March 2019 - When Davey was pulled from LA county’s Carson shelter in February 2017, he had been labeled as a Ridgeback with a broken leg. However, when our board member went down to pull him, she soon realized Davey was a REALLY good actor: our Ridgeback-with-a-broken leg turned out to be a Pittie-with-a-slight-bruise! However, Davey had lots of scars on his face, head and front legs and he was skinny; we could only imagine such a tough life at a young age.
Davey was in our care for a full two years. For this entire time he had the most dedicated foster mom, Kerry, who loved him unconditionally, worked with him constantly, and was open to all suggestions. You see, Davey was no easy case. Alone with Kerry, he was loving, affectionate, sweet, funny and obedient. However, he attached quickly and became aggressive toward visitors into her house, barking like crazy if neighbors were in the courtyard, and randomly lunging on walks. Davey also suffered from a lack of confidence and inability to read dogs’ signals... so he would go crazy lunging and barking when he saw them. When his foster mom travelled for work, Davey was boarded at Stonecreek Animal Hospital. The entire staff loved him (especially the kennel manager, Scott) and he was a COMPLETELY different dog there: non-reactive in the lobby, left crated dogs alone, and never had issues with dogs or people.
However, we knew this was not a long term solution so we turned to one of our amazing trainers: Alexandra Gant of Behave - Dog Training & Behavior Modification. Alex doesn’t do board and train BUT she lives near Wag San Diego, a boarding and doggy day care facility, so we boarded Davey there and Alex dedicated months of her free time to work with him. She was able to analyze the differences between how he was with Kerry and how he was at Stonecreek and WITH Scott. She worked with him on his confidence and taught him cues and coping mechanisms for how to interact with the world. Alex was able to transform unadoptable Davey into an adoptable dog.
And you’ll never guess who adopted Davey…Scott, the kennel manager at Stonecreek, is now officially Davey’s “dad”. Kerry writes “They’re off to have great adventures together and Davey will have a grandma and great-grandma to give him lots of love too. He’s a very special soul and I’ll miss him to bits, but I know he’s going to be adored and have the best life ever!” Both Alex and Kerry continue to provide Scott with the best strategies to help Davey continue to be his best sweet, flirty, confident self in his new life.