Introducing Garth

Well after my cliff-hanger of a Wordless Wednesday I figured it was only fair to actually introduce the “new guy.”

Garth is about two years old, and a mix of whoknowswhat.

He was found as a stray with a severely broken leg that needed to be amputated. He is a lovely dog but for whatever reason after a while in a shelter environment and after the leg surgery, he began to display some “fear aggression”, mostly toward strange men.

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After fostering him for a couple of weeks, my husband and I decided to make a long-term commitment to Garth (who will be keeping the name for now, I guess, since Chris likes it). He needs to build confidence, learn some coping skills and build muscle strength in the remaining hind leg. Most dogs adapt very quickly to life on three legs but Garth has been slow on the uptake.

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So our goals for right now are to teach him that it’s okay to walk away when he’s nervous, as well as doing lots of exercises to teach hind end awareness and build muscle.

Eventually we hope to find a new home for him, and with the right person, I know he will do well. He is a really lovely dog, likes to cuddle, very handleable, no resource guarding, perfect with other dogs and great with the cat. For now, he’s with us and I have a feeling once we smooth out a few edges he’s really going to be a flawless and enjoyable canine companion.

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Today I’m jumping into the “Thursday Barks and Bytes” blog hop with a little introductory post… Check out the hosts at 2 Brown Dawgs and Heart Like a Dog.

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7 thoughts on “Introducing Garth

  1. Garth is a beautiful tripawd. Sounds like y’all have things under control and he’ll flourish in your care. Paws crossed for his new eventual home!

  2. Wonderful post! So glad Garth found his way to you, I’m sure you’ll do everything you can to make sure he has all the skills he needs to find his forever home.

    Thank you for joining Thursday Barks and Bytes blog hop!

    • That’s definitely what I have noticed from most, which is why Garth is so odd. He really has struggled with the leg and we are concerned he is associating falling over and pain with some people, as he had no people issues before losing the leg (and he was with us for a bit beforehand). He barks and whines whenever he loses balance which is frequently, and he “gives up” a lot by falling to the floor when walking is too tiring. Hopefully with a little support he will learn to think like a dog and get around normally.

  3. He is so adorable. Such a sweet face. Maybe he will figure out that he is settled for the time being and bloom. I hope so and I hope he gets stronger and stronger. Best of luck to you. I hope to hear more about him in the future.

    Thanks so much for joining Barks and Bytes.

  4. He is rather handsome! I have a tripod too – my lovely Sid. Have you found the Tripawds forum yet? They do a great job with information, advice, tips and resources – oh, and chat of course!

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