Max in his new home.
Pebbles in his new home.
Curly and Linus
Curly and Linus (Komondor, Akbash, Anatolian mix) were transported by their new caregiver from Kansas to Kentucky (20+ hours round trip). They are settling in well at their new home, which is a 70 acre farm. They love their new family, as much as the livestock. Since predators have been a problem, their job is to guard the Boer goats and and later this year Dorper sheep will be added to their duties.
Memorial Day weekend of 2010, Robbie finally found a family. He was 7 years old by then and had had several homes in the Western US. He was unwanted and was forced to live outside with little contact with people, something that distressed him greatly. Thanks to Komondor Rescue volunteers, he was able to find a new home in Maryland. He trekked across the US with a young man who normally delivered items off of Ebay for UShip.com. He was confused by the crowded city and new family that welcomed him into their home. They had had rescue komondors before and each one was vastly different, but Robbie didn’t even seem to know how to be one. He didn’t bark for the first few months, had no idea he should sleep in spots that would create both a barrier to intruders and a tripping hazard, and didn’t boss anyone around.
As a rescue dog with abandonment issues, he developed separation anxiety as he began to love his new family. His new home worked with him, using both behavior modification and medications. Every time he went for a car ride he threw up, sure he was being taken away, not to return. His new family worked on this by taking him for short vacations, which provided reassurance, (and getting a waterproof backset cover).
Over time, he found his bark, learned to guard his house, how to steal treats, and made new friends. He became the dog he was supposed to be.
In May of 2011, almost a year after he was adopted, he got to visit Berkeley Springs. He was completely content, as the photo below shows. Rescue dogs do often need extra TLC, but they are all that more appreciative for it.