Happy update! Ike was rescued by Bailey’s Way Rescue. If you pledged money toward his care, please visit the Facebook thread (see below) for information about how to help.
Ike’s video shows what an adorable, sweet and loving dog he is. But this charming dog — because of the actions of ignorant people — is now greatly at risk of being killed; simply because idiots adopted him.
Is that too strong a term — idiots? On the Facebook page Rescue Me Tampa – Shelter Pets they have a link to an excellent article titled “Decompressing Rescue Dog” which clearly states how to introduce a new shelter dog (or any dog, for that matter) to a new household. The operative word? SLOWLY.
Ike is young, sweet, loving and playful. He gets along with other dogs. In the playgroup at the shelter (where dogs get to play with each other), the volunteer noted:
…he had different play styles depending on who he was playing with; he was tolerant, low energy and played in a push and pull manner or was gentle and dainty and high energy. He play bows to people and was submissive to other dogs in the yard.”
Ike was first dumped at Hillsborough County Animal Services with another dog because of “landlord issues.” It was noted that he is very friendly and knows basic obedience training. He is also house trained. While he is scared when he is alone in his kennel at the shelter, he is happy and delighted to be around people. He is heartworm negative.
Ike was adopted by a family with a young child. Instead of introducing Ike slowly to the child, they let him free and he jumped on their child (not aggressively!). Some dogs jump to try to kiss a child on the face — especially young dogs like Ike. They also noted that he wouldn’t stay in his crate(?). Either they didn’t shut the crate door, or he is one of those dogs who can’t be crated because they can’t be shut in small spaces. I have a dog like that — he chewed through two crates and I gave up. Ike may not need to be crated. This family returned Ike after merely hours.
His next adoption lasted a bit longer: one day. Again, the adopters neglected to even take the most basic of steps to ensure Ike’s success. They let him free with their other dogs — no slow introductions for this family. Ike liked one of their dogs but apparently didn’t care for their senior dog (a Basenji who may have given small signals that she didn’t like Ike that the owners ignored or didn’t notice). They fought twice. You would think that after the first time, they MIGHT have considered slowing down the introductions. Again, this family did not have even a tiny notion of how to bring a new dog into a home. One day later, they dumped Ike back at the shelter.
Third time a charm? Not for poor Ike. This time Ike was returned because he chased the family cats. He also tried to get out through the glass doors to chase the outdoor cats. Ike is a puppy who was probably not around cats before. (One Facebook poster commented that his shepherd chased his cat the first day home. They yelled at him, separated them and slowly introduced the dog and cat over a week or two. They get along fine now.) But again, no slow introductions. No calling the shelter for advice. Just poor, abandoned Ike at the shelter again for the fourth time in his life. They did share the information that Ike is a good boy, walks well on a leash, is great in the car, and knows basic obedience commands.
Ike has been through too much for a one-year-old dog barely out of puppyhood. He is depressed at the shelter, and he probably will not believe that he really has a new home for a while (if he gets one). He will keep expecting to be brought back to the shelter. Ike will need time to decompress and learn about a new living situation. He will need a family willing to read the article about decompressing your new shelter dog and willing to follow the advice! He needs a family or person willing to commit to being Ike’s family forever.
Another scenario that would be great for Ike is to find a person or family willing to foster him. Then Ike could begin the process of relearning to live in a home. He could begin to trust again. And the foster would have more information about Ike that would help find him a PERFECT permanent home.
The shelter won’t be giving Ike much more time. They are going to have him assessed and if they think he isn’t behaving, or if they think he is acting at all aggressive, they will kill him. It’s so unfair to do that to a dog who has been so traumatized over the past few weeks. And instead of pointing out his wonderful qualities (and there are many), at least one shelter employee was telling prospective adopters about how he wouldn’t stay in a crate, and how he was destructive in a home.
Is Ike an active dog? Yes, and part of that is because he is still a puppy. But he probably does need a home where he will get the exercise and mental stimulation that intelligent dogs need. Please share his story! Please help him finally find a real home where he will be loved and cherished — no matter what.
There may be more information on his Facebook thread. Ike is ID# A28606297. He is located at Hillsborough County Animal Services, 440 N. Falkenburg Road, Tampa, FL 33619. Their phone number is (813) 744-5660. They are open every day from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.
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