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.
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On April 22nd 2012 we rescued Dozer the pit bull and Biggie the Chihuahua. They had become inconvenient to their former “owners” with the arrival of their second baby. Unfortunately the “owners” had not contacted me till the night before the woman was to give birth and I was told repeatedly in subsequent conversations that took place over the next few days that the dogs had to go. I had only days to arrange this rescue as I feared for the safety of the dogs. In one conversation the woman had informed me that she would rather have the dogs killed (PTS) that see them go into a shelter. Also, in that same conversation she told me that she had not looked for another home for the dogs because it made her to sad.
While I do not agree or condone people dumping their animals because of a new baby or a move I know it is unfortunately a reality. My biggest issue with these people is that they were completely irresponsible once they had made that decision to get rid of Biggie and Dozer. They knew months before I was contacted that the dogs were going to have to go and yet they didn’t do much to find new home. They should have moved heaven and earth to find a loving family for them so when the time came it was easier on the dogs. This is what decent, responsible people would have done. But instead I was forced to rip two six year old dogs out of the only home they have ever known in a matter of minutes.
As if this wasn’t heartbreaking enough it quickly became apparent that Dozer the pit bull while capable of being a very loving boy had some issues that needed to be addressed by a professional. By the time we got to the foster mom’s house it was clear that besides being petrified Dozer’s go to coping skill was growling and sometimes lunging and snapping. He clearly used this to control the situation around him. I was told by the former “owner” that while she didn’t know how the dogs would be with other animals that they had no issues with people. This was untrue. Neither dog had clearly been socialized or trained properly but it was more evident in Dozer’s behavior.
Dozer’s guardian angel must have sent his foster mom to him because I do not know many people that would accept a 70 pound growling pit bull into their home and love them unconditionally. The foster mom has developed a deep bond with both dogs and because of this has been successful for the most part in handling Dozer though his behavior can be erratic and potentially dangerous. In order for Dozer to be adoptable and successful he needs to have training/neutering and this is expensive.
To date Dozer’s and Biggie’s expenses have totaled $802. Thanks to many generous people some of this has been covered but much of it was not so my husband and I covered the rest. Dozer still needs to be neutered which is expensive. His upcoming neutering must be done by my vet because he is over six years and is ineligible for the free pit program that the ASPCA offers. His upcoming training sessions are $150 per session plus the $75 evaluation fee and it is imperative that he get this help. If you can please spare a few dollars to help with Dozer’s neutering and training costs you can donate through this Chip In Link.
Their former “owners” failed them and we are all they have left.
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