Archive for September, 2014
I was asked to evaluate a senior German Shepherd that needed a new home. His name was Scooby and he was just short of 10 years old. Scooby had worked as a personal service dog since he was a puppy, had been trained to provide physical support and balance, alert to the onset of medical crises, open doors, pull a wheel chair, and many other tasks. But after more than 9 years of service, he found himself in a Humane Society with few options. He showed some signs of neglect, and was a bit weak in his hind-quarters, but was otherwise healthy and in good shape. And his personality and temperament were absolutely fantastic. He loved everyone and showed it, he was great with dogs and seemingly all other animals. He took enthusiastic walks and car rides. He was happy all the time. In short, he was as close to the perfect dog as I had come across in a long time.
But, unbelievably, the Humane Society would not put him up for adoption!
Although Scooby did not fit the strict profile for a Thulani dog (he was too young and too healthy), we simply could not stand by while he spent his last days in a shelter among strangers. So we made plans to bring him into the program. The prospect of him becoming a Thulani dog immediately injected a sense of excitement and high spirits into the next Thulani Program Steering Committee Meeting, which was spent planning Scooby’s ‘coming out’ party, complete with banner, balloons, a video, celebrities, and lots of cheers. We held the party (see a short video of it at http://youtu.be/00_kvuS9H5Y ) We humans had a ball, and Scooby took it all in stride.
Scooby is now looking for his forever home, and some incredibly lucky family will eventually welcome a new family member that will brighten their lives.
Tatum T had the ideal home for more than a year, and we all hoped it would be forever. Sadly, serious financial difficulties made it necessary for us to find her a new home. She is a wonderful dog that brighten anyplace she goes.
Tatum T. is a 2 year old, smaller sized, black and tan female. She has a very happy, confident, outgoing personality. She is sweet and loving and wants to be with her family, but she does this without being needy. Will play quietly outside by herself, doesn’t have any separation issues, but she will react to small creatures-birds, rabbits and squirrels. Tatum is house trained and crate trained and will sleep quietly in her crate at night or if crated for short periods during the day. Will sometimes counter surf but this is happening less frequently now that she is maturing. She loves to go for walks and behaves well on a leash. Her other favorite thing is to go for car rides. She knows basic commands but still needs work on her downs. She has great food drive but is soft mouthed when taking treats and toys. Tatum plays well with a 10 month old foster puppy she has helped raise but an older, less active male would be an ideal companion for her. She plays well with other dogs but will not allow other dogs to dominate her. She has not figured out why thunder, blasting and shotguns are so loud. She will bark at the noise but will stop if she is with her family. All said, she is one big bundle of love in a small package!
Tatum has a heart condition, moderate aortic stenosis. She is asymptomatic at this time, but does get ‘short of breath’ when playing too hard or running too much. She is self-moderating, in that she will lie down and rest when she gets short of breath. We expect her to live a relatively normal life, although the heart condition could shorten it some. She will live longer in a relatively quiet home, preferably with a male that is four years old or older.
Because of her heart condition, Tatum T. is part of the Thulani Program, and as such we are looking for a forever home that will care for her for the rest of his life, in warmth and love. She will come with a supply of food, a cushy pad if wanted, and other goodies such as toys. Her medical expenses will be covered for the rest of her life by The Thulani Program. If you want to learn more about Tatum, or are possibly interested in providing her a home, please contact Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org