Seamus, a 130 pound IWx, was a surrender from the central California coast. Rehomed in Scotts Valley, California.
Story is a sweet, gorgeous Afghan hound mix (apparently bred with a Golden retriever) from Washington state. We do not know how long he had been feral, only that he was caught in Washington by another rescuer there (thank you, Harbor Rescue) after a sighting 1.5 weeks previous. He was not approachable and not touchable.
We have worked with Story every day and evening since his arrival to help him reintegrate, at his own pace, and without force, pain, intimidation, or fear –as much as is our hands anyway–we accepted Story’s seemingly fearful reactions while at the same time slowly helped him form new associations. Story’s startle responses are/were notable, though non-threatening; he would, for example, jump and dash away at pretty much any sound, big or small. Before coming to us, he did also growl a bit while moving away when a stranger would come too close too abruptly. Generally we do not discourage growling, since behaviors such as growling are forms of communication and if a trainer disallows them, s/he risks setting up a dog to go directly to the next level of communication. That is, a dog trained to suppress a growl may decide that the next best communication tool available to him is a snarl or a snap; a dog trained to suppress a growl, a snarl, and a snap may decide that the next best communication tool available to him is a nip or a bite.
Story learned his new name after a couple of days, began coming to Rain when she called him a day or so after that, and about that same time began following her around the yard, etc. Around that same time, Story also took one treat from her fingers, but did not repeat it. It was about 2 weeks after his arrival day when Story finally took his first treats from Rain’s hands–that is, not just one treat, but a string of them–and continued to do so from there on. The day after, he was standing next to Rain with another dog, for practice sharing polite treat time without crowding, when he comfortably allowed Rain to touch and pet him. From that day on she then proceeded with a methodical touch/petting process in a purposeful, slowly expanding way to ensure Story’s comfort while expanding his progress.
Story is about 1.5 years old (estimated DoB February 2016) and it has been wonderful watching him enjoy retrieving his puppyhood. He loves to run around the yard in a frenzy, ears and feet flopping, tail waving its natural golden mean. He adores all toys and even things that are not really toys, such as blankets, bed pads, and Rain’s cellphone if she forgets to pick it up! Fortunately, Story is not destructive, just playful. 🙂 Lately he has begun storing all the toys along the shady side fenceline. That seems like a good plan for summer.
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A day or so after Story started accepting petting, he learned about being brushed, and decided he enjoyed it. Brushing quickly became a daily event, usually a several times a day event. Next we taught him to allow clipping of mats, which build up quickly in his hair type, and since it was a couple of weeks after he arrived before we were able to touch him, he had some doozies. This was a bit slower process, but he succeeded there as well. Now he sleeps through grooming, which he receives daily, and we have not had to cut any mats since the first time! Since he moved into the house, though, he’s been a little more coy about grooming. Perhaps he enjoyed the irony of getting Rain to groom him while he lay in a big pile of sand-soil. 😉 Nevertheless, he still is on a daily grooming schedule!
Story was a big Nope! about having his collar handled and about having a leash anywhere near him at first. Unfortunately, as he gained weight, which was needed–though not anymore!–the collar in which he arrived became too tight and could not be loosened while he wore it–he would run off every time we tried–so it had to be removed. A slow, stepped R+ process eventually allowed Rain to first place a Hound Sanctuary embroidered ID collar on him, then another slow, stepped R+ process allowed the removal of the old collar. We then needed to take his tags from his old collar and put them on his new collar. Rather than remove the collar he was wearing and have him collarless, which is simply a risk we never want to take, we placed the tags on another HS ID collar, put that collar on him, then removed the tagless HS ID collar–following the same process as before.
Leash training is being handled similarly, with a very slow, stepped R+ process over time. As of this update, Story has had a leash connected to his collar twice and walked with it once, within the safety of our fenced acreage only of course. Given his history, our hope is to acclimate Story not only to leashes but to a safety harness before walking him outside a securely fenced area. Story so far does not comfortably accept having anything put over his head, so a harness is not yet an option for us. We are hoping to acclimate him by practicing with large hoops, working down in size, then eventually going back to the harness.
