Foster Update 1/27/20
We have had this big, beautiful, sweet boy for 1 week now. He seems to love everyone he meets, and everyone loves him! I’ve taken him on two car rides. He is a calm rider and did not get carsick. He has settled in nicely with my 3 dogs. We encountered a very aggressive dog at the vet today and Bear did not respond. He also ignores my mean old dog who constantly growls at him. The only issue we encountered is he does not like the other dogs coming near his food. I don’t think he lived in a house previously as he clearly didn’t know how to act. He seemed to figure it out quickly by watching the other dogs. He does very well in his crate and sleeps through the night. He immediately urinated in the house the first time we brought him in, but he hasn’t had any accidents since then. He acts like a very young dog-very playful. He does like to chew and will need toys to keep him occupied when left alone. This is one I would definitely keep if I didn’t already have so many!
Intake Report 1/6/2020
Bear, along with Myra, just wandered out of the woods into the backyard of a “Good Samaritan” couple in rural Arkansas before Christmas. These poor dogs were terribly matted, infested with ticks and fleas and definitely hungry. It appeared Myra had recently had pups, but was no longer lactating. Bear seemed protective of Myra, but let them both love on her. At first the pair did not wander far from their yard/property after being fed. They made attempts on social media to find their owners. They had them groomed and boarded when they were out of town and it was then that they learned Myra is an escape artist. She was seen trying to climb a high chain link fence, but was stopped before escaping. While on a tie out run in their yard, she backed out of her collar and was gone for about 2 hours before returning. Myra loves to run. Because of this couple’s jobs and an unfenced yard, they were unable to keep these beautiful dogs.
Bear is easy to handle on the leash. He has a beautiful thick coat, although dry. He did get profoundly carsick and should not be transported with a full stomach! I guess since he didn’t get sick in their trailer because he could not see out. In my car, he was in a wire crate. The Salem couple think this is a “bonded pair”. I don’t necessarily believe this based on her running away at their home while Bear stayed. Also, I took him into the vet first. They were so busy that it took about 45 min. before I could get her out. She wasn’t crying or whimpering during the separation. I never heard either of them make a sound. Both dogs behaved very well around other dogs big and small, yappy and barking, coming and going at our clinic.
Bear is going to make someone a great new member.