A dog in a shelter reaches out to a passing woman and begs her to help him
A dog in a shelter reaches out to a passing woman and begs her to help him.
JJ was desperate for attention – any kind of attention. When people walked by his kennel in a small pastoral sanctuary outside Dallas, Texas, he would reach out with his paw, trying to touch them.
This 9-month-old bull had recently been picked up as trash on Dowdy Ferry Road, a frequent hunting ground for Dallas girls. Trade is heavy on this road, and many children end up getting hit by buses. But JJ has always managed to survive.
“Animal control put him there, living on his own,” Patti Dawson, president of Dallas DogRRR, an original rescue group, told The Dodo. “He was exhausted enough that you could see his cartoonish features. I don’t know how long he was on the road, but he did pretty well on his own until he was rescued. ”
Getting away from the thoroughfares was a good thing, but the sanctuary grounds didn’t offer much comfort to JJ – and it wasn’t going to be easy for him to find a home.
“It’s not really a sanctuary, it’s more of a cabin, and there are only six kennels,” Dawson said. “However, you have to go to the megalopolis, and the megalopolis will go check on the dog, if you miss a dog in town. ”
After two weeks, JJ’s time was up – the sanctuary demanded to clear space, so JJ was put on the euthanasia list. But JJ was also lucky enough to attract the attention of a woman named Marina Tarashevska, who regularly visits the sanctuary to help network the children.
“The ACO (animal control officer) said he wasn’t eating, he didn’t have eyes and he was deaf,” Tarashevska told The Dodo. “When he took him out of the kennel, he looked lost and was running around under our bases, and he was laying very, very low like he was waiting to be hit. ”
When JJ was returned to his kennel and Tarashevska left, JJ reached out.
“He was reaching out with his paw and asking to be rescued,” said Tarashevska. “It was so sad because that sanctuary is so scary and he was so lost in there. It’s the most heartbreaking thing ever to leave a dog soliciting you like that. ”
Knowing JJ had little time left, Tarashevska contacted Dawson and asked if Dallas DogRRR could get him out of there. Dawson incontinently agreed – after pulling him from the sanctuary, she took him to the warhorse, and also placed him in a foster home.
When he gets in the jalopy, he starts jumping around and the plastic hits the gas, and he starts doing brio and brio and brio and brio,” Dawson says. “It’s fun to watch, but you can see how attached he gets to it. I guess the kennel is his safe place, and it’s like a toy box for him. And he plays in there, and he gets really hooked on the kennel.”
He’s still very temperamental, too, which makes Dawson think he suffered a trauma of convenience when he was young.
Still, Dawson says, if you approach too quickly, he’s either spooked or reacts a tiny bit. “He probably doesn’t come from a big field, but he’s gentle and affectionate. ”
JJ is getting better every day, and he’s developing his curious nature in his foster home.
“He runs around the area,” says Dawson. “She (the foster mom) takes him on long walks. He loves his snacks. He likes to lay around and bite a Kong. ”
But what JJ loves more than anything else is affection.
“She says he’s pretty tender, and he wants to be with you all the time,” Dawson says. “He’ll stay pretty close to you. When she gives him attention, he enjoys it so much that he always wants more. ”
JJ will remain in foster care for a little while, and the Dallas DogRRR pack plans to have him estimated by a behaviorist, and to have his vision and hail checked completely. But eventually, he’ll be ready to be surrendered – and he’ll be looking for the perfect family.
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