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Zach was turned into rescue and was in foster care for sometime (in another foster home). He was placed and returned because, while he was a great dog 99% of the time, if he did get triggered he was completely out of control. Zach was going to be put down because he couldn't have been placed in a novice home and there are not experienced people lining up to take fear biting rescues.

I hated the thought of putting down a 5 year old dog without giving him another chance, so I offered to take him with the agreement that if his quality of life was not equal to my other dogs, I would agree to have him put down.

We have had him almost two years now and recently he had his annual vet check up. I made sure to tell them he was a fear biter and they would need to muzzle him. I had no idea how he would react having not been anywhere since we got him even though with us his triggers are largely gone and he does have bite inhibition now. I was beyond pleased when the only thing they muzzled him for was toenail clipping (which I do as well because that is a known trigger). The vet and techs were able to examine him, give him shots and even scrape his teeth with no problems. He showed no fear behaviors at all during the appointment, which is more than I ever hoped this boy would do when he came here.

Several months ago his first foster mom came over to visit and she couldn't believe he was the same dog. He's very relaxed now, he runs with the other dogs, happily solicits and accepts attention from people who come into the house, plays with toys and is very good with Kendall. He still has a ways to go. He has just gotten to where he is comfortable being on a piece of furniture if a person is on it as well. He will now jump up on laps for petting.

He's still somewhat grouchy if he gets woken up suddenly, but so are some of my other dogs (heck so am I) and still startles very easily. He will never be 100% "normal" (neither will any of my rescues) and I will never trust him 100% with strangers or in new situations, but I also don't worry constantly about what might trigger an episode anymore. He (and all my rescues) have really shown me what kind of bounce back these dogs can have given the right circumstances.




Zach

Zach

Zach

Zach

Zach

Zach




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