11 months is a long time to wait in a shelter with busted legs 😔 sometimes a person sees a post and the animal calls to them. Im hoping this happens with Shaq
Regrann from @underdoganimalrescueca - Donations Needed! Poor Shaq Has been waiting at Contra Costa animal services for 11 months now with no adopter in sight! He is a very handsome three-year-old, 70 pound brindle pit mix who loves everyone he meets and is dog friendly. Unfortunately, we have seen him start to deteriorate and now he’s on light duty walks because there are days when he just can’t get up. From multiple sets of x-rays and secondary vet opinion we have confirmed he needs a double TPLO surgery from two torn ACL’s. The approx cost for this is $6000!! Even at $6000 that is already greatly discounted they our amazing vet Dr. Sandhu. I know this is a lot but we have raised it before and no dog deserves to be in this much pain. We will begin to look for a committed long-term foster or hopefully an adopter, but we need to raise the money. Even if another rescue was willing to take him on we would be happy to donate the money to his surgery.
We have seen in the past that many people pledge but people don’t actually donate and the minute the dog leaves the shelter it is the rescues responsibility to figure it out and donations don’t come. I’m starting the fundraiser now to force people to help him! Donations direct to the vet office and/or by check or also an option please message me❤️🐶🐾 #adoptdontshop#rescuedog#pitbullsofinstagram#surgeryneeded#opertionsaveshaq
#BurritoWrangling 🦈 One of the things I did to help prepare Mila before moving Augustus into the house was put up the baby gates WEEKS ahead of time. I have 5 baby gates up still (4.5 weeks later), and they all went up about 3 weeks before he even moved in. One of them went up a few days after I met him, and day before she even met him. This permitted her to get used to the gates being up, and not being able to move as freely around the house like she was used to prior to his arrival, so that the stress of all this was gone by the time he showed up. It also made it so that she didn’t associate the appearance of the gates with him. This idea (from @polarpigandralph and @tuff_sausage of COURSE 😂), was a total life saver because when the first gates when up, the Phocid Queen was PISSED. I never would have thought to do this. She did not like them of course, and lots of complaining occurred. But after about a week, she didn’t really care anymore and barely noticed them! If I had put them all up the day Auggie moved in, what a cluster f*ck that would have been 😂 #MilaOfTroy#AugustusOfTheVelvetLegions#AdoptTheCropped 💜 P.S. His nicknames are Auggie or Augs. He is not Gus 😂
It’s getting cold up here! It’s all snuggles during the fall and winter when Mom and Dad are in the house, but I made a little nest for Brootoo for when we go to work. $200 bucks he doesn’t leave here all day today.
#BurritoWrangling : Since first meetings are critical, I permitted Mila to smell Augustus before they were even allowed to see one another. Twice I brought home a t-shirt for her to smell that I had smeared all over him (including around his butt where the glands are that dogs normally like to smell), and let her sniff it at her leisure. He was able to smell her via my clothing. The first official meet was at a neutral location, and I was LOADED up with high value treats. I went early, and made sure they Mila had calmed down by the time Augs arrived with his ARNO handler. M and A got to see each other from a distance of about 30 feet: we walked back and fourth for about 20 min while they both got tons of liver, cheese, and chicken. They got rewarded for being calm and looking at each other from a distance. Then we went home. That’s it! Meet 2 was more of this: mega-rewards and some back and fourth walking at about 15 feet, and getting used to how each other moved. We then switched sides so that they could smell each other’s pee and poop spots, and then we went home again. They were not permitted to meet on-leash until meet 3, and only after both dogs were calm, approached each other politely, and were able to focus on us (their handlers) when asked. The hardest part about all of this was that both dogs clearly wanted to play and were making play overtures to one another, so my tiny impatient primate brain just wanted to let them play. Perhaps it would have been fine, but Mila is *very* easily offended, and can get angry within 0.005 seconds, so I held fast and followed the instructions given to me by @tuff_sausage and @polarpigandralph and only moved forward with both dogs were consistently under threshold. I’m certain that Kara and Sandra are the reason that this has been working so far (along with the AMAZING people at @animalrescueno who put up with my absurd demands)... slow and steady wins the race! 😍🐢🦈💚 #MilaOfTroy#AdoptTheCropped#AugustusOfTheVelvetLegions
Since very little is known about Augustus’ life before he was adopted the first time (by the horrible people that neglected and abandoned him 🤬), and we know that he is ~1-3, I have chosen today, September 23rd to be his 2nd birthday, because today is *also* the birthday of his namesake, the first Roman Emperor, Augustus (the nephew and adopted son of Julius Caesar). I met Augs on August 1st (also appropriate considering the month is named after his namesake), and he did not move into House Velvet Burrito until the 24th. I’ll go into the specifics on how I introduced him to Mila in separate multiple posts (all guided by @tuff_sausage And @polarpigandralph), but one of the things that I did that I think was really important (and is often overlooked when adopting or fostering a new dog) is one-on-one training and bonding sessions with him (without Mila present). On 8 separate nights from the scheduled meets with Mila, I went to the shelter at @animalrescueno, and did training/bonding sessions with him to get him conditioned to a clicker, improve his ability to walk on a leash, learn eye contact, touch, and most importantly, learn to trust me. This made the transition much less traumatic for him, since once he did move in, neither Mila nor I were strangers. 🦈💜 #AugustusOfTheVelvetLegions#AdoptTheCropped
Another photo from November of 2016 - recovering from his final operation from his shooting, well taken care of by foster mama @toolchic44 . No doubt a little loopy from the meds, but a inflatable donut NEVER looked so good ❤️
Some hard photos from November of 2016. Brutus was long out of the woods before they found that his third bullet, which vets had left in, had traveled to his chest and developed an infected cyst. They removed it and he did fine. Probably the scariest part of this for foster mama @toolchic44 was Bru’s reaction to the anesthetic: he was panicked, fearful and wanted to be home with her. She picked him up, took him home, where he slept the rest of the drugs off and recovered totally. Our little survivor.