Update — hoping for a happy one. He was adopted again. Please cross your fingers (and toes) that this time if forever for Jack.
Jack is heartbroken. He is back in a kennel in a shelter where he was first abandoned after twelve loyal years with a family. They couldn’t be bothered to take him with them when they moved. Jack was adopted, but returned after spending three months in a home with children and another dog. He is truly bereft at being back at the shelter. He must be confused about why no one wants him. It is confusing. Jack is a great dog in every way!
Jack was adopted back in August by a family who promised to keep him forever. That wasn’t a decade-long promise as Jack is a senior dog. But in spite of the fact that he knows “sit” and “stay,” he likes children, and he’s housebroken, they brought him back to the shelter. The reason for Jack’s return? When playing with their smaller dog, Jack put his mouth around the smaller dog’s neck. A visit to any dog trainer or dog behavior specialist might have solved this problem — which is probably not a problem at all.
Many large breed dogs, shepherds and Doberman pinchers (I know the latter from experience) love to put their mouths around the necks of other dogs. In fact, my mother worried that my adopted Dobie would kill my smaller dog for months until she realized that the bigger dog was, in fact, very gentle and just playing.
So now, Jack has been abandoned twice in his twelfth year of life. First because his owners were moving (they left him with a growth that needed surgery which the shelter provided), and now because his adopted family isn’t willing to work with him. Jack is heartbroken. He cries and cries in his kennel.
In his kennel, Jack stands at the door and barks a soft, pleading yelp asking to be let out. Watch the video. He’s housebroken and when he is taken out, he does his business outside. Jack does fine with other dogs. Like many older dogs he doesn’t want to play, but he’s not aggressive.
Jack is truly suffering from being back at the kennel. He needs a foster home or an adopter who will TRULY commit to keeping this sweet loving dog forever.
There is more information on his Facebook thread. Jack is ID# A29272090. He is located at them Hillsborough County Animal Services, 440 N. Falkenburg Rd., Tampa, FL 33619. Their phone number is 813-744-5660. The shelter is open every day from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.
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