BENEFITING: ABANDONED TERRIER RESCUE ASSOC INC
EVENT DATE: Jul 23, 2014
DANNY' S GOING TO CAMP!!!!!!
THANKS TO ALL OF YOUR GENEROUS HELP THROUGH THIS SITE, THE DONATIONS THROUGH THE PAYPAL LINK ON OUR WEBSITE AND TWO GENEROUS DONATIONS FROM VOLUNTEERS, WE DID IT!
DANNY THANKS ALL HIS SUPPORTERS AND PROMISES TO DO HIS VERY BEST!
Here's Danny Boy! His name was inspired by his rescue date of March 17th-- St. Patrick's Day. And isn't he so very cute? Still, Danny needs your help to enhance his chances for adoption!
No, he is not a Wire Fox terrier, like Belle, but when people saw his picture online, lots of them thought he was! We were alerted that there was "definitely" a Wire Fox terrier in the Downey, CA shelter. And, although we confirmed our suspicions that he was not a Wire, we just could not turn our backs on him.
We don't know for how long in his short life Danny Boy was left to fend for himself in an improverished and dangerous neighborhood. From the looks of his dirty, matted coat and voracious appetite, it had been awhile. In his shelter run, he appeared scared and hopeless. While his kennelmates ran to the gate to greet visitors, Danny Boy cowered in the corner. Still, we knew he had to possess a resilient spirit to survive and that spirit would also help him overcome the mistrust and the defenses he developed to keep alive on the streets.
Danny was slated to go on a rescue transport but he developed kennel cough while in the shelter and so his chances to go to a no kill shelter were dashed and he faced an uncertain future. We worried that he would not be adopted from the shelter because he was so fearful in that environment, so we made an exception and took Danny in. Our best guess is that he is the wonderful combination of Jack Russell Terrier and Pooodle but you are welcome to choose your own combo!
Dany was frightened of the transport crate and the car, he was frightened of the vet and men in general. His defense was to growl and bare his teeth to threaten. Any loud noise startled him into furious barking. Nevertheless, the vets agreed with our assessment that underneath his matted fur and bravado was a sweet dog that needed to learn to trust.
Danny was neutered and his filthy, matted coat was shaved off while he was under anesthesia since it would have been too painful to treat it any other way. Danny was a good patient. He did not struggle against "the cone," took his medicine without a problem and seemed grateful for the treats and food and attention. He explored his new environment but always ran back to his guardian and rubbed arround her legs like a cat before finally having the courage to crawl into her lap.
When Danny recovered from his kennel cough and neuter surgery, and he had his eyes checked by a veterinary ophthalmologist, he went to his current foster home. Danny needed to experience new places and people and friendly dogs. Meeting our foster's husband for the first time did not go well. Fortunately he was understanding and Danny did not inflict serious damage on his ankles! With time, Danny trusted him and now they are good buddies, lounging together to watch sports on TV. On leash and at the dog park, Danny's street fighting attitude would unpredictably emerge--understandably with bigger dogs. Still, he was able tp trust some dogs, as seen in his pictures, and he would have a good time. He even learned to like and play with a former "enemy" so we know Danny has promise.
Danny Boy has made remarkable strides, thanks to the care and attention of his foster Mom. But before he can be placed, we need to bring him along a bit so that he can adapt to his forever family without a problem.
And, foster Mom must leave for a few weeks and we do not have another foster home available. We want Danny to retain the gains he has made and to have a new positive experience along with learning obedience and proper interaction with people and other dogs on a broader basis.
So, we are asking for your help to send Danny to summer camp. The camp is actually K-9 Companions in Lake Matthews, CA. They trained another rescue, Devon, (the Wire, our mascot, with the suberb head tilt you can see on our webpage) with great success. And, as many of you know, training a Wire can be quite challenging. Danny has been evaluated and they feel that he will do great.
Danny will have three weeks of in-house training, some follow up and then his lucky adopter will receive additional follow up in their home with him. We felt that going to camp was much better for Danny than to be boarded. And, even though the cost for this experience is not that much more than straight boarding would be, it is still a bit daunting for our small non-profit volunteer group.
People usually do not come to us to adopt mixes so we want to go the extra mile to help Danny feel more secure, walk well on leash and interact well with people so we could give him the very best chance for adoption. After all, his good looks and personality will take him just so far! He has potential to be a Prince and to overcome his deprived start in life as a Pauper.
Thanks for any assistance you are able to give!