PUPDATE: Ari – now Gunner – was adopted!!! We are SO happy for this “lost boy”. He had an unfair start to life, but he’s going to have an amazing life now. Thank you so much to Christine for giving Gunner the life he deserved all along. They will be attending a basic obedience class by Jill Cruz Dog Training LLC in early August.
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Ari was listed on Craigslist as a one year old German Shepherd, “just come and get it”.
A “good citizen” picked up Ari and discovered he didn’t get along with her two German Shepherd dogs (or vice versa), she was leaving town the next day, and wanted him out of her home immediately. She and I text, spoke, and arranged a pick up time. When I left home to pick up Ari, she failed to respond to my text messages or phone calls. Her location was about 45 miles from my home. About half way there, I stopped and eventually, decided to go in to PACC, and came home with sweet Foxy.
In four days, Ari was passed to three different homes, all with the same issue: Ari didn’t get along with other dogs. I later learned that despite having a confirmed rescue for Ari, the “good citizen” was simultaneously talking with me and telling other people she had no help for him. Nothing about Ari’s situation was ideal, but in the end, he came to rescue where he needs to be.
Finally, I was able to pick up Ari from a true good citizen. I am thankful for those who helped Ari along the way.
Ari is not an easy dog. Having been raised in a back yard, Ari has had no training, no social skills, is immature, and he’s larger than the average sized German Shepherd dog. Fortunately for Ari, he’s friendly, even if he expresses it inappropriately, he’s a good boy at heart. Ari’s estimated date of birth is October 10, 2018, he may be over a year old, but he still has puppy brain.
The first couple days with Ari I felt like I may be in over my head with him. Knowing that help for dogs like Ari is very rare, I reached out for help. No immediate help was to be had, except for that of two of my closest dog mentors, and with their help, Ari and I overcame a few big issues. Phew. Ari is on his way to being a good boy and is very capable of being an amazing companion to a lucky adopter.
Ari is scheduled to see our vet to be vaccinated and neutered on May 12th.
Donations for Ari’s care may be made via PayPal: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you, from Ari, Laura, and the pack at Little Heart K9.