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Old 07-25-2005, 07:21 PM
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Angry Dog has been beaten...

I got my Hunter a year ago in April and have totally found out he used to be beaten . When I got him he was a totally untrained rogue running wild that got picked up by the shelter. He was on their adoption floor approximately 1-2 days the got taken off due to stress and scheduled for euthanizia. I intervened and got him out of there not knowing what I was in for (Grammy helped... I couldn't stomach the thought of meeting him in the shelter, but she did, and I had double-booked myself with 2 rescue dogs!). Anywhooo... long story short, he is the best dog I could have ever asked for. Mind you after much training and working with him... he is the best! Meanwhile, I can tell he's been beaten in the past. And it makes me absolutely sick! The first time I noticed it was when he was laying on my bed and I was unpacking from a biz trip and pulled my belt out... he shot to the ground at my feet and laid there convulsing in shivers and cowering expecting to be hit!!! Then whenever I have to have a male worker come to my house... like today for the AC, he is trying to be so brave and bark at them like he's protective, but he's just plain scared! And cowers at them, too. Until they pat him and tell him it's ok, then he seems to be so much better. It just breaks my heart!!
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Old 07-25-2005, 07:28 PM
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Poor Baby, thank God he found a great home with you. Hopefully as the years go by he will realize that no harm will come his way again. It is so hard for abused dogs to trust that they are safe now. My girl Neva was abused as a pup for about one months time and the damage is still evident six years later. She has never even been scolded by me (thank goodness she is an angel) but she still cowers when someone else is scolded, like the kids or Gunnar and she is REALLY petrified of tall men with beards. I hope your baby will make the connection that with you there is no pain or suffering, only love like any dog deserves.
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Old 07-25-2005, 07:41 PM
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Thanks, Adrienne... I agree... only time will heal that he knows he's safe with me and Mamma would never subject him to that again...
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Old 07-25-2005, 11:47 PM
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Or Grammy !!! He's the best !!!
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Old 07-25-2005, 11:54 PM
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atleast he's safe with you. I think in time he will overcome most problems. I think Mack was abuse too as a pup. We got him a seven months and if you even raise your voice or raise your hand in a wierd way to pet him he will cower and shake like he is gonna get a beatin. When we go to chain him up outside he will cower and shake when you go to chain him up (once he's chained he's fine cuz I never leave him outside alone) but when he's getting chained up he's scared to death. I don't know what happened to him but I know he's safe here and I am going to try and work out his little "issues" that he has.
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Old 07-26-2005, 01:00 AM
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My old Pit mix Gus had something happen to him, he was always scared when you rolled up a cord or a hose. Belts didn't seem to phase him much. He was always nervous around tall skinny guys with baseball caps on. Usually, he would just watch them closely, but one time we went by a construction site and tall skinny guy with a ball cap, was rolling up a hose and he yelled to someone, "HEY!!", and Gus went off the deep end growled and shook and his tail was between his legs and I thought for a second he was going to totally collapse like he did when I (Stupidly) took him with me and my other two dogs to the car wash, but he finally decided that he wanted to go after him instead. By that time we were past him and all Gus did was bounce off the back of the car and add to the hearing loss I have in my left ear, probably due to his barking into the closed window and my left ear getting blasted by it. He barked amazingly loud when he was upset. The police downtown riding horses totally freaked him out, those were some big "dogs".

Hunter looks like a twin to my old yellow Lab Joe, he had the dudley nose too. The only thing that rattled him was the vaccuum. I've only had one dog over my whole life that wasn't terrified of the "hell machine".
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Old 07-26-2005, 01:03 AM
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If I ever get to meet him Ill give him nothing but belly rubs and ear scratchins. Untill then youll have to give them for me.
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Old 07-26-2005, 03:04 AM
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Oh, he gets them, Blue... don't worry! He's my sweet baby! Thanks...
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Old 07-26-2005, 09:35 AM
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May was abused before we got her. When we got her she was terrified of every little thing....she panted all night, she was terrified of men, any loud noises would terrify her....now she's a pretty confident dog, but still doesn't like really loud noises. Tippy was abused also, Colby might've been too.
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Eli, that is so sad. Don't you wish you could erase all the bad memories? We believe Bear was abused by his 1st owners (we are his 3rd and final owners). We have had him for 4 years and he still gets nervous at loud noises (ie. me wrestling in my pot/pan cupboard, ok I admit its disorganized!) or even if we make a simple little statement like "sh**". Not even yelling, just like oh sh** I spilled my milk - Bear will run in the bedroom with his tail between his legs. I don't think they ever really forget.
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