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December 3, 2007

Meet Andy!

Andy was part of a dog auction where dogs that are no longer needed in puppy mill breeding programs are sold to the highest bidder. Andy changed hands several times before he found his way into our rescue program this past March. He has been neutered and is up to date on shots and is on heartworm preventative. Andy is a red rough. He will be 3 years old in January of 2008; sadly Andy lived the first 2 years of his life in a cage. Andy weighs about 12 pounds. He’s solid now as compared to when he came into our rescue program; he was very skinny and seemed undernourished.

Andy is very shy and afraid of just about everybody, especially new people. Some times Andy will run away (in the fenced yard) and has to be cornered to be caught or let come in on his own terms. He is a sweet heart really. Andy sleeps in the bed with his foster family and there he snuggles next to his foster mom. When it’s time to get up, he is happy and comes up to “mom” or “dad;” gets in one of their faces and insists on having his face scratched. It’s so precious because he has come so far. But once he’s on the floor he again frightens easily.

Andy will walk on a leash. He usually comes when called. Andy gets along well with other dogs and is submissive. He likes cats and if the truth is told, probably plays with the cat more than the other dogs. Andy is crate trained and wire cage trained; he prefers the wire cage and will “kennel up” on command. He is partially house trained but will “go” inside if not watched consistently. At breakfast and dinner time he does the “Andy dance” of excitement where he runs around the table, jumps and spins in circles and then runs to his bowl! He has to be fed separate from the others because of his submissiveness; he will let the other dogs eat his food.

Andy needs a very special home. He may never be a typical “pet” and may just want to be with you, but not held by you although he does come up to his foster parents from time to time for a good scratching and some times he seems to enjoy being held. He certainly needs a quiet home with another dog, preferably close in age and someone who could spend a great deal of time with him. With time, the right person could earn his trust and form a special loving bond with this little guy. Due to his special personality needs he can only go to a home without children: responsible teenagers okay. Also since he has such issues, please only apply if you are serious, compassionate and patient. The last thing any of our rescues need, especially Andy, is to be shuffled around more than absolutely necessary.

Andy is locate in Pensacola, FL

If you are interested in adoption please fill out our Adoption Application. If you would like more information, please contact Lisa.

Keep in mind that we prefer to place dogs within driving distance of where they are being fostered. If someone from outside the local area is approved for adoption, they must be willing to fly in to get the dog and that can only happen if the dog is stable enough to travel in the cabin with the passenger.

March 28, 2008


Andy has been Adopted!

Andy with his new family
Earl, Barbara and his new brother Sparky

Andy is doing very well and has blossomed with his family. Lee and I took Andy as far as we could in the year he spent with us. It was during that time that Andy was just waiting for this wonderful couple to find him. The first time I spoke with Barbara about Andy, regarding what to expect about the first visit, I told her not to expect anything from Andy. I told her, he won't come to you, he won't like you. He'll be afraid of you and on and on. Amazingly, they were still interested so we set up an in house visit. Andy was terrified at first. I was right about that, and that only! Within 15 minutes Andy was in Barbara's lap as content as he had ever been in my lap! I knew then that Andy had picked this family. It was written in the stars and had to be an answer to all his little Andy prayers! We brought Andy back home with us to give Earl and Barbara time to think and to make sure they really wanted Andy; they saw how timid he was even though he did get in Barbaras lap and relax a bit. As you can see, they wanted Andy and adopted him.

There were times I thought Andy would never find a home other than ours and on the way to Earl and Barbara's that day of the home visit I told Lee that we would most likely end up keeping Andy ourselves. But that would have been a mistake because Andy has done so much better with all the time and attention he has received in his new home. There were many good applicants and it was a difficult task trying to determine the best home for Andy, but in the end he chose this family himself! And that made it easy. Andy touched our hearts in so many ways. He came so far from the near "feral" dog that he was when he first came to our home. He was so delicate and frail it seemed. But he's a strong little man and though I cried so when he left, I was so happy too because I know he has the home he truly deserves! Thank you Barbara and Earl!

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