Now that Story lives indoors with the rest of us, he is working on redecorating his room (moves his area rugs and beds around), enjoying his own couch (on top of and under!) and making the most of the extra space for hoarding toys. He also gets to cuddle with Rain, who draws the line at spooning in the dirt outside, even if it is a sandy soil.
Story appears to be a sweet-natured, playful, affectionate, happy dog who is afraid of and figuring out certain things about the human world, but appears to be capable of trusting those who prove themselves trustworthy.
Rest in Peace, BiBi. We love you. Visit The BiBi Project to read his story and why we’ve created our latest public service program in his honor.
Solace is a highly social Galgo Espanol. He is generally relaxed indoors, often playful in the yard. Solace is a sweet, friendly, very smart sighthound who loves to train. He is good in the house, rarely barks (unless there are deer outside, or other dogs start barking first), is house-trained, knows SIT, DOWN, UP, OFF, WAIT (progressing), GO PEE, SH/QUIET, GO INSIDE, LEAVE IT/DROP IT (better in Spanish), COME (progressing), and is working on WAIT/STAY. He loves people and loves attention. He loves to be petted and talked to and sometimes gets excited when his humans enter. He was cat tested in Spain and tested fine. We have not tested him here yet, but will do so if an applicant requests it. He was also tested fine with male and female dogs in Spain. He learns quickly and is eager to trigger positive reinforcement in the form of treats. 🙂 Solace has an estimated birth year of 2012. If you want a happy, sometimes bouncy hound who is full of joy and love, this may be your guy!
Solace will need a non climbable, dig-proof, minimum 6 foot high fence. He can be placed within 4 – 6 hours of the Oregon sanctuary or of one of our key volunteers in Northern California or Washington state. Email us to query about specific locations. IMPORTANT: DUE TO AN INFLUX OF PRANK EMAILS RECENTLY, WE NOW MUST ASK THAT YOU INCLUDE YOUR FULL NAME, CITY, AND STATE WITH YOUR FIRST INQUIRY SO THAT WE CAN CONFIRM YOU ARE IN OUR ADOPTION AREA. QUERIES MISSING THIS VERIFIABLE INFORMATION WILL NOT BE PROCESSED. THEN :
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Aria is a stunning, wire-haired Galga Espanol, with an estimated birthdate of August 2013. She bonds closely with her trusted human(s) and becomes rather affectionate and velcroish, though does not exhibit signs of SA. She is hesitant with people she does not know, and will wait until they have proven themselves before trusting. Aria is smart and generally calm, though tender/sensitive. Our training program with her is, of course, at her own pace. Once settled, she learned “sit” and “foot please” (right, left), easily, and it seemed she was excited when she accomplished those, as she would pop up for a big hug after finishing her sessions successfully. Aria is housetrained and is not a chewer, nor destructive. She is good on leash generally but is a bit nervous about cars on the road during her walks. She knows “come” but as with most sighthounds, that is not reliable enough for off leash when prey comes into view. Aria can jump quite high and she is very fast. A minimum six foot high fence with no climbable parts or items nearby is crucial for her. Aria may be placed within 4 hours driving distance, maximum, of Gearhart, Oregon, for the right home. We may consider 4 hours driving distance of a key volunteer in Washington state or California. Email us to inquire. IMPORTANT: DUE TO AN INFLUX OF PRANK EMAILS RECENTLY, WE NOW MUST ASK THAT YOU INCLUDE YOUR FULL NAME, CITY, AND STATE WITH YOUR FIRST INQUIRY SO THAT WE CAN CONFIRM YOU ARE IN OUR ADOPTION AREA. QUERIES MISSING THIS VERIFIABLE INFORMATION WILL NOT BE PROCESSED. THEN:
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