Originally named “Gus” by the Friends Animal Shelter, details eventually came out as to who he was and why he is so scared of people. You’d be scared too if someone shot you in the head! Scout is here to find serenity and learn trust once again.
Last Updated: Jan. 19
- Arrival date: Jan. 14, 2020
- Breed: Shepherd Mix
- Sex: Male
Puppy, Young Adult, Mature, Senior
- Weight: @ 55 Pounds
- Spayed/Neutered: Unknown
- General Health:
Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
- Temperament: SCARED!
- Gets Along with:
People, Dogs, Cats
- Crate Trained: No
- Housebroken: No
- Departure date: Undetermined
Scout was part of a “pack” of dogs whose owner let them run loose in the neighborhood. One neighbor took exception to that and shot Scout in the head. He survived — physically — but is so scared of people now he won’t let most people anywhere near him.
Scout’s Progress Summary:
Detailed notes on this foster dog’s progress are posted below the summary.
Dog to Dog Behavior
Dog to People Behavior
House Dog Training
4Health Salmon & Potato recipe, 1½ cups AM, 1¼ cups PM.
In chronological order, newest at the bottom. Some pictures are linked to a more detailed Doggy Tale about that update, click those to open the related story.
Progress notes are listed below, in chronological order, newest at the bottom.
Today Scout bade farewell (for a while) to Autumn at Friends Animal Shelter. She was the only staff member able to get inside Scout’s defenses (and his kennel). She accomplished this with her gentle spirit — and bags of Krystal cheeseburgers.
I took her advice and showed up for my first “interview” with Scout with a bag of bribery in tow. It worked, he let me come into his kennel and sit in one corner while he cowered in the opposite corner. But he let me in!
Yesterday Marie bought a box of White Castle cheeseburgers at the grocery store — they’re pretty much the same, right? Maybe not! Today I held out a quarter of a White Castle to Scout, he sniffed it and turned up his nose, “That is NOT a Krystal cheeseburger!” He wanted nothing to do with it — until we got him into the transport box and were on our way to PMFC, then he decided to pick out the meat and cheese, but stomped the bun into paste on the floor of his box.
It’s going to be COLD over the next few nights, down in the teens. Yeah, yeah, the Wisconsinites scoff when I say that, “You call THAT cold?” Well, yeah, in Tennessee we DO call that cold. And I’m concerned about Scout. All the others will go inside at night — and in the day if it’s too cold, just come out for potty breaks. But Scout isn’t having any part of wearing a collar yet, much less going for leash walks.
The plan has always been to have inside and outside areas for our kennels. But the inside part has not come to pass yet. But we decided to try to do something with it for Scout.
The building is still full of lumber stacks. There is an aisle between one stack and the kennel side wall. We bought a couple of brood lamps to hang over that aisle, put a piece of carpet on the floor set a raised bed in there with blankets on it and a bed warmer under them, then blocked off the end of the aisle with a large live trap stood on end. Then, I unblocked the door to the interior so he could get in there. I put his water dish in there, and his food dish. He went in to eat then came back out. I went in to retrieve the dish and it was noticeably warmer when the air temp was 37°, so it should stay reasonably comfortable even when it gets down to the 20’s or teens.
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