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.
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.
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.