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Giveaways 6/26

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Giveaways 6/16

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Giveaways 6/14

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Franklin Firsts

It hasn’t been too long since Mr. Franklin joined our home. He is already defying the odds.

They told us he’d never be able to walk up stairs. Truth be told, he doesn’t always walk. Sometimes, he takes them 2 at a time, in a jump.

They’d told us that we needed to be careful with his paws. He was skittish about them and got fearful. Now, he rather enjoys ‘holding hands’. It took a few days. Initially, he’d pull back. After showing him that we would never hurt his big, beautiful feet, he willing lets us pet them.

They told us multiple spots on his body would remain hairless due to injury and the depth to which the ticks had burrowed. As of today, he has regrown the hair over all but the 2 deepest wounds.

They told us his energy level would probably be low and that he may only go out two or three times daily. Well, he walks hourly to keep him moving and limber plus a walk to the mailbox everyday. The last 2 nights, he has broken into a full run with my son on his last potty of the night. Low energy? Yes, he naps, but he also can jump on beds and the couch.

They said he was too anxious to gain weight or sleep properly. He had been hesitant to eat at the rescue, barely eating what was in front of him and scarfing it down rapidly when he did. Now, he is eating the vet recommended 2-1/2 cups daily and sleeps straight through the night. His eating is slowing enough where we can see him chewing and he drinks more than enough water.

They said he’d had no training, was used to pottying where he pleased, that it would be hard to housebreak him. He’s had one accident in the house and it was technically my fault for losing track of time. We took him out hourly for the first 2 days and rewarded with a treat for every successful trip. He is a food motivated learner. It really took 2 days, no crate, to housebreak him.

I take no credit for any of his achievements. I have to put the credit where it’s due. The Lord was with us from the beginning and Franklin, himself, gets the rest of the credit. After having been through so much, all the abuse and neglect he endured, including the not-so-nice pick-up he got from Animal Control, all he wants to do is love and be loved. I can dig that feeling.

If any animal has a right to hold a grudge, it’s Franklin. But, he doesn’t. There’s no anger, no aggression, no bad attitude. He is so thankful for everything he gets. Every treat, every feeding, we get kisses beyond belief and nuzzles. He adores being called a ‘good boy’ and his tail will wag until he’s ready to take flight. Whoever gave up on him/abused him/threw him away like garbage, made an epic mistake. He is AMAZING.

We still have some hurdles. He has nightmares. It’s sad. He’ll curl up and fuss sometimes during sleep. He has no idea how to play. We’re working with a tennis ball and he is now to the point where he picks it up in his mouth then immediately drops it. Hey, it’s closer than we were a week ago. Until he’s ready, there’s a stuffed Lambchop and some chew toys waiting patiently. We’ll get there.

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More of Franklin

After the visit, we had a waiting period to hear whether or not we’d be with Franklin. I had all my paperwork in order. I researched every article on Lyme I could find. The most promising tid bit that I learned was that he could fully recover with proper nutrition, love, and a low anxiety environment. That was amazing news and something I’d not been aware of previously. We’d been provided with his basic necessities. We felt we were 100% ready.

The staff called on a Friday morning, telling me to ‘Come get my boy.’ We were excited, nervous, anxious- all at once. Before I came in, they told me I’d need to spend a few minutes with the attending vet. My heart sank. But, they didn’t want to explain on the phone.

When we got there, the vet met us to explain. The night before, he’d been part of a walk around the grounds. Coming down a gravel hill, his legs had buckled in the back. He fell. When they brought him in, he was fearful and didn’t want them touching him. I was not deterred. I thanked the staff for all the info. We went in the morning. I had been provided with his basic necessities. So, with a new collar & leash, my son & I walked in. We were more nervous than anyone! Honestly, I worried that he would even remember us. That first day, it couldn’t have been more than 30 minutes together.

The rescue was busy with volunteers and a few people who’d just had to surrended their animals. No judgement, but, it was SAD. I caught glimpses of him as the door would open & close. Finally, I heard the volunteers wishing him well and telling him his new mom was outside. Whether or not he understood, I’m not sure. But, the Franklin who walked out of that cage was a new dog! He was doing the full body wag. Darn right, he remembered us. He ran straight to us for pets and kisses.

They handed me his file which looked much more like a textbook. All his medical info, etc. Goodness! It was a lot. We thanked everyone and walked Franklin out of the resuce to a new life. He jumped in the car. I wasn’t sure what kind of car dog he’d be because I don’t know if he’s been in one other than the animal control vehicle. Regardless, he never looked back. He stuck his nose out of the window, smelled everything, and only let out a noise one time at a traffic light.

To Be Continued……