Aj is a special dog to me and after biting his owner and owners husband I adopted him instead of piutting him to sleep. Luckily at the Vet the owner remembered a promise she made to me.
Sheep dogs like Aj have been in my life since I got into dogs in 1991, some of them neurotic some of them so scared they don’t want to leave there crates. Knowing it took me 4 years to bring my favorite dog to his “Best” I have patience and am willing to accept dogs as they sometime are in the moment. People who tend to make ultimatums and have expectations that are sometimes not realistic are the ones who are left with choice later on can’t be taken back.
In todays laws, and theme of legal issues that surround dogs I am all to familiar with the corners we sometimes get stuck in. People are faced with choices of Euthanize or re-home and law now has pressures to protect new adopters and adoptees to disclose and sign releases that frequently make dogs “Unadoptable”
Or so people think.
There are always choices many of them not present to you at this moment. In 2011 after helping Norcal Lab rescue turn around 4 unadoptable dogs I changed my mind about some things. For one the idea of a drop box you put your dog in made me sick. Homey a wonderful black lab was put in “The Drop Box”. I realized that its not a bad option compared to tossing them out of your truck door. People never cease to amaze me at the times when you should have inner strengths you show humanity that there are cowards and people who just could care less. Since 1991 I have been watching hopelessly to well over 88 MILLION DOGS Be put to sleep. “No kill Shelters” were invented in my early days and did not change much but fool alot of people into thinking that it was safe to just drop them off and let someone else sort out the dogs life. NO kill shelters just have another shelter destroy the dogs they wont and sometimes just truck them down to the shelter with the crematorium. How do I know? I worked right next to the smokestack in my first job at a petcare facility. It was my motivation to be who I am and dedicate my life to being a trainer, A teacher and a back bone to the industry that loses so many due to frustration and political mess we now are faced with.
AJ never should of been adopted to the couple who had him, Why? He has a thyroid problem and has sugar issues that can make him as neurotic as a dog can be.
Aj is safe with me and now is thriving in controlled environment and by all measures appears to be a whistle trained sheep dog with more smarts than most.