Poodle / Terrier
In Sept 2021, DallasDogRRR stepped up with several other local rescues to save 111 dogs surrendered from a hoarding situation. Rupert is one of 12 brought into Dallas DogRRR.
He came in with a double-ear infection so bad that his balance was off which made him look like he had one too many. He was matted, and had eye ulcers and an untreated lower spinal injury.
We were amazed that even through the trauma he suffered, he would just melt when held and settled right into his new foster home. Rupert received treatment for his ear infection, got cleaned up, did a long steroid treatment for his old spinal injury, and took the "no puppy pledge.
Rupert is resilient! Today he enjoys walks, hiking, and playing with his furry foster sisters. He has favorite toys that he likes to carry around the house and loves to snuggle with humans. The old spinal injury doesn't slow him down a bit; he might be adorably clumsy at times and just looks extra enthusiastic with floppy ears when he goes for a jaunt. His strength continues to grow and every now and then he even gets up on the couch or uses the bed ramp on his own. He has warmed up to car rides and now just lays in the back seat on a blanket buckled in knowing he's off to another adventure.
Rupert is a mullet dog. His tush and tail are wiry scruffy hair, but the front 90% of him has THE silkiest softest hair; he can literally slide out of your arms. He is low maintenance and won't require a groomer for trims but should get a quick slicker brushing a few times a week to ensure his majestic fur can blow in the breeze and avoid ever matting again.
Rupert generally needs a potty break every 3 hours unless crated or sleeping through the night. If unsupervised outside the crate, it's best to keep a belly band on him. Rupert has made leaps and bounds in his crate training. He even walks to his crate at bedtime and gets in on his own without a fuss.
Because of the damage to his eyes and ears, he may bark at things moving far away or reflections in the glass. He is also scared by unpredictable movements and sounds (particularly those made by tiny humans).
After a few weeks of realizing that he now had a place where he was warm, fed, and loved, Rupert started to develop some fear-based, territory aggression. This means that he became aggressive toward strangers coming into the house or yard, but fine with strangers outside his turf. Rupert is practicing coping mechanisms and learning that his crate is a safe space, After the other dogs in the house have calmed down, Rupert has met a few new adult people in the house and warmed up to those guests for that visit. His new forever home will want to continue training, patience, and consistency to help him build his confidence and allow him to feel safe in his space.