Zeke has a really sad story. He was chained in a yard right on Paseo. His mother was chained, too. Before Chain of Hope got involved, she had a litter of puppies while living on her chain. The people just had to keep one (they always do!). That puppy was Zeke. Zeke was growing up on a chain with a crappy wooden doghouse, but at least he had his mom back there with him. Lots of dealers, etc. were all over that area at night and one night, because she was barking at him, a drug dealer shot Zeke’s mother and killed her. Zeke saw the whole thing. He was traumatized. Zeke lived a very solitary life now, being without his mom. He was shut down emotionally. We could not pet him or get close to him, he was scared to death. Most of the time when we were there, he would just hide in his doghouse. We would leave food and water and treats. Our hearts were breaking for this boy, he was so shut down. We’d go by in the summer and Zeke would have no water. The owner was not very welcoming or receptive, but we would sneak by anyway and give Zeke treats and rawhides.We kept visiting him and getting him used to us and one day we were able to make Zeke a Chain of Hope dog.
Zeke would hide and slink around behind things, but we just gave him some space and time and treats and he started coming around. We had a wonderful foster mom step up for Zeke. She had a quiet, calm house, no other animals and she offered to take Zeke and help him heal his heart. She was wonderful with him and Zeke started thriving. He was heartworm positive, but we got him through that and were very thankful that he had a nice place to recover in Laura’s home.
As often happens, Laura became a “foster flunkie” and eventually adopted Zeke. She could not imagine him going anywhere!!! Zeke is so happy now and has gained confidence. Laura loves him and he loves her.
Thanks for keeping us going.