Tuesday, December 29, 2009
He Has Arrived!
This poor dog looks like a bear, actually, especially given the scars on his muzzle. And he IS really timid, very jumpy and if I don't approach him without his nearly making eye contact with me, he shies away.
"Bear" as I think I might have to call him, is just skin and bones. He's obviously been neglected. Seriously...one should NOT be able to count a German Shepherd's ribs or find the point where the hip sticks out like a sharp rock outcropping.
We let him run around my tiny lower level, sniffing, getting acquainted German-Shepherd style, and he quickly found a little bag of garbage, which he decided to claim. Yup...we went into the kitchen just in time to see that he had definitely made himself at home by marking my cabinets. Unfortunately, that also means he marked the INSIDE as well. Good thing I have enzyme cleaner, to be followed by lysol when the enzyme cleaner dries!
No, we didn't yell, not loudly, just enough to get him out of the kitchen so he could go outside.
Even though he apparently helped himself earlier this evening to some lemon bars (while on a stop en route to MN), I fed him some dinner tonight; just a little hamburger and rice, thinking some bland food is good for him. I also tried to feed him by hand as I mentioned earlier. Unfortunately, he doesn't know how to deal with that and tried to actually eat my hand. Realizing if I wanted to keep my appendages, I just put the food in a bowl and decided to be satisfied with holding the bowl for him.
This poor dog seems to walk fine on the leash, probably because he has no idea what it is, and he doesn't seem to know that when he's on it, it means he's supposed to be going potty outside. I'll have to count on my dog to teach him about going potty while on walks, not while wandering around the kitchen. He also clearly has never been taught any obedience; we have the impression that he was probably kept locked up in a kennel and just yanked out when it was time to be a stud.
It's going to take some slow work and patience, but I think "Bear" is going to make some family very very happy.
I guess my new role as a foster "mom" becomes clearer to me, and I'm humbled. I hope I really am able to help this dear creature come out of his shell and become the wonderful, loyal friend his breed is INTENDED to be!
P.S. I also hope to find a way to get him to a groomer's....he's really stinky! He has NOT been an "indoor dog!" Anyone wanna donate a "bath" at a local Petsmart or Petco? Or somewhere else? I don't have good dog facilities for bathing and he needs a gentle touch. Open to suggestions especially if anyone local knows of a place that's willing to help out a dog rescue!