After some investigation plus research, I had my suspicions confirmed that not only was full disclosure not given to us in respect to L.J.’s AKA King(his real name) medical situation(he was never taken to a Vet prior to coming to BHRR and our emails plus paperwork sent to be completed were left unanswered) yet we were not given full disclosure on his behavour history/background while with this other rescue person/group. I had sent off some emails upon my return with King last Saturday December 19th expressing my concerns in respect to a dog that we were told was ‘one way’ yet clearly was another and I have been working with animals a very long time in regards to training plus behavour and King’s behavour was not settling 100% well with me. I then was very direct with the person who signed him over to us(she also never did answer as to why he was being even sent to another Rescue via emails nor the official legal paperwork) on this and other matters such as records for vetting. By her own later email admission King would ‘go at it always’ in her home with at least one of her dogs, that it was ‘not safe’ for her kids and she had indicated that she would take King to the Vet for his sneezing yet King had untreated pneumonia upon his arrival to BHRR. This person said he had been on antibiotics for his sneezing yet despite repeated emails, no Vet documentation was sent nor faxed nor handed over when I picked him up. This person was well aware that I had kids, that we are a multi-dog home plus Rescue, that we do not take in human aggressive dogs and that we focus on the SN’s and she well knew about Potter and him healing from his amputation and yet she knowingly, despite emails exchanged on all of the above in regards to this Dane plus another they wanted us to assist, Fiona(who also was tested by another organization – BHRR would not commit to her until such time as I assessed/evaluated her myself which could not be done until end of December – as being very unsuitable for adoption with her own behavour and aggressiveness); sent us a very dog/human aggressive plus contagious dog. She said King was ‘dominant’ yet dog aggression and human aggression is not a simple case of ‘dominance’ behavour at all. King demonstrated clear human(male) and dog aggression to no less than 4 male people in the short time he was under our authority and other than the first night; not one of my dogs from the very old – almost 11 years to the very young; just a pup of barely 4 months of age could go near him. Needless to say, I and my current BOD are displeased and we have made it extremely clear that we shall not assist this peson(rescue again). King was ‘ok’ with me, yet very aggressive to Sean when he returned from N.B. on the Sunday with our kids, 2 of my Male Volunteers plus one Male Vet. King was humanely euthanized on Tuesday December 22nd, 2009.
L.J. AKA Jay as I am calling him for ‘short’ is now here! I have added two pictures; Slides #1 and #2 sent to me from December 18th, 2009. He has a gorgeous profile and is very similar of a German built Great Dane, a bit shorter and quite broad in comparision to the typical ‘American’ lines. He weighed about 125 pounds from his paperwork yet I would like to see that all in muscle. He will have a great exercise program here with our hills, trails and other dogs. Jay is a wee bit plump and quite out of shape plus seriously lacking muscle tone in his rump) and from looking at him, he has that wise/mature look of one that has seen and experienced much in his life. He does not appear to have any mobility issues and I will get my hands on him more thoroughly later to really examine him. His coat is very dry and flaky. I have begun to give him eggs/eggshells and we will hold off on a bath until a warmer day. He was sneezing upon presentation to BHRR and has an horrible infectious discharge from his nose that we were told about upon pick up today. I immediately put him on Cephalexin. He travelled well. Stood up a bit in the backseat and then settled down to lie most of the way home. He had some good snuffling of my hair and from his sounds, I think he liked my hair! LOL He is still slightly healing from his neuter and has two small areas(see Tain, Jay had no issues with a stranger touching his ‘twinkles’ or rather the remnants of what used to be his twinkles area!) that have had a mild reaction to the sutures. When Sean arrives home tomorrow(I have been flying solo since last weekend due to Sean plus wee ones heading to N.B. to visit his parents); I shall get a better look at his neuter site and I would like to get in his mouth etc. His nails are in pretty good shape in length and with regular trimming; will be nice and short to the foot in no time. He has an air of ‘aloofness’ about him yet I can also see ‘glimmers’ of a real affectionate boy. I know that he is able to bond quite quickly for when I went to get him today, he wanted to stay with his transporters. Already, he has made himself at home and jumped up on my counter with his front legs and and broke one glass. Gwennie’s Boot Camp is NOW in full session! He is quite talkative and even now when he went into his crate by himself; as I then closed the dog; he had a few things to say about that. 