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Ferris, the rescue Parvo survivor from the mountains of Canada (part 3)

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“I think Ferris has changed how we look at animals.

Instead of us thinking that he should do one thing our way, we’ve learned to adapt and compromise.

When he’s on the leash and an aggressive dog comes by, I step between them to stop anything before it happens.

I don’t say, “bad dog,” I simply diffuse the situation.

I know what works for both of us.

We average walking 6-10 miles of walking a day in the city.

I didn’t want him to suffer from our move to the city.

I wanted to maintain his quality of life.”

Ferris, the rescue Parvo survivor from the mountains of Canada (part 2)

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“He responded well to obedience training, (hounds are very strong minded).

He became easier to walk on a leash and his leash aggression began to subside.

He is 101 pounds, so when he would bark in a friendly or aggressive way, or go after another dog we felt it.

When we moved to the city from the mountainous countryside of Canada he adapted like he had always belonged.

People are often intimidated by Ferris because of his size, but he is a gentle giant.

The only time he gets aggressive is when another dog repeatedly comes after him; then he feels the need to defend himself.”

 

Ferris, the rescue Parvo survivor from the mountains of Canada (part 1)

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“We wanted a second dog, so we got Ferris.

We used to live in the mountains of Canada and we wanted a companion for our Golden Retriever, Ben, (who since passed away due to a brain tumor).

We found Ferris on a local internet advertisement.

He was about eight weeks and sick with Parvo.

We were told he had a 60% chance of recovering.

He survived Parvo.

Ferris came the alpha dog very quickly because Ben was so submissive.

He became a different dog when Ben died.

His dominant traits receded and he wasn’t as protective.”

 

Lola, the proud and independent Irish Setter (he said, part 2)

“There are Georgia Redbone Hounds and Tennessee Redbone Hounds, but they didn’t look anything like my West Virginia Redbone Hound.

We tried to get a dog through a rescue agency but it seemed harder to adopt a dog than a baby.

All the inspectors to prove you would be a good parent were trying.

We went to a rescue shelter in Pennsylvania since we have a house there.

We saw a dog we really liked but he was five years old and had been returned several times because he had issues with blankets.

We decided we were too old to fight a dog over blankets.”

Charlie, the Rhodesian Ridgeback mix rescue (he said, part 2)

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“Her last dog was a Labrador Retriever, and they bond with more than one person.

Charlie is a Ridgeback Redbone Coonhound mix.

He was so sweet and gentle and she was just happy that I liked him and agreed to get a  dog that she said yes, to adopting Charlie.

He was great from the start, but six months later we found out he had heart worm.

That was challenging because he had several months of exercise restriction, including four weeks of just walking outside to go to the bathroom and then having to go right back inside.

He was confused and it was the only time I understood the concept of one day at a time.

He used to exercise four times a day before the heart worm diagnosis and all of a sudden he didn’t know why he couldn’t chase squirrels and rabbits and do his thing.”

Charlie, the Rhodesian Ridgeback mix rescue (he said, part 1)

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“My girlfriend had to put her dog down after our third date.

She wanted another dog after some time passed and so she got me to attend an adoption event (that I didn’t want to go to).

I’ve always wanted a Rhodesian Ridgeback.

That’s when we saw Charlie.

We thought he was someone’s dog and that he wasn’t up for adoption.

Eventually, I asked someone at the Pets for Life adoption event if he belonged to anyone and they said, he did not, and that he was indeed up for adoption.

I said to my girlfriend, how about this guy, but she was opposed to having a Ridgeback (because they bond with one person, and she thought it would be me).”

Charlie Meatball, the Rhodesian Ridgeback mix rescue (she said, part 4)

The best and worst time we’ve had with Charlie was after moving to NYC when we left him with my boyfriend’s mom because we both had jobs, but didn’t have a place to live.

We couch surfed for two weeks until we found an apartment.

We were without Charlie for two months, until Christmas.

Coming back to NYC with Charlie was the happiest day of his life.

He and my boyfriend are extremely attached and I am a third wheel.

My boyfriend hijacked my dog.

Ridgebacks are one dog owners, but this Rhodesian has two.

I feel like I don’t credit for the early morning walks.

We’ve met great people on our walks.  We’ve made a lot of friends and so has Charlie.

One of the nicer experiences was when we went away for a few days and a friend from the park took care of Charlie.

He’s been following her ever since.

Charlie Meatball, the Rhodesian Ridgeback mix rescue (she said, part 3)

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“My boyfriend turned to me and asked, do you like this dog?

I answered, do you, guy who doesn’t want a dog, like this dog?!

He said, I love this dog.

And that was the beginning of Charlie.

We took him home,  I looked at him and called him meatball, but my boyfriend said, he didn’t like dogs named after food.

I liked the name Charlie.

I called him Charlie and he responded, so it stuck.

He ended up having heart worm.

He was under exercise restriction and had to have daily shots in his front leg muscle for 6 months.”

Charlie Meatball, the Rhodesian Ridgeback rescue mix (she said, part 2)

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“We all got in the car and my sister drove us to the first event, which was the furthest away, but they didn’t have any puppies so I was ready to leave.

My boyfriend saw this dog that he wanted to meet.

He was being walked on a leash so we thought he belonged to someone, but he was indeed up for adoption.

My boyfriend talked to the people at Petco, where the event was being held to ask about the health history of the dog called, Lyle.

He was really sick and emaciated.

They told us that he was a rescue from Texas.

A woman had driven by him day after day and noticed that he was tied up, his body was fly bitten, emaciated and deteriorating.

One day she knocked on the owners’ door and asked if she could take him home with her,  they told her to take him.

He was transported to Denver, where we lived at the time, and saw him at the Petco adoption event.”

Charlie Meatball, the Ridgeback mix rescue, (she said, part 1)

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” The first month my boyfriend and I started dating, my fourteen year old black lab, Calvin, died.

My boyfriend came with me when it was time to euthanize him.

That was definitely a bonding experience.

After 6 months of dating we moved in together and I insisted we get a dog.

He didn’t want a dog, so we put it off for a month.

We traveled for 3 weeks and when we came home, I suggested again that we get a puppy.

He made an excuse the first week, but the second week, my sister visited and she and I both insisted we go to an adoption event.

He kicked and screamed the whole ride there.

It was the first time we argued in front of my sister (who is also my best friend).

We didn’t tell him there were 3 adoption events happening that day.”