... and I'm looking for my forever home!
Meet George, our (around) 10 month old foster dog. About a week in a half ago Frank and I volunteered, through the dog lovers ministry were apart of at our church, to work an adoption event with SNAP. Each person has there own dog for the event and George was Frank's.
When they brought George out of the truck the lady let us in on his story. Both George and his sister, Georgina.. ha yup the shelter named them, were left for dead in a park. When they were found they were half there body weight, dehydrated and hypodermic. There body temperatures didn't even read on the thermometer. Needless to say they were blessed with a second chance at life.
At first George was insanely shy and scared of everything. Over the three hours we were there Frank and George bonded, and Frank was able to bring George out of his "shell". At first Frank really wanted to adopt him, but it's obvious he needs a yard to run around in, but having him go back to the shelter was something neither of us wanted. So we agreed to foster him until he found his perfect family. Of course we fell in love with him, I mean who wouldn't look at him. He's adorable!
He's still very much a puppy, even though he looks much older because of his size. He's a boxer mix and by the size of his paws I'd say he still has quite a bit of growing left to do! Within a day of being home with us he learned "sit", although it took a few days before he would do it right away. He has learned to sit and wait before he's allowed to eat, again he still has his moment's but is good at stopping when I tell him to.
He is still learning basic obedience like not nibbling on us when he's playing, he IS NOT a biter! I just want to put that out there for anyone who might take the "nibbling" in the wrong way. He is also learning not to jump on people.. really I have three dogs I'm working on that one with, Molly and Ellie are horrible at it! One thing we have learned since having him is that he is NOT aggressive what's so ever. Molly and Ellie would prefer if he left, but while he's here they just tolerate him (they don't like dogs bigger then them. Little dog syndrome ha.). At times they will growl or go after him barking, he does nothing back. He just brushes it off like it's nothing! Whenever Ellie starts barking at something outside George freaks out and goes running for me or Frank or to the spare bedroom. He is still very nervous about things, and is nowhere near being a guard dog ha.
Something that George needs to teach Molly and Ellie is how to walk on the leash! He's amazing at it, I for sure thought that at first we would have problems with it but I was proven wrong. Molly and Ellie need to pay attention to him ;) A few days ago we took all three dogs out to the dog park since I figured George would love being able to run around and possibly socialize. He was scared out of his mind. Poor guy. If we threw a ball he would just stay right next to you, he'd only go off if he were with Molly and Ellie (go figure they don't even like him, but he loves them) or with us. We didn't stay for long but it got me to see that he needs short visits there to get used to it all, but not long enough to scare him away. He would go over to a group of dogs and start sniffing them, but as soon as they would all start playing he'd run the other way scared. It will take time but I see potential in him.
Whomever adopted George will be getting a great dog, one that has so much love to give. I will be sad to see him go, but I know that he's not meant for us. We were meant to be the buffer, getting him out of the shelter was our initial goal and I know for myself that I am very happy we were able to do just that. He still has lots to learn, but in the short time he's been with us so far he has opened up so much. George needs a family that has a big yard for him to run in and some very energetic teenagers or adults. He craves attention, not to be the center of it all, but just to have someone there with him. He needs a family that will be home with him and involve him in there daily lives and activities.
George is up to date on all his shots, microchiped and Neutered. If anyone in the San Diego area is interested in George, or want to know how you can help with other dogs feel free to contact me through comment (my email is down right now) or the Chula Vista animal shelter. You can also check out the other dogs they have for adoption by going HERE.