😉 He has seen Guinness and was indifferent and was quite interested in Potter’s incision and yet when Potter showed some interest in him, he was not overly accepting and grumped. He clearly wants things on his own terms and we will be working on how the ‘sharing’ goes. It will be revealing to see how much of him is ‘bluff’ and ‘talk’ versus his true nature for after every ‘grump’ in his crate at another dog; he then makes a ‘whine’. Integration with Jay(L.J.) will be very slow so as to not ‘flood’ him and to also ensure that he is well aware of the house rules right from the beginning plus to keep all dogs safe. His crate was placed in the busiest part of the house; our sunroom(BHRR’s Jaxson’s crate) and he is going to see a lot of action yet when I noticed how infectious he was, I had to segregate him further away from all. When he jumped up on the counter and I told him ‘no’ and ‘get down’; he just looked at me, turned back to what he was doing and was prepared to do things when he wanted to do them. GOTTA love that steel and spirit he has!!!! I love personality plus filled dogs! He then found out that I was quite serious about getting down and then after he got down; he just sauntered off very deliberately as if to say ‘well, I was meaning to get down anyway!’ LOL OMG! I wonder how much play he has had in his life. He showed no signs of being interested in any toys that were out and about yet it has not been long for him here either. His leash manners are not great and with the chest on him; he can get quite the lower centre of gravity going. He did not lifted his leg here to pee initially yet then began to lift later on, another noteworthy sign of his personality and we shall see if that changes when he settles in; especially with three other intact males here right now(Windsor to be neutered when he is 6 months old and my laid back two show boyz). He likes to pee and walk at the same time though. He also has the pouting sounds down to a tee in his crate for as I am typing this; he is making sure that I am not forgetting that he is there. He has the nicest brown eyes and so full of deep emotions will update more later and if I forgot anything, will add it then. NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!
I am meeting a Volunteer in Kingston tomorrow for 1:00 PM to pick up L.J. and bring him back to BHRR. I was also sent two pictures of L.J. and shall post them shortly.
Some more information on L.J. who is currently being fostered by the Rescue Volunteer of another organization that contacted BHRR for assistance.
He was brought in to the MSPCA by the police – it was a drug raid. He has no history of aggression, and has been fine in my home with 2 rotties, a pittie and a cockapoo. He will socialize but has no reserve about letting the other dog know when he’s had enough – he’s not really a “rough housing” kinda guy. I also have two young children (5 and 12) and he has been fine – completely ignores him. He does food guard, and attempts to be dominant, but I was able to easily show him. I can honestly say he’s not the brightest dog I’ve ever met, but he’s laid back and go with the flow. He is also crate trained, house trained and I have him walking ok on lead, as long as you keep him close to you, or else he pulls. He is stubborn and unwillingly listens for a treat (you need to be persistant/consistant). He’s quite the character!
On December 10th, we were contacted to see if BHRR was in a position to assist one or two Great Danes in need. With the pending adoption of two Great Danes over the new while and with the devastating loss of BHRR’s Jaxson; we will be taking in one of these Great Danes as the other one might now have a ‘spot’ elsewhere. If not, BHRR will take her in too. She is currently located in Guelph, Ontario. We are told that L.J. is a black, male, 4 years of age, neutered, up-to-date on shots and though he appears to be somewhat dominant; appears quite laidback. The quote we have been given is ‘he can be a brat, but is workable and a pretty good boy’. 🙂 We have also been told that he is now exhibiting some sneezing and is otherwise healthy and that the sneezing will be looked into. He would be coming from the Oshawa, Ontario area and it looks like transport can be arranged by the person that contacted us for assistance as far as Belleville. The earliest that we could assist L.J. is Saturday December 19th, 2009. We have no pictures of L.J. and it truly does not matter for we assist the next one in need and not based up looks, colour, age, health etc.