by Lee Juslin
Three names and a frightening hoarding situation had made a little Scottie withdrawn and often terrified, and this sad boy proved to be an especially challenging case for Greater NY/NJ Scottie Rescue.Peter Pan, Paxton and then Henry, as he finally became known, was rescued by a general rescue group that felt he might do better with a Scottie rescue. Erica of Greater NY/NJ Scottie Rescue agreed to take him and placed him with one of the group’s foster homes in New York. However, because he is so timid, Henry was intimidated by the other dogs in the house so he was moved to another foster home with only one other Scottie. When Henry bonded with the other Scottie, hopes rose that he might learn to be a happy, friendly little Scottie. The biggest problem was his fear of men. While he bonded with his foster mom, learning to accept his foster dad was another story.
“One of the problems for rescue when they take in a dog from a hoarding situation or a puppy mill is the lack of background information,” said Erica. “We simply don’t know what abuse he may have suffered. I suspect he was intimidated by the thirty or so other dogs in the home and spent a lot of time hiding. We don’t know how long he was in the frightening hoarder situation, and the amount of time spent there certainly impacts the timeline for his recovery.”
Henry has a couple of minor health issues; when he yawns widely, his jaw seems to hurt him. Erica said this could be something like Cranial-mandibular Osteopathy (CMO), which is a condition that occurs in puppies and usually ends when the dog is about a year and finished growing. There is no treatment required for it. It may have resulted from some dental work and the jaw was opened too widely.
Henry also came in with what looked like dry eye, however, the vet determined that it was a temporary situation, perhaps an allergy and not dry eye. It can be treated as needed with over the counter drops.
Henry was determined to be between five and seven years old. He is ready for adoption, but needs a special forever home. “I would love to see him stay with his foster family. It’s a lovely home on the ocean with a big yard to run around in and his Scottie friend to play with. But, that may not happen because his lack of trust and bonding with his foster dad is a problem”.
If Henry’s foster family does not adopt him, Erica is looking for a home with an older single woman or couple who are prepared to show a lot of patience and who are willing to work with Henry to help him develop his full Scottie potential. A home with another Scottie to “show Henry the ropes” and help him learn to trust his people would be ideal. In addition, a nice yard, preferably fenced, would be good, although Henry walks well on a leash.
“Erica says that she feels sad for Henry imagining what he has been through to make him so timid and sad, but “I know he is better off now in a home, with a nice big yard, good food, regular vet care, and lots of loving attention”.
Learn more about Henry and his pals in Scottie Rescue, volunteer, apply to adopt a rescue or make a much needed donation. Rescues, as 501C3 organizations, depend on volunteers and donations from supporters. Visit the Greater NY/NJ Scottie Rescue on their Facebook page or their website.
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