a little pacing for a few minutes rather than the heartbreaking displays of desperation and terror which were previously detailed.
He loves playing with his foster brothers and sisters and is every bit as rambunctious and joyful as any of them; playing chase with speed and agility and a happy bark that is almost laughter. He gets along great with every member of the pack shows none of the submission skittishness or fear that he previously showed around other dogs.
He recently went to the Arboretum and showed perfect behavior to strangers, be they two or four legged. He was calm, polite and confident. In fact, he behaved so well, his foster dad has begun leash training him on the basics. Dallas is picking up everything very quickly, he is a fast learner and a very smart guy and highly treat motivated. Perhaps, even more wonderful, he is not showing any fear or terror at being trained.'
Dallas is not the ideal dog for everyone or every family. He cannot be left alone for any extended period of time, and he will need his medication daily. He would probably be best with someone who was home a lot and could devote the time necessary to bond with him, earn his trust, and learn his ways. The rewards, though, would be enormous. A beautiful, loving, sweet, gentle, companion who is eternally grateful and devoted, heart and soul, to his person. Dallas would never feel alone, neglected or abandoned again, and his person would have a true friend for life.
If you think you might be a good fit for this special, beautiful, guy, please consider adopting him. A little love will go a long way, and come back a thousand fold.
Dallas has his own Facebook page, please check it out. :-)
Dallas: A Rescue’s Road to Recovery
** Dallas is part of our continuing care program. Corridor Rescue will waive the customary adoption fee. In addition we will reimburse a maximum of $250 of medical expenses per calendar year, inclusive of flea and heartworm preventives.
**Dallas is available for adoption in Houston only.
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