Originally Posted by Claire's Friend View Post
i think his name should be Lucky, because he sure is to have found you !!! Thank you for saving him !!!
If you'd seen us this afternoon chasing him you would have suspected being found was the last thing on his mind, and it was!! LOL With a car and two people trying to get him he ran like the dickens every time we got near. An hour and 1 1/2 miles worth. If only dogs could understand us we could just say something like "Hey man, just jump in the car and you'll get yummy food, a warm place to sleep, and have fun too". LOL
When we finally got him cornered in a yard we covered the fence with a blanket to keep the cold wind off of him while Jane and I took turns going to our house for food and water, then the crate.. He growled a lot and also snapped anytime either of us got near.
It's wonderful to watch him relax. In only 7 hours now, he's gone from snapping at my hands to eating out of it or coming over for petting. Even barked at the gate to go out and do his business.
His first treat at our house was one of the yummy homemade treats a benevolent GRF'er sent for Andy and Katie
Lucky is a great name. We'll give it some thought. We'd talked about "Matty" too, since he's so matted. "Matty" and "Lucky" both sound friendly.
Awww poor pup!! I think hes very handsome even dirty and matted...hes gonna be a gem all cleaned up!
What about Matt as his name!...or Lucky Matt..lol...hes all matted (but not for long)
We talked about "Matty". Of course, we'd never tell anyone the reason for the name LOL
He strikes me as a 'self rescue', much as our bichon, Katie, made a break from her abusive home (where someone kicked her and broke her rear leg beyond repair). She was walking the sidewalk in front of our house in 100 degree temps, looking like she was going to cross the street. She came right over to Jane when Jane started talking to her. I've always joked Katie picked our house and played Jane like a 2 bit fiddle LOL.
This little guy also acted like he wanted to be as far away from where he was as possible. Doesn't seem like he's been abused per se, just not taken care of at all.
A minute ago he jumped up on the footstool and let me pet him, slowly losing his fear and coming out of his shell. I bet he'll sleep a lot the next couple of days. Walked inside the crate three times now, tempted by treats, ate them and rearranged the blanket to his liking. Even took a cat nap inside it for 5 minutes, though it seems he prefers chairs. The fleas are driving him nuts. Poor guy.
It's wonderful watching fearful strays relax then sleep
Look who's coming over and jumping up on the foot stool to let me scratch and pet him.
Tried to bite my fingers off just hours ago. LOL
Eating out of my hand
If history is any guide, he'll be sleeping a lot the next couple of days after a stressful period of time. A cut and care should help his puppy come out. He's a pretty affectionate little guy once he trusts (secret weapon: food
). He even gave me a couple kisses after the mini pot pie bites I hand fed him. I highly doubt he'll snap at Russell (the groomer) today, or anyone else for that matter.
Could he possibly be a maltipoo? I haven't been around many purebred poodles since my days as a paperboy. I seem to remember them as curly curly. Guess we'll know more after he's had a spa day.
Happy "The Earth Didn't End on December 21, 2012" Day!!!