Watson, Buster, and Tiny Tim don’t know each other, but they have something very special in common. They all came from the same shelter, they were all were injured and abandoned, and all found themselves on the euthanasia list – with little hope of finding safety. But lucky for them, we have some very special fosters and donors at EAPL, with GIANT hearts – and we were able to bring them to Colorado to begin their journey to recovery and finding their forever families to love.
Watson is a 5-6mo American Staffordshire Terrier X. We all know this breed has very few options as it is, much less in the condition Watson is in. He only weighs 17lbs and is severely malnourished. He has no hair and is completely covered in open wounds and scabs. He has a massive skin infection and we have yet to find out what else. He just arrived on 11/20 and will see the vets this coming week. He can barely use his back legs and hips and this poor boy has just been through so much. Yet his spirits are great and he is super loving and sweet and just wags his little tail at everyone he sees. How could you not adore that little face that is so full of love? Keep watching for Watson updates to come.
Tiny Tim! The cutest permanent pup. He is 19 lbs and fully grown; he looks like a miniature chocolate Labrador mix. His birthday estimate is now 11/1/2014. He is malnourished, so he will get to probably 23 pounds maximum. Tiny Tim comes from Texas where he had no hope of being adopted and was on the euthanaisia list. He has a damaged radial nerve, and his front leg doesn’t function properly, but this happy little guy has no idea that he isn’t perfect, and we are not going to tell him. He may be eligible for a brace, and he may show very slow regain of function as the nerves regenerate, but the veterinarian says that this is not guaranteed and will be very slow. Tiny Tim is good with kids, curious with cats and could learn to live with cats easily, initially timid around new people and dogs but warms up VERY quickly, and then he can’t get enough of you. He is learning about his crate. He rides well in the car crate. He loves, loves, loves the idea of home!
When his foster family takes him to friends’ houses, he smiles the whole time and settles right into their house. Tiny Tim has energy and needs a dog and/or kids to play with him. He is not a dog to take running or long hikes, but he enjoys following his foster parents all over and checking out the block. He would love a fenced yard with grass to romp around and sit in the sun. He knows ‘sit’ and ‘come’. He needs work with basic obedience such as not jumping up, potty training and not nibbling. The foster family is working on those goals. The nice thing is that a 19 pound dog who jumps to say hello is different from a 90 lb jumping dog, and the vet is certain that he is over a year old because of some plaque on his adult teeth, so he won’t grow anymore. A basic obedience course would be recommended. Tiny Tim was slightly food aggressive the evening that he came in, but I would be too if I had starved on the streets. Applicants will need to teach children to give him space while he eats and would need to initially supervise food around other dogs. He was already much less protective of his meal a day and a half after arrival…knowing he is safe and that food is scheduled and plentiful must be helpful. Tiny Tim would love to learn that the world is not scary like where he came from..can you show him that? He will be neutered and is up to date on all shots. The Evergreen Animal Protective League will have him evaluated for a brace for his leg so that all options are explored. Apply so that his foster mom can call you! He really wants to eat turkey with his real family on Thanksgiving (:
Buster is the last of the group. He is a 12wk old Pointer X and only weighs about 12lbs. He was super scared when he arrived on 11/20 and didn’t understand what other dogs were or toys or just about anything. Buster has been injured quite a bit in his short life as well. He cannot use his rear leg and has a giant swollen lump on it and he also appears to have some broken ribs. He we be seeing the vets in the upcoming weeks to see what can be done for him. He is learning how to play and so gentle when meeting his foster dog siblings. He smells the little old dogs on their beds, so gently on the noses. He is very calm and sleeps with his foster kid right through the night. He absolutely hates being alone and needs to be touching a person at all times. He is afraid at first, but learns to trust right away with a gentle hand, and then never leaves your side. Buster will be just fine with a little TLC and lots of doggy toys to play with.
EAPL has a special place in our hearts for these underdogs and can’t do it without our team of fosters, adopters, supporters, and everyone in between. If you would like to help donate to their care, please visit our donation page at /donation/