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Introducing Bear...

Discussion in 'A Place To Discuss And Show Off All Other Pets' started by Lisa7284, Apr 11, 2018.

  1. JessCheekyMia

    JessCheekyMia Regular Member

    Awww bless him. He does look comfy on his bed. You are a wonderful person @Lisa7284, you have given him a chance in life. He is so lucky he was taken into your home where he will be happy and well cared for.
     
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  2. plumsmum

    plumsmum Regular Member

    @Lisa7284 you know you said if ever we adopt another . . . . ? Well if now isnt the right time how about seeing if there is a doggy friend out there in the neighbourhood for him? Nothing brings a dog out of himself like another dog to play with?
     
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  3. dianaT

    dianaT Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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  4. Lisa7284

    Lisa7284 Regular Member

    I agree @plumsmum but Bear is going to need a lot of time and money spent on him at the moment until he is healthy again. Also I want to get to know him and his personality before introducing another dog. Plus introducing a new routine to Alfie is quite stressful for him- I need to be careful I don't trigger his plucking.

    I think I am going to leave it about a year, then we will look to adopt again :)


    @JessCheekyMia he is amazing- he is doing so well. He has learnt to use steps- which is good because he is way too big to lift. He is far more playful today and loves a good tummy rub! He met some dogs on our walk today- they were going crazy but he didn't react at all. Guess that is down to being constantly surrounded by barking dogs at the shelter.
     
  5. JessCheekyMia

    JessCheekyMia Regular Member

    Way to go bear :aplastao:. You have obviously you the right touch with dogs Lisa. I am gonna call you the dog wisperer x
     
  6. Lisa7284

    Lisa7284 Regular Member

    @dianaT he is doing very well. Today I have been vacuuming and mopping. He was very curious of the vacuum but was wary of the mop. Alfie keeps whistling for him and poor Bear keeps responding- he stands there looking at Alfie waiting for a treat :lol:
     
  7. Lisa7284

    Lisa7284 Regular Member

    @JessCheekyMia I think he is just enjoying the peace and quiet. It was so noisy at the shelter. He is eating his 4 small meals a day plus his treats and his upset stomach has gone, so I think he has a little bit more energy. His eye drops are working and his eyes look a lot better and he has stopped the gnawing and licking of his front paws so they are not open and bleeding.
     
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  8. dianaT

    dianaT Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Dear dear Bear it sounds like he is settling already, do you know his history and how long he had been in the kennels.
     
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  9. JessCheekyMia

    JessCheekyMia Regular Member

    That is so positive news. X
     
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  10. Lisa7284

    Lisa7284 Regular Member

    @dianaT the vet estimated he is around 7-8 years old. The shelter said due to the type of dog he is he would have been used to guard either property or livestock. Where he comes from people do not see the large dogs as pets. They said once he got older he was probably abandoned and replaced by a younger dog. He was reported to the shelter just over a year ago as he had been abandoned in the campo. They picked him up and brought him to the shelter. They said he was a little underweight and riddled with fleas and ticks.

    They all said straight away they could tell he wasn't going to do well in the kennels- they are too overcrowded and are only meant to house 130 dogs- not 350+. Even though he is large, he is very laid-back and not dominant so a few of the other dogs would attack him. It is common there- the dog get so stressed that if one attacks another dog, the rest of the dogs in that pen will also attack it (sometimes they even kill the dog). The stress was causing his fur to fall out and he started licking and gnawing at all his legs and then he stopped eating all together and started starving himself. 4 of the volunteers paid for him to be moved to another 'private' shelter where they paid 100 euros a month for him (they were so worried he was going to die and he is such a sweet dog).

    The other shelter doesn't have people there all day as there are only 10 dogs so he was very lonely. His fur started to grow back but he still wasn't putting the weight back on or stopping biting his legs. Susanna (a volunteer) said he had given up and was going to let himself die (she said it happens a lot with the dogs there). That is when Lucia (one of the volunteers) posted about him in a Facebook group I am a member of. She was so worried because he was going to have to go back to the main shelter and they knew if he did he would die. Lots of people liked his posts and commented. A few showed interest but no one came forward to adopt him (I think because of his age and health). The moment I saw his face and read his story I knew I wanted to give him a chance. At his age never to have been in a home or loved as part of a family is very sad.

    They do not usually adopt out a dog who is as underweight as Bear but knew he wouldn't get any better at the shelter so decided to let us have him- we understand the risks we have taken and that this will be a process to get him healthy again. We have found a great vet who will help.
     
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  11. dianaT

    dianaT Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    What a sad story not only for Bear but so many dogs too.
    Thank goodness you adopted him he will want for nothing now and be loved and cared for forever.
    I have a feeling it may be the centre that Kendra got Ruffy from?
     
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  12. Lisa7284

    Lisa7284 Regular Member

    They do adopt the dogs out to most European countries so maybe? They have started an education program in the local school and 20 students come once a month to walk some of the dogs. They are hoping that they can make the younger generation view the dogs and how they should be treated differently. The local veterinary university provide the veterinary care for the dogs.

    It is a shame we do not live closer or I would definitely volunteer for them- I have no idea how 10 people are meant to look after more than 300 dogs. The people who work there really are amazing.
     
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  13. TomsMum

    TomsMum Administrator Staff Member Admin

    So glad that Bear is settling in well xxx
     
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