Peanut lived the first 9 years of his life in what is best described as
merely an existence. At the ripe age of 9 this shy, plump (actually morbidly
obese) and under socialized dog was surrendered to rescue. He had lived all
those years with another dog in a nearly cloistered setting - never going
out, never meeting people or other animals. What is remarkable about Peanut
is that when he stepped into his foster home, he recognized that he had just
stepped into a major opportunity.
With the patient and good humored encouragement of his foster caregiver,
Peanut embraced this opportunity and embarked on a career of making up for
lost time. Short legged and rotund by nature, Peanut shed pounds and became
- for his stature - quite fit. Through trial and error, he developed
friendships with the resident dogs and cats. Most touching of all, Peanut
discovered that he was not shy - he had just never received physical
affection, nor heard loving words of praise. Suddenly, a world of
possibility opened for Peanut, and if he is somewhat clumsy and naive in his
approaches, he is touchingly earnest and heartfelt. Peanut has re-imagined
himself as a lover.
Peanut has learned to love humans, and human touch. He is a world class
snuggler and even submits to being picked up and hugged. He is first in his
foster home to demand cuddling rights at TV time, to the great annoyance of
the other resident dogs. He enjoys his daily routines, and runs into his
crate as happily as he runs out of it.
Highly food motivated, Peanut is a good eater. The prospect of food elicits
a kind of hopping, bouncing behavior that Peanut has only recently been able to
perform - another major accomplishment for him, and a mark of his ongoing
fitness. He is cooperative about attentions he did not previously receive,
like ear cleanings and baths. And he greatly enjoys walks on a leash and
Peanut's biggest challenge was learning house training, and when his
caregiver is able to schedule her day at home and let him out every 3-4
hours, he is reliable. On those days when her schedule does not permit that
frequency, Peanut is completely accepting of wearing a belly band.
Our initial goal was to place Peanut AND his brother Jack together. They are
brothers, and they relied on one another for many years when they had no one
else for companionship. On the other hand, Peanut's foster mom has said that
"they have earned the right to have their own people. They have learned that
humans are the source of all good things, they truly want to be close to
Peanut has emerged as a dog who trusts the world and its rewards, and who
now has the faith and courage to set off on the journey that takes him all
the way home.
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