By Sloane Quealy-Miner
ADOPTED 7/15/12 – Both Dozer and Biggie have been adopted together by their foster mommy. I truly believe she has been their forever mommy all along. It just took awhile for them to get to her. Both dogs have blossomed since being with her and are the fantastic dogs they are today due to her unconditional love, patience and faith.
On Wednesday, April 11th I received a call from a woman who along with her husband had decided they no longer wanted to keep their six and a half year old chihuahua named Biggie or their six year old pit bull named Dozer. Both dogs have been with them their entire lives, and both since they were wee babies.
The woman called me the night before she was scheduled to give birth to her second daughter and said that while it was such a hard decision they had to get rid of them. She said they didn’t have time for the dogs and that they were moving in with her father, and he didn’t want the dogs. The woman went on to tell me that she had not looked for homes for the two dogs because it made her to sad. If that wasn’t horrifying and irresponsible enough she informed me that she would rather kill them (PTS) than see them in a shelter.
So after receiving multiple messages that the dogs needed to go Jen Wilkinson and I picked up both dogs in Long Island on Sunday, April 22nd at the home. We spent a little while sitting with Dozer and Biggie trying to get to know them but it was very clear that they were on edge and knew something was going on. We felt that it was in their best interest not to stay in the house any longer so we put Biggie in the car in his little crate, and I walked Dozer out of the house with one of the former owners. The man and I walked him down their street a bit and then instead of going back into the house we led Dozer to our car and helped him jump in the backseat.
There Dozer and Biggie sat, in a car with two strangers driving away from the only home and people they have ever known. They both settled into the car ride and were quiet. Dozer stuck his head up front and put his front paws over the arm rest that separated my friend and I. He placed his front paws across my arm and kept them there the entire ride. I scratched his head and behind his ears most of the two hour drive back into Manhattan. At some points he seemed to want to go to sleep but when I looked into his eyes it was clear to me how stressed he was adn I knew this would not be happening.
Upon entering the city a petrified look appeared on Dozer’s face and he began to cry, whine and shake with all the loud horns, trucks and activity around us. Biggie barked now and then but it was Dozer who was clearly in the most distress. We made our way downtown to the foster’s apartment that I had secured at the last minute for the two of them. Upon arrival my friend and I walked Dozer and Biggie to her apartment where she and her friend greeted us outside. The four of us and two dogs made our way up to her apartment where we all sat quietly reassuring both Dozer and Biggie that everything was going to be alright and that we were here to help them. All the while they were whining, and in Dozer’s case crying and shaking in fear. At this moment another piece of my heart broke off and shattered into a million pieces for what these innocent boys were being forced to go through by their irresponsible former “owners”.
Biggie calmed down first and seemed to adjust better to the new situation facing him. He hopped up into the foster mom’s friends lap and parked himself there soaking up all the love that was being shown to him. Dozer would be happy one moment and then very unsure and scared the next. After about an hour my friend and I left. Later that night the foster mom told me that he and Biggie cried after we left and that they were extremely nervous leaving the apartment for bathroom breaks even though she took the back stairs with them to avoid any additional stress.
The next morning their foster mom told me that both dogs laid in bed with her all night and cuddled but were still extremely fearful and scared. I truly believe that their guardian angel sent their foster mom to help them through these difficult first days. Biggie and Dozer are both extremely affectionate and Dozer likes to kiss a lot but they are also extremely stressed out. It is too early to assess whether they can go into a home with other dogs and or cats at this time. For the time being they will remain with their fantastic and loving foster mom in the city.
Dozer nor Biggie are up to date with their shots but I have appointments at my vets office to have this done next week. Because Dozer is 6 he does not qualify to be fixed for free by the ASPCA so I have made an appointment for him to be fixed Monday by my vet whom I trust and I feel can provide Dozer with the best care possible. I also want to get him fixed by my vet because he is so afraid and stressed out and I know that she will take the best care of him. Also, we will be working with a trainer to help with Dozer’s adjustment away from the only life he has ever knows so he can be successful in his life that lays ahead.
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Their former “owners” failed them and we are all they have left.
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