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Update February 19 2010 - JoJo arrived safely into foster care last night and is doing well. Updates about him as he settles will follow!
Jojo has had a rough start so far - as per our shelter contact:
"Jojo lived a life if isolation outdoors. He was emaciated with incredibly poor coat condition. He was utterly terrified here when he arrived and we thought he would have to be euthanized as no one was able to touch him (he cowered at the back of his cage trembling like no other dog I've seen) the first week. Based on his breed, the lack of early socialization was a real worry for us. I was incredibly sceptical with his chances of coming around and have been thrilled with his progress so far.
With some coaxing, I was able to get Jojo out and have been able to handle him more and more each day. He's been up in the front office where he minds his manners but does lift his leg on a cat tree. He does not growl at people but takes a bit of time to come forward. With those he feels comfortable with he has even begun to solicit petting with a lick. After a couple of meetings he will approach with a tail wag. His tail is no longer tucked tightly underneath and he is getting much more relaxed. He actually played with a squeaky toy recently and loves to gently shred stuffed toys."
Despite his progress, the shelter does not feel it's in his best interest to keep him there indefinitely. Jojo would benefit from more devoted work to help him desensitize to handling and contact. He's clearly open to becoming someone's pet dog, but he does still startle with quick reaches for his head/neck, something hard to avoid in a shelter setting.
Testing with dogs has been minimal but has gone well, with our contact describing him as "curious" and "social" in the onleash intros that have taken place so far. With cats he has been intensely drivey in the shelter, something that would probably carry over into other environments. We prefer not to place nervous dogs in homes with small kids. He will need to be considered a type of rehab dog in that he has not been a housepet, and will only be introduced to things like crates and house manners in his next placement. Having said that, he is very urgent in the shelter and we will need a patient, quiet foster or adoptive family to be able to take JoJo in and get him ready for a different life than the one he's seen so far.
3YO male Kishu Inu. History of extreme neglect; lived isolated outdoors until recently. Sat and cowered in the shelter, terrified. Making great progress and is quite handlable now but combination of breed and history has left shelter deciding to euthanize him. No cats for JoJo! STATUS JAN 26 - EXTREMELY URGENT
If you wish to adopt or foster this pet, please go to www.barlees.org and fill out an adoption form (mark it foster if you wish to do this).