Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Gaylin found a home

Gaylin came into rescue from a bad home environment. He and a female were abused in their home and another foster mom was approached by their owner and offered the two dogs. Gaylin was in his first foster home 13 months but was moved here due to a newly developed attitude problem. He started attacking dogs in his original foster home then moved on to attack his foster dad. His foster mom tried a variety of corrections and finally asked if he could come here for an attitude adjustment.

Gaylin belonged here from day one. He got along with the other dogs, liked his foster mom and dad, just a great lttle dog. After a month or two, we discovered that he did not like brooms and will "kill" any broom within reach if permitted. Althhough he is better, we tell him no, stop him from attacking the broom and try not to laugh out loud when he sits in front of the broom closet to ensure that wild & crazy broom does not escape.

A few months later he decided he wanted to be the alpha dog and started attacking Tucker (at least 5 times Gaylin's size) multiple times a day. That behavior took a good month to break but he finally learned that unless he wanted to be in permanent time out, he needed to
As sometimes happens, the rescue group that had him, became impatient that no applications were coming in for him and complained constantly. My husband & I got fed up (as many foster homes do) and just adopted him ourselves as we were concerned that the rescue group would send him off to the first applicant who applied whether it was an appropriate home or not.

One thing you learn very quickly in rescue is there are less than stellar rescue groups (and rescue people). There are also quite a few "cherry picker" rescues. Those are the groups who only accept the young, cute, healthy, easily placed dogs that can also command a high adoption fee.
Gaylin's rescue was not bad, just impatient and short sighted. Fortunately, they did take him in when he needed a safe haven. Regardless, found his forever home and he's here to stay!

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