Marilyn and Brittney were going down an alley when they spotted a black dog living in a filthy dog run in an empty lot between two houses. The pen was full of shit and mud, he had no food and no water. His pen was all rigged with wire and rope to tie the gate together. It wasn’t clear who owned the dog, so they went around and knocked on doors. They finally found the house that owned him.
An old lady lived there that was disabled. Her son happened to be there when the girls stopped by and he said that the dog used to belong to his girlfriend and she had left and left him there. These people didn’t really want him. The son said he came over once a month to clean the shit out of the pen! The old lady couldn’t get out to feed him, so they paid the neighbor kids to throw the food over the top of the pen “a couple of times a week”. This poor dog was scared, too thin,and dehydrated. They finally decided to sign the dog over to Chain of Hope. Britt and Marilyn said that is literally took the guy and them 5 minutes to cut the crap off of the gate to even be able to open the pen. Obviously, this poor dog was totally neglected and forgotten about. He was unsocialized (go figure!) and hard to handle. The guy signed this poor dog over to Chain of Hope and loaded him into the crate for us. He was the only one that could touch the dog.
They got Jack back to Chain of Hope and he was petrified. As nasty as his pen was, it was all he knew and he was totally freaked out at Chain of Hope. We could not touch him, we could not go to get him by the collar without him trying to bite us. We had to kind of shepherd him around to get him to go to the back door to potty, etc. Eventually, he started calming down and we were able to get a slip lead over his head to get him in and out from crate to backyard, etc.
He was starving! He cleaned his bowl every time we fed him. He had a lot of catching up to do. Jack started accepting me because I was with him the most. Gradually, he began accepting some of the volunteers that come regularly and he started get a little more comfortable. He loved his new best friend, Ellie, that was also at Chain of Hope and they would play in the backyard everyday.
Don’t get me wrong. Jack had a lot of issues. He would growl, still snap once in awhile, he really didn’t like men. Looking back, it was odd that he let the guy pick him up and load him, because now if a guy was around, Jack wasn’t having it! He was a pretty damaged little boy. We got him in and neutered him, vaccinated him and heart worm checked him and like most of our dogs, he was heart worm positive. Jack became a long-termer at Chain of Hope. There were times when we weren’t very hopeful that he could really come out of this and eventually get adopted. There were days when he would do excellent, too. We had some hard discussions about Jack, but ultimately we needed to acknowledge that although it was slow, Jack was moving in the right direction, he was making progress. We worked and worked with this boy. He was severely heart worm positive and he made it through his heart worm treatment. It was a struggle, it was a difficult recovery but once again Jack came through it. He is a resilient little boy.
Jack was with us for many, many months and he just recently went into a foster home! We are thrilled and so very happy for him! We have a wonderful dog savvy couple named James and Tammy.They don’t have any other animals right now and they agreed to foster Jack and work with him. We laid it all out there for them and they were aware of all of Jack’s issues. I am happy to report that Jack is doing awesome! He still has a ways to go, but has made so much more progress since going to foster. James, the foster dad, said that Jack even jumped up on the bed and laid down beside him the other night when Tammy was gone! For a dog that didn’t like men, that’s pretty good! Way to go, Jack-we are so proud of you!
Thank you, James and Tammy, for opening your home to Jack. Thank you for your patience with him and the love and attention that you give him. A foster home can make all the difference for one of our animals. Please fill out a foster application on our website if you’d like to open your home to a needy animal and help them transition and blossom. It’s a very rewarding experience, as many of us can tell you.
If Chain of Hope didn’t get out into the community and drive the alleys like we do, Jack would probably still be sitting there or most likely, dead. Thank you for keeping Chain of Hope going for the animals!