This is a story that almost made me get away from dogs.... I was nearly ready to pack it
Almost four years ago, I placed two dogs in what I thought would be a PERFECT
The family wanted the dogs for their children to work 4H. The kids were
12 and 11 years
old at the time. The dogs were nearly a year old at the time. They lived
on acreage, had
horses, and other critters. I couldn't have asked for better. (HAH!)
Well, after a few months, I lost touch with these people; they moved, somewhere....
news of the dogs. I was a little upset, but things happen, and I trusted
these people. I just
knew that they would get in touch soon.....
A year went by, nothing. I really wasn't all that concerned because it
was such a great
Finally, about 10 months ago, I got the phone call.... They had to place
the dogs, the family
have split up, the dogs needed a place to go NOW. Fine, I always take my
guys back, for
what ever reason, no matter what, why or where.... There was one big problem.....
also six pups. The other problem was , these pups were nearly a year old!!!!
All girls. Five
Tervs and a Groen.(these folks had an old Groen when they got the dogs.)
So, I ended up with
8 dogs back. The pups are 'purebred' but I can't/won't register them.
Okay, now , what to do next? Well, obviously I took the dogs. The two older
dogs are now
in foster homes, which I am hoping become permanent! Thank goodness for
friends! The pups were another story!
They were basically wild. No other words for it. I had to 'tame' them.
They had never been
handled, leash trained, house trained, crate trained, absolutely nothing.
As you can imagine,
I have spent hours with these guys. They actually are turning into nice
dogs. Wasn't sure that
was possible! But now, they need their own special people.
These dogs are nearly two years old. They are healthy. They are crate trained.
trained. Fairly good on leash. They have come a long way! I can groom them,
do nails and
they handle most anything I do to them. They even know they are going to
get food and
they don't have to fight for it!
They are small dogs. 30-35 lbs. I will get photos up soon.
Anyway, I have done as much as a person can. The dogs need special folks
to continue with
their socialization. They are good with livestock, birds and cats, and
of course other dogs.
They really have no issues, other than a total lack of social skills. They
are a little timid with
new people. They have no aggression issues with people. They have lived
in their pack for
their entire lives, so being alone may be an issue. Someone who is home
most of the time would
probably be an ideal situation. Of course, they are incredible dogs, they
ARE Belgians, and
I have high hopes for them; I am sure they will make excellent companions
for the right
So, if anyone is interested in helping these guys become wonderful companions,
drop me an
email. Homes will be extensively 'interviewed', and natural rearing homes
fed, no or very minimal vaccinations, etc). This will be a project for
knowing my dogs as I do, I think they will make a full recovery from their
past. A little time,
a lot of patience, and even more love will make them into the great dogs
I know they can be!