Yesterday David and I adopted a small yet-to-be-named (YTBN) dog from Austin Pets Alive (APA). He had been set to be euthanized before being pulled from the shelter. The little guy is three years old and was abandoned by previous owners who clearly never cleaned or cared for his basic needs. He’s a reminder that anyone can get a dog, and many people do who should not. YTBN is very nervous, yet desperately craves human contact and affection.
I spent several hours last night carefully cutting through many inches and years of matted hair around the little guy’s neck and throughout his body packed with prickers, sticks, and who knows what else. A mountain of white and tan dreadlocks piled up as he got smaller and smaller during the process. His paws are sore and his tail was so heavy it dragged behind him. Now that it’s trimmed up, he hasn’t stopped wagging it–for what’s likely the first time in a long time. Soon I’ll find a professional to take care of the rest.
YTBN didn’t sleep through the night so your resident blogger is terribly tired this morning. He’s here for a trial period to make sure he gets along with our first rescue Happy. So far he’s been rather aggressive, but that’s probably out of fear.
And so I’d like to remind readers that if you see an animal abused or neglected, please report it. In YTBN’s case, even mildly observant neighbors should have recognized this particular pup had been suffering for years.
I welcome advice on the one to two dog transition and the adoption of dogs who have had a rough start. Or share your own rescue story in comments. And, of course, suggest a name for this little fella..