|Rhett – Adopted!!!
Rhett is a 4 year old male German Shepherd. Everyone that knows Rhett can spend all day talking about how much they love him and why….that is the kind of dog he is. Let me start with when I first saw him. He had just been brought into a shelter a few days earlier. He was so sick and under weight he acted like he didn’t even know I was their, slowly swaying back and forth. I thought for sure he wouldn’t have a chance and would be put down. They shaved him down because he was infested with maggots of all sizes. His tail and back area was red and inflamed from it. Found as a stray, it was clear that the physical damage and pain he went through almost killed him. When I went back to see another dog a month later I was happy to see him a little healthier. I went in to see him and he was very shy and uncomfortable in his small kennel. When he got stronger I went back again, and again to see if someone would bring him out for me to look at, but he was not moving around well and was still very shy.
Then we found out he was on the alert list to be put down! I waited for someone who had gotten close to him to be able to bring him out, a wonderful woman who was passionate about how sweet he was. I was so pleased with how energetic he was acting and how well he was walking. Not only that, but he really enjoyed it when I rubbed his head and behind his ears. He completely closed his eyes and relaxed. I still had to wait for an opening at the rescue though. The next day another alert went out to put him down and we were able to take him in. I was so excited when I saw him again because from across the room he immediately recognized me and became alert. I even got kisses! My heart leapt and ever since we brought him to the rescue he has made everyone fall in love with him. He is giving everyone kisses and loves to go for short walks. He likes to follow us around and just calmly waits for us to rub on him again. We found out he is super gentle when taking treats, maybe the gentlest we have ever seen, and he has a healthy appetite.
As you can see his beauty has tremendous potential, which is why one of the volunteers lovingly named him Rhett after Rhett Butler.
If you are interested in meeting Rhett please fill out an online application. Rhett would do best in a home as the only dog where he can enjoy 100% of the attention from his new family. He also told us he’s not crazy about cats so a home without cats is a must. He will make an amazing companion that has practically come back from death’s door just to be with a loving family that will spoil him for the rest of his days. I guarantee he will melt your heart just like he has ours.
Any donations to help towards his vet bills would be appreciated.
We are also currently seeking another foster home for Rhett. He would be much more comfortable being taken care of in a home instead of the Rescue. If you are interested in fostering Rhett or another eligible dog please contact the Rescue at (818) 558-7560.
UPDATE!!! January 20, 2013: Rhett is back at the Rescue after having been nursed back to health by his foster parents. He is a totally different dog now! We’re all amazed at how much energy and life he has. He’s looking for his forever home now so please come check out this happy guy!
DECEMBER 18, 2012: Rhett had another vet visit. His skin and ear infections are clearing up. The vet mentioned to us that he thinks Rhett is 3-4 years old as opposed to 5, which is what the shelter thought. He is really thriving now. He is running around and playing like a puppy. You would never know the horrible shape he was in just a few months ago.
BIO UPDATE:11/27/12. Rhett has flourished into a handsome healthy dog. He’s doing well in his foster home. Rhett walks well on a leash, he’s good with kids, house trained, very loving and greets you with hugs excitement when you come home. He likes to play fetch and he loves the water hose. (see the video below) He also knows sit, stay, and come. Anyone interested in meeting him please email the rescue attention to Diane and we can arrange his foster family to meet you somewhere.