On occasion we have the ability to rescue some of the dogs we breed and love. Each case is different but the work is always the same, trying to provide any and all medical attention, training, and love each one needs and find them a forever home!
Our most recent rescues came in the form of a working pair, Coal and Hazel. We had been following the dog named Coal for a while and knew the owner had bred him twice and then sold him. We were able to find Coal with his partner and mate Hazel in Montana. It had turned out the new owner did not want either one for temperament issues, we did not know what was going on but offered to come look at them. With the intention of purchasing Coal.
When we arrived we were then told she received both dogs for free, the female had been spayed after having 2 litters with the original breeder. The temperament concerns were becoming a safety issue with Coal and it was plainly said they leave in the next week or they leave to the rainbow bridge. I reimbursed the new owner the money she had paid for transport for both dogs to Montana and left with both Coal and Hazel
Upon seeing both of them I knew they both required medical attention. Over the next weeks Hazel had to lose weight because she was 10 pounds over weight, and also undergo eye surgery to fix the entropion she had. This is a rather horrid genetic issue where the fur and eyelid turn inside toward the eye and cause constant irritation. I cannot imagine having a bunch of fur in my eye and how that would feel for years. Coal had very little fur coat and what was there was dry, brittle, and curly. We ran an official OFA thyroid test and found Coal had autoimmune thyroiditis that had already manifested into hypothryoidism. Coal went on medication right away receiving two pills everyday. He went back for thyroid blood checks to see when his dosage would balance his thyroid.
Hazel went in for training and after a few minor adjustments was an amazing guardian and enjoyed her flock. She was very loving in nature and obedient. We were able to place Hazel on a farm with a partner dog to live her days in the meadows and sunsets of Nevada.
Coal repeatedly had aggression problems, we sought out trainers and the vets advice. Coal had to wear a muzzle at the vet or anywhere he went off the property. He would lunge and challenge every other dog that came near him, and he snapped at children for no apparent reason. At the walk into the vets office muzzled a child went to pet Coal and did not ask first but children are of course learning as well. Coal lunged full fur raised and snarling at the child. We had to keep him kenneled or on a chain and careful around him at all times. The vet normalized his thyroid levels and Coal had a clean bill of health, his hips had dyplasia and he took a mild pain killer. I walked past Coal once in his kennel and the feed bucket bumped his shoulder as I walked by and Coal reacted aggressively, in a way that became dangerous. At this point Coal was put down as no training was making any difference and he was danger to the safety of our children and ourselves. Not all rescues have a great ending but at least he was happy in the end full coat of fur, no pain, and food everyday.
We are happy we were able to find Hazel a home as she was quite an amazing girl!