I could talk all day about these dogs but I will try to keep it short, “try” being the key word.
You may have read their story or perhaps this story is brand new to you. They are from the Sky Harbour Survivors. They were pulled from a home that was hoarding 49 dogs. The situation was dirty, dark and horrific but we are moving past that now. You can read more about that here. https://www.facebook.com/oldskyharbour49/
NDR saved 10 of these 49 that were going to be euthanized without even being given a chance, at the very last moment.
June 4th I met them 4 of them. (Bailey, Chris, Cindy and Simba) They were matted, confused, starving and terrified of anyone standing on two legs. (the other 5 were still in TX and one had arrived with them and was well enough for foster)
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I had no idea what I was walking into meeting them that day in a boarding facility. Leaving after meeting them that day was confusing. To say it was overwhelming looking at what their future would look like is a gigantic understatement.
I’ve fostered over 30 dogs, I’ve seen a huge array of dogs through my school, 2400 stories through the rescue, and just my life in general….nothing would have prepared me for this.
Leashing, was not an option. Touching was not an option. Eye contact wasn’t even an option, food and treats were less than interesting to them.
They didn’t necessarily cower in the corner like you would think, it wasn’t like they were abused in their past by a human (which may have been easier to manage), it was just they didn’t know. They didn’t know if I was good, or bad ….I was just nothing, so fear naturally took over.. They didn’t know a thing about what it was to interact with anything other than a dog in their pack.
This couldn’t work for them, they needed to learn some of these “normal” things if they are going to have families here in Canada, but how do you get in?? What do I have to offer that they need or want? Nothing, in their mind, nothing. They would rather starve then be bothered with me.
Enter fear, frustration, sadness, failures, tears, regret, misunderstanding, trial and error, missteps and a bit more frustrations and a few more tears……
This is what Cindys as an example bio would have looked like if they were posted for adoption that day.
PLEASE NOTE CINDY IS ADOPTED, THIS IS JUST AN EXAMPLE, THE WHOLE GROUP IS RELATIVELY THE SAME IN BEHAVIOUR.
|Weight: Unknown “(40lbs guess)
Breed: ? Retriever mix
Good With Adults:no
Good With Kids:?
Good With Other Dogs: unknown, unable to get her out of her run
Good With Cats: not known
Energy Level: ?
Can be handled/touched: no
Barker:no, growls but not bark so far
Escape Artist: yes
Walks on Leash:NO
Eye contact: No
Responds to Human call or Sound: No
Coat: Greasy and Matted, wet looking
Colla on: Yes
Will take food/treats from hand:No
Fast forward a while and finally came some successes….they were small but there.
First we needed a new place to work with them as we knew that their start here was not going to be easy or fast and boarding is just not the place for them. We found that after some work but it was so perfect!
After stumbles and fumbles, trial and error and just time itself we do feel that these two are ready for a home.
But why together?
At this point there is very little that makes either of them sparkle and very few times you see pure joy. There will be and we can see it each day in teeny tiny ways, but, they certainly love each other. They can be found playing together and both love to (ok love is maybe an over statement) walk together, sniff together and are starting to stabilize at almost the same rate.
I can happily say with happy tears now that this is what her bios look like today, but there’s so much more to them then just this list.
|Sept 9, 2018|
|Weight: Still a guess – 45lbs
Breed: Retriever mix
Good With Adults: Better
Good With Kids:Probably the same as adults
Good With Other Dogs: Yes, docile and submissive
Good With Cats: not tested, likely would be ok
Housebroken: Kennel clean for up to 12 hours, has never messed so likely yes with instruction in a home
Energy Level: Low
Can be handled/touched: Touched but does not ask for touch and still doesn’t love it
Barker: no, very quiet, some excited barks
Escape Artist: a little but would probably never leave
Food Aggressive: No
Walks on Leash:Yes! <3
Eye contact: Yes
Responds to Human call or Sound: Yes
Coat: Dirty but looking healthy
Will Take food/Treats from hand: Yes
They have grown in tremendous ways! Their coats looks amazing now (although still dirty) they’ve put on weight, their teeth look better, but the most important part is in their eyes, they don’t look lost anymore. Although still nervous and second guessing, they have things to look forward to, to believe in,and best of all, to trust. Something they never had before.
As I stated I have fostered many dogs in the past and often took the hard to manage dogs into my home.
These dogs do have their share of “damage”, but very little about their damage makes them hard to have in your home and I finally know and believe, it’s damage that is repairable.
They won’t go running to the door taking down your guests, they won’t pull you over on a leash, they won’t rip up your house or backyard, they won’t break out of crates and chew your walls. They won’t snap food out of your hands and take off skin on your fingers. They don’t have razor sharp puppy teeth.
They will be gentle, timid, quiet, respectful and a delight to watch grow. Much like they have with our team working with them now.
If you’re looking for a running buddy, they are not your pack, if you’re looking for a hiking buddy you might be in luck! But if you’re looking for somewhere to direct the love and compassion you have for animals, they may just fit right in.
We will all be shattered when Cindy goes, which means we won’t see them every day. They are holding a huge piece of my heart as I hope they will for you too if you’re reading this and are considering them for your family.
ASHLEY NEEDS IN A HOME
She requires someone who is patient, understanding and teachable.
A secure and low to the ground fenced yard is required and we would prefer that they are adopted in Niagara so we can continue to offer our help through the transition.
She will need a canine companion for sure, one that is confident to show her the ropes.
She will need to be crated on a regular schedule and provided with structure and consistency, which is the only way that they can continue to grow. All of this will be explained to the adopter in detail.
Cats might be ok
Calm children would be ok.
CHRISTOPHER and SIMBA NEED IN A HOME
They require someone who is patient, understanding and teachable.
A fenced yard is required and we would prefer that they are adopted in Niagara so we can continue to offer our help through the transition.
Adopting them together will make the transition much easier on the new home.
They will need to be crated on a regular schedule and provided with structure and consistency, which is the only way that they can continue to grow.
They will need someone with a open mind to keep pushing them to learn more and grow more, rather then be fearful forever.
Best if there’s no children.
All of this will be explained to the adopter in detail.
CARLOS NEEDS IN A HOME
He requires someone who is patient, understanding and teachable.
A VERY secure wooden fenced yard is required and we would prefer that they are adopted in Niagara so we can continue to offer our help through the transition.
He will need to be crated on a regular schedule and provided with structure and consistency, which is the only way that they can continue to grow.
He will need someone open to just waiting. He wants to learn from you but he wants to learn from a distance for now.
Not cats or children for now. Older children would be ok.
Meet and greets will be arranged multiple times before adoption. For the dogs and the humans involved. This is to help the dog understand who you are before you take them home.
**A few times through this post I wrote “I” however there is no “I” in this, it took an army to make this all happen, from the shelter, to transport, to the “coop” clean up crew to the support and patience of everyone and the team that works regularly with this misfit group we have deemed “The BreakFast Club”
Thank you to everyone involved. And to my husband for not becoming annoyed at every time I leave to go take care of these guys.
The are adoption only. We do not need fosters.
Thank you for reading.