I have an unusual request, hence this article. I would like everyone who reads this to pass it along to someone who might know someone who would be interested in adopting, and for them to pass it along to others.
Every once in a while in rescue, you foster a dog that - for reasons having nothing to do with aggressive behavior - becomes seemingly unadoptable. Dallas is one of those special dogs. I have been fostering him for 18 months.
Dallas is a dwarf Golden/Lab cross who came from Grateful Golden Retrievers. His legs are just a little short for his body, although he is not low to the ground like a Basset Hound. He is now about 3 years old.
Dallas absolutely loves other roughhousing dogs. He was originally a backyard dog that was never socialized with people but grew up with other dogs. To put it mildly, he is scared of people, especially men. It took me the first 5 months of having him for him to allow me to touch him.
Bottom line: He couldn't care less about people. He demands no human attentions or affection. Therein lies the problem with finding potential adopters.
When we adopt a dog, we desire that human-dog bond and connection. Dallas just doesn't care. He prefers to be outside and then likes to come inside in hot or stormy weather and at night.
He loves the security of his crate. He is not a fear biter but rather cowers and sometimes submissively pees or poops. He cannot be a house dog!
Dallas has been exposed to my home and can't wait to get either outside or back to his crate. Even after more than a year, he only very reluctantly accepts kind and loving touch, and hands are put on him every day.
Men frighten him, and anyone carrying something still makes him uncomfortable.
What would make this dog happy forever? To live with a pack of active, physical dogs that he could play with every day. It must be a safely fenced area. This space can't have anything that he can destroy.
Dallas needs an indoor space where he could have his crate to feel safe. This space should be pretty much dog proof, as he does like to chew.
So now you can understand this plea.
Dallas is not going to be a house pet. He doesn't care about coddling or attention and affection. He loves treats and food but is not obsessive. I have had several people working with him but, to be truthful, there is little or no improvement beyond the way he is now.
The proverbial farm or large fenced area where he could be happy with other playmates and his own inside space would be perfect. That would totally define Nirvana for him.
Given where we live in the Bluffton-Hilton Head Island suburban area, it is unlikely that place will be here. But as you pass this article on, maybe someone will find the right happy place for him.
Applications would need to go through his rescue group for approval.
Abby Bird is owner of Alphadog Training Academy. AlphadogTrainingAcademy@gmail.com